View Full Version : Soprano vs baritone

02-13-2010, 08:45 AM
Hi I just finished putting Aquila baritone key of C strings (gcea) on my baritone and the string tension is signifficantly higher then my soprano I was just wondering if that was normal? I only own a soprano and a baritone so I don't have any other ukulele to compare to but does tension vary with different size ukulele?

02-13-2010, 08:56 AM
Short answer.... Yes.

The tension usually has to increase as the scale gets longer. It helps to maintain pitch without extreme string gauge changes. Also, if the tension was as low as the shorter instruments, the longer strings would flop so bad it would be nearly unplayable.

02-13-2010, 12:01 PM
I was afraid my cheap Baritone would break when I put on the gcea bari strings the tension was so high. I swear there was a tear coming out of the corner of the soundhole. It just seemed "Torqued up". I have a shorter scale baritone 18.5 and the DGBE stings are looser on it than the 20" scale other Bari I have as DaveVisi says above.