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New (to me) 60's Kamaka pineapple uke

M

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I inherited what I think is a 1960's Kamaka pineapple ukulele. My wife's aunt lived in Hawaii in the mid-60's and this was passed down to me. It is in really good condition, but could use a bit of TLC. The issues:

1. The friction pegs don't like to be at full tension. Perhaps this is adjustable with the screw on the back of the tuner? I'm considering replacing the tuners with Gotoh's UPT tuners. Bad idea?

2. It definitely would benefit from new strings. What is the best place to start?

Thanks!
 

TubeLuvr

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First off, let's see pics!
Next; I'm jealous

Try Aquila and Ko'olau Gold strings.

Congrats on that Kamaka, the ones from the 60s are awesome
 

0018g

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Yeah, the screws tighten up the tuner.

Pics would be awesome! That should be a very cool uke.
 

Wag

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Yep. The tuners should work fine once you tweak them a tad. If you do end up replacing them, dont toss out the original tuners. Keep them with the uke.

Uke strings are cheap. I would suggest buying 3 or 4 different sets. Strings can make or break a uke. If one set doesnt suit your style, toss 'em and try the next set. Be sure to give new strings time to settle in. It usually takes a few days. Keeping it in tune can be frustrating until they finally stop stretching.Any of the major brands are worth buying and trying.

Congrats on a sweet uke!

WE WANT PICS! lol
 
M

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I'll post some pics when I get it home. I adjusted the tuners and it is holding cgea tuning now. Really loving playing it.
 
M

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I bought several sets of strings to try out. Oddly, some of the soprano strings are too thick for the bridge. I think I've seen g strings that are marked from under 0.02" to over 0.03". I'm hesitant to slot the bridge, but I did want to try the D'Addario black nylons.
 

Wag

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Wow! The pics do it justice. That is a sweet looking uke and I bet it sounds better than it looks. Congrats Bryan. Thats a keeper!

Yea, widening the slots "shouldnt" cause any problems, but I'm with you there. I wouldnt be anxious to modify the bridge...yet..lol. An email to kamaka might not be a bad idea.
 






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