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    Default Possibly offensive string question :)

    I've found that my cheapie Fender ukulele is quite capable of some lovely Irish melodies, but I wish that the 4th G string was the thickest and could be tuned an octave lower. I realize that this may be sacrilegious! Is this done, and if so, what string thickness should I look for? Thanks!

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    Yes it can be done and is called low G, a popular tuning. There are two types of strings made specifically for this, a florocarbon and a wound string. The florocarbon is usually.038 the wound .030. The Fremont Soloist squeekless wound is my favorite
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    thank you, Dave!

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    Do you mean a low G string? Many people tune their ukulele in a liner way with a low G (instead of high g). There are lots of string choices but my favourite is the Fremont soloist low G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pix.fairydust View Post
    Do you mean a low G string? Many people tune their ukulele in a liner way with a low G (instead of high g). There are lots of string choices but my favourite is the Fremont soloist low G.
    Ha, that’s funny, we could have wrote each other’s post
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    Which scale is your ukulele?
    Low G is a common choice on tenor ukulele, a bit rarer on concert ukes, and not very common on soprano ukuleles.

    I would say just order some strings and try them out.
    While you are at it, you might want to try out if fluorocarbon strings are for you or not. I prefer them on most of my ukes. I am fond of Worth Browns, which will let you try both fluorocarbon and low G at once.
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    I use Living Water low G fluorocarbon strings, I have then on nearly all my ukes, (long neck soprano to tenor).

    I only use a re entrant if just strumming along to voice, which I don't do very often, but usually just use linear tuned.
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    You can buy individual Low-G strings at places like Uke-Republic and StringsByMail. Both wound and plain.

    Wound Low-G strings will, in general, fit in standard High-g nut slots. Plain Low-G strings are thicker and may not fit the slot on your uke without widening it.

    If the slot it widened, it can sometimes cause buzzing if you return to using a High-g string at a later date. (So far, I have not had this problem, but others have reported it.)

    So measure if you can before you try it.

    As an aside, when I had only been playing for 6 months, I switched my Pono tenor from Living Waters High-g to Low-G and played it for months before I realized the thicker string wasn't seated properly in the nut slot. It sat with about half the width of the string above the top edge of the nut. It was always in tune, and never buzzed. Go figure.
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    UkeLogic also sells a very nice smooth wound (squeekless) low -G string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I.M.Noone View Post
    I've found that my cheapie Fender ukulele is quite capable of some lovely Irish melodies, but I wish that the 4th G string was the thickest and could be tuned an octave lower. I realize that this may be sacrilegious! Is this done, and if so, what string thickness should I look for? Thanks!
    Now you have to decide if you want wound steel or synthetic.
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