Tell me about Jake’s Uke, & what’s the deal with 6 & 8 sting ukes?
Hippie Guy answers:
The ‘ukuleles are made out of top quality curly koa with ebony fingerboards and bridges. Each has a Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup for amplification. All that I have seen had “JS” inlayed at the twelfth fret. Jake uses D’addario Pro Arte EJ46 strings.
6 and 8 string ‘ukuleles
On 6 and 8 string ‘ukuleles, some or all of the strings are doubled (the exception is the Koaloha D-VI). The doubled strings are sometimes known as “courses” ex: an 8 string is strung with double courses.
- On a 6 string ‘ukulele, usually the C and A strings are doubled. The C course has the normal middle C plus a C an octave up (like the 3rd fret on the A string). The A course consists of the high A and a low A that is a whole step (2 frets) above low G. The G and E are tuned normally.
- On an 8 string all the strings are doubled. The G course has a high and low G. The C course has middle C and a high C an octave up. The E course is tuned with double Es both in the same octave. The two A strings are also tuned in the same octave.
These ‘ukuleles look the same as 4 string ukes except for the added strings, nut slots, and bridge holes. As for sound, the added strings really jangle things up. Because you can’t tune each string perfectly, the difference – even between the same note – creates a little bit of dissonance and a chorus sound. From what I’ve seen, these ‘ukuleles are used mostly for vocal accompaniment, but I’ve also seen Taimane Gardner use one for solo performances.
The only additional knowledge needed to play 6 and 8 string ‘ukuleles is just how to tune them (see above).