G  TUNING SETS

                                           All Ukulele String Sets have a minimum length of 30 inches.                                              This length allows any set to be used on any sized ukulele.
Our sets are not named “Soprano, Concert”, etc., but are called out by gauge (or more precisely, by “feel”).  This is because depending on your preference in tension, the same set could be used on different sized instruments.  You will notice, however, that if you see the same set listed as a Tenor G Tuning set and then again as a Baritone G Tuning set, the description of the tension or feel will change.  And the sets we’ll list as “G Tuning” sets can be used for more than simply G tuning.  You will find the other tunings they can be used for in the Full Listings. G Tuning can take different forms.  The Ukulele has its own unique form of what is called “Reentrant tuning” (for more on musical language see our Terminology page).  The Ukulele Reentrant form in G tuning is written  d’ g  b  e’  in standard notation and is occasionally called High D Tuning” by modern players.  In the G Tuning Lists we simply refer to those sets as Ukulele Sets”.  Another popular modern form is called “Linear tuning”.  In G tuning it’s written d  g  b  e’  in standard notation and is occasionally called “Low D Tuning” by modern players.  In the G Tuning Lists these sets are called out as “Linear Sets”.    A third form, unique to us, is “Lili’u tuning”, a 4-string version of the traditional arrangement on a 6-string Ukulele.  In G tuning it’s written d’ g  b  e   in standard notation.  In other words, it’s like the Ukulele Reentrant form with the 1st string (in this case the “E” string) dropped an octave.  It’s used mainly for basic strumming and chord melody where players want the flavor of the reentrant sound but with a deeper tone. G tuning in its standard octave is the lowest tuning pitch common in the Ukulele family, therefore heavier gauges are needed to achieve adequate tension.  Though this may sometimes yield warmer than typical sound, the lower pitch also means you will not have higher than typical tensions.  We also have G tuning sets that are used on the Sopranino and can work on a standard Soprano as well.  However they are in what is called the “one line octave”, an octave above the “small octave” where a Baritone is tuned.  Only sets for the more familiar small octave are listed here.  For “octave up” or “one line” sets for the smallest Ukuleles, see the Full Set List.  G tuning in the more familiar small octave is only suited for the Tenor and Baritone among standard instruments. Sets for both instruments are listed below.

HU-NW:  Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings

Warm sound.  Expect moderate tension on a G tuned standard Tenor.

$11.35                                         
G  Tuning Tenor Sets - Ukulele
The Ukulele Reentrant form is the only form we recommend for G Tuning on the Tenor.  This tuning is actually the original tuning for the Tenor Ukulele.  Many players quickly moved the tuning up to around B flat, in part because of the limitations of strings at that time.  Recently it has been moved up again as part of the “universal C tuning” movement of the last few decades.  But while a G tuning like this on a relatively small instrument requires heavy stringing, tensions aren’t at all high, and as all our wound strings are polished, this tuning is now enjoyable, both in sound and feel.  

HU-W3:  Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound bass             

“Virtually noise free”polished wound 3rd.  Well defined sound.  Designed for clearer notes up the neck.  Expect

moderate tension on a G tuned standard Tenor.

$17.70

XHU-WB:  Extra Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound basses  

“Virtually noise free”polished wound 2nd & 3rd.  This unique double wound reentrant set emphasizes the bass notes,

giving them both power and sustain.  Expect slightly above normal tension on a G tuned standard Tenor.

$20.50

                  

 
G  Tuning Baritone Sets - Lili’u
The Lili’u form with its 1st string (in this instance the “E”) an octave down from the traditional Ukulele Reentrant form,  gives a depth that is optimal for the size of the typical Baritone Ukulele; better in fact than with the traditional Linear G tuning, where the D note is almost always a bit too  low to ring out with complete clarity.   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 optimum depth with no loss of clarity and good sounding chords from basic 1st position strumming, the Lili’u sets can give it to you.  
Please note for the Baritone G tuning sets listed below; 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.
G  Tuning Baritone Sets - Ukulele

HMU-NW:  Heavy Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings    

Strong slightly warm sound.  Expect low tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone.

$11.45

HMU - W3:  Heavy Medium Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound bass

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 3rd.  Well defined sound.  Designed for clearer notes up the neck.  Expect low

tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone. 

 $16.25     

LHU-NW:  Light Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings  

Clear warm sound.  Expect moderate tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone.

$11.35                                           

HL-WB:  Heavy Gauge Linear  Set w/ wound basses               

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 3rd & 4th strings.  Full warm sound.  Expect slightly above normal tension on a

G tuned standard Baritone. 

$16.85

 

LHU-LILI’U:  Light Heavy Gauge Lili’u Set w/ wound basses     

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

G tuned modern standard Baritone. 

$14.85

HU-LILI’U:  Heavy Gauge Lili’u Set w/ wound basses  

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 1st & 3rd strings.  Full sound with good sustain.  Expect normal tension on a

G tuned modern standard Baritone. 

$21.50     

The Baritone Ukulele is usually seen tuned in Linear form, so it can be like a small guitar.  Yet it also works well in the Ukulele reentrant form where it becomes a big Ukulele. Things to keep in mind when selecting strings for this form are that Baritones are large Ukuleles and are also often overbuilt to stand up to the sort of tuning errors that occur when someone takes a factory set of G tuning strings and tries to crank them way up to C tuning.  Even in G tuning, the Reentrant form is somewhat light in this environment, so firm tension is often required.  Also there is plenty of fretboard to go up the neck, making the W3s a strong consideration. 

HU-NW:  Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound strings

Warm sound.  Expect slightly above normal tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone.

$11.35                                         

HU-W3:  Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound bass             

“Virtually noise free”polished wound 3rd.  Well defined sound.  Designed for clearer notes up the neck.  Expect slightly

above normal tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone.

$17.70  

LHU-W3:  Light Heavy Gauge Ukulele Set w/ wound bass 

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 3rd.  Well defined sound.  Designed for clearer notes up the neck.  Expect

moderate tension on a G tuned modern standard Baritone. 

  $16.60                               
G  Tuning Baritone Sets - Linear
Linear G tuning is the traditional stringing for the Baritone Ukulele.  And while the Baritone was “designed”, so to speak, for this tuning, bear in mind that these notes are the same as strings 1-4 of a classical guitar.  With a scale (the vibrating length of the string), that can be over 6 inches shorter, however, the gauges for the Baritone need to be much heavier than those of a guitar in order to maintain adequate tension.  The heaviest of string options here will not have the clarity of the gauges used for the guitar, but there are many who have grown to like the warm, muted sound this sort of stringing yields.

LHL-WB:  Light Heavy Gauge Linear  Set  w/ wound basses        

“Virtually noise free” polished wound 3rd & 4th strings.  Full, rich, extremely well balanced sound.  Expect moderately

low tension on a G tuned standard Baritone. 

$14.00