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Thread: linear GCEA (octave below soprano) on a baritone - possible?

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    Default linear GCEA (octave below soprano) on a baritone - possible?

    Anybody ever tried it? I was thinking I can get there using the middle four strings out of a classical guitar set. Or is it madness?

    (FWIW, I'm thinking about doing this on my 20+ inch scale Alvarez.)

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    I believe there are a couple of string sets in that tuning available.

    I found this set.
    EFSBU-SW: EFS Baritone Ukulele set w/ smooth wound bass
    http://www.southcoastukes.com/specialty
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    Rick Turner has made a few baritone-scale ukuleles that he calls "octave ukuleles." I believe he uses the bottom four strings (EADG) of a classical guitar set. I have one of these instruments, and I believe the scake is a little longer than 20". The strings are a wee bit floppy, but I don't think the strings I have are from the highest tension set of classical guitar strings available.

    Here's a link to a video of UU member Ukulele Jay playing his Compass Rose Octave Ukulele.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aea8ZGcNxyI

    An "octave ukulele" search on YouTube revealed found two videos that address what strings to use to turn a conventional baritone into an octave ukulele. Here are links to those videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYNzDsvuOKg UU member Brad Bordessa!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIC1c4wYwTA
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    Quote Originally Posted by river_driver View Post
    Anybody ever tried it? I was thinking I can get there using the middle four strings out of a classical guitar set. Or is it madness?

    (FWIW, I'm thinking about doing this on my 20+ inch scale Alvarez.)
    It's hilarious how much we think alike. I've also been toying with this concept.

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    Shouldn't be a problem with the correct choice of strings. My 20" scale Brunswick baritone is tuned GDAE, an octave below a mandolin. For reference, the bass string (G) I use is a "normal" nylon guitar "E" string ... coincidentally the distance from the third fret on an acoustic guitar to the bridge is similar to the overall scale length of a baritone ukulele
    There are those who will wax lyrical about the ability to play a double shuffle with a split fan and a tight G-string ...
    it just makes me walk funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by river_driver View Post
    Anybody ever tried it?
    Yep. I did. Had a cheap bari which needed new strings anyway so I slapped on a set of Aquilas (23U) as an experiment.

    Wasn't really my cup of tea, was too bulky and sounded too much like guitar - had I wanted that sound I would have started playing guitar right away. But in a group of ukes it adds a nice low end, even though the Aquilas felt a bit sloppy (but as you see I am used to smaller scales so I can't really judge whether this was to be considered "normal")
    Soprano Concert Tenor Bass
    Makala MK-S (Baton Rouge SU-BW)
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    Koa Pili Koko Acacia (Aquila CGDA)
    Big Island KTO-CT (ukuMele)
    Blackbird Clara
    Pono MTDX8 (Worth BM) Kala Ubass EM-FS (Aquila Red)

    more about all my ukuleles on just.4str.in

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    I was thinking linear, and the 23U set is reentrant- but until you mentioned it, I'd forgotten that I have a set of them stashed away. I'll slap them on to decide if any further experimentation is warranted.

    Cap, that's just crazy. Think I need to start wearing a tinfoil hat! BTW did you ever get around to doing anything with that green Harmony?

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    Quote Originally Posted by river_driver View Post
    Anybody ever tried it? I was thinking I can get there using the middle four strings out of a classical guitar set.
    Yes, there are several ways to do it, and I chose Guadalupe strings. I like them very much. I purchased my set from Mainland Ukes.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ritone-strings

    Here is a sound sample, a couple of videos, and a link to a previous thread;

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/FoMrEzC...tone_GCEA.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCyLRHl0wEY#t=75

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...Custom-Strings

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3uUu1YaBfw

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    Quote Originally Posted by river_driver View Post
    Anybody ever tried it? I was thinking I can get there using the middle four strings out of a classical guitar set. Or is it madness?

    (FWIW, I'm thinking about doing this on my 20+ inch scale Alvarez.)
    If you want to do it with classical guitar strings, use the EADG strings, not middle 4.

    Middle 4 strings of classical guitar set corresponds to regular baritone tuning (AGDB tunes up to DGBE).

    Otherwise there are the Guadalupe custom strings:
    http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/pro...c?productId=85


    How does it sound? Here is me trying out the Guadalupe set


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCyLRHl0wEY

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    Quote Originally Posted by river_driver View Post
    Cap, that's just crazy. Think I need to start wearing a tinfoil hat! BTW did you ever get around to doing anything with that green Harmony?
    Oh yeah, I shaved down the bridge, converted it to a string through, and glued the back on. It's actually a decent player. Right after I got her up and running a friend gave me 3 K&K transducer pickups and I came very close to take the back off again and converting her to an electric. Luckily my laziness took over and I never got around to it.

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