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    The only issue is the C string. Any low-G GCEA...

    The only issue is the C string. Any low-G GCEA set can be used for the GDA. The G & A work as-is, and the E just needs to be tuned a note low to D.

    The C string is the kicker. Many...
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    The fact of "fixed saddle" means the builder...

    The fact of "fixed saddle" means the builder should have the instrument in perfect intonation with the builder-provided strings (Oh, if this were always true!). All strings have a minute difference,...
  3. Agree, plus in any house where there is a fridge...

    Agree, plus in any house where there is a fridge with good snacks and better beverages, a porch with a nice breeze, no complaining neighbors, and at least one dog as an at-your-feet audience.
  4. Thread: using a pick

    by SteveZ
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    It's the sound the musician wants that is...

    It's the sound the musician wants that is important. If a pick gives it, the musician decides yes or no. Using a pick (like slap-bass) is just another technique to acquire a desired sound.
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    Sounds like it could be a high fret (3rd or 4th)...

    Sounds like it could be a high fret (3rd or 4th) on that side of the fretboard. If the buzz could be isolated, that would help solve the mystery.

    If that's it, there are a few fix choices. They...
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    A lot would depend on how far off (and it what...

    A lot would depend on how far off (and it what direction) the intonation was off. One can always notch the saddle a smidgeon for all/some/one string rather than a global adjustment. Saddles are...
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    Have to agree. I had a Deering Concert banjo-uke...

    Have to agree. I had a Deering Concert banjo-uke and a Deering 17-fret tenor banjo (which I still have) at the same time. Did a lot of comparing the two.

    The build quality was equal. Almost all...
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    Banjo ukes are a blast. They are quite...

    Banjo ukes are a blast. They are quite versatile, especiakky if you play rock or country at all.

    Banjo-ukes are more "banjo" than "uke" in construction. If one considers them "compact banjos",...
  9. I enjoy my tenor banjo, but there are times I...

    I enjoy my tenor banjo, but there are times I just want something physically lighter. Have had a fewl BUs, but really enjoy the two I have now. The size differences give each an advantage.
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    Intonation - Suggest adding how to do a a quick...

    Intonation - Suggest adding how to do a a quick intonation test, followed by what it means and what fixes follow.

    How and when to tighten tuners - have found too many instruments where the tuners...
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    For me the best of all worlds is the tenor...

    For me the best of all worlds is the tenor guitar. Steel strings have a sweet sound that I just cannot match with nylon.

    I still have more ukes than anything else and they all get playing time. ...
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    Well....depending on what tuning you want, you...

    Well....depending on what tuning you want, you could try tuning a note down (if GCEA is the plan, then FBDG) and then capo down two frets. That would effectively give you concert scale. Even if you...
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    Ed in NZ is a good guy. Have had three (both the...

    Ed in NZ is a good guy. Have had three (both the 8" Sidekcks and stull have the Duke10) of his creations and thrilled with all of them. Have had a ball customizing the D10 and it is the the keeper...
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    Well, the average banjo has an 11-inch head. If...

    Well, the average banjo has an 11-inch head. If there is a music shop near you or if you know someone with a banjo, you can make a dimensional estimate of what size the Duke10 is by measuring where...
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    Had a Sidekick and a Deering banjo-uke, now have...

    Had a Sidekick and a Deering banjo-uke, now have a Duke10. In fact, sold both the Sidekick and the Deering after getting the Duke10. The sound from the 10-inch head matches well with the 11-inch...
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    Concur! John, started guitar at 18 and now 71. ...

    Concur! John, started guitar at 18 and now 71. The years have blown by.

    If the OP wants to stay with instrument makers he recognizes, a visit to the Martin website to view their uke line may be...
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    I haven't had a stringed instrument yet that...

    I haven't had a stringed instrument yet that didn't require some amount of set-up work. Some required more than others and instrument price hasn't excluded any instrument from needing work. One...
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    Intonation adjustments are not that difficult to...

    Intonation adjustments are not that difficult to do, but can be time-consuming. Saying that the fret board has been installed correctly and the strings are decent, the three items which affect...
  19. At the instrument price indicated, it appears...

    At the instrument price indicated, it appears this one may have slipped through whatever quality control inspection was supposed to be done. Based on the photo the nut seems cut off scale. Would be...
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    This topic has a history on other stringed...

    This topic has a history on other stringed instrument boards. The commentary was generally "user beware." The stick-on pick guards and the type of finish on the instrument may not be compatible,...
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    GDAE on a soprano uke is possible, but it takes...

    GDAE on a soprano uke is possible, but it takes patience. Have tried it many times and the E string is the problem. The commercial string sets have extremely thin E strngs which tend to snap ite...
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    Welcome. Have been fifths-centric for quite a...

    Welcome. Have been fifths-centric for quite a while. Have found (the hard way) is that soprano ukes can do GDAE fairly well and the larger sizes do CGDA very well.
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    Have a 6-string and an 8-string. The 6-string is...

    Have a 6-string and an 8-string. The 6-string is tuned C-Gg-D-AA, the 8-string is Cc-Gg-DD-AA. The 8-string is my preferred "folk genre" instrument because of its more "jangly" sound. The 6-string...
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    It depends on the genre, as each seems to ring...

    It depends on the genre, as each seems to ring better with different woods and such.

    For the "Gulf & Western" and country rock stuff, the Lanikai 6-String.
    For classic folk stuff, the OS...
  25. Thread: Big Boy Factor

    by SteveZ
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    After going from several decades of guitar to the...

    After going from several decades of guitar to the mandolin, the transition to uke occurred in trying to turn a soprano uke into a 4-string "travel mandolin." That led me to other uke sizes, as the...
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