Baritone Ukulele Strings

The standard baritone ukulele strings are lower than the standard ukulele tuning. They are tuned to DGBE (the same as the top four strings of a guitar). They also differ from the standard ukulele as they are not in re-entrant tuning i.e. the strings go from low to high.

That’s the information you’ll read most places. Of course, it gets more complicated than that. I get more people asking me about baritone ukulele strings than I do any other string related query. To answer the question: yes, you can tune a baritone ukulele like a standard ukulele, but you need the right strings.

You can get strings that are DGBE with the D tuned an octave higher (giving the strings the same re-entrant relationship as on a standard ukulele) and you can get strings for GCEA tuning with the G either high or low.

The only problem is that it isn’t always clear what you’re getting. So it might be worth contacting the person selling them to make sure what you get is what you want.

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14 Comments

  1. Joe April 9th, 2011 10:22 pm

    You say regarding baritone strings “…you can get strings for GCEA tuning with the G either high or low” but I can’t find any with low G. Any help? Thanks.

  2. Paul Borowiak July 6th, 2011 9:05 pm

    Can I get a d string for a baritone uke that is not wound?

  3. sally December 2nd, 2011 5:24 pm

    baritone uke strings with low g – unwound . Search for linear strings.

  4. sally December 2nd, 2011 5:30 pm

    http://www.southcoastukes.com I bought 3 sets ( to avoid postage to UK and they work fine on my baritone – none wound )

  5. Zach September 11th, 2012 11:01 pm

    My question is can you tune a standard tenor ukulele to a baritone using the baritone strings?

  6. David January 17th, 2013 5:29 am

    Same question as Zach, 9/11/12, can one get strings to tune a tenor use to DGBE?

  7. John August 1st, 2013 3:13 am

    Most men are baritones, and most songs suitable for baritones are in Bb, which is difficult to play on a guitar with standard tuning. By increasing the(nylon)string diameter but maintaining about the same tension in each string, C chords become Bb chords and accompanying baritones is much easier. My Spanish-built guitar has become much louder with these strings and lower tuning. On another guitar re-stringing with extra high tension nylon strings but tuning one tone lower than normal resulted in much the same increase in volume and broadening of tone. What strings would do this for a baritone ukulele?

  8. phil curran October 10th, 2013 11:35 am

    Bought a baritone recently (greg bennett samick) and found the strings very poor indeed. So bought some Aquilla baritone ones in GCEA. A friend has a baritone with tenor strings that I find unpleasant to play due to the tension of strings. However the Aquilla seem much the same ie overtaut. Also the C string has a flat,dead sound to it. Not happy, will have to change.

  9. Don Aspromonte November 26th, 2013 7:32 pm

    I play a vintage Gibson Baritone Uke and have recently acquired a Boulder Creek Riptide Baritone. I have used Aquila for many years and about 1 year ago I switched to Worth strings.

    I like the Aquila strings but I find the Worth strings are much better for both of my instruments. To me, all of the Worth strings have a similar timbre and a mellow but strong sound. On the Gibson it produces a very strong sound and on the Riptide it maintains the ‘brightness’ you would expect with the solid spruce top while producing very pleasant undertones.

    Either Aquila or Worth are better on my instruments than Martin strings.

  10. Don Aspromonte November 26th, 2013 7:35 pm

    P.S., The Worth Baritone strings are not wound. I do a lot of slides when I play and this enables me to avoid the ‘rasping’ sound of the wound strings.

  11. Don Aspromonte November 26th, 2013 7:42 pm

    PPS. Worth makes both clear strings and ‘brown’ strings. Use the clear!

  12. Bob V February 20th, 2014 4:06 pm

    I use all nylon banjo strings and play slack-key baritone – DGBD. The strings have a little less sustain, but easy vibrato. DGBD – same chord chart as banjo.

  13. Steve W February 24th, 2014 8:03 pm

    After getting a baritone tuned (low)G C E A, I kept breaking the Aquila low G as supplied. Now I’ve got a set of Living Water strings from Ken Middleton: these are (non-wound) fluorocarbon which have an odd feel at first, but now they feel fine to me and so far no breakage.

  14. leroy June 13th, 2014 7:14 am

    Are the chords the same for a low G as for a high G?

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