View Full Version : stringing an 8 string tenor

11-27-2011, 06:59 PM
G'day to all: I have an 8 string Tenor Kamaka, from about 22 years ago. I never really learned to play it, and when we moved away from Hawaii, well, I just put it away. I am thinking about taking it up again, and to make things easier, am considering stringing it to just four strings, with a low-G tuning. Any comments or suggestions. I reckon that starting off with just four strings will be a bit easier. Cheers, PN

11-28-2011, 07:41 AM
I think that you should just send it to me to be strung and then forget about it for 22 more years while I enjoy it!!! jk, of course.

I don't see why you couldn't get away with just four strings. There might be more distance between the strings than on a typical 4-string uke, I don't know. Any suggestions from 8-string owners?

11-28-2011, 08:24 AM
I would string it with 8, playing 8 is not much different than 4. The ukulele is designed for 8, the setup may be off with the reduced tension on the neck from 4 strings.
Also the top is probably braced a bit heavier for the 8 strings.

11-28-2011, 08:50 AM
String it as an 8 because that is what it is. Then if you don't like it, you can remove 4 strings if you so desire.

11-28-2011, 09:51 AM
I hear that 8 string is more for strumming. So if you're a strummer, 8 string sounds like the way to go

BadLands Bart
11-28-2011, 09:55 AM
String it as an 8 string. Like sailinguke said before, playing the 8 is not much different than a 4 string uke.

11-28-2011, 10:48 AM
Thanks to you all who advised. Yes, I will string it as an 8, and a beautiful one at that. Cheers, PN