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Thread: G3 C3 E3 A3. Is such a thing possible

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    Default G3 C3 E3 A3. Is such a thing possible

    Recently tuned the a in my tenor to A3 and quite liked the sound but way too floppy, got me wondering if it was possible to tune a uke G3 C3 E3 A3.

    Or some variation thereof.

    Look forward to peoples thoughts.

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    Tuning your top string an octave down is called cuatro tuning. Southcoast strings have a great page on it here:

    http://southcoastukes.com/007.htm

    I recently tuned a soprano to DgbE in this way and loved it for strumming. It's great fun!

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    Aquila's GCEA baritone set (23U) is tuned like that.
    But I don't think it will work on a tenor scale - it's already quite floppy on the baritone IMHO.

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    Buy a bass guitar, capo it on the second or third fret and retune to suit ... or is that an octave too low?

    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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    Reentrant C an octave down. Hmm, yeah I guess it's possible, but it will be a challenge finding strings. Fro my reading, it seems like the Aquila 23U is standard high g tuning which is G4 C4 E4 A4. If you really meant an octave down for all strings, I agree a baritone scale will be a must and you're probably going to have to get a special nut to accommodate the thicker strings.
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    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
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    My 6 string is tuned g cC E aA which is a bit like cuatro tuning but with a high G. (Some will go for G cC E aA on a 6 string) When I bought the 6 string I asked was the low A a low G string tuned up a tone and he said yes. Obviously tuning your existing A string down an octave is going to make it floppy but why not replace it with a low G string and tune it up to A?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    Obviously tuning your existing A string down an octave is going to make it floppy but why not replace it with a low G string and tune it up to A?
    Yeah, the G3 and A3 strings aren't the hard part. It's the C3 - if that was really meant. That's a step below a baritone 4th string. I can be proven wrong, but I don't think that's going to work on tenor scale.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Yeah, the G3 and A3 strings aren't the hard part. It's the C3 - if that was really meant. That's a step below a baritone 4th string. I can be proven wrong, but I don't think that's going to work on tenor scale.
    If that's what he meant then I agree. Taking the C string down an octave on a tenor just isn't going to sound right. Taking the A string down - as per cuatro tuning will, though. With a suitable A string, of course.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

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