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tyler
12-02-2009, 08:46 AM
is the top c string supposed to be the highest string? i got this kamaka from my mothers husband in maui. it was way out of tune so i tuned it all by ear. it all sounds good now but the high c string bothers me. please help!

GrumpyCoyote
12-02-2009, 10:02 AM
It depends on the sound you want... Most often the G and C courses are in octave pairs, and the E's and A's are doubled: gG, cC, EE, AA (using lowercase to indicate higher ocatve for this post).

But all doubled low G: GG, CC, EE, AA is common as well as all doubled high G: gg, CC, EE, AA or even: gg, cC, EE, AA.

Personaly, gG,cC,EE,AA seems like a good start unless you have a specific sound in mind. If the octaved c bugs you, swap it for a doubled C and see if that helps.

Just remember to swap string diameter for octave changes or you could pull the bridge (too high) or it'll sound like crap (too low).

tyler
12-03-2009, 05:54 PM
thanks for the info. im going to do alittle more research. theres not alot of information about 8 string ukes online.