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v30
10-19-2012, 10:35 AM
Was thinking that it would be neat if my eleuke peanut was tuned dgbe. Is it possible to do this on a soprano or is the scale just too short.....ie, you'll have extremely tight strings and poor sound ?

SailingUke
10-19-2012, 10:45 AM
Was thinking that it would be neat if my eleuke peanut was tuned dgbe. Is it possible to do this on a soprano or is the scale just too short.....ie, you'll have extremely tight strings and poor sound ?

most folks that go to dgbe go down not up.
going up would probably would likely break strings and/or the ukulele.
going down would probably result in the string being to loose, but you might try it.
Aquila makes a tenor set dgbe and I have used them on tenors. I have a set of gcea phd's on a tenor tuned to dgbe, but the scale is muck longer than a soprano.

peaceweaver3
10-19-2012, 11:13 AM
If I were you, I'd tune down as the prev poster said. GOing up...not a good idea imo. Let us know what happens, I don't have a soprano or I'd try it myself.

Ken Middleton
10-19-2012, 11:44 AM
My question would be: what's the point?

ukeofcarl
10-19-2012, 11:47 AM
I would also ask: what's the point?

coolkayaker1
10-19-2012, 11:54 AM
Was thinking that it would be neat if my eleuke peanut was tuned dgbe. Is it possible to do this on a soprano or is the scale just too short.....ie, you'll have extremely tight strings and poor sound ?
V30, I enjoy different turnings, too.

Have u tried just putting a tuner on it and slowly taking each string down one or two steps? You might be surprised at the sound. And, of course, at some point -- likely 2 full steps down-- the strings will become too flabby.

Hey, I thought it was odd to have low G on a soprano, but they sell strings like that.

Insomniac
10-19-2012, 11:55 AM
I'm not entirely sure, but I'm guessing he wants the tuning of a baritone, without the guitar-y sound of an actual Baritone Ukulele. Not sure why you'd want Baritone tuning for that, though, because you could just play the chords on normal GCEA tuning.

coolkayaker1
10-19-2012, 12:12 PM
I keep my Koaloha concert tuned F# B D# G# at all times. I dig it like a wishing well!

v30
10-19-2012, 12:12 PM
I was wondering if I could deepen the sound with heavier strings (maybe even a wound 3rd and 4th).....or is that simply a function of scale length in a solid body uke?

coolkayaker1
10-19-2012, 12:27 PM
One advantage to down tuning is sustain. Even the mild downtuning for my concert, the sustain is definitely longer. So, the sound is different for that reason, too, at least on smaller bodied instruments.

anthonyg
10-19-2012, 12:42 PM
I like detuning my tenor ukulele's. Some of my tenors can handle detuning by 3 semitones, some detuning by 2 semitones but none of them have been happy at DGBE. Concerts I like detuning 1 or 2 semitones at a stretch. Long answer short try slowly detuning and see what you think but I just cant see a soprano working at DGBE.

Anthony