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Uncle Leroy
02-13-2011, 02:02 AM
I have been playing the uke for about 4 months now. I came over after 30 years or so on the guitar. At first the hi g string threw me off a bit. But when I play my concert uke I love the original "UKE Sound". Then I bought a Tenor with the low g setup and honestly, I just can't hear the ringing, jangly uke sound I am used to. SO, tonight I put a hi g set on my Pono Tenor and am loving it. Am I missing something without having one of my ukes strung low G?

cletus
02-13-2011, 02:41 AM
High G for me.

lozarkman
02-13-2011, 03:09 AM
Both. It depends on what you are playing and strumming/picking. I have two Baris strung high/low and two tenors strung high/low. Sometimes in picking melody lines and fill in notes I like the low G, but also sometimes some songs and some picking just works best with high G. It really is a matter of personal preference and what sounds good to you. Lozark

Plainsong
02-13-2011, 03:09 AM
Yeah I have the same thing. Low G sounds weird to me. It doesn't sound weird when other people play it, but it sounds weird in my hands.

Paul Cote
02-13-2011, 03:41 AM
I tend to like High G lately myself and also have been playing mostly sopranos. My Tenor is low G. I guess it just depends. To me the Low G would be best on a baritone lol. I am curious Lozark how do you tune the Baritones?

dkcrown
02-13-2011, 03:58 AM
When I first tuned one of my ukes low G I didn't like it. But I stuck with it and after a while it started to grow on me, especially when I found some low G strings I really liked (Worth LGCHHD). Now 1/3 of my ukes are tuned low G and I probably reach for a low G 75% of the time.

EDW
02-13-2011, 04:13 AM
To me the uke sound is with the reentrant tuning. While I understand why some like low G, to my ears it makes it sound more like a guitar, especially on the larger ukes. It loses the unique quality of those tight chords.

wickedwahine11
02-13-2011, 05:36 AM
When I first tuned one of my ukes low G I didn't like it. But I stuck with it and after a while it started to grow on me, especially when I found some low G strings I really liked (Worth LGCHHD). Now 1/3 of my ukes are tuned low G and I probably reach for a low G 75% of the time.

Ditto. I tried low g and could never stick with it. There was a song I was determined to learn that was for a low g uke (Herb Ohta Jr. and Brittni Paiva's versions of "Europa") so I kept trying. I finally put on some Fremont Blacklines and was content enough to stay low g, but when I tried these strings (the same Worth LGCHHD that dkcrown likes) there was no going back. I have succumbed to the dark side for good. It is now low g for me all the way.

I still keep my other ukes high g for when I want that sound on occasion, but I play my low g one 99% of the time.

mm stan
02-13-2011, 06:13 AM
Have you tried dropped tuning...

pdxuke
02-13-2011, 07:14 AM
Yeah I have the same thing. Low G sounds weird to me. It doesn't sound weird when other people play it, but it sounds weird in my hands.

+1. Too much like the guitars I played for 40 years! :-) A uke sounds right with that high g, IMHO. But I've heard some great things out of low g ukes, so that's what makes horse racing.

TCK
02-13-2011, 07:29 AM
I tend to like High G lately myself and also have been playing mostly sopranos. My Tenor is low G. I guess it just depends. To me the Low G would be best on a baritone lol. I am curious Lozark how do you tune the Baritones?

I can respond as I asked him the same thing a while back- he uses these Linear strings- Southcoast Ukes (http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide_files/linuke.htm)

ItsMrPitchy
02-13-2011, 07:53 AM
Low g is better for peolpe who want more range. But i do enjoy the traditional sound of the high g more.

Manalishi
02-13-2011, 07:55 AM
I use both and find they each have their place for
different songs and different 'feel'.Just a matter of
choice of course...

Teek
02-13-2011, 09:15 AM
There's an old story about James Dean replying to a question about his sexuality along the lines of "I don't want to go through life with one hand tied behind my back".

So for me I have one tenor high g and one low, and a low g baritone, which is really tuned low F. The rest are all reentrant. I don't feel I have choose just one tuning. I like the higher guitar sound, and I like the low 4th for when I'm attempting something bluesy.

PS: Same reason we have fully suspended mountain bikes, cheap beach cruisers, and an electric bike in the garage! We fit the bike to the purpose.

OldePhart
02-13-2011, 09:23 AM
I prefer reentrant tuning most of the time. The exceptions are if I want to do some picking and want the extended range and, more commonly recently, if I want to do something with a "country" flavor - alternating bass just doesn't work for me with reentrant tuning! Instead of thump-strum, thump-strum upi get thump-strum, tinkle-strum... LOL

John

Raygf
02-13-2011, 09:31 AM
I did not like low g at all when I first tried it. I've tried several types of strings on several tenors. Love the Fremont Black Lines on my Kala travel tenor. It is my low g uke. I have a set of wound low g soprano Aquilas, but have never put them on anything yet. Dreams of Ohta-San arrangements. Someday, maybe. I could not do without re-entrant tuning, but I have a growing library of low g pieces that I love playing. As a matter of fact it's my traveling companion lately. I'm working on some Mark Nelson slack key ukulele pieces for a recording. Probably take the flea along today too. Can't be locked into just low g.
Regards,
Ray

pdxuke
02-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Well, maybe I should be more adventurous. I do have lots of ukes, I could easily string a low G on one. I can buy just a low G string, right? I've only ever played a low g on a friend's concert. It works with soprano, yes?

Uncle Leroy
02-13-2011, 10:57 AM
Thanks All, I thought I was some kinda freak cuz I didn't like it. Thanks for putting my fears to rest.

Nuprin
02-13-2011, 12:13 PM
I tried low G on my KoAloha tenor before I sold it...wasn't a fan.

pepamahina
02-13-2011, 07:32 PM
What about 5 strings with both a high and low G? Feelings?

Chris Tarman
02-13-2011, 07:39 PM
Yeah I have the same thing. Low G sounds weird to me. It doesn't sound weird when other people play it, but it sounds weird in my hands.

Ditto. But I haven't really used it much. I do have one soprano with Fremont Blacklines with a low G, but I rarely play it. My initial impression was that I don't like it, but that could be lack of familiarity.

oldrookie
02-14-2011, 12:53 AM
I switch my Stagg solid-body electric to low G a few months ago. I thought I had received a bad string and even subjected a meeting of the UU jam group to some bad playing to get their opinion of the sound.

The group thought it sounded okay, but I don't think I've ever really settled on the sound. I'm switching it back to high G.

Picked up a baritone recently and that's the sound I was looking for all along. Will like put the Stagg up in the marketplace. I'd keep it, but I'd like a better baritone uke and I need the funds for that.

Shouldn't have let the sales guy talk me out of what I thought I wanted in the first place.

ichadwick
02-14-2011, 01:20 AM
I have ukes strung with both. Which I play really depends on the song. Some songs just sound better with low G - to my ears anyway. After 40+ years playing guitar, I'm probably attuned to certain tones for these songs. But I still like Dylan on low-G instruments better than high G.

Paul Cote
02-14-2011, 02:49 AM
I ordered a Makala Baritone and now I think I want to make my Tenor Makala a High G since for getting low notes for that style of music I can use the baritone. with a low D

lozarkman
02-14-2011, 02:52 AM
Yes I use Southcoast ukes linears on one Bari for the low G and it is balanced and sounds great. I use Worth Clears on the other Three. I tune all four to C Tuning. I tried DGBE on one Bari for awhile, and it was OK, but just didn't have the Uke sound I liked, too guitarish and the strings seemed too "loose" for me. I also like the high G Uke sound as well, and it sounds more "authentic", but on some music, blues for example, low G just seems to fit the mode best. I think the more one plays, and experiments with different styles of music, the more adaptable one becomes to the fitting of various tunings to the music. Lozark

SailingUke
02-14-2011, 05:32 AM
I think alot depends on the music you play and your style.
For traditional Hawaiian music the high g seems to be the sound.
I know Ohta San plays low g as did Iz. so it is an always, just most of the time.
I find for some of my jazz and blues the low g seems to fit a bit better.
Tin Pan Alley songs seem to fit with either high or low. On some tunes I can get the high g to sound like a drone g on a banjo.
When I play a melody I like having the increased low range of low g.
There are many players who use low g on small ukuleles (soprano & concert) with success. Myself I prefer a tenor for low g.
The high/low g debate continues and I am glad it gives me an excuse for having more ukuleles. I even just got the new Ohana 5 string for times I can't decide high/low.