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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Of course, we are not talking about proper ukuleles - i.e. sopranos. Putting a low G on a sop. is a criminal offence.

    John Colter.
    I agree with this. I have a low G on a concert, a tenor might be better , but not a soprano.
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    So you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Of course, we are not talking about proper ukuleles - i.e. sopranos. Putting a low G on a sop. is a criminal offence.

    John Colter.
    Ha,ha, love this! Very funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Of course, we are not talking about proper ukuleles - i.e. sopranos. Putting a low G on a sop. is a criminal offence..
    Unless it's a long neck soprano. Then it's fine.
    And I guess you better not tell Daniel Ho/Pepe Romero about this law.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    There's no problem taking a ukulele into low G:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Of course, we are not talking about proper ukuleles - i.e. sopranos. Putting a low G on a sop. is a criminal offence.

    John Colter.
    Well, not always...

    I have a Waverly Street soprano I got used from Mitch Katz, and he bought it new - strung with a low G.

    The low string is a little floppy, but it sounds quite nice.

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    I guess it depends upon which state you live in.

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    "Unless it's a long neck soprano" - Ain't no sich thang, Jim - if it's concert scale, it's a concert (with a small body.)

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    Last edited by ukantor; 08-09-2019 at 09:48 AM.

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    This thread meandered in interesting ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoolie View Post
    I was warned that cheap ukes can suffer damage to neck and bridge by mounting a low G string. Is this correct?
    In what way were you warned that it would it damage the neck or bridge? Was there something particular to the string that this person who warned you told you would cause this damage? All I can think is that they thought that the string would have too much tension, and I don't think that is how it works. I believe that all the strings on a ukulele are about equal in tension and the tone comes from the diameter of the string and not from tension. My research tells me that is why you can't just tune the string an octave down, because the tension has to be fairly equal on all of the strings for it to strum well. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I believe is true. So using that as a criteria, it wouldn't make any difference unless you were trying to force some other diameter string to produce your low g.
    Last edited by Rllink; 08-09-2019 at 09:53 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    In what way were you warned that it would it damage the neck or bridge? Was there something particular to the string that this person who warned you told you would cause this damage? All I can think is that they thought that the string would have too much tension, and I don't think that is how it works. I believe that all the strings on a ukulele are about equal in tension and the tone comes from the diameter of the string and not from tension. My research tells me that is why you can't just tune the string an octave down, because the tension has to be fairly equal on all of the strings for it to strum well. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I believe is true. So using that as a criteria, it wouldn't make any difference unless you were trying to force some other diameter string to produce your low g.
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    Some guy on facebook stating imperiously that he had often seen it happen. Saying that since I had not strung a lot of cheap ukes with Low G, I didn't know what I was talking about.

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