View Full Version : Uke string application question

08-26-2011, 05:45 PM
I have probably a rather dumb question, but i'm hoping someone may be able to help. I have a baritone ukulele and had an extra set of Martin baritone strings laying around. Well I gave them to a friend who apparently has a standard (soprano?Haven't seen it, she didn't know...) I am just curious as to whether baritone strings will work on her uke. I'm also not sure her tunings either. She is out of state for college so I shipped them to her and now i'm wondering if they will even work or what to expect, do's-don'ts, etc...
Again, probaby a ridiculous question so I apologize for the ignorance as I am a guitarist. If the thread needs to be moved, feel free to move to the proper forum category. Any help will be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!

08-26-2011, 05:57 PM
Good intentions, but no, those strings will not work well. Baritone strings, with two wound strings, are for bigger instruments with heavier bracing than a standard.

The two wound strings not only give too much sound for the little body, but most importantly, (especially if it is a vintage instrument) it will put a lot more tension on the instrument than it was designed for (bye,bye bridge).

08-26-2011, 06:29 PM
Ah, that is unfortunate... And probably foolish on my part. But thanks for such a quick and knowledgeable response southcoastuke. I guess I need to determine what she has and send proper strings... Just a bit too eager to help a fellow musician/friend starting out and didn't need the strings.