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    Take one Eddie Finn 8 string ukulele (the neck is 1.75" wide), and yank nylon strings. Install a selection of Silk'nSteel strings and tune as a mandolin. Set action buttery smooth and low for ease of playing. Sounds utterly sweet...

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    Check your string tension. Lots more stress on body and neck from even XL silk-and-steels, than nylon ukulele strings.
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    Default Re: Mando Uke conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by NotMelloCello View Post
    Set action buttery smooth and low for ease of playing. Sounds utterly sweet...
    I'd love to hear it if you can swing a sample clip for some strummed chords

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    Check your string tension. Lots more stress on body and neck from even XL silk-and-steels, than nylon ukulele strings.
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    At last! A peace-time application of the ukelele!

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    Feeds the myth that a mandolin is just a little guitar. Actually like it a lot, the slotted headstock and wider fingerboard opens up a new dimension for the mandolin. Would love to hear how it sounds.

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    Nice. I tried the acquila soprano 5ths string on a uke, but broke the E tuning to mando pitch.

    I need to get another set and go an octave lower.

    Id love to hear that 8 stringer.

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    Already found a problem.... The cheapy tuners must go! But so far, it still plays nicely and sounds good. Always loved the sounds of the mando family. All I lack is a mandola and a mando bass... Sorry - no way to record it or post a clip. Maybe in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotMelloCello View Post
    Take one Eddie Finn 8 string ukulele (the neck is 1.75" wide), and yank nylon strings. Install a selection of Silk'nSteel strings and tune as a mandolin. Set action buttery smooth and low for ease of playing. Sounds utterly sweet...

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    I tried a similar conversion on a Vorson 4 string ukelele and had no success. The 17 inch scale made the E string break every time. I tried 0.010, 0.011 and 0.012 without success. The strings I was using were steel for the electric. What was I doing wrong? I would love to be able to use this as a 4 string mandolin.

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    A 17" scale would be good for a mandola conversion. I think the longest scale I've ever seen on a mandolin is 15" so that extra 2 inches is probably just a little too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seter View Post
    A 17" scale would be good for a mandola conversion. I think the longest scale I've ever seen on a mandolin is 15" so that extra 2 inches is probably just a little too much.
    I agree with you. The Eddie Finn 8 string ukulele has a 17 inch scale also, so how did NotMelloChello pull this off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilca View Post
    I agree with you. The Eddie Finn 8 string ukulele has a 17 inch scale also, so how did NotMelloChello pull this off?
    Yes, exactly. Did NotMellowCello tune to standard pitch (A=440) or something lower. What is the gauge of those E strings? I want to order an Eddie Finn 8 string so I can try it also but I'm going to wait awhile so you can report on changes as time goes by. If the bridge does not pull off or the top sag at the soundhole or the neck bow, then I'm in. The neck strength should be good because of the 1-3/4" width.

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