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Advice on ukelele

GGinMP

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You guys are killing me with these gorgeous Koa ukes! I was set on mahogany, but now I'm not so sure.
I was totally set on only getting a koa uke, but ended up with a mahogany (Pohaku, made by a guy in Berkeley, CA) because I loved the sound. Both woods are good options, but I always feel that tone should outweigh looks (even though ukulele = Hawaii = koa). Play a bunch; buy what speaks to you! Enjoy!
 

Wag

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You guys are killing me with these gorgeous Koa ukes! I was set on mahogany, but now I'm not so sure.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing between koa and mahogany is that the tone will be much different between two. Koa lends itself to a more traditional Hawaiian sound where the mahogany tends to have a warmer, darker sound. At least, thats how my ears hear it...

(lol...didnt see the reply above, but GGinMP basically said the same thing)
 

orogeny

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i've got my first uke here on loan from someone
cheap-o makala
but i'm hooked, so i want my own
preferably something i can plug in
and under 200 bucks
anyone?
 

EL34

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You guys are a bad influence....:eek::eek::eek:....I just ordered this Koa uke. I just sold a bunch of gear and the funds were just sitting in PayPal, so.....

 
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orogeny

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A while ago I picked up a Luna Uke. Sounds pretty good and I have a lot of fun with it.

http://www.lunaguitars.com/query?upc=819998167837

wanted to chime back in and say i've become more interested in this
what i've borrowed is a pretty cheap makala uke and it's lacking in intonation
i can tune it just fine
but chords can go out of tune when i fret them. some, anyway
went to a music store and they had some concert ones that definitely fit me better and were just fine for intonation but actually cost more than the one you mentioned and did not have a pickup
 

Wag

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wanted to chime back in and say i've become more interested in this
what i've borrowed is a pretty cheap makala uke and it's lacking in intonation
i can tune it just fine
but chords can go out of tune when i fret them. some, anyway
went to a music store and they had some concert ones that definitely fit me better and were just fine for intonation but actually cost more than the one you mentioned and did not have a pickup
It can be amazing what a good set of Aquila (or other quality string) can do for a cheap uke. Find out what strings this uke currently has on it. If they have never been changed, do yourself (and the uke's owner) a favor amd swap them out and give the new strings a little time to settle in.

oh yea...btw... awesome uke EL84! Congrats! Lets see some more photos!
 
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orogeny

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It can be amazing what a good set of Aquila (or other quality string) can do for a cheap uke. Find out what strings this uke currently has on it. If they have never been changed, do yourself (and the uke's owner) a favor amd swap them out and give the new strings a little time to settle in.

oh yea...btw... awesome uke EL84! Congrats! Lets see some more photos!
i'll do that before i return it
very good idea that i somehow didn't think of
i'm getting that luna after santa splits!!!!!!
$150 on amazon and i have more than that on an amazon gift card. . . .
and that's for the one that plugs in!
 

EL34

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Beauty! What brand is that?
Kala. Though it's commonly thought of as a budget brand, they have a small group of luthiers building handmade ukes in Petaluma. Looking forward to making some great music on this instrument!
 

GGinMP

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Kala. Though it's commonly thought of as a budget brand, they have a small group of luthiers building handmade ukes in Petaluma. Looking forward to making some great music on this instrument!
Nice. My Pohaku was made in Berkeley, so it looks like some nice stuff is coming out of NorCal.
 

Wag

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Kala makes some good stuff. My "daily player" is a kala a/e spruce top. I will take it to the grave with me....

and while Im posting in a uke thread....

I picked up a used (but minty) Riza LP today. Been wanting one for years now but they can be pricey. Came across this beauty today and it fit right into my budget perfectly. It should be here in about 4 or 5 days...:cool:

 

EL34

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So the uke finally showed up. It's even more stunning in person! Sounds great so far, as well. One aspect that has me scratching my head is the low G string. I've never played s uke with a low G. It really seems to pop, and stand out relative to the other strings. Maybe it's the brand of strings that came on it?

Is it customary to have a low G on a tenor due to the longer scale length (higher tension) over a concert? I think I'd prefer a high G, I'm sure it would very high tension on a tenor. Does anyone have advice on brand of strings for a Koa tenor?
 

GAT

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So the uke finally showed up. It's even more stunning in person! Sounds great so far, as well. One aspect that has me scratching my head is the low G string. I've never played s uke with a low G. It really seems to pop, and stand out relative to the other strings. Maybe it's the brand of strings that came on it?

Is it customary to have a low G on a tenor due to the longer scale length (higher tension) over a concert? I think I'd prefer a high G, I'm sure it would very high tension on a tenor. Does anyone have advice on brand of strings for a Koa tenor?
When I bought my Kamaka 10th Ann. Tenor I had them put the low G on mine. It came with a high G. Mine's pretty balanced though.
 




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