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    Default looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I have a baritone uke that I am using for this purpose. I was wondering if anyone is using a mando style instrument with nylon, or tenor guitar or uke and which one you liked the best . thanks kevin

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I have a Gold Tone CEB-4 cello banjo. Marcy Marxer (she's a real sweetheart, by the way) model, tuned like a mandocello with nylon strings in 5ths, CGDA.

    Don't know if you'd want to go that low, but it should be possible to use a combination of baritone ukulele and classical guitar strings to tune a baritone uke in mandola tuning, also CGDA but an octave above the 'cello.
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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-style-Ukulele

    This recent thread is my experience with that.

    In short, baritone ukes in CGDA work very well using classical guitar strings.

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I keep a baritone uke tuned in fifths (fluorocarbon 1,2, wound 3,4). I prefer my steel string tenor guitar in all aspects but the bari is an ok smaller alternative, with it’s own voice. I also keep a soprano uke tuned GDAE (using Aquila’s specific set for this purpose). Not crazy about the strings. The lower strings sound choked and anemic but it’s nice for quiet mando practice.

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    thanks

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I too have a soprano uke with the Aquila Nylgut string set (GDAE) and as Bunnyf says, it is fine for playing quietly in the house and very easy on the fingers. I adjusted the nut height on the uke to improve the intonation and it actually sounds much better with the Aquila strings than might be expected for a very cheap instrument.
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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    I too have a soprano uke with the Aquila Nylgut string set (GDAE) and as Bunnyf says, it is fine for playing quietly in the house and very easy on the fingers. I adjusted the nut height on the uke to improve the intonation and it actually sounds much better with the Aquila strings than might be expected for a very cheap instrument.
    Just FYI, I’m using quite a nice LoPrinzi walnut soprano and will say that the tuning just does not bring out the best in the instrument just as uke tuning does not do a mandolin justice. I’d like to try a fluorocarbon set but not sure if anyone has them (I think Southcoast may have had them but they closed a while back with the passing of the owner). I’m gonna check out Living Waters, Ken usually has a wide selection of strings and does custom sets.

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I have a concert sized uke and assumed that tuning it to GDAE would result in too many string breakages. I bought a set of Aquilla Nylgut strings for mandola tuning (CGDA) umpteen years ago but I've never got round to fitting them.

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    Default Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    If you google "nylon string mandolin" this comes up...


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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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