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    Default Kamaka Tiki

    I have been interested in a Kamaka concert.
    And now I have this one waiting for me at the UPS store!
    Sadly, it's closed for two days due to the holiday...

    Kamaka Soprano Ukulele 1959-1969 Natural https://reverb.com/item/6413720-kama...9-1969-natural

    I'm pretty excited and can't wait to see how it sounds. As you can see, it was not listed as a concert, nor as a Tiki.
    I did ask for a pic of the label, which is a gold Kamaka label (and kind of lifted/wrinkly, seems this is common with the gold labels?). The back is one piece, with kind of wild grain.
    The seller assured me there are no cracks, just a few scratches and finish crazing.

    One thing I am a little concerned about is that the fret slots look so much deeper than the frets (see especially first few frets in pic)... Was that typical of Kamaka at the time, or does that happen with lack of humidity, could this be a refret job, or even a copy.... or am I just neurotic?

    There's apparently not a lot of these around (at least not for sale) and I would love to learn more about the Tikis, and your thoughts on the value of this one in the current market...
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 09-04-2017 at 04:17 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Martin O, 1961
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a KSTP
    Kamaka HF-3
    Martin T1K
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    I think it's a concert 1969..first year built..very rare congratulations
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    Looks really good. Good luck.
    All for sale; pm me:


    Brand new Loprinzi Honduran mahogany soprano w new hardshell case. $350

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    Nice score! I have a gold label tiki as well and it rings like a bell. I'm sure you'll really enjoy yours. I sent mine back to Kamaka for a tune up and they re-glued and refinished it. Looks brand new
    Baritone
    Rebel #3 Spruce/Rosewood

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label || Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Super Soprano Spruce/Rosewood || Gerard Guasch #14 Pineapple Mezzo Soprano

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa || Risa Solid Uke Stick

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildfire070 View Post
    Nice score! I have a gold label tiki as well and it rings like a bell. I'm sure you'll really enjoy yours. I sent mine back to Kamaka for a tune up and they re-glued and refinished it. Looks brand new
    Wow, that's what I call customer service!
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    Congratulations! I bet you'll really like this. The anticipation is gonna make it even better.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Looks nice, congrats, by the way, what is with the Tiki, does it mean anything in particular?

    I didn't know Kamaka did this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaKine View Post
    Looks nice, congrats, by the way, what is with the Tiki, does it mean anything in particular?

    I didn't know Kamaka did this...
    I would like to know what it represents too! Also who carved them, etc.
    I have learned that Kamaka only made these for 5 years, most of them with a white label.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Martin O, 1961
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a KSTP
    Kamaka HF-3
    Martin T1K
    Martin Style 51 bari

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    The Tiki were made about 5 years 1969 to 1974 on the concert base kamakas.. not much made
    Mostly all were concerts, never heard of a soprano and I only saw a rare one. Must have been a prototype
    OR some worker attached one tiki on the headstock. Some tiki were broken or damaged, they are not
    Replaceable as they don't make them anymore. You got a great price if it is in good condition
    I don't think they have any meaning aside that it is Hawaiian
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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    I ran across this when I was searching for info
    http://ukulelefriend.com/ukes/kamaka...0s-tiki-model/
    Baritone
    Rebel #3 Spruce/Rosewood

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label || Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Super Soprano Spruce/Rosewood || Gerard Guasch #14 Pineapple Mezzo Soprano

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa || Risa Solid Uke Stick

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah

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