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    I started with guitar, and still play it regularly, but I go back and forth between guitar and uke. A tenor is as small as I'll go ... even that fretboard is somewhat cramped in the 1-5 frets. On the classical string tenor I'm building, I widened the nut to the same width as a standard baritone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    My story goes in the opposite direction. I started with a six string acoustic guitar but had trouble with the long scale and fretting (short fingers). Tried switching to a classical guitar but still had fretting and scale length issues. The ukulele scale lengths and strings work for me although I still like the range, sound and volume you can get with a six string guitar.

    And so here I am thinking about baritones.
    Same here. I have played guitar since I was 12 and I'm now 65. A few years ago, it started becoming difficult for me to make the stretches, for several reasons. So I went to tenor guitar, and that made life much easier for pop, jazz and standards (I have an acoustic tenor and electric tenor guitars). But I wanted to continue to play classical music as well, as I used to on my classical guitar. So I found the baritone ukulele and I'm very glad I did. It takes getting used to four strings instead of six -- you have to rearrange the pieces to fit the instrument -- but my baritone uke with soft strings (Worth Brown strings, all non-wound) feels very nice for classical, and it sounds nice to me.

    I have one baritone tuned DGBE, and another tuned lower, to ADF#B, which gives more of a guitar-like sound.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by John boy View Post
    Same here. I have played guitar since I was 12 and I'm now 65. A few years ago, it started becoming difficult for me to make the stretches, for several reasons. So I went to tenor guitar, and that made life much easier for pop, jazz and standards (I have an acoustic tenor and electric tenor guitars). But I wanted to continue to play classical music as well, as I used to on my classical guitar. So I found the baritone ukulele and I'm very glad I did. It takes getting used to four strings instead of six -- you have to rearrange the pieces to fit the instrument -- but my baritone uke with soft strings (Worth Brown strings, all non-wound) feels very nice for classical, and it sounds nice to me.

    I have one baritone tuned DGBE, and another tuned lower, to ADF#B, which gives more of a guitar-like sound.
    Worth browns on both your baritones?
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    Worth browns on all strings except for the low A string on the bari that's tuned A-D-F#-B. I had to use a classical guitar A string for that one, because there aren't any baritone ukulele strings that low. For the D, F# and B, I used the D, G and B strings from a regular set of Worth brown baritone uke strings.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    I've always liked Worth Browns.
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
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    I've had both. Shorter scale of the baritone makes some chords easier to play. However, the steel strings and larger body size of the tenor offers richer sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    My story goes in the opposite direction. I started with a six string acoustic guitar but had trouble with the long scale and fretting (short fingers). Tried switching to a classical guitar but still had fretting and scale length issues. The ukulele scale lengths and strings work for me although I still like the range, sound and volume you can get with a six string guitar.

    And so here I am thinking about baritones.
    There are also short scaled 6-string guitars, like Parlor and Travel sized guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    I've always liked Worth Browns.
    Me too. They are my favorite ukulele string.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    The soprano is the end point for aspiring masters.
    Evolution to soprano:
    Banjo
    Tenor Guitar
    Baritone uke
    Guitar
    Tenor Uke
    Soprano uke.
    Yes, there's a reason why Kamaka calls their soprano the "standard" model. That's where it started for me. Since then I seem to be going to larger ukes.
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
    Eastman EU3C Concert
    Martin S1
    Martin T1K

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