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Old 02-18-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Weird idea?

I've had zero success trying to play a 6 string - my fingers just dont' fit the strings/frets.

I can play a bass. Plenty of room on the neck.

My daughter has a ukelele and I can play that semi-successfully -just need some practice. I know / am learning the cords. I've seen rock songs played on a uke and saw a book in the store over the weekend -'metallica for the uke'.

SOOO...what if I turned a guitar into a uke? As in 4 strings tuned as a uke?

Thinking a bass with a moved bridge and guitar strings. Or a guitar but that would need new nut/bridge/pickups (to fit 4 strings).

So a couple of questions...
Pickups -are they specific to a string (thickness)? If you put guitar strings over a bass pickup do you get an acceptable sound?

Would it sound like a uke or a guitar? I"m thinking guitar, just an alternate tuning.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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Man good luck with that. And yes that is wierd.

Try taking some lessons for the 6 string or hell play some uke!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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Try finding a cheap junior size bass on ebay or similar. I think they're the same size as a normal guitar but would obviously be set up for 4 strings. I guess there's a potential truss rod issue, as the tension wouldn't be as much as it was made for.

You could also probably get some cheap guitar pickups to experiment with, although I don't know that they'd be the same size as the bass pickups you'd be removing so some woodwork may be required.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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i've taken 6 string lessons three times in my life- my fingers do not fit, period. I cannot hold one string down, I get 2 or 3. It's hopeless.

Googling shows that guitar/ukes DO exist - yamaha makes an acoustic-ish version. The 'big' ukes are tuned as the top 4 strings on a guitar - seems each size uke is tuned differently. Odd.

Woodwork isn't a big deal. Spacing of the strings/pickup might be...perhaps find an acoustic bass...since many uke's (and classic guitars) run nylon strings maybe a classic guitar...some are cheap, even new. No pickup issues that way either. Hmm.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:03 AM   #5
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When I was starting out on uke & guitar, I had the same problem and was thinking of doing the same thing.
I played uke for a long while but got frustrated by the lack of tabs for my genres
Eventually just picked up the guitar and started playing uke stuff on it, turns out I just needed to get some co-ordination/strength in my hands for guitar

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:07 AM   #6
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Also, the placement of the bridge is directly related to the placement of the frets. You can't just move a bridge.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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Eventually just picked up the guitar and started playing uke stuff on it, turns out I just needed to get some co-ordination/strength in my hands for guitar


totally this.....if you really want to play guitar (which i'm guessing you don't....because every bass play I know can play guitar to some level) just keep trying until you get it or else take up drums

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:51 AM   #8
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The Presidents of the United States Of America play guitars and basses with some of the strings missing. Just remove two of the strings and tune the remaining four like a uke. Problem: Solved.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:37 AM   #9
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The Presidents of the United States Of America play guitars and basses with some of the strings missing. Just remove two of the strings and tune the remaining four like a uke. Problem: Solved.

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You might want to hack some different slots in the nut to get the spacing a bit more regular. You might be able to do something similar with the bridge, depending on type of bridge.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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Its about practice and technique on guitar. I doubt your hands are too small. If they truly are too small, get a 3/4 size guitar.
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