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Thread: Newbie Koaloha Tenor Ukulele

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    Default ??? Who knew Koaloha Tenor Ukuleles are strung with Low G?????

    Hi guys,

    I just purchased a Factory Second Koaloha Tenor and it looks great!! The only noticeable "defect" is some glue showing by the bridge and it's barely noticeable. I chose Koaloha because of this site!! Never heard of them before but wanted to get the best bang for the buck.

    Since I'm new to Ukes, I tuned the first string to a High G since I didn't know that Koaloha Tenors are strung at low G. The string was going out of tune and I'm afraid I stretched it out too much. I had no idea they sold it with the Low G. I don't see any cosmetic damage on the uke. Do I need to buy a new string sinced I stretched it too much?

    BTW, Great site!! Trying to learn some basic stuff from Aldrine UU Minutes.
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    Congrats on your new KoAloha Tenor. I have one and love it. Playing it right now, in fact. I have mine strung re-entrant (High G). Since you are a beginner I will correct you by mentioning that you should refer to the G string (top) as the 4th string with the A string (bottom) being the 1st string. This will eliminate confusion down the road. Low G is preferable to some and a nice alternative for those that have multiple ukes. Re-entrant tuning is the more traditional tuning of the ukulele and lends to the unique nature of the instrument. Try it both ways. I prefer re-entrant tuning, but sometimes like using low G for some songs.

    What strings are you using and how did you stretch them out? New strings take time to settle in and hold their tuning, so if you are using strings that are fairly new, be patient and get a decent digital tuner like a Snark tuner.

    Good luck and if you are interested in what strings to use, I prefer Worth strings (clear heavy) on my KoAloha.

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    Welcome to the board. If you have the stock strings on your uke its probably Worth strings. The low g string is very slack so try and tune it down an octave. If you didn't leave it stretched out too long it should be fine. Again, don't worry if it feels too loose. That's the way flourocarbon low g strings are by nature. If you want high G tuning, just call KoAloha and ask them to send you a high G string. I'm sure they would do it without charge.
    Aloha,
    Ronnie



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    Thanks for the correction as the 4th fret is the G string. They came with Worth as these are factory strings and I've literally had the Uke for one day! I have a funny story as I originally thought "UKU" was short for Ukulele and my wife, being from Hawaii told me that UKU is lice!!! YIKES!!

    Brian from Koaloha was great and I got lucky that he had a Factory Second Tenor. He said they don't make as many tenors. I believe he has one left so call him right away if you are looking for one.

    I ordered an IMT500 tuner as it had the most reviews as well as a capo. I hope I don't capo songs because I can't play some of the chords. Anyways, I'm off to practicing.

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    Gratz on a great uke.

    I didn't realize Koaloha tenor came by default with a low g myself. No prob, replaced them with a worth clear high g set and it sparkles clarity...You got a great uke there gratz and even an entire re-string is no biggie...just enjoy,

    Chris

    P.S. love the 'lice' comment...worth throwing around in a banter or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by nongdam View Post
    I have a funny story as I originally thought "UKU" was short for Ukulele and my wife, being from Hawaii told me that UKU is lice!!! YIKES!!
    I didn't know that but now that I think about it that makes sense - "ukulele" supposedly translates to "jumping flea"...

    John
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

    Check out my ukulele-themed "stuff" at http://www.cafepress.com/fivebyfiveukulele - proceeds go to a good cause...UAS treatment!

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    haha...didn't know that but makes sense OldePhart...does your name mean anything?? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nongdam View Post
    haha...didn't know that but makes sense OldePhart...does your name mean anything?? lol
    I'm not really as old as my avatar picture (I just find funny pictures of old men on the internet and use them) but I started using that monicker online when my cardiologist told me, in all seriousness, that he'd say I had a very good heart if I was a 75 year old man. I was 50 at the time.

    John
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

    Check out my ukulele-themed "stuff" at http://www.cafepress.com/fivebyfiveukulele - proceeds go to a good cause...UAS treatment!

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    Now that I've played it almost a week, I sorta want the Uke sound with the high G...Tempted to buy a concert Koaloha now!!! Wife will kill me...probably end up just buying new strings.

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    I love my Koaloha Tenor with the high g...as for the wanting to buy a concert...that is the dreaded UAS, I suffer from it too...Cure anyone lol?

    Seriously enjoy,

    Chris

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