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    Question 5-String Tenor Ukes (Hi AND Lo G)?

    I was was thinking that a Tenor Uke with a double 4th 'string' comprised of both Hi and Lo G strings could be an enticing proposition! There must be something like this available. Does anyone know of/have experience with such a beast? Thanks!
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    Yes I owned a Compass Rose 5 string tenor and it was very nice. I had it set up with Low G on the 5th position and high G on the 4th. It had a wonderful chimey, shimmering sound to it.
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    Ohana TK-35G-5

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    They are common and Joe Souza can be seen playing a Kanile'a of that kind sometimes. Taimane is also well known performer with 5 string uke.

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    Hello Tom Karol,

    As said above, 5 string ukes are common, just a regular uke with a "course" (double string) as the lower string, 2 g's set an octave apart, fretted by the same finger.
    But if I'm not mistaken, you are searching for an instrument with 5 separate strings which would let you play alternatively with hi g and low g, are you ?

    If so, i've got good news for you : such an instrument indeed exists, it's a called a " canarian timple", basically a 5 string tenor uke used in folk music in the canaries islands. The original tuning is re-entrant, but of course you can tune it anyway you want. I've got mine strung g-G-c-e-a and nicknamed it "omni-tenor".
    The truth is you get best of both worlds and this enables you to play regular low g repertoire with the addition of nice campanella effect thrown here and there.

    You might also consider the baritone version of this instrument, which is called a Rajao. All these are not widespread, but not impossible to purchase online, for a reasonable price.
    Hope this helps, regards.
    Gilles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Karol View Post
    I was was thinking that a Tenor Uke with a double 4th 'string' comprised of both Hi and Lo G strings could be an enticing proposition! There must be something like this available. Does anyone know of/have experience with such a beast? Thanks!
    I have a Kmise 5-string and a Cocobolo 5-string, both tenors. Very nice sound. I don't recall if the G-strings are high or high/low. Adding strings to a uke produces a very nice sound. I have 4, 5, 6, and 8-string ukes. More is better.

    The Kmise ($58) has high and low-G.

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    No, I was just wondering about, "... just a regular uke with a 'course' (double string) as the lower string, 2 g's set an octave apart, fretted by the same finger." I now see that they are readily available. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Karol View Post
    No, I was just wondering about, "... just a regular uke with a 'course' (double string) as the lower string, 2 g's set an octave apart, fretted by the same finger." I now see that they are readily available. Thanks!
    Right, the double strings are fretted just like single strings. No problem at all, but tuning takes some time and care.
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    Well, I once owned a 12-string guitar …
    Q: How long does it take to tune a 12-string guitar?
    A: Nobody knows!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Karol View Post
    Well, I once owned a 12-string guitar …
    Q: How long does it take to tune a 12-string guitar?
    A: Nobody knows!
    Speaking of tuning - A banjo player spends 90% of his time tuning and the remaining 10% playing out of tune.
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