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    Question DGBE Tunomg on Tenor

    I'd like to have DGBE tuning on my acoustic tenor uke would I have to switch the C string to the fourth string for D and the low G to the third and make the A string the B string? Or should I use other strings?

    Thanks for reading my post.

    Sorry about the title ... didn't see the typo until after I posted. Tuning
    Last edited by spirittoo; 05-10-2021 at 07:09 PM.
    My Ukes .... so far
    Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-20 FH
    Hadean Bass Uke UKB-200 FH Ukulele with Steel Strings
    Caramel Baritone
    Deviser Concert/Tenor
    Vanphy Tenor Electric/Accoustic
    Vorson K Style Solid Body Electric Tenor
    All the rest
    Guitars
    95 Fender AG 15 N
    Squire (w/gold letters)
    RW Jameson Electric/Acoustic Nice $100!
    03 Ibanez AK 95
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    I have fitted Aquila Nylgut Baritone DGBE strings to a tenor ukulele and it works fine, just like that.
    The string tension is low of course but its not so low that the instrument is unplayable.

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    Many threads on this. You need different strings. Use the middle 4 strings of a normal tension classical guitar set or middle 4 of a "guitalele" set.
    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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    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Martin Iz - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 (fretless) - Pahoehoe

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    Wellsir ... I looked up the thread dealing with this issue and it made things more confusing So I will try the baritone strings I have and see how it sounds. Thanks for reading my post.
    My Ukes .... so far
    Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-20 FH
    Hadean Bass Uke UKB-200 FH Ukulele with Steel Strings
    Caramel Baritone
    Deviser Concert/Tenor
    Vanphy Tenor Electric/Accoustic
    Vorson K Style Solid Body Electric Tenor
    All the rest
    Guitars
    95 Fender AG 15 N
    Squire (w/gold letters)
    RW Jameson Electric/Acoustic Nice $100!
    03 Ibanez AK 95
    Rogue 090 12 String
    Mandolins
    Rogue RM100A and 111
    4/4 Violin

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    Like Jim Hanks and Bill1 just said, carefully try a few combinations. I think dGBE sounds better on a Tenor as it is hard to get a low D to sound good on that scale length. But that's just me.

    A nylon .036 would work for the re-entry d string.

    -Dennis
    Last edited by Wiggy; 05-11-2021 at 04:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Last time I asked, Ken told me an unwound low-D is unfeasible. Hence he might offer with high-D.

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    Otherwise, a tried and tested method is using the ADGB strings from a classical guitar set (normal tension recommended) and tune up to DGBE.

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    I used a set of Fremont high D tenor strings paired with a Fremont soloist wound string. The soloist is marketed as a low G for soprano through tenor, but works (for me) just fine as a low D on the Flight Phantom tenor.

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    I used the replacement strings I had for my baritone uke ... at first I had it tuned too low because the strings were a bit loose. So I carefully tuned up a octave. The strings are settling in, and it sounds okay. This is what I plan to do with the Fight uke when I get it in July probably. I don't know if it's a high or low D. I would guess high. Now I have the option of DGBE or GCEA tuning on my tenor ukes.
    My Ukes .... so far
    Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-20 FH
    Hadean Bass Uke UKB-200 FH Ukulele with Steel Strings
    Caramel Baritone
    Deviser Concert/Tenor
    Vanphy Tenor Electric/Accoustic
    Vorson K Style Solid Body Electric Tenor
    All the rest
    Guitars
    95 Fender AG 15 N
    Squire (w/gold letters)
    RW Jameson Electric/Acoustic Nice $100!
    03 Ibanez AK 95
    Rogue 090 12 String
    Mandolins
    Rogue RM100A and 111
    4/4 Violin

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