View Full Version : Tuning an 8 String Uku

09-25-2011, 08:16 AM
Is it possible to tune an 8-String Ukulele to a standard Mandolin tuning (G-D-A-E)?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!

09-25-2011, 01:10 PM
If you haven't, also check at the Mandolin Cafe

09-26-2011, 12:37 PM
Anything is possible - you probably will have to select different string gages to get good intonation.

Also, on mandolins all courses are tuned in unison.

Also, mandolins are steel strings and very short-sustain carved tops, while ukes are nylong strings on a box that, while it doesn't have as much sustain as a guitar, has more sustain than most mandolins.

So, if you're looking to turn a uku into a mando, it can be done but it's not going to be a very good mando.


10-01-2011, 06:27 AM
You shouldn't have a problem without changing the strings at all, because the lower strings are voiced in octaves, so you don't have to go far to grab the nearest appropriate mandolin note.

10-04-2011, 07:07 AM
I have always wanted to string a mandolin like an 8 string, sort of the opposite of this post. I figure playing the mandolin puts me one step closer to being a Sherpa, but I would like my ukulele skills to transfer.