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Thread: Which Uke gets the Low G?

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    Default Which Uke gets the Low G?

    Hi guys!

    So, I have a KoAloha Tenor and a brand new long-neck Soprano. I love them both. I have only been playing a few months. I've gotten a lot of my chord work down, even if some of my strum patterns are only so-so.

    Here's my question: I'm thinking of stringing one of my ukes with a low-G as I try to do more finger style stuff. But which one?

    The long-neck soprano makes it so easy to reach long distances. But the tenor has more room on the fret board. The soprano has an INCREDIBLE Hawaiian tone - great for chord work.

    I'm indecisive. Is there an obvious answer?

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    I don't think it is an obvious answer, but I would opt for the tenor. My KoAloha tenor is low g and I love it - I would give a shout out to the PhD low g strings on it. Of all I tried, they sounded the best on that uke.
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    Personally, I would be more inclined to string a tenor with Low-G. Of course, then I'd need to get another tenor. Oh wait...

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    The tenor. Low G never sounds right to me on a soprano. If you talk to the luthier types they can tell you why, but I can never remember the exact explanation!

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    The tenor, the longer scale and larger body do better with low g.
    There are many folks who do put low g on sopranos and concerts though, so the choice is yours.
    Keep Strummin'

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    The tenor! But you can try low G on both and see which uke it suits best.

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    Imo Neither. There's some great fingerpicking techniques with reentrant tuning that you'll want the tenor's wider fret spacing for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapahulu50 View Post
    Imo Neither. There's some great fingerpicking techniques with reentrant tuning that you'll want the tenor's wider fret spacing for.
    Which is why you need two tenors

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    Quote Originally Posted by whit View Post
    Which is why you need two tenors
    Exactly what I was thinking! I have had two tenors strung low g. I like the sound, but ultimately I go back to high g. Now that I have more ukes, I'll probably always leave one in low g.

    Back to your question... Try to string them both in low g and see how they sound. Strings are really cheap and you will get the best answer.
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