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    Default Guitar for uke players

    Uke players thinking of migrating to the guitar? Here's a tip: do it in stages. Start with a four-string cigar box guitar. That will get you accustomed to the spacing of the frets and also to the tension (and callous-abusing nature) of the steel strings.

    After you're comfortable on the cigar-box scale, you can upgrade to a proper six-string.

    The cigar-box guitar is an uber-baritone uke you can use to jam with any guitar session, too.
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    sounds like an excuse to give into UAS!
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    Or just go straight to a Guitalele. The fret scale is very hand friendly and they are pretty cheap. I made a version around 2 years ago and I absolutely adore playing it. One day I'll get around to doing some MP3's on it. It's amazingly loud too, even in comparison to my full size Guitars.

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    Another route is via short scale guitars. There are quite a few nice options out there. Martin and Taylor both make nice acoustic guitars for travel, small statured people, and uke players. Ibanez, Gibson Epiphone, and Fender Squier make cool mini electrics all of which are between 100 and 200 dollars.
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    I'm having fun with my CBG. It's a funky instrument and has a wicked sound. Took it into the local music store where they sell Gibson, Epiphone & Fender and everyone wanted to try it and get photos of themselves with it. Like it enough I'm considering getting another.
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    tenor guitar?
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    Can you consider a cigar box guitar to be a tenor guitar? 4 steel strings...
    Or does a guitar need to have a banjo headstock and a floating bridge besides the 4 strings to be considered a tenor?

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    Well, I migrated from the guitar to the ukulele and if you could see my buying pattern, it looks like I'm migrating back....fist was a concert, then a tenor, (a couple of sapranos in between) and now to the baritone and to tell the truth, I've been looking at some parlor guitars. Where will it all end? I guess when I finally work my way back to my martin dreadnaught. <G> Seriously, I think it's whatever you set your mind to. I had been struggling with picking my Martin since spending so much time lately with the Uke's. But I did pick up my guitar last week and really concentrated on playing it and to my amazement, it worked out just fine. I think it's a whole lot of just mind over matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichadwick View Post
    Uke players thinking of migrating to the guitar? Here's a tip: do it in stages. Start with a four-string cigar box guitar. That will get you accustomed to the spacing of the frets and also to the tension (and callous-abusing nature) of the steel strings.

    After you're comfortable on the cigar-box scale, you can upgrade to a proper six-string.

    The cigar-box guitar is an uber-baritone uke you can use to jam with any guitar session, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooville View Post
    Well, I migrated from the guitar to the ukulele and if you could see my buying pattern, it looks like I'm migrating back....fist was a concert, then a tenor, (a couple of sapranos in between) and now to the baritone and to tell the truth, I've been looking at some parlor guitars. Where will it all end? I guess when I finally work my way back to my martin dreadnaught. <G> Seriously, I think it's whatever you set your mind to. I had been struggling with picking my Martin since spending so much time lately with the Uke's. But I did pick up my guitar last week and really concentrated on playing it and to my amazement, it worked out just fine. I think it's a whole lot of just mind over matter.

    wooville
    Exactly! I also came from the guitar to the ukulele. I get out my guitars every now and then and to my surprise they seem huge! Even my parlor seems big. But, it's just a matter of getting use to it again. I think it would also be cheaper to just go to the guitar and not bother with all the in between steps.
    Last edited by Garydavkra; 10-25-2012 at 11:23 AM.
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    I have a Blueridge BR-40T tenor guitar. It's scale length is a bit longer than that of a baritone ukulele, the strings are closer together than baritone ukulele strings (making the neck narrower), and it has steel strings and a fixed (not floating) bridge. Tenor guitars are frequently tuned like tenor banjos (from which they evolved); mine is tuned DGBE, like a baritone ukulele (known as Chicago tuning in the tenor ukulele community), so I didn't have to learn new chord shapes. I love it to death. It sounds like a guitar and has gotten me accustomed to guitar string spacing. I bought mine on eBay from Jamie at Hot Strings Guitars in Rhode Island. That's Jamie in the video.

    Last edited by mds725; 10-25-2012 at 07:17 PM.

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