Re-string baritone with GCEA low-G

pavel.severov

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Is it okay to wish for this? Where to buy such strings?
Or is it possible to convert DGBE? (get rid of D, turn GBE to GCE, and find somewhere high-A? :·)
Will the sound be good? Is it worth the efforts?

Thanks in advance for the recommendations! :)
 
I tried that a couple years ago, I found a cheap vintage baritone and figured I'd put GCEA on it, but it sounded terrible, so I put DGBE on it and sold it, since I don't play baritone.

But, Phd has low G GCEA for baritone...Living Water can probably sell you a set too.
https://www.danielho.com/physical-shop/premium-ukulele-strings
 
Thanks! That's what I'm afraid of :)
Don’t despair it can be done and it can sound good. It is like having a low G tenor with more resonance and sustain. I have done it with a concert gauge set of strings (smaller diameter, less tension, it works) and added a low G 4th. Living Water and PHD make sets specific for what you want to do.
 
I have several baritones, and I've tried the PhD Low G baritone strings a couple of times. To my ears, they sounded awful on my Western Red Cedar and Black Walnut, and OK on an old Harmony all Mahogany. It's my intention to try a different Low G set on an all Sycamore model I'm currently building. I also tried the Guadalupe Low G set that are tuned an octave lower; didn't care for those at all.
 
I have a Bari with normal Bari tuning, one with Island tuning, and one with Island down an octave tuning. The Island tuned one plays well enough, but I can't say I like it any better than some of my Tenors. The Island down an octave one is interesting. It sounds fine one note at a time, but chords sound really muddy. So, I intend to use it like a bass, which is what I wanted it for anyway.
 
Thanks! That's what I'm afraid of :)
Don't be afraid of it. Acoustically, most baritones will work better in C tuning than in linear G. It actually works better than a low G tenor (since you can use an unwound *and*unfloppy low G on the bari). There's some perspective from Southcoast here: https://web.archive.org/web/20180428075505/http://www.southcoastukes.com/ti-linearbaritone.htm

The PhD strings mentioned above are your best commercially-available option. You can also combine the strings from the Aquila (high G) set and a low G from a regular bari set to try it out (but the tensions will be funny with one wound string only).
 
Don't be afraid of it. Acoustically, most baritones will work better in C tuning than in linear G. It actually works better than a low G tenor (since you can use an unwound *and*unfloppy low G on the bari). There's some perspective from Southcoast here: https://web.archive.org/web/20180428075505/http://www.southcoastukes.com/ti-linearbaritone.htm

The PhD strings mentioned above are your best commercially-available option. You can also combine the strings from the Aquila (high G) set and a low G from a regular bari set to try it out (but the tensions will be funny with one wound string only).
the article was really interesting and it does seems to be way for both my Romero B6 and Cordoba mini.
 
Don't be afraid of it. Acoustically, most baritones will work better in C tuning than in linear G. It actually works better than a low G tenor (since you can use an unwound *and*unfloppy low G on the bari). There's some perspective from Southcoast here: https://web.archive.org/web/20180428075505/http://www.southcoastukes.com/ti-linearbaritone.htm

The PhD strings mentioned above are your best commercially-available option. You can also combine the strings from the Aquila (high G) set and a low G from a regular bari set to try it out (but the tensions will be funny with one wound string only).
the article was really interesting and it does seems to be way for both my Romero B6 and Cordoba mini.
 
Ukulele: GCEA vs DGBE (via Tom Waits “Cold Cold Ground” :·)

1) GCEA: Tenore Lanikai ULU21TEK
2) DGBE: Baritono Makala MK-B
3) GCEA: Baritono Makala MK-B

DGBE (“Aquila 89U Baritone Red Series”) has been re-stringed to GCEA by getting rid of D, turning GBE to GCE, and adding A (from the “Aquila 23U Baritone High G New Nylgut”)

 
Don’t despair it can be done and it can sound good. It is like having a low G tenor with more resonance and sustain. I have done it with a concert gauge set of strings (smaller diameter, less tension, it works) and added a low G 4th. Living Water and PHD make sets specific for what you want to do.
Dave, what low g did you add? Was it a regular one, intended for a concert uke? Was it wound or not? Thanks.
 
Not one hundred per cent sure but I believe Benny Chong tunes his baritone like a tenor. I heard Benny and Byron Yasui play a short set my last trip to Hawaii.
 
Dave, what low g did you add? Was it a regular one, intended for a concert uke? Was it wound or not? Thanks.

I usually use a Fremont Soloist squeekless wound for the low G string. That string works well with all the different scale lengths, including soprano. That’s if you want to go crazy and make a soprano low G, I have, it’s fun.
 
If baritone is to be tuned gCEA then it must be one octave lower than soprano. Trying to tune it like a soprano would be silly or worse.

It doesn’t have to be an octave lower, not low G anyways. Use either strings made specifically for this (Aquila and Living Water) or low tension strings like the thinner concert or soprano gauge. I have done this in the past with a Pono baritone, so has a friend.
I did it out of curiosity but I like a baritone tuned DGBE for that deep, low resonant sound.
 
Ukulele: GCEA vs DGBE (via Tom Waits “Cold Cold Ground” :·)

1) GCEA: Tenore Lanikai ULU21TEK
2) DGBE: Baritono Makala MK-B
3) GCEA: Baritono Makala MK-B

DGBE (“Aquila 89U Baritone Red Series”) has been re-stringed to GCEA by getting rid of D, turning GBE to GCE, and adding A (from the “Aquila 23U Baritone High G New Nylgut”)


I loved this experiment Severov. I expected to prefer the tenor uke over both bari tunings and the DGBE tuned bari to the GCEA tuned bari, but I really love the sound of the Bari with the GCEA strings over the other two. It sounds rich and full. Nice playing and singing as well.
 
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