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mandrew
10-27-2011, 10:15 AM
I am going to buy a Kala KA-C, and am thinking about a low G string. It will have aquilla strings, which are favored on laminate instruments to bring out more balance, especially the highs. If I put a low G on this, even using aquillas, is it likely to be too muddy sounding? I want the low G to balance out some jazz chords.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-27-2011, 10:52 AM
I don't think it'll sound muddy. I think it'll sound deep. Nice and deep. Have fun!

PoiDog
10-27-2011, 11:02 AM
There's no reason why a low G would sound "muddy" on a laminate just because it is a laminate. After all, muddy bass isn't a property of laminates.

If you want to do a quick test of what it might sound like, just down-tune your C string to a low G and give it a spin. If it sounds good, then you could just do a quick string shuffle by putting your C as the 4th string and keep it down tuned to low G, move your G string to the second spot and down-tune it as an E, then move your E string to the third slot and down-tune it to C. Voila!

If that's too much work, then just get yourself a low G string and slap it on!

jinny
10-27-2011, 11:14 AM
Aquilla sellls a low g string set... Get that, swap just the low g and play like a mad man knowing you have a new set of aquillas waiting in the wings to serve you.

Trinimon
10-27-2011, 11:29 AM
I had an Aquila wound low g on my Kala KA-KC koa laminate uke. It got pretty deep sounding but wouldn't call it "muddy". Worth Brown low g works well too.

PhilUSAFRet
10-27-2011, 11:48 AM
I agree.....go for it!

Uke Republic
10-27-2011, 12:41 PM
I've put em Dolphins before and no problemo. Put low G on anything you like.

jackwhale
10-27-2011, 01:45 PM
I have low G strings on my laminate tenor--sounds great.

elisdad
10-27-2011, 03:12 PM
I've put em Dolphins before and no problemo. Put low G on anything you like.

This makes me feel all kinds of happy.

kissing
10-27-2011, 03:34 PM
Aquila low-G worked fine on my Kala KA-CE

blender
10-27-2011, 04:01 PM
Please report back on this, I have a Kala KA-C also and have been thinking of the same change. What's stopped me so far is that it looks to me that the nut will need a bit of filing to fit a larger string. That's not something I'm comfortable doing yet... ;)

Uke Republic
10-27-2011, 05:13 PM
Just had someone over my shoulder ask me what kinda sight was I looking at? Low G string on what?!!!:D
Which reminds me of...29426

mr moonlight
10-28-2011, 04:17 AM
Please report back on this, I have a Kala KA-C also and have been thinking of the same change. What's stopped me so far is that it looks to me that the nut will need a bit of filing to fit a larger string. That's not something I'm comfortable doing yet... ;)
If you don't have a shop around you or don't want to spend the cash, just get yourself a set of needle files. Around $5 on ebay. Make a pencil mark at the bottom of the groove on the nut. Choose the round file and just use the tip to slowly widen the groove until it snugly fits your low G string. Just make sure you don't file away the pencil mark. This process should take you all of one minute.

phil hague
10-28-2011, 04:44 AM
i have aquila low g on my laminate lanikai and I find it very good, in fact the instrument was rubbish with high g and the change has made it a pleasure to play. So if you have a rubbish uke, try it in low g, you might be surprised as well.

kissing
10-28-2011, 12:59 PM
Please report back on this, I have a Kala KA-C also and have been thinking of the same change. What's stopped me so far is that it looks to me that the nut will need a bit of filing to fit a larger string. That's not something I'm comfortable doing yet... ;)

The wound low-G string is actually not that thick.
You won't need to file anything. Just put the strings on.

MisterRios
10-29-2011, 08:42 AM
I've put em Dolphins before and no problemo. Put low G on anything you like.

A couple in my meet-up has a low-G Dolphin. Sounds pretty sweet.

blender
10-29-2011, 11:37 AM
The wound low-G string is actually not that thick.
You won't need to file anything. Just put the strings on.

Thanks for the advice on using a needle file and the above advice. Going through my backup strings collection I see there's a set of Aquila Nylgut with a wound low G. I might just go ahead and put those on.

That leads to another question: If I *do* need to file the nut a bit to fit a low G, would that affect switching back to a high G?

PoiDog
10-30-2011, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the advice on using a needle file and the above advice. Going through my backup strings collection I see there's a set of Aquila Nylgut with a wound low G. I might just go ahead and put those on.

That leads to another question: If I *do* need to file the nut a bit to fit a low G, would that affect switching back to a high G?

Likely no problems switching back and forth between low and re-entrant g. If there is a side effect from the filing, it may be a buzz from the G because of extra lateral movement in the nut. By the same token, you may not even need to file. Try the low g without filing down the nut first to see how it sits. It may not require any sort of adjustment at all, even if it only rests partway in the groove. That could affect intonation, but if you mainly play at the first four frets, you likely won't really notice it.

But I routinely swapped standard and low g (both wound and unwound) on my aNueNue and never noticed any problems.

Good luck!

23skidoo
10-30-2011, 05:09 AM
I've got a Kala KA-T with a wound Aguila low G - no problems with the nut and it sounds great.... tried rentrant tuning for awhile, but with only one uke, having to choose between one or the other, went back to low G after a few weeks.