View Full Version : Strings for Tenor that is tuned one whole step lower?

04-13-2010, 11:33 AM
I am wanting to tune my tenor a whole step lower. Does anyone have any suggestions for strings (sizes, brands, diameters) that would keep the tension up to a normal GCEA tuning?

04-13-2010, 11:46 AM
so you want to tune to do a Bb tuning (FBbDG)? or are you saying you want to tune to GCEA (C tuning)? most tenor strings are going to be GCEA. and you should be able to tune up/down a step just fine. i just put on some d'addario pro arte tenor strings on my uke and they're great. i've also played my tenor with the aquila strings and it's pretty good too.

04-13-2010, 12:57 PM
Yes, that is right. I am wanting to tune to (FBbDG). I was hoping that there might be some slightly larger diameter strings that I could keep the tension up comparable to a normal GCEA tuning. Do you know of such an animal?

04-13-2010, 01:02 PM
Worth makes high tension strings. Tuned lower, I imagine they would be along the lines of what you're looking for.

04-13-2010, 01:05 PM
I believe the Aquilas will go a full step down as well.
I have heard that way back in uke history tenors were tuned to "Bb".
At the same time it was common for a soprano to be in "D".
I can imagine it sounded really good when a ukulele orchestra played together.

04-13-2010, 03:02 PM
Jason, Leftovermagic and SailingUke,
Thanks for the info.

04-14-2010, 12:50 AM
All of my tenors are tuned down a step. I use D'addario Titanium strings. Nice tone and not too floppy.

04-14-2010, 03:49 AM
If you like lower tunings on a tenor, have you thought about tuning to DGBE like a baritone uke?

Aquila have a DGBE set (with high D) for tenors that works well.
Lol, I actually have a Concert Eleuke with those tenor DGBE strings, and the tension isn't too bad :)