Re-entrant baritone?

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I have a tenor guitar that isn’t selling so I’m thinking of tuning it like a baritone uke with a high d.
Is anyone tuning their baritone with a re-entrant setup? dGBE work? I had this setup on a tenor banjo for awhile so that I could play “clawhammer” style.
 

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Hi Cornfield, I don't have a baritone any more, but when I did, it worked nicely with the Living Water high-d set available on the Uke Republic website, which I think is the set you're looking for. Have a good week!
 

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I'll be using a very light steel string to get the best sound out of this Martin tenor guitar. Probably "Silk and Steel".
 

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You're only changing one string, right? Won't cost much to try it. Get the appropriate string from your local guitar store for a couple bucks...

I got a baritone cheap off of craigslist and was going to tune it GCEA, but it sounded krappy. Put regular baritone strings on it and it sounded great. But, since I don't play baritone, I sold it to a very happy friend.
 
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You're only changing one string, right? Won't cost much to try it. Get the appropriate string from your local guitar store for a couple bucks...

I got a baritone cheap off of craigslist and was going to tune it GCEA, but it sounded krappy. Put regular baritone strings on it and it sounded great. But, since I don't play baritone, I sold it to a very happy friend.

Right now it's tuned in fifths so I'll need a whole new set of strings. I like fifths tuning but it's just not embedded in my DNA.
 

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I have a short scale steel string tenor guitar, which I currently have strung low D. I have been thinking, too, of changing the tuning. I often play with other six-string guitar players and thought a different tuning would help to add a different sound. I hadn't considered re-entrant but that might be a choice. I like the way it sounds and I have had it on my baritone uke in the past (don't play bari much since I got the TG tho). I didn't keep it on though because I much prefer the logic of linear for finding melody notes finger style (and appreciate the few extra notes). I also am considering traditional fifths tuning, as this would definitely put me in a different sonic space. I do love the range and symmetry of fifths tuning (for playing lead), but, I strum and sing mostly on tenor guitar and like the close harmony of chords in DGBE tuning (If I were playing a break, I would prefer to play mandolin). I might try re-entrant tuning on the tenor guitar, I need to change strings soon anyway.
 
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Right now it's tuned in fifths so I'll need a whole new set of strings. I like fifths tuning but it's just not embedded in my DNA.

When I bought my tenor guitar, it was tuned in fifths but I re-tuned it to Chicago tuning with no problem. As a matter of fact, I still have the same strings on my guitar even though that was way over a year ago. Therefore all you'd really need to do is put a new G string on. And then put the rest of your clothes on. And then go to the store and get a new 4th string.
 

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I have a short scale steel string tenor guitar, which I currently have strung low D. I have been thinking, too, of changing the tuning. I often play with other six-string guitar players and thought a different tuning would help to add a different sound. I hadn't considered re-entrant but that might be a choice. I like the way it sounds and I have had it on my baritone uke in the past (don't play bari much since I got the TG tho). I didn't keep it on though because I much prefer the logic of linear for finding melody notes finger style (and appreciate the few extra notes). I also am considering traditional fifths tuning, as this would definitely put me in a different sonic space. I do love the range and symmetry of fifths tuning (for playing lead), but, I strum and sing mostly on tenor guitar and like the close harmony of chords in DGBE tuning (If I were playing a break, I would prefer to play mandolin). I might try re-entrant tuning on the tenor guitar, I need to change strings soon anyway.

At one time I had it in linear Chicago tuning but I have several 6 string guitars and can play them that way. I like the wide open sound of chords in fifths tuning when playing in an ensemble but that's rare for me. I mostly play and sing solo. I think the re-entrant might give it an unusual voice that will make it stand out.
 

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When I bought my tenor guitar, it was tuned in fifths but I re-tuned it to Chicago tuning with no problem. As a matter of fact, I still have the same strings on my guitar even though that was way over a year ago. Therefore all you'd really need to do is put a new G string on. And then put the rest of your clothes on. And then go to the store and get a new 4th string.

I've done that too but intonation suffers. It also puts unusual stress on the neck. This is a 1928 Martin 2-18T tenor guitar that does not have a truss rod.
 

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Pretty sure I've seen a few people comment that they only have their baritone(s) tuned reentrant & prefer it to linear. I've got a set waiting to try, but haven't got around to trying it yet. Bet it sounds good.
 

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I have a tenor guitar that isn’t selling so I’m thinking of tuning it like a baritone uke with a high d.
Is anyone tuning their baritone with a re-entrant setup? dGBE work? I had this setup on a tenor banjo for awhile so that I could play “clawhammer” style.

Sad to see this get tuned differently. it sounds amazing in your videos. I would have loved to have bought the Martin tenor guitar but I have never played a tenor guitar. So not sure about starting with one that is a bit higher priced. And I am always nervous buying a vintage instrument and not knowing the full scope of potential issues an older neck, other parts, may have. I have learned the hard way. Well, I hope you continue to enjoy the old beauty.
 

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If the tenor guitar is tuned D,G,B,E here is what I would do... figure out what steel strings you currently have, i.e. 10’s, 11’s, etc. It is a probably a stock set. You are tuning the re-entrant D 1 step lower than the E. Either use a high E string or add .001 to it. If the current E is a.011, maybe use that or a .012.

Before I bought my first ukulele, I took an old classical guitar and took off the 5th and 6th strings and swapped out the D for a high E. Put a capo on the 5th fret, liked it and bought a uke from MGM.

John
 

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If the tenor guitar is tuned D,G,B,E here is what I would do... figure out what steel strings you currently have, i.e. 10’s, 11’s, etc. It is a probably a stock set. You are tuning the re-entrant D 1 step lower than the E. Either use a high E string or add .001 to it. If the current E is a.011, maybe use that or a .012.

Before I bought my first ukulele, I took an old classical guitar and took off the 5th and 6th strings and swapped out the D for a high E. Put a capo on the 5th fret, liked it and bought a uke from MGM.

John

When I set up a tenor banjo in re-entrant tuning I just used an extra high E string and detuned it. The luthier I buy strings at is closed for the week and I leave town next week so this project will go on the back burner for a bit.
 

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When I set up a tenor banjo in re-entrant tuning I just used an extra high E string and detuned it. The luthier I buy strings at is closed for the week and I leave town next week so this project will go on the back burner for a bit.

That’s fine. Or you can just hit up the local Guitar Center for a single string. I’ve done that before.

John