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    '`'`'`'`'`'`'`'`'`'`' Jacob's Avatar
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    Default Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    Available in LP, S, and T styles.
    17 inch scale, fret marker at 10th fret, and huge amount of bridge compensation available to accommodate heavier strings.
    Converts to octave mandolin with a little nut slot enlargement.
    Would also accept (tenor) mandola tuning.
    Pickups are ok, but hotter ones would be better. (NFI.)

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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob View Post
    Converts to octave mandolin with a little nut slot enlargement.
    Would also accept (tenor) mandola tuning.
    What string gauges would you recommend for conversion to mandolin, mandola, and octave tuning? The price point sure is attractive.

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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    Yea $120.00 is a great price
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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    17" is too long to get the G and the DAE, all on the treble clef
    E just too tight to reach pitch..

    a Mandola CGDA is more realistic its close to an H type mandola scale length

    012 022w 032w 044w. with the windings a magnetic nickel electric guitar, would get a reasonable set.

    that, in bronze, is what I use on my acoustic Mandola... maybe bump the .044 up to an .048"
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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    These all have a 17 inch scale.

    Tailpieces require ball-end strings.

    I would also strongly recommend nickel or steel electric strings for the pickups.

    Mandolin tuning is not a viable option.

    Mandola (CGDA) tuning should work with mandolin string sets, but I haven't tried it.

    Octave, I use:
    G - .052 wound
    D - .036 wound
    A - .024 wound
    E - .014 plain

    The .052 G string isn't "floppy".
    There is more than enough compensation available at the tailpiece for accurate intonation.

    Inexpensive round files that work well for nut slot enlargement are available from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply (nfi)

    A little sanding with a Scotch-brite Heavy-Duty Scrub Sponge yields a nice speed neck.
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    Well thanks guys. That's very attractive to me as I play tenor guitar as my main instrument and am familiar with Mandola tuning. WOuld be fun to add a small solid body electric to the arsenal in that tuning. Maybe I'll give it a go.

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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    I play a 17" scale with a dropped E on my Tomo. Works great!
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    Well I just ordered one of the little black LP styles with intentions of putting CGDA strings on it. Will let everyone know my impressions when it arrives.

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    Well, I got it in and had a chance to play around a bit. The stock strings are GCEA: .012, .022, .016, .011 thousandths. Plus or minus a thou as my calipers acting up. The neck is nice. The pickups sound good to my ear and have plenty of output but do not appear to be reverse wound for humbucking in the middle position. I wish there were adjustable pole pieces. The nut is ill fitted and the slots were too wide, which actually made the switch to mandola tuning easier (no need to widen the nut slots). The body feels light weight and cheap, probably plywood. The tuners are dodgy. I don't like the saddles. Fixable, really. The cavity needs some shielding.

    Having said all that, I put on CGDA strings (.042, .032, .016, .011) and it was no problem to get the intonation right. Sounded fine playing through my amps and effects. String spacing is a little wide for my taste, but its easy to adapt. I would really prefer a longer scale 19-21, but in any case I think its well worth the asking price to get a 4 string electric mandola.
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    Default Re: Vorson solid body electric ukuleles

    Ya wow I see what you mean pretty wide spacing . Herman

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