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    Quote Originally Posted by 13down View Post
    I think a lot of us (probably the OP, and definitely me) are concerned that some are not built in a way that accomodates the low G as well as possible. As in, sometimes the low G booms and rattles the top, or is overly louder than the other strings.

    So I guess, based on that, I've made the presumption that overall quality is separate from being constructed for a low G. I am sincerely curious to hear if you think that's not the case - that overall quality is really the thing, rather than being built particularly for low G.
    I am actually a low G aficionado and I have never experienced the concerns you list. Perhaps that is due to my playing choices: always tenor ukuleles and always brown Worth strings. Or maybe I've just been lucky. I have experienced booming and buzzing with my baritone bass string. I use all unwound strings and regardless of manufacturer that D string rattles and requires some palm muting. However, as I said, I never have had that problem with my low G ukuleles.

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    I've had a similar experience re: the baritone bass string. I love that Worth make an unwound baritone bass string but it requires muting. I eventually started only using re-entrant dGBE tuning due to wanting to use only unwound strings without dealing with buzzing. Eventually I realized that I like that tuning better anyway.

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    for my baritone I always use South Coast strings (light medium linear). I seem to prefer them to Worth or Living Water--in the baritone. With my Low G tenor, nothing but Worth has ever been around those tuning pegs.

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    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -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, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Thanks for all the help guys. At this point, the tone wood doesnít concern me as much as the idea of just getting an uke thatís well suited for low G tuning. Even though the TT has laminate, the uke itself comes stock with low G which makes me believe it was made for it.

    I would love to have a fully solid TT, but itís a little out of my price range. So far the TK35 is in the lead with the TT just behind.

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    Just be aware that the G string slot in a slot bridge can be too narrow to accommodate low G. I have a low G on my KPK (within your price range) and it sounds good, but I had to do a little bit of modification to the bridge with a bit of sandpaper to make that happen. It looks like the TK-35 has a tie-bar bridge, which is good for your purposes.

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    So I guess, based on that, I've made the presumption that overall quality is separate from being constructed for a low G. I am sincerely curious to hear if you think that's not the case - that overall quality is really the thing, rather than being built particularly for low G.


    So besides the Tiny Tenor coming from the maker strung with low G, which other ukes in the $200 to $500 range come that way by design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob g. View Post
    So I guess, based on that, I've made the presumption that overall quality is separate from being constructed for a low G. I am sincerely curious to hear if you think that's not the case - that overall quality is really the thing, rather than being built particularly for low G.


    So besides the Tiny Tenor coming from the maker strung with low G, which other ukes in the $200 to $500 range come that way by design?
    For me, I’ve accepted that in my budget, I’m not gonna get something “high quality” but instead, something decent and acceptable. So with that said, I prefer to have whatever it is that gives me the best tone and play ability in low G.

    As far as I know, the TT is the only one designed around low G.

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    Ukes are not "designed around low G" (with some rare exceptions like kasha-bracing, but that's not what we're talking about here). Use of a low G is a setup issue. If you use an unwound low G string which is way thicker than an unwound high G string, some adjustments to the nut and possibly the saddle may be needed. If you're ordering from somewhere that does a setup anyway (HMS, Mim, Mainland, Uke Republic, Elderly, etc.), they will setup for your preferred string for no extra charge.

    Your other option is to use a wound low G which is usually about the same thickness as an unwound high G and so an extra adjustment is usually not necessary.

    You really should consider the TK35 in the marketplace. It's already low G and a great price. (No affiliation with the seller, it just looks like you two are a match.)
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -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, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Ukes are not "designed around low G" (with some rare exceptions like kasha-bracing, but that's not what we're talking about here). Use of a low G is a setup issue. If you use an unwound low G string which is way thicker than an unwound high G string, some adjustments to the nut and possibly the saddle may be needed. If you're ordering from somewhere that does a setup anyway (HMS, Mim, Mainland, Uke Republic, Elderly, etc.), they will setup for your preferred string for no extra charge.

    Your other option is to use a wound low G which is usually about the same thickness as an unwound high G and so an extra adjustment is usually not necessary.

    You really should consider the TK35 in the marketplace. It's already low G and a great price. (No affiliation with the seller, it just looks like you two are a match.)
    You wouldn’t say the TT is designed around low G given that it comes from the factory that way?

    I’m considering the one in the marketplace, but it has some cosmetic flaws that I haven’t decided whether or not it would bug me.

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