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  • Using Five.0 in a 6 string guitalele

    I installed the Five.0 in a 6 string Yamaha Guitalele (GL1). I’m not lovin the hi pass filter. Major string imbalance. The top nylon strings are way louder than the silk bass strings(4th string is very quiet). I wish I could remove the bass roll off from the end pin jack. Is that possible? EZ mod?? Maybe this guitalele needs the classic Element...
    Last edited by Cain22; 01-20-2021, 07:38 AM.

  • #2
    Hey Cain22,
    I've installed the Five.O on the Yamaha Guitalele a few times, and the high-pass shouldn't be a problem at all. If you are experiencing a string balance issue, then it's likely related to the saddle/slot and not the HPF. Have you double checked the installation to make sure that the saddle and slot are perfectly flat?

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    • #3
      Great information, I was think about this Caleb... Everything looks good in the slot, but I think I should try to replace the saddle. I have two other 000 style guitars with classic Element pickups in them and replacing the saddle fixed string inbalance.

      Any suggestions on the best saddle material for string balance?

      if I can remember correctly, it seemed like replacing the bone saddle on my Martin 000 with something synthetic evened out the string volume.

      thank you so much for your help.

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      • #4
        One more question. Where can I find replacement saddles for this guitalele? Do standard ukulele saddles fit?

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        • #5
          If I remember correctly, the stock Yamaha saddle is plastic. If that is the case, then almost anything would probably improve it. I like man-made materials for saddles, just because they are more predictable. So my go-to saddle materials are Tusq and Micarta. Tusq is pretty common, and it should be available in Uke sizes too. If not, you should be able to get a blank and shape it down to the right size.

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          • #6
            You’ve been a huge help Caleb! Thank you. Tusq is what I used for my 2 other Element guitars so I’m gonna try that again.

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