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    Hello,
    I have a concert with high G. Was thinking of getting tenor with low G and pickup.
    How big is the difference going from concert to tenor?
    Can't find a tenor at any store in my area to try it out.
    Any insights greatly appreciated.

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    Not a real expert, but have had tons of ukuleles over the years. The tenor will give you a little more finger room to move around the fretboard. Bigger sound overall based on two like models. Depending on your body size you shouldn't see any problem going with the slightly bigger body. Lots of big players play little ones... and Lots of smaller people play bigger ones... Go figure. I guess you have to ask yourself why you want to go bigger...

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    Biggest difference is probably the low G. Then the scale length will be noticably longer, so you'll find a few stretches that were easier with the concert. The fretboard will be a bit wider which may or may not be good depending on the size of your hands. The string tension will be noticeably higher. Soundwise it will be more guitary, especially with the low G. So all in all quite a bit different from the concert. And amplified to boot. But variety is good.

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    Mostly I want a bigger sound. The concert sounds great for solo arrangements for ukulele…but doesn’t do that well when you are trying to impersonate a guitar . I have small hands, so I am a little concerned about going bigger without trying it out. I did play a full size classical guitar once. But, playing a C on classical guitar was a stretch, so no way near as fun as the uke. Considered buying a ½ or ¾ size guitar, but that still feels way too big. So was thinking tenor uke with low G would be just right. It would certainly not be to replace my concert.

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    I started out with a tenor, I have big hands. Then I got a concert and for me there is a very noted difference as my fingers sometimes struggle to fit in the frets. Not a real problem, and it seems to help when I play the tenor. My fingers are getting much more accurate in the placing when I switch to the tenor. BTW my tenor is high G.
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    I'm the opposite of molokinirum.

    I usually play a concert. When I practice with my tenor and then go back to my concert, it seems like I play better.

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    If you want to impersonate a guitar, get a baritone. You can tune it dGBE, DGBE, or with special strings like a uke gCEA or GCEA. Wound D and G or not. Or as I like to do, tune it like a guitar and sometimes capo it at the 5th fret for a regular uke tuning. So it's very versatile. My baritone capoed up sounds as nice as most tenor ukes. With the bigger body it's also louder and fuller. A classical guitar has a huge neck. 2" wide at the nut is normal. A steel string would be 1 5/8" to 1 3/4". A baritone uke is about 1/2 size.

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    Hmmm...Didn't consider the baritone. Does it hold like a guitar? How big is the body compared to a 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar?

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    To me going from concert to tenor is a lot harder than soprano to concert. When I first played my tenor I was missing strings. It took a few hours to "learn" the different distances. (Switching back to concert was not hard.) I play both sizes daily. I have no preference, it depends on the sound I am looking for.
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    I switched from tenor to concert and glad that I made the switch. After playing a soprano I decided that I wanted a bigger sound and more expansive fretboard. Decided to try the tenor since I figured a concert wasn't much of a change from the soprano. Well, I found easy stretches on the soprano became difficult to nearly impossible on the tenor in the lower positions. I was also surprised at its much greater string tension, and, as a result, significantly increasing the required fretting pressure (over the soprano). Bar chords on the tenor became a real challenge above the 5th fret. Finally, I really missed the brighter, harp like tones of the soprano - the tenor was a bit too mellow and guitar like for my taste. (It seemed to loose much of the tonal qualities that originally attracted me to the uke.) So, when the opportunity arose, I switched over to a Concert and am really happy with this sized uke. It has more fretting room than the soprano but not the drastic stretches of a 17" scale tenor. Finger pressure makes playing more comfortable and less tiring, and it's tone is closer in quality to the soprano than the tenor; a nice balance between those two sizes.

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