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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!

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).

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.