Hi all,

I am hoping to build a couple of through neck cigar box ukes and use classical guitar strings and am hoping the guitar stings will give the cigar box more energy to make more volume. I am not sure what guitar string to use for each comparable uke string.This would be using 20 inch baritone uke scale.

I want to tune to the standard GCEA Uke tuning and am wondering if anyone has experience with classical nylon strings to know what tuning up they can withstand.

For the uke G sting can I use the guitar E string and go up +3 to G with out snapping?

Can the guitar A sting be tuned up +3 to C ?

If I tune the guitar G -2 to E and the guitar B -2 to A will they be too slack?

Can anyone suggest a better strategy to use guitar strings for uke tuning?

I would like to do this using the familiar building techniques that I have used for my standard CBGs. As gifts for a couple people with the deadline of their birthday I just don't have time to learn and experiment with other building techniques.

Any insight on using classical nylon stings on these CB-Ukes would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Titch.... thanks for that instructable. .... gives me some ideas !

Ukes are low stress like the others said. Without knowing any better I have made a couple ukes with a cigar box and bolt on neck. I just glued a block of wood in the box and attached the neck. Glued on a normal uke bridge and no troubles yet - maybe two years old.
Check out Southcoast strings for sets of baritone strings.
Also, Living Water string in the UK, he will make you custom sets, and his strings are really good. Shipping isn't too bad either.
Best of luck with the build and keep us posted, I love baritone ukuleles!

Thanks for the tip on strings. I will post pics and video when I get this finished 


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