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Old 11-23-2022, 09:56 PM
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I got a store ukulele A string up to D and it did not break. I think I could reach E5 since the scale length is similar to a full size violin. Do ukulele strings break?

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Old 11-24-2022, 12:15 AM
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Just curious, why would you do that to a store's ukulele? The next buyer will get dead strings.

The soprano ukulele string tension is pretty low and many ukulele strings are based off classical guitar strings, so they can take a lot more tension than their standard tuning requires. However, they are still strings and will break when enough tension is applied.
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:11 AM
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Just curious, why would you do that to a store's ukulele? The next buyer will get dead strings.

The soprano ukulele string tension is pretty low and many ukulele strings are based off classical guitar strings, so they can take a lot more tension than their standard tuning requires. However, they are still strings and will break when enough tension is applied.
Wanted to tune it like a mandolin or violin. The scale length is the same. The A on a soprano ukulele is about 25% of breaking tension.

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My wound g broke a couple of weeks ago.......I had extra's. Not sure a wound g is going to work with the tailpiece on my resonator uke. The string sheared at the tailpiece.
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Take it easy, you could break the ukulele or snap the bridge off
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Old 11-29-2022, 04:46 PM
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Just curious, why would you do that to a store's ukulele? The next buyer will get dead strings...
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Take it easy, you could break the ukulele or snap the bridge off...
Agreed on both counts - and not a good way to make friends among the local music merchants...
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Wanted to tune it like a mandolin or violin. The scale length is the same. The A on a soprano ukulele is about 25% of breaking tension.
Hi g-344…

Here's a way keeping string 4 tuned re-entrant (4th string an octave higher) using the existing uke strings.


Of course you could also buy a thicker string for #4 and tune it down an octave for the "G" in the same range as the mandolin.




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I made it to E. Yeah Ukulele strings are pretty loose.
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Crazy. No they're not "loose."
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To the OP:
What is it with you and always tuning UP to where the instrument is not supposed to be tuned to??? Maybe you should try a...capo?
Seriously...
https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=671348
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I got a store ukulele A string up to D and it did not break. I think I could reach E5 since the scale length is similar to a full size violin. Do ukulele strings break?
They do if I'm playing!

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How about this?: Don't tune it high. Just play it the way it's made to be played.

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They do if I'm playing!

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How about this?: Don't tune it high. Just play it the way it's made to be played.
I got the A up to F. Did not snap. Those strings are very loose.
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Old 07-16-2023, 08:45 PM
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^^^
Why would you do that?
Actually...never mind
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Just snapped the A. Snapped around D#. Yep ukulele strings do break. First string snapped in about three years.

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Old 07-19-2023, 03:54 PM
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Ok, you're right. Uke strings are very loose. There.
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