Which strings from classical string set for baritone?

jricc

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I was just given a Mitchell solid spruce/lam rosewood baritone. It needed the D and G strings. I bought a set of Daddario Pro Arte normal tension strings. Which strings out of this classical set do I use for the bari? To me it makes sense to use the D and G from the Daddario set. But the tension of these two strings is very rubber band like.
Thanks in advance.
 

Jim Hanks

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To me it makes sense to use the D and G from the Daddario set. But the tension of these two strings is very rubber band like.
That shouldnt make sense.🙃 Those strings are designed for D and G on guitar scale, almost 26", and you have a 20" scale instrument. @Bill1 is correct that you want the 5th and 4th strings.

if you want to use the top 4 strings, you can, but you will have to tune higher to get a normal tension. Somewhere around F Bb D G - which I highly recommend trying sometime, by the way
 

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I'm now using an inexpensive set of classical guitar strings on my Kala KA-T tenor ukulele, and it has a completely different sound/tone than it did with regular strings, deeper and more to my liking. (I utilized the bottom four low strings in the G-C-E-A tuning.)

These strings are only about £2 a set! Normally, I use fluorocarbons, which cost about £7 each set, so I'm saving money as well.
 

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If you buy a guitar set and only use four strings what do people do with the leftover two? Those could be two Es two octaves apart which could have some creative options.
 

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Yup, as others have said, using the middle 4 strings (5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd) would achieve DGBE tuning on a baritone uke.
The DGBE strings (4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st) would achieve GCEA tuning on soprano to tenor ukuleles.
 

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Strings by Mail is good about selling individual strings or partial sets. I just bought a set of Hannabach trebles plus the 4th string for GCEA tuning on one of my instruments. Until someone else clued me onto that I often had two unused strings that usually got tossed after laying around for a while.