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    A friend has been given a baritone ukulele , is it ok to just to change the strings to make it play like a tenor one instead of a baritone ?
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    It's somewhat common, especially for those with larger hands, to tune a baritone to GCEA. However, you need to use much thinner—lower tension—strings to be playable, and even then the tension may be uncomfortable to many ukulele players. Those used to steel string acoustic guitars won't give the extra tension a second thought! I've setup a few baritones thus (roll my own fluorocarbon strings):

    1 = Seaguar Pink Label 40 LB, .022"
    2 = Seaguar Pink Label 50 LB, 0.026”
    3 = Seaguar Pink Label 80 LB, 0.032”
    4 = D'Addario Pro Arte silver wound .028"

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    Yes to the above. To be clear, there are special baritone string sets made for g,C,E,A tuning and you would buy those special sets rather than a tenor string set if you didn't want to go to the trouble of making up your own custom set.

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    To add the conversion a thinner string is necessary to lessen tension. I have used concert gauge strings with good results. But because of the extra length needed you will have to go with Worth strings which are double length. That does make it more expensive
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Aquila do a Baritone gcea set as well.

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    Thanks for the reply’s, only having played a tenor ukulele myself I was a bit stuck. I will pass the info on to him.
    Oldden

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    I bet Mike Middleton at Living Water could make you up a custom set.
    https://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/living-water-strings/
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    I buy my baritone string sets from Uke Logic through HMS. Both D and C scale are available. They are my favorite strings.
    Chuck Moore
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    I bet Mike Middleton at Living Water could make you up a custom set.
    https://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/living-water-strings/
    And Uke Republic lists it in stock at the moment
    Baritone Low G Set gCEA $16.85 ea
    https://www.ukerepublic.com/store/p1...n_Strings.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
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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    Yes you can but why would you?
    You don't stop playing when you get old. You get old when you stop playing

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    Brunswick BU4-B baritone
    And a whole heap of other instruments...

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