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pdxuke
01-20-2013, 01:08 PM
Hi Uke friends:

I want to try a low g on one of my sopranos, and the only low g strings I have in my box right now are a set of Aquila low g Concerts. Any trouble using that low g?

PhilUSAFRet
01-20-2013, 01:15 PM
Probably not.....many folks put concert strings on a soprano. If the soprano is lightly built, I supposed you might have a problem. Low G will work on a soprano, but the shorter the scale length, the less well it works.

coolkayaker1
01-20-2013, 01:20 PM
Is it wound, Thom?

pdxuke
01-20-2013, 02:31 PM
Is it wound, Thom?

Yes, it looks wound.

Katz-in-Boots
01-20-2013, 04:13 PM
Oooh, sorry to muscle in but I have a similar questions: Can you use Tenor strings on a Concert uke - including a non-wound low G?

~dave~~wave~
01-20-2013, 04:53 PM
To the OP, what's the worst that could happen, go for it.


Oooh, sorry to muscle in but I have a similar questions: Can you use Tenor strings on a Concert uke - including a non-wound low G?

They would have less tension when tuned to pitch.
Whether that's acceptable to you could only be determined by direct experimentation.

My latest delightful string find is a Fremont Soloist "squeakless" polished flat wound low G, rated and recommended for all three sizes from soprano to tenor.
I can testify that it works, I use it on tenor and soprano with excellent results.

While it seems counter-intuitive, it's really not, since soprano ukes typically have lower tension strings than tenors.

TheCraftedCow
01-20-2013, 07:39 PM
A concert low g is no worse on a soprano than pulling GCEA up to ADF#B. For a real trip try g C E a (another low g pulled up to a). Aquila makes the smooth red monofilament low g for soprano. Hmmmmmmm.....even though I don't look at the strings as I play, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of 1 red 3 white, but the two outsides the same colour restores symmetry. It's a great sound for the blues. Dirk from Southcoast is the one gave me the idea to do quatro tuning on a soprano.

kapahulu50
01-21-2013, 06:28 AM
Just make sure you aren't damaging the nut slot with a wider string

TheCraftedCow
01-23-2013, 09:10 AM
Filing a wider space is not a problem. To revert back to narrow, a small taped dam fore and aft filled with baking soda and a drop of cyanoacrylate glue restores it to an uncut condition. Recut as needed.