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    Default Low G Not for me.

    I have been playing the uke for about 4 months now. I came over after 30 years or so on the guitar. At first the hi g string threw me off a bit. But when I play my concert uke I love the original "UKE Sound". Then I bought a Tenor with the low g setup and honestly, I just can't hear the ringing, jangly uke sound I am used to. SO, tonight I put a hi g set on my Pono Tenor and am loving it. Am I missing something without having one of my ukes strung low G?
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    High G for me.
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    Both. It depends on what you are playing and strumming/picking. I have two Baris strung high/low and two tenors strung high/low. Sometimes in picking melody lines and fill in notes I like the low G, but also sometimes some songs and some picking just works best with high G. It really is a matter of personal preference and what sounds good to you. Lozark
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    Yeah I have the same thing. Low G sounds weird to me. It doesn't sound weird when other people play it, but it sounds weird in my hands.

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    I tend to like High G lately myself and also have been playing mostly sopranos. My Tenor is low G. I guess it just depends. To me the Low G would be best on a baritone lol. I am curious Lozark how do you tune the Baritones?
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    When I first tuned one of my ukes low G I didn't like it. But I stuck with it and after a while it started to grow on me, especially when I found some low G strings I really liked (Worth LGCHHD). Now 1/3 of my ukes are tuned low G and I probably reach for a low G 75% of the time.

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    To me the uke sound is with the reentrant tuning. While I understand why some like low G, to my ears it makes it sound more like a guitar, especially on the larger ukes. It loses the unique quality of those tight chords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkcrown View Post
    When I first tuned one of my ukes low G I didn't like it. But I stuck with it and after a while it started to grow on me, especially when I found some low G strings I really liked (Worth LGCHHD). Now 1/3 of my ukes are tuned low G and I probably reach for a low G 75% of the time.
    Ditto. I tried low g and could never stick with it. There was a song I was determined to learn that was for a low g uke (Herb Ohta Jr. and Brittni Paiva's versions of "Europa") so I kept trying. I finally put on some Fremont Blacklines and was content enough to stay low g, but when I tried these strings (the same Worth LGCHHD that dkcrown likes) there was no going back. I have succumbed to the dark side for good. It is now low g for me all the way.

    I still keep my other ukes high g for when I want that sound on occasion, but I play my low g one 99% of the time.
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    Have you tried dropped tuning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plainsong View Post
    Yeah I have the same thing. Low G sounds weird to me. It doesn't sound weird when other people play it, but it sounds weird in my hands.
    +1. Too much like the guitars I played for 40 years! :-) A uke sounds right with that high g, IMHO. But I've heard some great things out of low g ukes, so that's what makes horse racing.
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