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Thread: Experiment: BL-LGs as Low G on a Bari

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    Default Experiment: BL-LGs as Low G on a Bari

    My last set of Southcoast (RIP) LL-NWs gave up the ghost.

    While I search for a new flouro replacement, I discovered I had a set of Worth BL-LGs, which they sell as "Low G Soprano."

    Fitting them up, they're a smidge heavier than the LL-NWs, but up to tension they're actually a bit softer.

    This is a Kala 19" Bari that never sounded Great in Low D, but sounded pretty sweet in Low E. When I got my NUI, which is AMAZING in Low D, I promoted this to "Rennaissance 4-course Guitar" for Renn repetoire like Mudarra. I always liked this guy in Linear C, even for jazz and stuff, though I like my Low G tenor better for that . . . . joy.
    Concert: Lanikai LU-21C (Southcoast MU)
    Soprano: Kala KA-PWS (Southcoast Machete)
    Baritone "Rennaissance Guitar": Kala KA-SBG (C-Linear with Worth BL-LGs currently.)
    Tenor: Kala ATP-CTG (Southcoast LMU-NW
    Tenor "Low G': Kala KA-FMTG (Southcoast LML-NW
    Tenor: Kala SRT-CTG-E (Southcoast LMU-NW
    Baritone "Nui": Pono NS-10 (Worth B-B)

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    Just want to make sure I understand what youíre saying because itís interesting. Is your NUI your Kala baritone that never sounded good in low D tuning? Or is it a different ukulele? We are coming to the point where our Southcoast sets might be wearing out.

    I and others sometimes string our baritones with linear C. Glen Rose uses this tuning with much success in his jazz playing and teaching.

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    I suppose I could google it, but what is "linear" tuning?
    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
    I suppose I could google it, but what is "linear" tuning?
    The opposite of reentrant. So a "low G" uke (GCEA) would be in "linear C" tuning whereas a "high G" (gCEA) would be "reentrant C" tuning
    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
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Re Kimosabe: "We are coming to the point where our Southcoast sets might be wearing out."

    I used Worth for a few years & was happy with them. Then I started experimenting with various sets of Dirk's Southcoast strings. After several years I had chosen the set I was happy to stick with when we sadly lost poor Dirk. Probably I would've ended up with one uke strung with Worth Clears & the other with Dirk's, as I liked them both. So now I'm using strictly Worth Clears. I'm not interested in further experimentation now, I'm too old & can't be bothered.
    Last edited by ukebebop; 09-14-2019 at 06:48 PM.

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    Thanks Jim.
    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 could use some clarification as well. I much prefer 19" baritone over 20" so knowing of other options is good. Are you saying you have the BL-LG set at GCEA tuning on the Kala 19"?
    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
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    I could use some clarification as well. I much prefer 19" baritone over 20" so knowing of other options is good. Are you saying you have the BL-LG set at GCEA tuning on the Kala 19"?
    I was on a Kala spree for a bit. I have a spice tenor and a spruce Bari, both low g.

    The Bari is the object of today’s saga.
    Concert: Lanikai LU-21C (Southcoast MU)
    Soprano: Kala KA-PWS (Southcoast Machete)
    Baritone "Rennaissance Guitar": Kala KA-SBG (C-Linear with Worth BL-LGs currently.)
    Tenor: Kala ATP-CTG (Southcoast LMU-NW
    Tenor "Low G': Kala KA-FMTG (Southcoast LML-NW
    Tenor: Kala SRT-CTG-E (Southcoast LMU-NW
    Baritone "Nui": Pono NS-10 (Worth B-B)

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