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    Yeah...if your main complaint is the amped sound and especially if you're trying to get a slightly (or heavily) overdriven sound like an electric guitar it can be done but it takes considerable tweaking - you need really good multi-band EQ or at least a good para-EQ to pull it off. The problem is that piezo pickups and the magnetic pickups on electric guitars have completely different characteristics. The high frequencies roll off quite dramatically with magnetic pickups while the piezo pickups are relatively flat way out into the supersonics. Thus with piezo pickups (on a guitar or a uke) you get a lot of harsh harmonic artifacts that need to be filtered out for "smooth, warm" sound.

    Also, most electric guitar amps "scoop" the mids quite a bit and boost the bass and treble frequencies. This is because those magnetic pickups on electric guitars do just the opposite, they have low output in the bass and treble frequencies and high output in the middle. If you play something with relatively flat response like a piezo through a guitar amp you will tend to accentuate exactly the characteristics (the high trebles) that you need to be minimizing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ricdoug View Post
    Is yours a Tenor or Soprano, Markyboy?
    It's the soprano UAE 20 ricdoug


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    I use Aurora colored strings on my Applause and Flea. Red for Applause and multi-colored for Flea. I believe they are made by Aquila.

    The interesting thing is when I first put them on I thought, "These strings sound like sh*t!" Kind of dead and lifeless, especially in comparison to my other ukes - a Koaloha w/Worths and an Ohana w/Aquilas. But then an interesting thing happened...

    ...after a few minutes of playing I kinda got used to it and began to love the sound. Very dry and lovely. They blend well and don't overpower voices. I love the kind of dead and dry tone on both for bluesy numbers and finger-picking.

    Yeah, I know...kinda weird. Your mileage may vary but definitely worth a try. Plus they look really cool.
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    I had an Ovation Applause too - gave it to a friend who drooled over it so much. I had non-Aquilas on it (can't recall which now). Today, I'd be tempted to try D'Addario Titaniums. I have them on my Godin and really like their sound and feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markyboy View Post
    Hi,

    I have an ovation applause ukulele semi acoustic. It's my favourite to play in a live setting out of all the ukuleles I have. It just feels and sits so well when picked or strummed. However...

    It came with Aquila strings, I read that Martins wee better for this type of ukulele. Uh Uh, we'll not for me anyway. I put on a set of Martin clear fluorocarbon sops .0191. The uke sound tinny and harsh when amped up.

    I'm looking for a warmer more melodic sound a bit like my Luna concert. I know it has a lot to do with the wood etc but could someone recommend a set of strings please.

    Cheers, aye

    markyboy
    to me martins have that cheap sound and feel to them, aquilas really bring the uke to life.
    I never care for martin strings, agreed very tinny and no low end to them at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricdoug View Post
    Man, when you go to the beach, ricdoug, you go to the beach!!

    And here, I get flummoxed if I have to take a towel and a bottle of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricdoug View Post
    Here's one of my setups using the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI:

    Man...I really hope that is a festival or something where you're supposed to be entertaining... As much as I love the ukulele if I was going for a nice relaxing day at the beach and people were randomly showing up to play amplified instruments I'd probably be somewhat less than happy!

    John
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

    Check out my ukulele-themed "stuff" at http://www.cafepress.com/fivebyfiveukulele - proceeds go to a good cause...UAS treatment!

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    The Ovation factory here in the US is shutting down.
    http://www.wkrn.com/story/25321313/o...cut-is-closing

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquadan View Post
    The Ovation factory here in the US is shutting down.
    http://www.wkrn.com/story/25321313/o...cut-is-closing
    Fender seems to have been on a mission to buy...and then destroy...most US instrument companies for decades now. Guild, Ovation, the list goes on.

    John
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

    Check out my ukulele-themed "stuff" at http://www.cafepress.com/fivebyfiveukulele - proceeds go to a good cause...UAS treatment!

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    Check out this white burst UAE-20 finish...looks like a ghost.
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