Lili'u (6 string Ukulele)

1960's Gold Label Kamaka 6 string Tenor Lili'u Ukulele
Gold Label Kamaka
from the 1960's
Ashbury AU68 Tenor Lili'u Ukulele Corner
My Ashbury
Tenor Scale
G-String 6 string Baritone scale Lili'u Ukulele
G String
Baritone Scale
The name "Lili'u" comes from Queen Lili'uokalani, the last of the Hawaiian monarchs, who in her youth helped popularise the Ukulele in Hawaii, in the late 19th century. However the history of the instrument itself doesn't date back that far, this string configuration was invented by Sam Kamaka Jr. in 1959, in celebration of Hawaii's statehood.

The Lili'u Ukulele is a 6 string Ukulele but it differs from a Guitalele because it has 4 courses of strings usually tuned to the Ukulele notes g~C~E~A. with the C and the A being double string courses, (so g~cC~E~AA). On top of this the G can be high or low and the A pair can be in unison or an octave apart, the C pair however are always an octave apart. A lot of messing about perhaps but it is suppose to work particularly well with the human singing voice?

The Ukuleles themselves are usually Tenor scale, but there are Baritone scale ones, (which can be Baritone tuned so D~gG~B~EE - or variants thereof), and occasionally Concert scale one too.

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