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Thread: Tenor strings for down tuning: World of Ukes Clarity strings

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    Smile Tenor strings for down tuning: World of Ukes Clarity strings

    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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    This was very informative. It's nice to see new strings, especially from Worth.

    Your demo is very well done here

    Thanks for the video Jim.
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Thanks Joe. It's impossible for a player to tell (me anyway) if these really are a different formulation or just different gauges from their regular catalog. They feel like standard flourocarbon to me. Thickness was the same or maybe a tad thinner than the Southcoast mediums that came off, but those were the "soft" variety so maybe these are a "harder" variety to give the intended higher tension. I personally wouldn't want to wind these up to C tuning as they were designed for, but I'm sure others would love that.
    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    That really did sound nice, Jim. Good review and very nice sound. Thanks for posting this.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Thanks Jim. I'll admit to some nervousness as you bought them based off my review - glad you ended up liking them! That uke is a beaut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John boy View Post
    That really did sound nice, Jim. Good review and very nice sound. Thanks for posting this.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    Thanks Jim. I'll admit to some nervousness as you bought them based off my review - glad you ended up liking them! That uke is a beaut.
    It was a bit hard of a gamble as even the creator admitted not trying what I was suggesting.
    But hey, they're still Worth clears so I figured they'd be good somewhere even if my target didn't work.
    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    I want to get truly loco and downtune a gCEA tenor uke 2 1/2 steps to dGBE. Three reasons: 1. I like that lazy downtuned tension, 2. I like the lower tone but still w/ re-entrant, 3. so I can play w/ guitars and not have to transpose on the fly.

    Based on this thread, I was planning to get some Clarity tenor strings to attempt this madness. However, I wonder if there are any other likeminded folks who might recommend other super-high-tension fluorocarbon tenor strings they‘ve successfully used to go from gCEA to dGBE and still have it sound non-stupid-and-awful.

    FWIW, I got the idea after doing 10 years on a nylon-stringed soprano and then getting my first non-cheap uke, Martin T1K tenor with Martin fluoro strings. My fingertips were like, “ow!” so I kept downtunong until I liked the tension. Turned out I’d downtuned 2 whole steps. “Hell, I’m almost all the way down to baritone uke/guitar land, so why not try one more half-step and go all the way,” I said. But that last half step just got things all flubby/tubby/limp-rubber-bandy. I figured there has to be some even tensionier strings around to go the full measure.

    Thanks to all you beautiful people and your cumulative dank knowledge. You make civilization worth the trouble.

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    I don't think these would work well. If you watch the video, I'm pretty sure i did Ab first and it was "OK" but it is better tuned up to A. If you wanted to try dGBE, you would want to go there first and no higher. Starting at C and going down like you did on the T1K, the strings have lost a lot of the elasticity. If you stop at G, it might work.

    Having said all that, there are sets designed for tenor dGBE that may work better for you with less experimentation.
    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Thanks! I'm sure I'll eventually get some strings specifically made for tenor dGBE. For now, though, I'm hellbent on at least trying the downtuned version for the super-low tension aspect. I'm a strictly "clumsily strum while you sing" player, so I don't really need the fingerpicking clarity.

    I hadn't even thought about the issue of elasticity. Thank you for pointing that out. I will stop at G and try to preserve the elasticity. I think I will go ahead and get the Clarity strings, though I'll keep my eyes peeled for any potentially tighter tenor strings that would also lend themselves to sounding not-unlistenable when downtuned.

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    Here's a good discussion of the topic with some ideas for specific string sets and "formulas" for constructing your own:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...or-dGBE-tenor/
    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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