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    Default low DGBE tuning on tenor uke: solution

    I'm new to the forum and don't know if the answer is already out there but I haven't seen it, and in case anyone else hasn't and wanted to know how to tune a tenor uke to linear DGBE tuning instead of dGBE tuning, guilele or guitalele strings work for me.

    I don't enjoy playing instruments larger than guilele but want to play electric guitar songs. For now I'm using my Cordoba 20tm-ce as a 4 string electric until I buy an electric guitalele.

    The uke is basically the same size as my Cordoba guilele (Pic attached).

    The guilele doesn't have a truss rod so I hoped that the uke could hold its strings. So far so good

    I have an extra set of guilele strings, Aquila Red E-E. I don't know the gauge but ukulele Reds are pretty fat. The guilele Red is wound and on the thin side.

    My tenor is strung: Aquila Red guilele- D
    D'addario classical guitar- G
    Freemont blackline bari-tuned tenor- B & E



    It sounds great tuned this way.
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    I agree, DGBE can sound really good on a tenor.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I was about to try this myself, rather than buying the Pono baritone i have been lusting after. I have a semi-wound low G that I was going to try dropped to D (other strings would be flourocarbon low G, C tuned down to B and E).

    If that doesnt work i understand that a classical guitar A (number 5) would work but it may not gel with the other strings in which case i will have to choose between GCEA and dGBE which i am really struggling with. Unfortunately i am not permitted a large instrument collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    Unfortunately i am not permitted a large instrument collection.
    It's a good thing ukuleles are small instruments, eh? You should just get some more of those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    I agree, DGBE can sound really good on a tenor.
    What strings would you recommend for a tenor ukulele tuned DGBE? I want to try it. If I like it I will then have to buy another ukulele because I like the high g on the tenor also.

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