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Thread: I am trying to convert baritone from 4 to 6 strings, help appreciated

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2016

    Default I am trying to convert baritone from 4 to 6 strings, help appreciated

    First posted in ukulele beginners thread, sorry.

    I bought a cheap 50 dollar laminated mahogny baritone ukulele from aliexpress a couple of months ago. It looks good and the craftmanship is nice but the sound is nothing like my other baritones.

    I decided to try to convert it to 6 strings With low and high G and 2 high E strings. So far I have changed all the geared tuners like this:

    Picture 5.jpg

    The problem I ran in to is what space do I need between the low and the high G string, I saw a youtube video that said 2,4 mm on a soprano ukulele , is that enough to avoid buzzing on a baritone? Do I need the same Space between the high E strings?

    I llike the sound of 6 strings ukulele and like the challenge to see if this will be playable With ok sound when I am finished.

    Best regards

    English is not my native Language so typing errors may occur.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Sumter County, FL


    Just measured the "dual string" gap on my 6-string tenor uke. The measurements came out to be:

    At the nut and saddle:
    From center-of-string to center-of-string = 2.5 mm
    From interior-edge-of-string to interior-edge-of-string = 2.0 mm

    Have my tenor tuned GDAE (G3-D3-D4-A3-E4-E5) and love it.
    Last edited by SteveZ; 06-05-2016 at 02:11 AM.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2016


    Thank you very much, I hope I can get a good sounding 6 string when I am finished With it.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2016


    Finally managed to finish this project. I like the sound, very different from the other baritones we have. I added high G and low E strings.


    sound samples:
    This one With Aquilla nylglut strings:

    My wifes Morgan baritone with Martin 630 strings:
    Sample 2

    My sons Caramel Baritone With Aquilla nylglut strings:
    Sample 3

    Recordings taken with cell phone.

    Thank you for Your help, maybe I managed to give inspiration to others here.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    PHX, AZ


    Dang, that's pretty handy and cool that you could do that yourself. Nice!
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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