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    Default The Non Standard Uke Thread

    I like to be different, don't always toe the line, & it's the same with my ukes, they're different from the run of the mill normal.

    So, I'm starting this thread for you to join me in declaring that you like something different too.

    Let us know what you have.
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    I started my journey back in December 2015, & have since acquired the following :-

    Baton Rouge thinline cutaway solid spruce concert fitted with a MiSi pickup
    Kala KA-SLNG laminate mahogany concert scale soprano body.
    Ohana SK30M solid mahogany concert scale soprano body.
    Ohana SK30L solid mahogany tenor scale soprano body.
    Ohana CK35L solid mahogany tenor scale concert body.
    RISA Solid/Stick Electric concert scale.
    RISA Solid/Stick Electric tenor scale.
    RISA Uke-Ellie Electric tenor scale.

    Plus, just now, I have a Kala KA-T tenor fitted with concert guitar strings.
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    While I don't intentionally try to be different*, I seem to gravitate to longnecks (concert-neck sopranos) and pineapples. My Famous pineapple combines both.

    pineapple.jpg

    (*I did enough of that in my wild and crazy art-punk youth!)

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    I like the picture of the pineapple!.
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    I am a traditionalist in the main, but
    I do have a concert uke with a 16" scale,
    a couple of resonators and a taropatch

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    Traditions have a value and place but there's something to be gained from questioning them rather than being too accepting, IMHO.

    I prefer Pineapples to figure eight shaped Ukes. That aside Ohana's (Soprano) Vita model appeals to me and on the one occasion that I've held one it felt 'just right' too despite having what I think is a narrowish fretboard. I was at a trade stand, the place was very noisy and the Uke was out of tune so there was no opportunity to hear it in real life. However, the stuff that I have heard on YouTube suggests that I might well like one in real life too. Being a 'tightwad' and having to pay UK rather than US prices I think them expensive (for a factory built instrument), and I'm not sure about being able to space out the strings on one too. However, next time I see one on eBay for 20 I'll throw caution to the wind and place a bid.

    The rebel in me doesn't like Tenor Ukes. I just find Tenors large to store and transport and the fretboard is too long to reach some chords easily. The rebel in me also doesn't put much value on more than twelve frets, can't say I much get past the fifth never mind the tenth. Thankfully we all like different things, which is just as well as life would be boring if we all did the same.
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    Me too. My ukes are each different from the other. List is in my signature.



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    Do I even have a standard uke?
    (* he asked and posted so he can see his .sig *)

    ETA: nope, not really.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    It ain't what you've got - it's what you do with it.

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    I've often thought about this before and there's probably TOO MANY varieties of ukes out there, right? A banjo baritone bass ukulele - well that one hasn't been done... yet... But most of those have been done already. My friend didn't believe that bass ukulele's even existed.
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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