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heymak
03-26-2012, 03:39 PM
I've been putting different low G sting sets on a lanikai SC trying to find the right sound. I've come to the conclusion that this uke just doesn't like to sing that way. Anyone else have a similar experience. Seriously does the resonance of the body of a concert prefer high G?

southcoastukes
03-26-2012, 05:44 PM
Seriously does the resonance of the body of a concert prefer high G?

Yes.

If you want to play a concert with that low note, best to amplify it. Then you can compensate for the acoustic deficiency.

Lori
03-26-2012, 05:46 PM
I think low G success depends on the Uke, and the strings chosen. It is a little harder to have it work on a concert or soprano length scale. Some wood tones work better with the low G too. I really have liked my Kala Mango Tenor with the low G on it. Sometimes you have to go for a wound low G to get good sustain on some ukes, but on my mango tenor, I was able to use all non-wound strings.

–Lori

itsme
03-26-2012, 06:57 PM
I think low G works best on tenor.

Lori mentioned tone woods. Come to think of it, out of my five tenors I've tried low G on all but one. But the two I've kept it on both have solid cedar tops. I'd say cedar has a bit of a darker, richer tone that works well with low G (at least as compared to spruce). :)

Manalishi
03-26-2012, 10:53 PM
I have had a low G on one concert scale that worked,
otherwise I stick to low G on Tenor only. On two or three
sopranos I have heard that tried it,it just does not work!

phil hague
03-26-2012, 11:44 PM
My lanikai is a laminate. It sounded awful in high G so I tried aquila low gs. It sounds great now. Oh by the way it is a concert.

OldePhart
03-27-2012, 08:30 AM
I'd have to say yes. In fact, to my ear at least I'd say most ukes dislike low-G. I thought I just didn't like low-G until I stumbled across a used Mainland cutaway mahogany tenor that came to me strung with low-G Aquilas - it's the only one of my ukes that I've really liked Aquilas on and the only low-G I've liked. I tried low-G on Mainland mango and red cedar tenors and didn't care for it (to be fair the red cedar wasn't bad strung low G but just sounded way too guitarish).

John

Gillian
03-27-2012, 08:14 PM
I tried every "hardness" of the Worth unwound low-g's on my Kanile'a concert and they all sounded dull with bad intonation.

So, I'd have to agree with others here, low-g's sound best on tenors.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-27-2012, 10:49 PM
This soprano uke loves low G. Loves it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32pQP8UGQdU

barefootgypsy
03-27-2012, 11:52 PM
This soprano uke loves low G. Loves it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32pQP8UGQdU
That was just wonderful! Thanks for posting.... :)

barefootgypsy
03-27-2012, 11:55 PM
For what it's worth, my concert Greg Bennett, (not expensive, 6 yrs old but very nice for the price) sounded pretty poor with a low G when I tried it. Couldn't get back to high G quick enough.

southcoastukes
03-28-2012, 02:34 AM
This soprano uke loves low G. Loves it.

Ohta plays amplified, Ralf. That's the way to make it work.

heymak
03-28-2012, 04:25 AM
Thanks for all of the replies. I'm going to put it back to re-entrant tuning. I still have my Tenor for low G.

Teek
03-28-2012, 10:53 AM
This soprano uke loves low G. Loves it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32pQP8UGQdU

But it's a Martin, and it's amped. ;)