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Thread: Baritone Beginner

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013

    Default Baritone Beginner

    Hi all,

    Please accept my apologies if this has been posted before, I'm sure it has, but I am a fresher to the forum and still finding my way around.

    I have recently bought a Lanikai LU21B baritone uke and would like to know a couple of things:

    1) Can I get strings to tune my baritone uke to GCEA, like a concert uke?
    2) If so, will I be able to play the chord charts with the same finger positions as a concert uke?
    3) If I can tune to GCEA where can I purchase the strings? I live in Abu Dhabi and I need a supplier that will post internationally, at a reasonable rate!

    Apologies again if this has been up before..... thanks in advance :-)


  2. #2
    Manalishi Guest


    Aquila make a set of GCEA strings for Baritone
    At least they did a couple of years ago because
    I got a set to try out!
    They are all plain nylgut,no wound strings included
    in the set.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2013


    Fantastic - thank you very much. Sorry to be a bit dense but will I then be able to use the same fingering positions on the frets as you would for a Concert.

    Yours ... Very New Ukist!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    Yes, same chord shapes although it will be the "low G" sound whereas you probably have "high G" on your concert. Living Water also has a custom baritone set for GCEA although I think it is better tuned a little lower - lower tension that way
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Saint Andrews Bay, FL


    the Southcoast linear set tunes to C on a baritone.I have also used the Aquila, which work well on a laminate like the Lanikai.
    for a comprehensive treatise on strings visit his site. not sure if he ships internationally. I'd ask him.
    Last edited by strumsilly; 06-10-2013 at 02:32 AM.

  6. #6
    Manalishi Guest


    The Aquilas I had that were GCEA for Baritone
    came with a re-entrant G (High G rather than
    Low G) so everything was exactly the same to
    play as on a soprano or concert.....

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Salt Lake City, UT


    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Hudson View Post
    Fantastic - thank you very much. Sorry to be a bit dense but will I then be able to use the same fingering positions on the frets as you would for a Concert.

    Yours ... Very New Ukist!
    The traditional Baritone tuning of DGBE uses the same fingering positions as a concert (or a soprano or tenor) just a 5th lower, whether you string it linear (low D) or reentrant (high D). If your only concern was the finger patterns, I'd recommend a set of Southcoast HU-W3 strings and tune to DGBE to have a great reentrant tuned baritone sound. If you'd prefer GCEA -I'd still recommend doing the research on the southcoast website - I'm a huge fan of their strings.
    Blackbird Clara
    Concert Flea
    Pono MB
    Deering Goodtime Banjo Uke (concert)
    Gold Tone Resouke
    Hadean Uke-Bass
    Gold Tone Microbass
    Deering Goodtime Special (5-string banjo)

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii 5min away from waikiki


    I too prefer the DGBE dropped tuned....but if you still like they have GCEA strings....good Luck....
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it is your gift to others

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Blaine, Washington


    Hilo also puts out a baritone string in D,G,B,E. HMS has them. Personally, I like a baritone tuned to either G tuning or Bb tuning. C tuning sounded washed out to me on a bari.

    I have one in Bb and if I want to play in C, I just put a capo on the second fret. Southcoast Strings has a great writeup on strings.

    Yes, the chords would be the same as your concert if the bari. is tuned to C.

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