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    Question Question about String Changing

    Hi all,
    Because I play multiple other instruments from different genres of music, I like to hop around when choosing my ukulele music. A lot of jazz pieces recommend using a low g string. Is there a mechanism in which I can quickly change the string back and forth without going through all the time-consuming process to change the string?

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    I would say no. Due to two different gauge strings needing to be used for the high/low string G configuration.

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    I agree with Creb. You need the nut slot for the lo G string filed out a tad wider/deeper, then it won't be right for a thinner hi G string.
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    Even if you change the string, that will put you in string stretching mode every time you change it, since the string removed will try to go back to its original length. A second uke is the only practical answer. Not a wallet friendly one though.

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    I'm inclined to agree that a second instrument is the only really workable solution.
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    Unlike steel strings, polymer strings do not take kindly to continual retuning. They take time to settle to any change in tension so taking them on and off is not a good idea. Most of us own multiple ukes and it's then a good idea to keep some at least in different tunings. That's what I do.
    Last edited by Tootler; 01-10-2018 at 01:50 AM.
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    If you have a tie bridge, you could, instead of attaching the normal way, use a knotted string, or tie a bead on the end of it, that would allow it to be replaced more quickly.

    But personally, I too would have a re entrant & a linear tuned uke, & just go between them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    If you have a tie bridge, you could, instead of attaching the normal way, use a knotted string, or tie a bead on the end of it, that would allow it to be replaced more quickly.

    But personally, I too would have a re entrant & a linear tuned uke, & just go between them.
    It doesn't matter how you attach them the problem I mentioned in my previous post will still be there. It's to do with the physical properties of polymers.
    Geoff Walker

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    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

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    Yay! Time for another uke!

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    A 5 string uke?

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