View Full Version : string diameter?

11-21-2011, 05:03 AM
I recently bought a Mitchell mu70 uke, and went to string it backwards (lefty) and was distracted by my kids, I strung it in order (at least I think i did) and it seems odd. Odd by the strings don't go from thickest to thinnest like a guitar. the G is thinner then the C, the E is same as the G and the A being the smallest. is that correct? the string length and curls "lined" up when i reversed them to play lefty. just looks odd. any help would be appreciated. Also my uke came with Aquilla strings, how long till the stretch and stay in tune?

11-21-2011, 05:13 AM
Usually the 1st (A) & 4th (G) courses are closer in diameter followed by the 3rd (E) and lastly the C.

11-21-2011, 05:23 AM
ok, so in order of thinnest to thickest is A,G,E,C ?right? thanks

11-21-2011, 05:55 AM
And it took mine two weeks to settle.

Ambient Doughnut
11-21-2011, 07:36 AM
Correct - this is what is know as 're-entrant tuning' ie the G is an octave higher than you might usually expect on a stringed instrument.

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11-21-2011, 12:56 PM
And it took mine two weeks to settle.

That's about what I found, even with giving them a good pull when first tuning them. For some reason the E string took noticeably longer than the others to settle.

11-22-2011, 05:57 AM
ok, thanks. im at the point now that i can practice for a about a half hour now before having to tune it again. better then earlier this week with tuning every 10 minutes. thanks again