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       Plectrum Tuning Sets

                 

       Note:  For brevity and simplicity, all tunings for the sets below are written out in standard

      notation.  If you’re not familiar with “the Standard” a chart can be found on the Terminology page.

      Also see Archive #017 on the Tips page to see how to use standard notation with no music training.

              

   

   

Guilele String Sets

    For further information on the EFS Guilele Sets see the review and sound sample (click here)

Deep Tuning Sets for Baritone Ukulele

 For further information on the Deep Tuning Sets for Baritone, see the reviews (click here)

L4B-SW:  Lili’u 4 string for Baritone Ukulele set w/ smooth wound bass

This set is intended for the typical Baritone body and typical 19-20” Baritone scale.  Suggested tuning is d’ g b e.  This is the type of Lili’u tuning typically found on 6-string Ukuleles, with a reentrant 4th (octave up) and reentrant 1st (octave down).  There is a polished wound 3rd course string and a smooth wound string for the the low octave 1st course.  Acoustically this range of notes is an excellent fit for the typical Baritone body - it accesses the full depth of the body resonance but avoids the troublesome d note.  As the unusual arrangement would require a substantial adjustment for melody playing, this set has a moderate tension in anticipation of a primary use for strumming.  As such, it allows for playing in the traditional Baritone Key of G with a beautiful, deep, responsive, clear and easy playing set of strings.                            The L4B-SW is too be replaced in the Lili’u Series by the HU-Lili’u set                      See the Ukulele Reentrant Set Review, (click here) for further information      

EFSBU-SW:   EFS Baritone Ukulele set w/ smooth wound bass

This set has a suggested tuning of g c’ e a.  This is, in effect, an octave lower than an Ukulele reentrant C tuning except for the 3rd string. Another way to look at it, is that it starts out on the 4th & 3rd strings as the common linear C tuning, then drops an octave for both the 2nd & 1st strings.  All strings are plain except the 2nd, which is a noiseless smooth wound string.  All strings are fully resonant - no choked notes from too deep a tuning.  With mainly plain strings, the tone is mellow and warm, the sustain is somewhat low, the tension is moderate, and there is no finger noise.  That makes this is an ideal C tuning strum set for those who want the deepest possible fully resonant C tuning on an Ukulele, but want to maintain clarity, ease of play and good response.  Picking melody is possible, but not the easiest option for this arrangement.                                                                            Available Soon                                       

EFSG-SW:   EFS Guilele String set w/ smooth wound basses

This set has a suggested tuning of  e  a  d’  g  b  e’ on the typical 17” Guilele scale.  That makes this a reentrant set in the Eddie Freeman Special form, with strings 6-4 an octave  up from standard guitar tuning.  The 3rd string is then reentrant, dropping an octave.  The strings proceed up  normally from there, meaning strings 3-1 are in the same octave as standard guitar tuning.  The 4th & 1st strings are plain. The 4 lowest strings, 6, 5, 3 & 2 are wound.  The heavier of these, the 6 & 3 are smooth wound for noise free playing.  The 5th and 2nd wound strings are lighter gauges and are polished round wounds for low noise.  These materials allow a 4-wound set-up to have much less noise under hand than the customary 3-wound arrangement.  In addition to allowing play with standard guitar chord names, this set, compared to a typical Guilele set, will have a much easier feel, much better response and the range of notes are much better suited for acoustic play on the small bodied Guilele.                                                            $24.50                                       

LEFSG-SW:   Light EFS Guilele String set w/ smooth wound basses

This set has a suggested tuning of  e  a  d’  g  b  e’  for a 20” scale Guilele.  As with the standard set above, that makes this a reentrant set in the Eddie Freeman Special form, with strings 6-4 an octave up from standard guitar tuning.  The 3rd string is then reentrant, dropping an octave. The strings proceed up normally from there, meaning strings 3-1 are in the same octave as standard guitar tuning.  The 6th string is smooth wound, for noise free playing.  The 3rd string is a highly polished round wound string.  All other strings are plain, giving this set a very low noise under hand.  In addition to allowing play with standard guitar chord names, this set, compared to a typical Guilele set, will have a much easier feel, much better response and the range of notes are much better suited for acoustic play on the small bodied Guilele.  Tension on this set is lighter than the standard set on the 20” scale.  It can also be played on the 17” scale.  It would be tuned up a step - from f to f’.  In this tuning on the typical Tenor sized body, all 6 strings are fully resonant.                                                             $20.35          Out of Stock      

HMP-WB:   Heavy Medium Gauge Plectrum Set w/ wound basses

This set can be used for the traditional fixed tuning of  c  g  b  d’.  The tension will be better for most on the longer scale of our Classical Tenor Guitar.  On a 23” scale, tensions will be light, or this set may be tuned up. The 4th & 3rd strings are polished wound strings with plain 1st & 2nd strings. The range of notes for this tuning is ideally suited to give great depth and fullness to a Parlor Guitar body, and the most extensive and beautiful repertoire ever written for a 4-string plucked instrument can give you access to both great sound and great music.                                                                                                    Available Soon   LHP-WB:   Light Heavy Gauge Plectrum Set w/ wound basses This set can also be used for the traditional fixed tuning of  c  g  b  d’.  The tension will be better very firm on the longer scale of our Classical Tenor Guitar, or this set could be tuned down a bit.  On a 23” scale, tensions will be in the normal range.  The 4th & 3rd strings are polished wound strings with plain 1st & 2nd strings. The range of notes for this tuning is ideally suited to give great depth and fullness to a Parlor Guitar body, and the most extensive and beautiful repertoire ever written for a 4-string plucked instrument can give you access to both great sound and great music.                                                                                Available Soon                                                         

KIKUG-SW:   Kiku Guilele String set w/ smooth wound basses

This set has a suggested tuning of  e  a  d  g  b  e’  for a 20” scale Guilele.  This  is a new tuning for the new 6 string Guilele and is used by Zanuck Lindsey and Kimo Hussey among others.  This is the same set-up as the LEFSG-SW above with the exception of the 4th string.  As you see, that note drops an octave and so it is now the 4th string that is reentrant.   The 5th & 6th strings are an octave above standard guitar tuning but from the reentrant 4th the strings proceed up normally from there, meaning strings 4-1 are in the same octave as standard guitar tuning.  The 6th & 4th strings are smooth wound, for noise free playing.  The 3rd string is a highly polished round wound string.  All other strings are plain, giving this set a very low noise under hand.                                                             $22.50                                        
NW Ukulele W3 Ukulele Lili'u Linear Specialty
We now offer an Extra Light Gauge Plectrum Set suitable for use on Ukuleles. This set is only available as an Add-On from the Linear Set page (link below).  See the Plectrum Set Review, (click here) for further information on all three sets.      
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