C  TUNING SETS - Baritone

                                           All Ukulele String Sets have a minimum length of 30 inches.                                              This length allows any set to be used on any sized ukulele.
For the Baritone Ukulele we have three forms for C tuning, the Ukulele Reentrant form, with what we simply call our “Ukulele” sets, the Linear form and the Lili’u form.  However, C tuning, while perfectly viable, is on the high side for an instrument the size of the Baritone, so there are somewhat limited options for each of these forms. Please note that the scale (the vibrating length of the string) varies much more on the Baritone than on other standard Ukuleles.  Older instruments will often have a scale of only 19” while modern instruments are usually a fraction over 20”.  Our descriptions of tension below are based on the modern standard.  If you measure your scale and find it is at least an inch short, then tension will be slightly less than we describe.

MU-NW:  Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings 

Clear strong sound.  Expect high tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone.

                              

SMU-NW:  Soft Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings  

Warmer sound on the high notes, but with no loss of clarity on the bass.  More substantial feel than standard set. 

Expect high tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone.

                                       
C Tuning Baritone Sets - Ukulele
The Ukulele Reentrant form, in what we simply call our “Ukulele” sets, is a difficult scenario to pull off well with a tuning as high as C.   To begin, the range of notes is very high for an instrument this size.  In addition, the typical Baritone is built heavily (often overbuilt) for heavier strings and higher tension.  Finally, it has a much larger soundboard and needs more power than you can typically get from this high a tuning on this long a scale (scale being the vibrating length of the string). There’s only one sure way to pull this off and get decent sound.  That’s to go to a set-up with high tensions.  Anything less will generally give thin, weak performance.  And with these sorts of tensions, we have limitations on the series we can recommend.  The W3s (wound 3rd series) are a great choice for a Baritone in deeper tunings where the tensions can be more relaxed, but when it comes to the truly high tension often needed for Ukulele Reentrant C tuning in this situation, the wound string will not have the flexibility needed to stretch.  Therefore, you’ll see a W3 recommendation below for Light Medium Gauges, but not for the higher tension Mediums. The only people we think should be looking at this option are those who love the Ukulele Reentrant form, find the pitch of C tuning necessary either for vocals or an Ukulele group, and also place a big  priority on the long scale.  Otherwise a smaller instrument will be more appropriate for this tuning.  
C  Tuning Baritone Sets - Linear
The Linear form, with its 4th (in this instance “G”) string an octave down from the traditional Ukulele Reentrant form, hits a depth that is better suited to the size of a Baritone Ukulele.  As such, sets with more “normal” tensions can sound fuller than with the lighter 4th strings of the reentrant form, both because of the depth of pitch and greater mass of that 4th string.  So with normal or even moderate tensions in Linear tuning, the difference in performance will be minor compared to what you will typically hear in the reentrant form.
C  Tuning Baritone Sets - Lili’u
As with the Linear form, the Lili’u Reentrant form with its 1st string (in this instance the “A”) an octave down from the traditional Ukulele Reentrant form, hits a depth that is better suited to the size of the Baritone Ukulele.  As such, sets with more “normal” tensions can sound fuller than lighter gauges in the traditional Ukulele Reentrant form, again because of the depth of pitch and greater mass of the 1st string. But in addition, if you primarily strum, especially in 1st position chords, then the Lili’u are something to consider.  The most effective strumming with Linear sets is “up the fretboard”.  1st position chords suffer from “poor inversions” a technical term that means they tend to sound unbalanced.  Reentrant forms don’t suffer this problem, so if you’re looking for added depth and good sounding chords from basic 1st position strumming, the Lili’u sets can give it to you.  

LMU-NW:  Light Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings  

Bright balanced sound.  Expect firm tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone. 

 

LMU-W3:  Medium Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound bass    

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 3rd.  Bright balanced sound.  Designed for clearer notes up the neck. 

Expect firm tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone. 

      

SLMU-NW:  Soft Light Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings             

Warmer sound on the high notes, but with no loss of clarity on the bass.  More substantial feel than standard

set.  Expect firm tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone.

LL-NW:  Light Gauge Linear Set - no wound strings                                               

Smooth, balanced sound.  Expect somewhat moderate tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone. 

LL-WB:  Light Gauge Linear Set w/ wound bass                                                

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 4th string.  Bright clear sound.  Expect somewhat moderate tension on a C tuned

modern standard Baritone. 

LML-NW:  Light Medium Gauge Linear Set -  no wound strings  

Warm, balanced sound.  Expect firm tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone.

LML-WB:  Light Medium Gauge Linear Set w/ wound bass  

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 4th string.  Bright clear sound.  Expect firm tension on a C tuned modern

standard Baritone. 

 

LMU-LILI’U:  Light Medium Gauge Lili’u Set w/ wound basses     

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 1st & 3rd strings.  Full sound with good sustain.  Expect somewhat moderate

tension on a C tuned modern standard Baritone. 

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