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frame57
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!
Thanks

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

OldePhart
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.


John

UkuleleThreads
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.

UkuleleThreads
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.