View Full Version : How to turn a guitar into a ukulele.

05-23-2010, 02:47 AM
I don't really want to turn a guitar into a ukulele but the guy has some interesting ideas.
I like his take on why there are more guitars than ukuleles.


05-23-2010, 03:30 AM
It's the cranking the guitar's D string up an octave without it snapping that's going to hold you back.

05-23-2010, 05:02 AM
This is what I've done, but I did it on steel-string. Capo at the fifth fret, but replaced the fourth string with a second string (.016) and tuned it up to D. You could use a first string, but I liked the tension of the second string tuned up. I'm sure that this would also work on a nylon-string guitar.

Comparison clip between uke and re-entrant tuned guitar...

One song, a version on uke ...
And a version on re-entrant tuned guitar as described above ....

05-23-2010, 05:08 AM
you could sell the guitar and buy a uke with the money :P

05-23-2010, 05:34 AM
Comparison clip between uke and re-entrant tuned guitar...

Thanks for posting that...I dig it. I'm going to grab one of my guitars that's being neglected and try that out.

05-23-2010, 05:45 AM
Cool, Kevin. Let us know how it goes!

05-23-2010, 08:15 AM
Geez the only time I need my capo and it is no where to be found

05-23-2010, 09:28 AM
One is still a lot easier to get onto carry-on, and stick under the sofa, is guaranteed to make people smile uncontrollably, all while weighing around a pound.

05-23-2010, 09:53 AM
Tone will still be guitar-like though. You'll have more sustain, resonance and overtones (not to mention volume).

Of course, that will make it excellent for fingerstyle performance since your notes won't die away so quickly.

05-23-2010, 10:23 AM
I've also wanted to try the re-entrant tuning/stringing with my requinto. Need to go to the storage room for that one!

05-23-2010, 11:04 AM
I tried this before I bought my first ukulele. It sort of reminded me of the Flying Ford Pinto that was in Popular Mechanics in the 70s - it wasn't a very good car and it wasn't a very good airplane, after they finished with it. I'm with those that say if you want a guitar buy a guitar and if you want a ukulele buy a ukulele.

05-23-2010, 02:33 PM
I don't about that SweetWaterBlue. I think that this method could really work for some guitarists -- it sounds like it got you thinking in the uke direction. What's good for the goos, right? Some folks don't want to make the plunge and it's a cool way to get their feet wet. Nothing beats the real uke feel, but it's one way to start you hankerin' after one.

Just a side note. One thing I did to get things working for me on uke was to start playing all my songs on guitar capo'd at the fifth fret. I'd only have my guitar & a capo at my gigs, but no uke -- for I didn't feel like I had enough tunes worked up to take my uke. After a couple of weeks of gigging at the fifth fret, the transition to uke was effortless. There are other ways to go about this, but it worked for me.