#1
well...my aunt just came back from hawaii...(see where this is going?) anyways, i got a cheap ukulele. comes out of tune fairly easily so i want to change the tuners, i've got 'bout 50 bucks american to spend so...best ways to spend my money? reason why i'm going so cheap is that if i wanted to go any more, might as well just buy a new ukulele right?

i'm a little pumped 'cuz i just learned how to play cowboys from hell on it...seems pretty ballin'

EDIT: can i use guitar tuners for a uke?
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well...my aunt just came back from hawaii...(see where this is going?) anyways, i got a cheap ukulele. comes out of tune fairly easily so i want to change the tuners, i've got 'bout 50 bucks american to spend so...best ways to spend my money? reason why i'm going so cheap is that if i wanted to go any more, might as well just buy a new ukulele right?

i'm a little pumped 'cuz i just learned how to play cowboys from hell on it...seems pretty ballin'

EDIT: can i use guitar tuners for a uke?

What size is the ukulele? Is it solid wood? What are the woods it is made from? You're not giving us much to go on, here.

Look here for tuners and upgrades. I highly recommend installing a bone nut and saddle on it and changing the strings to Aquila Nylgut strings. They are the best strings available, in my opinion, and strings make a world of a difference.

Edit: most likely, you cannot use a guitar-specific tuner for an ukulele. You should invest in a Korg CA-30 chromatic tuner. An ukulele is tuned as G C E A. Here is a link to get you started: http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php
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#3
i have a friend that tunes with a normal tuner, i think

anyone ever put pickups on a uke and distort it? hows it sound?
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#4
i would've told you more but...i don't know anything about it....it's just a cheap tourist souvenir uke. and it would probably be much better to just get a new one...but i'm just lookin' for a cheap fix that'll work until i feel like buying a new one
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save yourself fifty bucks and spend 100 bucks on a new one, i've played the like and they aren't bad

but that is from a non-uke player
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Take it to the pit *reported*.

We should know what size the ukulele is before recommending another one or any kind of "fix": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukulele#Ukulele_sizes
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Take it to the pit *reported*.

We should know what size the ukulele is before recommending another one or any kind of "fix": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukulele#Ukulele_sizes



ok according to wiki...i've got a soprano on my hands

since i'm a guitarist, should i invest in a baritone uke? it's tuned the same as a guitar (basically) and portable, should be good for trips and vacations...anyone know a good one?
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ok according to wiki...i've got a soprano on my hands

since i'm a guitarist, should i invest in a baritone uke? it's tuned the same as a guitar (basically) and portable, should be good for trips and vacations...anyone know a good one?

I don't see why tuning would be an issue. If anything, it would make for a more solid foundation of musicianship and applying different tunings to guitar.

As an ukulele player, I was pleasantly surprised with the new Silver Creek baritones. I'd recommend you look into them; it's the best value for the money available to mainland customers.

Do not buy an ukulele with laminate construction. They will give you a horribly misguided idea of what an ukulele is supposed to sound like.

I hope this helps.
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chad...your now my go to guy for uke stuff...i guess i'll be saving for a new uke and just settling for the time being...so in your opinion should i go for a soprano, concert, or baritone? i just plan on trying to play music that i play already (more on the rock side of the spectrum) so would it be easier to transcribe to a baritone or a soprano/concert? also chords are probably easier on a soprano/concert right? so that might be a factor...
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If you want a good entry level, check out the Mahalos in both the soprano and baritone line. Hamano's are great, but most of the ones I've seen are concert quality and quite a bit more cash.
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If you want a good entry level, check out the Mahalos in both the soprano and baritone line. Hamano's are great, but most of the ones I've seen are concert quality and quite a bit more cash.

The problem with entry-level ukuleles versus guitars is that guitars hold some semblance their value, while ukuleles do not.

Yes, it would be easier to transcribe to a baritone ukulele,
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A serious uke player here

Seriously, I'd advise you to buy yourself a proper uke. The difference is so noticable and they feel so much nicer to play. I play a Ashbury Koa Tenor uke, was about $200/£100 but was sooo worth it.

If you like the uke sound, I would advise you to not buy a Baritone. Don't sound like a ukulele as they're just too big. Tenor's are a nice size for guitarists and there's plenty of tabs out there for ukes. If not they're an easy instrument to play by ear.
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A serious uke player here

Seriously, I'd advise you to buy yourself a proper uke. The difference is so noticable and they feel so much nicer to play. I play a Ashbury Koa Tenor uke, was about $200/£100 but was sooo worth it.

If you like the uke sound, I would advise you to not buy a Baritone. Don't sound like a ukulele as they're just too big. Tenor's are a nice size for guitarists and there's plenty of tabs out there for ukes. If not they're an easy instrument to play by ear.

First of all, that's *an* ukulele. Secondly, they do not sound like soprano ukulele, but they certainly sound like an ukulele (since . . . well, they are one).
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A serious uke player here

Seriously, I'd advise you to buy yourself a proper uke. The difference is so noticable and they feel so much nicer to play. I play a Ashbury Koa Tenor uke, was about $200/£100 but was sooo worth it.

If you like the uke sound, I would advise you to not buy a Baritone. Don't sound like a ukulele as they're just too big. Tenor's are a nice size for guitarists and there's plenty of tabs out there for ukes. If not they're an easy instrument to play by ear.


He knows what he's talking about. If I were to buy a ukulele I'd go Tenor sized because Baritones end up sounding like the top four strings on an acoustic guitar. Essentially, that's all they are. Tenors keep their ukulele sound because of their higher tuning (GCEA), but they can get a pretty well-rounded sound, as opposed to the Concert or Soprano sizes.

As far as brands go, get a Kala. And you should order one through musicguymic on ebay, he'll take care of you, and he does an amazing job on Kalas. After all, I used to work for him. =P Most people send them out without doing any work on them since they get it from the warehouse, which isn't a good idea. They need work, and musicguymic takes care of all of that, and puts on a way better set of strings for you. You can get a decent-looking laminate for roughly $250 if I remember correctly.

As far as using guitar tuners, I can't help you there. =P
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He knows what he's talking about. If I were to buy a ukulele I'd go Tenor sized because Baritones end up sounding like the top four strings on an acoustic guitar. Essentially, that's all they are. Tenors keep their ukulele sound because of their higher tuning (GCEA), but they can get a pretty well-rounded sound, as opposed to the Concert or Soprano sizes.

As far as brands go, get a Kala. And you should order one through musicguymic on ebay, he'll take care of you, and he does an amazing job on Kalas. After all, I used to work for him. =P Most people send them out without doing any work on them since they get it from the warehouse, which isn't a good idea. They need work, and musicguymic takes care of all of that, and puts on a way better set of strings for you. You can get a decent-looking laminate for roughly $250 if I remember correctly.

As far as using guitar tuners, I can't help you there. =P

That's still rather pricey for a laminate. Laminate ukulele sound . . . horrible. They sound like death to my ears. I would never buy anything except a solid wood ukulele; it's just pointless.

A baritone is NOT anywhere near the same as being a guitar. First of all, baritones have around a 20.1" scale length; far different than a standard guitar. Second, the internal bracing is entirely different to create a unique sound with more attack.

Also, again, the quickest way to make an ukulele sound better is to use Aquila Nylgut strings on it. The difference is night and day.
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