I have currently a concert ukulele that I'm not using and I would like to put on it steel cavaquinho strings in order to use it as a cavaquinho. Is it a bad idea ? Are there risks for my instrument ?

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It's always a bad idea to put steel strings on an instrument not designed for them.

The tension is a lot higher than nylon & could result in a bent neck, the bridge coming away or at worst a broken headstock or neck.

  • Yeah, that's typically why any ukuleles with any metal strings usually have a metal C-string or low G-string. Metal A string seems rather difficult to work with.
    – user45266
    Oct 22, 2019 at 17:18

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