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    I am working on an 8-string uke. Is it possible to have an octave on all four strings?
    Gg Cc Ee Aa ??
    A standard set for an 8 string has the G and C with octaves.
    I see from a string calculator that an octave on the A string isn't available.
    How would you set this up?? Any suggestions?
    8-string.JPG

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    Hmm, tricky. Of course, G and C are no real difficulty though the high c needs to be very thin.

    For the A, I think you'd have to go down octave - I don't see how you could get high-high A as it would have to be incredibly thin. Like horse hair kind of thin.

    For the E, again, you could go down octave, but then that's your lowest note on the uke, and it's on the 2nd string which seems pretty odd. A high E might be possible but again would be really, really thin.
    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

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    There was a thread not long ago with the same question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    There was a thread not long ago with the same question.
    I couldn't find it. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    I am working on an 8-string uke. Is it possible to have an octave on all four strings?
    Gg Cc Ee Aa ??
    A standard set for an 8 string has the G and C with octaves.
    I see from a string calculator that an octave on the A string isn't available.
    How would you set this up?? Any suggestions?
    8-string.JPG
    Sorry that I don't have a suggestion to answer the question, but can you please share the link to web page for the string tension calculator in your screen shot here? I've not seen that one before and it looks neat
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    I couldn't find it. Any suggestions?
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...art-on-E-and-A

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    Thank you Merlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe King View Post
    Sorry that I don't have a suggestion to answer the question, but can you please share the link to web page for the string tension calculator in your screen shot here? I've not seen that one before and it looks neat
    https://www.niskanenlutes.com/index....aT7_S3Y0NeT7_E

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    Thanks for sharing the link David. A handy thing indeed.
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    Here's a thought. Instead of GCEA, how about DGBE? As mentioned in the other thread, the middle 4 of guitalele tuning is DGCE so the low octave is trivial. The high octave is d4 g4 b4 e5. Again the difficulty is the high e5.
    I'd say get this string:
    https://www.stringsbymail.com/savare...ring-3341.html

    I have no idea how high that would get but it's half the gauge of the normal e4 guitar gauge, so that with the shorter scale gives it a chance of making it up there.
    Last edited by Jim Hanks; 09-22-2019 at 05:19 PM.
    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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