Thought I would jump on this thread rather then starting a new one. I just got my SK38 and so far I'm feeling good and bad about it.
It came with a freakishly high action which I have gone some way to fixing by sanding down the little bit of ebony that is the saddle. This is now way more playable, but I will need to get some files out and cut the groves lower in the nut.
Whilst I get the whole "old age finish" thing (and like it in some places), the neck feels kinda messy. The fact that it is satin makes it feel very fast, but it is a long way from smooth and it feels pretty lumpy when you run your hand up and down.
Two of the tuners were not set properly in the headstock when it arrived. So I had to take them apart and take a hammer to the uke on day one, which was slightly unnerving. Still, now they feel solid and are working well.
It's very, very loud. In fact it is louder then my other soprano by a long way and is getting very close to my KoAloha. It doesn't have as complex a tone as the KoAloha, but for the money it sounds amazing. I have some Worth BM strings on it now (as I had to take the aquillas off when repairing it) and I love the sound of them as well as the fact that the colour of the strings suits the dark brown look of the Ohana.
All in all I think I'm pretty happy with it. It feels like the attention to detail on leaving the factory was pretty poor, but once I have filed down the nut a bit I think I will have a very playable little ukulele on my hands. One thing is for sure and that is the materials are top notch even if the craftsmanship was not.
Last edited by Derg; 03-01-2011 at 02:29 PM.
KoAloha Longneck Pineapple Soprano, Ohana SK38, KALA Soprano Travel Uke, Mainland Banjo Uke & Yamaha GL1