View Full Version : Tuning for Martin strings?

11-19-2008, 09:39 AM
I went by a local guitar shop and checked out if they had uke strings. D'Addario were in the wrong size, but they had Martin strings for soprano/concert and I got a pack to try out.
I got home and looked closer at the box: They show a set tuned to BF#DA, rather than the re-entrant tuning I actually wanted.
Can I tune these strings to re-entrant, or would they just not be playing at their best tension and should I just return them?


11-19-2008, 12:55 PM
Shouldn't be a problem. It's just a step down to tune it GCEA.

Used to be that the standard tuning for a soprano was considered ADF#B (or as I remember it "All Dogs Find Sharp Bones) It's a bit less common these days. I keep one soprano tuned that way for the ease of being able to sing in that key which is more forgiving to my croak.

11-19-2008, 04:34 PM
No problem with using GCEA. ADF#B is more common on the East Coast. Don't tune it BF#DA tho thats backwards :o

11-19-2008, 05:25 PM
ADF#B is just GCEA up a whole step. It's still re-entrant. Any strings that specify ADF#B work just fine for GCEA.

the new guy
11-19-2008, 06:11 PM
shouldnt be a problem i had bought a set of D'Addario that were the same but i still tuned it GCEA