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    Default How Do You String Your 6 String Ukes?

    Hi All, I think my next uke (after I get my CR whenever it's done) is going to be a 6 string tenor. I have seen folks string up those ukes in various ways.

    Doubling up on the G and E
    Doubling up on the C and A

    How do you have yours strung and do you use wound strings and if so on what strings?

    Let's see some video links or audio links to hear it if you can. Would love to hear the various ways. Already scoured YouTube but looking for something current with cleaner audio (maybe a SoundCloud link) and some more accurate information on the type of strings used, etc.

    Appreciate the info everyone.

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    Good query, Jay. I'm going to sit back and see the answers, too.

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    I'm under the impression that a standard 6 string uke has the C and the A doubled.. I have mine strung G cC E AA for a high G setup. I think leading with low c compensates a bit for the high G. I'm using Southcoasts. I do wonder if anyone else uses a similar aA set up for the first two strings though. I haven't seen one with the G and E doubled.

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    Aloha Juay,
    I myself prefer octaves meaning HI C and Low A for My Kamaka's....no unison for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by mm stan View Post
    Aloha Juay,
    I myself prefer octaves meaning HI C and Low A for My Kamaka's....no unison for me
    I'm with Stan. Octaves make my 6string sound so full, like two differently tuned ukes playing in unison.

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    Ok, some of us are very visual. I want maximum fullness and "chime." If standard tuning is G CC E AA, what setup are you using? High G? CC or CA or?
    AA or Aa or ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_J View Post
    I'm with Stan. Octaves make my 6string sound so full, like two differently tuned ukes playing in unison.

    Me too. And, through experience, I have found putting the high A on the outside and the high C on the other side works best for my playing style. I accidentally strung one of my 6-strings with the A strings reversed and immediately noticed the difference. Oh, and Southcoast Strings, which you are probably happy to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Ok, some of us are very visual. I want maximum fullness and "chime." If standard tuning is G CC E AA, what setup are you using? High G? CC or CA or?
    AA or Aa or ???
    start with regular reentrant tuning

    G:C:E:A

    add higher octave C+, and lower octave A-

    => G:C,C+:E:A-,A

    BTW here's a sample of my 6-string. https://app.box.com/s/xqg3mccjl4u9umzr94vo
    Last edited by Doc_J; 09-08-2013 at 12:46 PM.

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    Ok, I think I've got it. My current setup does not make my Pono sing like want (doesn't fair well compared to savagehenry's Sailor 6 string with the same setup) Sounds like I need to get a regular C, a C+ and a low a string. Hmmm, I was only 3 strings off. Thanks Doc. I think I'll try it. I originally got turned on to a 6 string after hearing/playing a custom 6 string concert. The lady that had it didn't know how it was set up.

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    It is all personal preference and there are many prior discussions on 6 string tunings.
    I went with low G octave C's and unison A's.
    I like the octave A's when strumming, but melody and fill notes sounded weird.
    For straight strumming I agree with high G and octave C's & A's.
    Keep Strummin'

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