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    Default 17" Scale Guitalele Strings

    It's time to change the strings on my guitalele, so I thought I'd experiment with EADGBE tuning. It's a 17" scale, so I know I'm pushing the limits. I'm not too picky about string tension - anything better than cooked spaghetti noodles would be worth trying. Do you have a recommendation for a set to try? I'd appreciate any good/bad experience reports. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    It's time to change the strings on my guitalele, so I thought I'd experiment with EADGBE tuning. It's a 17" scale, so I know I'm pushing the limits. I'm not too picky about string tension - anything better than cooked spaghetti noodles would be worth trying. Do you have a recommendation for a set to try? I'd appreciate any good/bad experience reports. Thank you!
    I think that there are string sets that do that but they do something with the octave ,not a straight linear tuning. I just found this https://aquilacorde.com/en/shop/mode...lele-e-tuning/

    Good Luck.

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    I just got a guitarlele sounds cool but I’m not used to the wound low g string has anyone changed there’s to a non wound, only got it last night so it might grow on me .

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    La Bella makes a classical guitar set for 1/2 size guitars. E to E tuning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    I thought I'd experiment with EADGBE tuning.
    I haven't tried. I had a 19" scale that came with E strings but even there, I didn't like it as good as G-to-G. If I was going to try E-to-e for 17" scale, I'd probably try this octave higher set:
    https://aquilacorde.com/en/shop/mode...ele-guitalele/

    Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
    https://aquilacorde.com/en/shop/modern-instrument-string-sets/guitalele-guilele-en/red-series-guilele-guitalele-e-tuning.
    But if you want standard tuning, this is probably your best bet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badger uke View Post
    I just got a guitarlele sounds cool but I’m not used to the wound low g string has anyone changed there’s to a non wound .
    I think the only way you're going to get an all unwound tuning for guitalele is a reentrant variant. I've done it G-to-g and most recently B-to-b.

    Quote Originally Posted by SailingUke View Post
    La Bella makes a classical guitar set for 1/2 size guitars. E to E tuning.
    1/2 scale is something like 21 or 22" isn't it? I can't see that working for 17"
    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Maybe it is a quarter size set, I’ve used them before and they work fine.
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    It is close enough to half of a regular guitar scale so probably best to also tune an octave higher with very thin strings. The gauge of those la Bella strings should provide clues if it's suitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    It is close enough to half of a regular guitar scale so probably best to also tune an octave higher with very thin strings. The gauge of those la Bella strings should provide clues if it's suitable.
    Mmmm, it doesn't really work that way. Standard tension classical guitar strings that yield E2-to-E4 tuning on guitar yield A2-to-A4 tuning on 17" guitalele. Trying to wind that up to E3-to-E5 tuning sounds like a good to snap strings at best or rip off bridges at worst.

    I mentioned my reentrant B-to-b tuning. The high B4 string is really thin already, and I'm sure even that would snap long before it got to E5. I have not seen that Aquila octave set, but I gotta believe it has to be using strings that would never work for standard guitar applications.
    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    I used a set of savarez prodige 38 540 CXS.Sounds o.k. to my ears.If you look at any of my guitalele videos you can hear what they sound like.

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    Bill1 - I'm not sure what you're saying. If you want octave up tuning, there are string sets for that as mentioned earlier in this thread. You won't get there with standard sets as that E5 is super thin. You could get E3 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4, with just the bottom string reentrant, by using an extra 4th string tuned up a step.
    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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