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    GVlog wrote:
    I'm thinking one of those might make a good travel guitar. Let me know if you ever plan to sell yours.
    I think it can be a very very good guitar at his price. But for sure, you will find the neck a little bulky compare...I don't know it just feel weird a little bit, even if you play already classical guitar!!!

    I don't think I'll sell mine but I can find you one new in Montreal if you want....it's cheap anyway.

    But.....a D-VI or GL6 is years better!!!!!

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    I have both a Requinto (http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo...23/fCvT12Z5Z1o) and a Guitalele (http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo.../3/r_kMMRlbGys). I use the same high-tension classical strings on both.

    Here's a review of the GL-1 with a couple of more instrumental tunes.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo.../8/kjYh63r_IFE Included some buying tips from 14twelve on a German retailer who ships to the US for cheap.

    Most certainly not a toy, and WELL worth the price. It's a uke sized soprano guitar / requinto. I'll most likley be lugging it to UWC if anyone wants to play it.

    Oh and here's a MUCH better player than I who pretty much puts the "toy guitar" thing to bed:
    Last edited by GrumpyCoyote; 05-17-2010 at 08:53 AM.

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    Wow GrumpyCoyote...Thanks for the post! Great videos and information. This Guitalele will really fill a need for me.

    I'm off to buy me a GEETAR!

    Thanks again!!
    William

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-co View Post
    Just bought a Yamaha GL-1 which they call a guitalele but is proberly just a kids guitar rebranded to sell to uke fans like me. I thought it would be good to practice guitar skills whilst sitting on the lounge at night, like I usually do with my ukes, very Homer Simpson like.
    Anyway does anyone know what to tune each of the six strings to? Shop suggested something but sounds pretty average.
    I am surprised that the instrument does not come with a booklet that shows tunings, etc.

    It is supposed to be tuned the same as a guitar, but a fourth higher, therefore (from string #1) AECGDA.

    In other words, the same as standard ukulele, with low G, and two more strings at the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyCoyote View Post
    I have both a Requinto (http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo...23/fCvT12Z5Z1o) and a Guitalele (http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo.../3/r_kMMRlbGys). I use the same high-tension classical strings on both.

    Here's a review of the GL-1 with a couple of more instrumental tunes.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrumpyCo.../8/kjYh63r_IFE Included some buying tips from 14twelve on a German retailer who ships to the US for cheap.

    Most certainly not a toy, and WELL worth the price. It's a uke sized soprano guitar / requinto. I'll most likley be lugging it to UWC if anyone wants to play it.

    Oh and here's a MUCH better player than I who pretty much puts the "toy guitar" thing to bed:
    Hi Grumpy,

    Thanks again for the video.

    Although no one (AFAIK) makes guitalele strings, there are a few string companies (like LaBella) that make reqiuinto strings.

    Therefore, I am surprised that you use guitar strings on the requinto. Have you tried requinto strings?

    Also, although the guitalele and requinto are tuned the same, the requinto has a significantly longer scale, I think 21" as opposed to 17". Wouldn't strings that work well on the guitalele, be too tense on the requinto, with both tuned the same?

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    Another idea about strings.

    Use a set of low G tenor ukulele strings for the first four.

    Use classical guitar strings for the lowest two. (The problem I would have, if I did that, which classical guitar strings for the two basses, to best match the first four? Would it make sense, for example, if one used an Aquila nylgut Tenor Low G set for the first four, to get the lowest two strings from an Aquila Alabastro classical guitar set, also made with nylgut (metal-wound, of course)? Or would it make more sense in that case to just use the whole Alabastro set on the guitalele? Might there be any difference in sound and action, to string the first four with a low-G tenor uke set?

    Has anyone here tried that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GVlog View Post
    I stand corrected. I decided to throw in the specs of a 17" scale guitar into my string tension calculator this evening and these were the results.

    A 650mm scale guitar with D'Addario Pro Arte Composites at EADGBE will yield the following tensions.
    • Normal = 84.00 lbs
    • Hard = 90.25 lbs
    • Extra Hard = 93.48 lbs

    A 432mm scale guitar (17" like the Guitarlele) with D'Addario Pro Arte Composites at ADGCEA will yield the following tensions. This probably makes sense since the surface area of the bridge is much smaller.
    • Normal = 66.06 lbs
    • Hard = 70.97 lbs
    • Extra Hard = 73.5 lbs
    According to that calculator, could one assume, that if one uses classical guitar strings on the guitalele, one should use the highest tension ones available, as even high tension guitar strings on the guitalele result in lower than normal tension on the guitalele? Or are there other factors?

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    Another thought about my idea below--

    It should work, to have a tenor ukulele low g set for the first four strings, correct? The instrument has a similar scale as the tenor uke, and is tuned the same.

    That would be a very different way of stringing it though, no, than using a set of classical guitar strings for all six?

    If one looks at the gauges for example, of the first string of a tenor uke, it is a much smaller gauge than the first string of a classical guitar. Also, some tenor low G sets are all unwound (Worth, for example), whereas the fourth string on a guitar is always wound.

    Anyone tried using a low-G tenor set on strings 1-4 of a guitalele? If so, how did that work, and compare with using classical guitar strings?

    Thank you.


    Quote Originally Posted by maikii View Post
    Another idea about strings.

    Use a set of low G tenor ukulele strings for the first four.

    Use classical guitar strings for the lowest two. (The problem I would have, if I did that, which classical guitar strings for the two basses, to best match the first four? Would it make sense, for example, if one used an Aquila nylgut Tenor Low G set for the first four, to get the lowest two strings from an Aquila Alabastro classical guitar set, also made with nylgut (metal-wound, of course)? Or would it make more sense in that case to just use the whole Alabastro set on the guitalele? Might there be any difference in sound and action, to string the first four with a low-G tenor uke set?

    Has anyone here tried that?

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    Something else folks could consider, who would like a smaller, higher pitched guitar, is a requinto, which you also hear Grumpy play in the video. It is a smaller guitar, that one tunes a fourth up, like a guitalele, AECGDA (starting from string 1).

    Larger than the Yamaha guitalele though, which is similar to tenor uke size. A requinto is a little larger than bari uke size. To tune the larger instrument (I think 21" scale) to that tuning, one needs thinner strings, and there are requinto string sets available, from LaBella and others.

    I recently ordered one, hand-made in Mexico by Paracho Elite (formerly Lonestar), solid cedar, for $195 (15% discount over that) (sales tax though, here in California) from Grizzly Entertainment.

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    I tried an half and half mix D'addario flamenco A,D,G then Worth tenor strings on C,E,A
    I am very happy with the result.

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