Two guitaleles - Gretsch vs Yamaha

drbekken

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My two bits on the Gretsch and the Yamaha guitaleles, both set up to my particular preference; the ‘Eddie Freeman Special’ tuning, which was recommended to me by the late Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast Guitar & Ukulele company from Mandeville, Louisiana. I miss him in here - he was a well of great ideas, and funny too.
Anyway, here is my little ad hoc comparison of the two guitaleles:

 

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From this side of the camera, I like the sound of the Yamaha better. What strings are on it? Maybe the Gretsch will warm up as the strings break in.
 

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I agree, Jim…and the strings on the Yamaha are Southcoast, which can’t really be beat. I bought a load of those sets from Dirk just before he passed, so I still have some. The Gretsch is brand new, so it remains to be seen if the solid mahogany top opens up over time. The strings on that one are Aquila.
 

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Have you looked at the Aquila 187C string set recently developed by Mimmo with a nice sounding low E string.
Are those the red ones? In that case, I have one set lying about...haven't tried them yet.
 

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They are a set which has mixed materials, recently released by Aquila. Discussed in this thread.

«Micro-guitar»…hehe, it’s still a guitalele…and the strings don’t look like the E to E set I have, which are Aquila Reds all the way, a ‘guilele’ set with low E. Sounds ok though!