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ed531
07-31-2009, 01:28 PM
So here's the story, I received my new Pono Tenor today. It was set up with a low G (as I've requested). I've played it for about 20 minutes and I can honestly say that I don't like the low G. A part of me is saying, "you already have a high G tenor uke, give it time before deciding on changing this one to a high G". The other part of me is saying, "might as well change the low G if you don't like it".

My concern is I don't want to have a uke that stays in the closet because I don't like one string... on the other hand, would owning two tenors both tuned to high G make sense ?"

My question is, tenor players, which do you prefer ?

BTW, Pono and the other 3 strings sound nice :D:D:D

ukulele2544
07-31-2009, 01:32 PM
I'd go with high G.

benmealer
07-31-2009, 01:38 PM
i vote for giving it a little time. i bet once you have it for a while there'll be some songs you like better on one and some on the other. that being said, i prefer a high g, but i also only have one tenor.

Toucan Mango
07-31-2009, 01:39 PM
When I change strings out I play them for at least a month before switching, I always wind up liking them in the end. I feel many people are to quick to judge & pull them off to fast.

Kanaka916
07-31-2009, 01:49 PM
Here's a few threads about low g . . .
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2704
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10736
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11934
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14792

RON<>VA
07-31-2009, 01:57 PM
Give it some time. You can always change to high g later if you want.
I got a Pono a few months ago with the low g and really like the different sound it produces.

ed531
07-31-2009, 01:59 PM
Here's a few threads about low g . . .
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2704
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10736
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11934
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14792

Thanks for the info. I think I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to buy a doubleneck uke and tune it to both low/high G. :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

vahn
07-31-2009, 02:08 PM
strings can make the difference. Is it set up with ko'olau golds? those are pretty mellow strings and for someone used to high G it might just be too deep and mellow for you. Try putting on some worth clears (low G) to brighten the sounds up a bit. If you decide you really don't care for low G on that tenor swap it to High G and try putting some different low G sets on your other tenor. Low G is INVALUABLE for transposing songs in key, since it allows you to dip below middle C unlike a high G uke. That bieng said high G definately has the advantages when it comes to taking advantage of Campanlella effect.

I think its best to have both, because there are different pieces that are played better in each, and if you only have them tuned in High G you'll probably not learn arrangements for uke that dip below middle C

Link
07-31-2009, 02:28 PM
I hated low G the first few days. Now, I still prefer high G.. but I play my low G flea more. Wierd, but that's how it is.

I wouldn't have them on my tenor though. I hate wound strings.

haolejohn
07-31-2009, 02:37 PM
i have four tenors (pono mango 8 string on way here) three are tuned lowg and one is high g. i like having the two different tuning but i play low g more. it took me awhile to get used to the high g. patience is a virtue.

Kanaka916
07-31-2009, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the info. I think I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to buy a doubleneck uke and tune it to both low/high G. :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:
If you get a double neck, it'll have to be custom made, usually 8 string top and 4 string lower, something like this Moore Bettah . . .

http://moorebettahukes.com/double_neck_uke_002_op_449x903.jpg

wickedwahine11
07-31-2009, 03:34 PM
I have two tenors, and up until yesterday I had the Kanile'a tuned to low g and the Kamaka tuned to high g. I never played the Kanile'a though, and it just gathered dust on the wall - I figured it was because I liked high g tuning better. So yesterday I decided it was better to tune them the same and play them both then to just let it be a really expensive wall decoration.

I switched the Kanile'a over to high G and I'm still not playing it as much. I played only the Kamaka today. So I suppose I will put it back to low g after all.
So in the end, although I am incredibly indecisive, I'm opting for keeping one low g and the other high G...

DeG
07-31-2009, 05:59 PM
I have 2 tenors, Both high g (one is strung for hawaiian sound, the other for everything else) so, I haven't even gotten to the low G/ high G debate yet:) But I would say you should give it some time...download some of Ken Middleton's Low G tabs, learn a couple songs, then decide...

Lori
07-31-2009, 06:09 PM
I have my Tenor in Low G, and my long neck soprano in low G too (for the moment). I have 2 sopranos that cover the high G for now. I like to switch back and forth, and there are some arrangements that are only for high G and others that are only for low G.

–Lori

clayton56
07-31-2009, 11:09 PM
low g for rhythm/backup, high g for melodies/fingerpicking.

ed531
08-01-2009, 03:28 AM
Alright, so I've played the low G a little more this morning and I can see the benefits of having a low G and a high G uke. I'm going to keep the low G and if I find that I don't use it as much I'll change it.

Thanks All

:shaka::shaka:

cornfedgroove
08-01-2009, 03:39 AM
just play it out...you'll adjust. or you can do both high g and make one your "clawhammer" uke. Or just tune it old school to A, or whatever it is.

this was my lesson learned with duplicating instruments...I'd rather have 2 different instruments than the same one. Try next time getting like a 6 or 8 string for variety.

jtafaro
08-01-2009, 12:38 PM
What I haven't seen in all these threads relative to low G is anything about the strings themselves. You can order strings with a low G as a set or just order single low G's like Aquila sells. BUT most of you will have to order them from an internet source and have to pay shipping.

I put an Aquila low G on a Kala Concert and liked the sound but it wore out in less than three months and I had to buy a whole set of strings to do that. I didn't like that idea. So I went to Guitar Center and bought two D'Addario Pro Arte classical guitar silver wound D strings. This cost $3.63. No shipping.
I put one half of one string on a Fender Koa tenor uke and it sounds great with it's Aquila brother strings. Should I want to go back to a high G I can buy the proper Pro Arte classical guitar string and I am not out ten or twenty bucks. Does this make sense? Some people only use Savarez classical guitar strings on their ukes. Aren't uke strings just glorified guitar strings? We shouldn't be taken in by slick marketing.

Joe T

DaveVisi
08-01-2009, 06:41 PM
As of today's mail delivery, I can now say I have a Kala Tenor in each of the two G tunings.

I'm already learning that most of my fingerstyle solos don't work well on low G, but strumming chords has a much mellower sound than the high G.

It's good to have choices.

Teek
08-01-2009, 08:55 PM
The only thing I can add is that I hated my Pono tenor in high g the way it came to me second hand, and I put low g Worth browns on it and I love it, it and my Kamaka concert in high g are both my finger pickers and my overall top fave ukes. If I had to only keep two it's those babies, as is.

I really prefer the tenors in low g (at least this one), and as pointed out there is a lot of music out there for it. I have a cigar box concert that I was sure I'd love in low 4th tuning and couldn't abide it, and had to swap it back after a few weeks. Since I have a baritone I'm messing around with and don't like the current set of strings, I AM going to try a high 4th on that and see how that works out.

If I had two tenors, I would likely have one in each set up. Glad it's working out, and remember strings take some time to settle and play in. It could sound a lot better to you two weeks down the road!

kailua
08-02-2009, 05:14 AM
Like most suggest, have one of each. Give it some time.
I have two tenors, and up until yesterday I had the Kanile'a tuned to low g and the Kamaka tuned to high g. I never played the Kanile'a though, and it just gathered dust on the wall - I figured it was because I liked high g tuning better. So yesterday I decided it was better to tune them the same and play them both then to just let it be a really expensive wall decoration.

I switched the Kanile'a over to high G and I'm still not playing it as much. I played only the Kamaka today. So I suppose I will put it back to low g after all.
So in the end, although I am incredibly indecisive, I'm opting for keeping one low g and the other high G...

Since Kanile'a's sound is bright, my tenor is high g (d'addario J71 strings). My Kamaka tenor is low g (worth clear CH-LGEX) and very mellow. Try switching it up, you may like it better.