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Thread: High E string for GDAE on tenor uke?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    San Jose, CA

    Default High E string for GDAE on tenor uke?

    I've switched a couple of my concert ukes to GDAE using the Aquila sets for soprano with good results, but I would like to string a tenor this way too.

    When I tried the sopraono set on a tenor, the E string couldn't take the tension and broke. At this point I have a Tahitian uke string on it, (neon fishing line) but its timbre doesn't match the richness of the G D & A strings. It sounds thinner and less resonant.

    Does anyone know of a resource for a high E string for a tenor sized uke?

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    That's tough. If you look at the Southcoast charts, the XLL set is high tension for high F tuning on a tenor. This puts the top string at D. You may have to shoot for FCGD and then if you really need GDAE put a capo at the second fret. Or you could go for GDAE on a concert scale.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    San Jose, CA



    I'll check out Southcoast.

    Dropping to FCGD would be a work-around I could live with if I had to, but it would be nice to find something that works for GDAE.

    Mahalo again for your input!
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