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    Default Fluorocarbon strings for a Kala super tenor

    Hi,
    I've just gotten a super tenor ukulele, the Kala KA-ASZCT-ST Solid Spruce top with Ziricote laminate back and sides. The strings that came with it were D'Addario nylon, very thick/stiff/hard hurt my newbie fingers, so I tried the Martin M620 tenor, which are too short and just as problematic, albeit with much better tone.

    I'm looking for fluorocarbon strings that would be easier on my fingers. I also know someone else who is in the same boat who needs a similar solution for a high-G Tenor.

    In another thread I mentioned this and the responses were:
    "track down a set of baritone GCEA strings"
    "Uke Logic would be a good bet:
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...tone-gcea.html "

    Does anyone have experience with setting up a super tenor for "low-G GCEA/Key of C" tuning?

    I've used the Oasis on a baritone ukulele which worked well. But, I'm concerned that they will not work with the super tenor as well. I'd rather have the super tenor sound more like a ukulele than a guitar.

    thanks in advance!

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    If the scale of your super tenor is the same as a baritone’s, then the bari strings should be fine. Scale length is more important than the size of the body.
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    super tenor usually means 19" scale whereas standard tenor is 17" scale and most modern baritones are 20". Strings designed for baritone are generally going to work on the super tenor.

    You mention "Oasis on a baritone ukulele". I assume those were at DGBE tuning so would NOT work for GCEA tuning.

    I'd suggest Living Water:
    Baritone Custom Set GCEA
    https://cargo.ukerepublic.com/produc...carbon-strings

    Uke Logic is probably good too, just by reputation of the seller, but I haven't seen any reviews yet:
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...tone-gcea.html
    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
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    I play super tenors exclusively and I use concert strings because they have less tension, which should be what your fingers want. If my memory is correct, I currently have high-G worth browns on one ukulele and low-G Fremont blacks on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    super tenor usually means 19" scale whereas standard tenor is 17" scale and most modern baritones are 20". Strings designed for baritone are generally going to work on the super tenor.

    You mention "Oasis on a baritone ukulele". I assume those were at DGBE tuning so would NOT work for GCEA tuning.

    I'd suggest Living Water:
    Baritone Custom Set GCEA
    https://cargo.ukerepublic.com/produc...carbon-strings

    Uke Logic is probably good too, just by reputation of the seller, but I haven't seen any reviews yet:
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...tone-gcea.html
    Is this the one you recommend?

    Baritone Custom Set GCEA Low G with additional A string (5 strings total)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I play super tenors exclusively and I use concert strings because they have less tension, which should be what your fingers want. If my memory is correct, I currently have high-G worth browns on one ukulele and low-G Fremont blacks on the other.
    Low g Fremont are intriguing to me. How compliant are they?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    super tenor usually means 19" scale whereas standard tenor is 17" scale and most modern baritones are 20". Strings designed for baritone are generally going to work on the super tenor.

    You mention "Oasis on a baritone ukulele". I assume those were at DGBE tuning so would NOT work for GCEA tuning.

    I'd suggest Living Water:
    Baritone Custom Set GCEA
    https://cargo.ukerepublic.com/produc...carbon-strings

    Uke Logic is probably good too, just by reputation of the seller, but I haven't seen any reviews yet:
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/acces...tone-gcea.html
    Sorry, didn't answer your question.

    The Oasis were set up low g/gcea/c tuning.
    Not DGBE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Low g Fremont are intriguing to me. How compliant are they?
    Thanks!
    I'm sorry, but I don't know what compliance means for ukulele strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Its not actually a Tenor, the name is confusing. Its a baritone with a small (tenor sized) body.

    If you want a true tenor you need to find a uke that has a 17" scale length. You can never make a 19" baritone scale length into a 17" tenor scale length. With current materials and string technology and fret spacings, GCEA has not been widely successful thing on the 19" scale length. Many players just buy a uke with a 17" scale length to access GCEA tuning.

    You should be asking if anyone has experience in setting up a baritone in low G GCEA tuning.

    Trying to pass off a Baritone uke as a Tenor to beginners should be challenged and taken to the USA consumer affair organisation if necessary.

    Those who use GCEA tuning on a baritone scale length should be able to answer the question in this thread.
    Jim [See below] from the great state of North Carolina seems to think it's a good thing.
    I believe that those who seek a sound between Baritone DGBE and Tenor high G GCEA would be satisfied with a solution, no matter how "FrankenUke" it may seem to the unbeliever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I'm sorry, but I don't know what compliance means for ukulele strings.
    You're right. It's subjective. Let's say D'Addario clear nylon, fat and hard and stiff, are on the far end of the spectrum. Oasis softer fluorocarbon strings on the other end.
    Who makes something compatible wifh Super Tenor which has a balance of good sound and softer interface with the finger?

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