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    Default Baritone Ukulele Tuned in 5ths

    So, I bought a baritone ukulele - supposed to be tuned DGBE like a tenor guitar.
    Kinda boring to a 55 year 6 string guitar veteran.

    So, tuned her down to GDAE.

    Now we're havin' fun!

    Not even coming close to 4 finger G chords, but am able to do closed A formations and most open chords.

    So, "Yes Lady, it's a ukulele".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm G. View Post
    ...baritone ukulele - supposed to be tuned DGBE like a tenor guitar...
    "DGBE" yes, "like a tenor guitar" no. Originally tenor guitars were "supposed" to be tuned CGDA like a tenor banjo or mandola. Baritone ukuleles DGBE like the top four strings of a "standard" guitar. I believe DGBE on the tenor guitar is called "Chicago tuning," and is not uncommon, but not "standard" tuning.

    A fifths-tuned baritone ukulele should be a lot of fun; enjoy!
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    Default Re: Baritone Ukulele Tuned in 5ths

    Great idea! You're right in that a bari uke isn't that much fun for most guitar players. I tuned mine down and in fifths last night after reading your suggestion...fun times ahead!

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    I did the same with a Baritone uke and used it on a christmas album I did. I found a set of nylon guitar strings to play with the gauges and get the tension up a bit. I was playing fingerstyle chord melody with it and on some tunes just strummed. I should have held on to the uke but sold it for other things.

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    I have a baritone uke..that I was bored with as a baritone uke. Might be fun to change it up a bit cause it has good tone. Those that have experimented what string gauges did you find to work best...I have a box of odd and end strings.

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    I did the same, but went the extra mile to convert it to a double course instrument. You can check out the video in my recent post in CBOM.
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...r-bodied-Mando
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    Default Re: Baritone Ukulele Tuned in 5ths

    I'm no guitarist, so I haven't bothered retuning my baritone in 5ths; however, I did get a soprano I tuned up as a mandolin. What string guages would you use for a bary in 5ths to keep string tension?
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    What string guages would you use for a bary in 5ths to keep string tension?
    The Baritone Uke is normally tuned as the first four strings of the standard guitar, D-G-B-E low to high, It is not tuned in fifths normally. I used the standard Baritone strings, but I'm tuned to a-e-b-f#, fifth interval tuning but a whole step higher. No problem with string tension in this configuration.
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    Hello,
    I also tune my baritone ukulele in fifths at a e b f#...there is lots playing in fours and in reentrant tuning can afford a player...but just something about he sound of a baritone uke in that a e b f# fifths ... the instrument already add so much dynamics in control of sound , you can keep the normal uke strings too. Try it...its a bit of an abstract to hav it a little high up than the normal tuned g d a e but just play with the chord shapes at the botttom...all the others will fit along fine. Cheers rudy44, great minds think, ...think...how's that go...I forgot :-P

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    Default Re: Baritone Ukulele Tuned in 5ths

    Interesting timing of this thread's re-posting. Since recently finding this guy's (below) YouTube channel with all his wonderful Christmas carol arrangements for his GDAE tuned baritone ukulele, I must admit I've really been lusting after one of my own!



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    Default Re: Baritone Ukulele Tuned in 5ths

    good find! - i tuned mine but the buzzezzzes made me put it back in the closet. strings by aquilacorde were particularly accomodating for the transition, i thought

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    Reviving thread...

    I bought a junky baritone ukulele for my first try at converting a Ukulele to a resonator ukulele. But I thought I’d try a tenor guitar tuning before I start the project.

    I found the website “http://stringtensionpro.com” very helpful. It is D’Addario’s string gauge calculator. Type in the scale length, note/octave, and approximate gauge or tension.

    Scale is 487 mm, (19-3/16 in)
    Tuning is C3, G3, D4, A4
    Used the individual string tensions from a D’Addario standard baritone ukulele string set, EJ65B.

    Results:

    C3 - 14.870 lbs., 0.0380 in. wound
    G3 - 14.370 lbs., 0.0300 in. wound
    D4 - 10.320 lbs., 0.0300 in. Clear nylon
    A4 - 11.770 lbs., 0.0240 in. Clear nylon

    I’ll order the strings and try it out.

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by billkilpatrick View Post
    good find! - i tuned mine but the buzzezzzes made me put it back in the closet. strings by aquilacorde were particularly accomodating for the transition, i thought
    I have changed my Soprano ukes to GDAE Mandolin/Violin tuning. I'm loving it.

    This thread prompted me to see what strings it would take to get my Baritone to CGDA (Viola).

    Here's what I came up with. The tensions are reasonable. and sound pretty good to me.
    I had to be careful with the D because the next larger is wound (.030w) and it was too tight and too loud. I couldn't find a .028w to try. Mandolin chords don't seem to be much of a stretch.

    A LaBella .016 (same string for Soprano GDAE high 'E' string)
    D D'Addario .034
    G D'Addario .041 (maybe a .042 or 43 - .030w was too tight!
    C D'Addario .035w

    -Wiggy

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    Oops: "I had to be careful with the D because" should have been G, not D.

    Now that the string has settled in, I like the .041 for G.

    -Wiggy

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