gilles T wrote:So, in order to tune the guitalele a fourth below its regular tuning, you need very, very hard tension...
I'm just about to try the d'addario pro arte, but the next set will be the Hannabach you advice. I'll let you know whiwh works the best.
Looking forward to your post, but wanted to pass this along: I have read on other forums of a clever approach to tuning E to e on the Guitalele without having super floppy strings, or even hard tension strings. There may be a "catch" that I'm missing, but based on what little I know, I can't figure out where its logic is faulty.
So here's the deal. Note that a guitalele is tuned ADGCEA, and a guitar of course is tuned EADGBE. The idea is this:
1) Remove the first (high) A string from the guitalele.
2) Shift the remaining 5 strings down one string. You now have xADGCE, pretty close to EADGBE.
3) Tune the now-second string on the guitalele down one semitone from C to B. You now have xADGBE, almost the same as EADGBE.
4) Add an E string to the Guitalele in the open sixth slot. Tune to E. It will be comparatively slack but it still might not buzz. You now have E-to-e tuning on the Guitalele!
A) The overall tension is lower than A-to-a tuning, but only mildly so. 4 strings will be the same as original tension, 1 more will just be one half-step detuned. The low E will be substantially lower in tension, but that's only one string.
B) The nut slots for strings 1, 2, 4, and 5 may need to be re-filed to accommodate the wider strings from the shift. Slot 3 may actually be larger than slot 4, just eyeballing it - the clear 3rd string looks to be larger in diameter than the wound 4th string. Slot 6 may not need widening if you just use a low E string again in that slot. Of course, you could use a higher tension one, which would be wider, and thus it may need widening there too.
For what it's worth, I played a tune using strings 6-2 on the Guitalele (with string 3 detuned to B, so ADGBE), just skipping the bass E when it came up, and it does actually sound right and good! Pretty strange, eh? So, having just acquired a GL-1, I wonder if I will keep it A-to-a or do this conversion. For now, I'll keep it A-to-a. Has a sweet, early music sound to it that way. I'd like to find out if others who did the conversion kept it that way, or went back.
BTW, going back to my 650/52 after an afternoon with this 432/48 GL-1, my full size CG felt absurdly large!