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    Hi all! I haven't posted here in ages. Anyway this coming week im purchasing a vorson electric tenor uke finally with my paycheck im working 2 jobs now so i have a little extra money to throw around (not enough for a risa but the vorson is in my budget). Anyway i know it comes with crappy strings and strung for re-entrant C tuning. I would like to set it up for low G. My question is which guages do i need and which strings from the set to make it a proper low G and which electric guitar string set is the best to use? I'd like to order the strings with the uke so i can re-string it as soon as i get it. Thanks!!!!
    Current Ukes:
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    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

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    Here's the string recommendations I got for my Risa tenor:

    I have a Risa tenor, here are Risa's and D'Addario's recommndations:

    heavy gauge (about 20 lbs tension):
    high g - .014"
    low-G = 0.030" wound
    C = 0.023" wound or 0.020" plain
    E = 0.016" plain
    A = 0.012" plain

    light gauge (about 15 lbs tension):
    high g = .012
    low-G = 0.026" wound
    C = 0.017" plain
    E = 0.014" plain
    A = 0.010" plain

    A 0.018" for C is is okay. You can buy a standard electric guitar string
    set 0.010" and take the first four strings of this set.

    With kind regards
    RISA Musical Instruments

    And D'Addario's Recommendations:

    Unit Weight Scale Length Frequency Gauge Tension
    (Lb/in) (in) (Hz) (in) (Lb)
    .00001601 19.00 466.20 A# = PL0085 13.00
    .00001794 19.00 440.00 A = PL009 12.98
    .00003190 19.00 329.60 E = PL012 12.95
    .00004984 19.00 261.60 C = PL015 12.75
    .00009184 19.00 196.00 G = NW022 13.18
    .00001999 17.00 466.20 A# = PL0095 13.00
    .00002215 17.00 440.00 A = PL010 12.83
    .00004037 17.00 329.60 E = PL0125 13.12
    .00006402 17.00 261.60 C = PL017 13.11
    .00010857 17.00 196.00 G = NW024 12.48

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    Hi Phil,

    What do you reckon the difference would be between light and heavy gauge set, tone/playability-wise?
    I've had a Vorson for a while, and the first thing I did when I got it was to put on a set of D'Addario's (light gauge), and never gave another thought to the heavy gauge option.
    But now I'm thinking about it again.
    Your thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Afraid there are lots of folks, booli and others, who know more about the differences than I do....sorry. As I understand it, especially for ukes, tension may be even more critical and there is a difference between light gauge and heavy strings. The instruments construction may be the determining factor as to whether it will accept the heavy strings. With Risa it's easy...I can ask Rigk. For Vorson, not sure who you'd ask.

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    I had the Telecaster style Vorson and thought adding heavy gauge strings would make it sound better, but they were too hard to play. I ended up selling it because I actually had no occasion to play a solid body steel string. That's how whims go.
    Last edited by kohanmike; 10-14-2015 at 08:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Here's the string recommendations I got for my Risa tenor:

    I have a Risa tenor, here are Risa's and D'Addario's recommndations:

    heavy gauge (about 20 lbs tension):
    high g - .014"
    low-G = 0.030" wound
    C = 0.023" wound or 0.020" plain
    E = 0.016" plain
    A = 0.012" plain

    light gauge (about 15 lbs tension):
    high g = .012
    low-G = 0.026" wound
    C = 0.017" plain
    E = 0.014" plain
    A = 0.010" plain

    A 0.018" for C is is okay. You can buy a standard electric guitar string
    set 0.010" and take the first four strings of this set.

    With kind regards
    RISA Musical Instruments

    And D'Addario's Recommendations:

    Unit Weight Scale Length Frequency Gauge Tension
    (Lb/in) (in) (Hz) (in) (Lb)
    .00001601 19.00 466.20 A# = PL0085 13.00
    .00001794 19.00 440.00 A = PL009 12.98
    .00003190 19.00 329.60 E = PL012 12.95
    .00004984 19.00 261.60 C = PL015 12.75
    .00009184 19.00 196.00 G = NW022 13.18
    .00001999 17.00 466.20 A# = PL0095 13.00
    .00002215 17.00 440.00 A = PL010 12.83
    .00004037 17.00 329.60 E = PL0125 13.12
    .00006402 17.00 261.60 C = PL017 13.11
    .00010857 17.00 196.00 G = NW024 12.48
    thanks i placed my order today, and ordered a set of ernie ball 9 set, which i will use the DGBE strings to tune to a low G.
    hopefully it works out. I have a lot of material i need to start working on, ill be sure to post sound samples once i get it.
    Current Ukes:
    Makala Shark Soprano (high g)
    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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    Welcome back, Justin!
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    thanks! for my new question.....how do you adjust the trus rod? never did anything like that before.....
    im hoping when it comes sounds/feels good but in case i need to adjust what do i need to do?
    it should be here tomorrow, first thing im doing is replacing the stock strings.
    Current Ukes:
    Makala Shark Soprano (high g)
    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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    Google! Finds gems like this here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...d-doesn-t-work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inksplosive AL View Post
    So the uke came yesterday and overall sounds looks and feels good. I replaced the strings for a low g as the stock ones were cheap and made my fingers black. there was a buzz on the g string on the 3 rd fret so using the small allen key that came with the uke I tinkered with the saddle and was able to make it better but now the e string has a little rattle mostly when playing a bflat chord . I've never "setup" a guitar or uke before and im honestly not confortable with messing with the truss rod . Any advice on adjusting the bridge the proper way ? I just kind of too a guess and it helped but I don't know exactly what I'm doing and things like buzzes and rattles are a huge issue for me any help is appreciated thanks .
    Current Ukes:
    Makala Shark Soprano (high g)
    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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