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Strings for these instruments were, historically, made from sheep gut or cow gut. With each instrument there is a point at which it isn't possible to make a thinner string that could be tuned higher. Such a string would be too weak and would break just from tuning it up to pitch. So the solution was to use a string tuned an octave lower in its place. I ...


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Different reasons in different instruments. For ukeleles, it's simply that they were based on an instrument without reentrant tuning, but made in such a way whereby the lowest string could not practically be made. The instrument players wanted an instrument where the chord positions were still possible, and hey presto, you get a uke. The ukelele was based ...


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Check the length of the string, you may need to move the bridge (and wooden base) a little higher to shorten the string a little, a small amount will make a big difference to your string tensions & the balance across the range.



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