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Icelander53
03-12-2015, 08:35 PM
Oh it finally got here and only about three days later than expected. But hopefully all is well now. I played for a couple of hours tonight and it's a fun uke with a great sound.

The steel strings were something new but not that hard on my fingers. In fact the finger pressure is so very light. I feel like I'm just laying them on for pressure . Very fun to play.

Lots for me to learn about here. I really know nothing about playing an electric guitar so this is all newness. Like I told another member here, "I bought it to replace my tennis racquet that has been in use for air guitar for over 40 years".

And that's about all I have to say here. I'm really not qualified yet to make a proper review. It sounds wonderful it looks wonderful and I like it. I guess that's about it. Happy camper and all. :)

Booli
03-12-2015, 10:27 PM
Congrats on the new toy.

Enjoy it! :)

:music::music::music:

RAB11
03-12-2015, 10:35 PM
Pics bro!

And congrats.

:rock: :music:

WhenDogsSing
03-12-2015, 11:01 PM
The Risa Les Pauls are really nice, fun instruments that sound great and play easy. What type of amp do you have to play it with?

Icelander53
03-13-2015, 04:01 AM
It certainly does play easy. The action on this uke is the lowest I've ever seen on a uke. Plays very clean and easy with a light touch. I'm very impressed so far but I'm still evaluating it of course.

The amps I'm currently using are Vox Mini 5 and a Behringer 15 watt acoustic amp with a really nice Hall of Fame Reverb pedal. Of course if this becomes a passion then I'll get another amp but in the learning phase I'm in these are just fine. I actually like the sound run through the Acoustic Amp. Of course the Vox has all the great guitar amps and sound effects.

Icelander53
03-13-2015, 04:06 AM
Pics bro!

And congrats.

:rock: :music:



I'm sad today because my computer won't upload pics from my camera. I took a great pic yesterday but I can't load it on my computer and I can't figure out what's wrong. Anyway here's the stock youtube so you can get a taste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrTto-UimHg&spfreload=10
And thanks. It's really a blast to play and I got a stellar black and red flame guitar strap for it and I look awesome in front of a mirror in my boxers and working on a little Frank Zappa. I only wish I sounded near as good as I look.

WhenDogsSing
03-13-2015, 04:30 AM
It certainly does play easy. The action on this uke is the lowest I've ever seen on a uke. Plays very clean and easy with a light touch. I'm very impressed so far but I'm still evaluating it of course.

The amps I'm currently using are Vox Mini 5 and a Behringer 15 watt acoustic amp with a really nice Hall of Fame Reverb pedal. Of course if this becomes a passion then I'll get another amp but in the learning phase I'm in these are just fine. I actually like the sound run through the Acoustic Amp. Of course the Vox has all the great guitar amps and sound effects.

Start saving for a Marshall half-stack...!!!

Icelander53
03-13-2015, 04:50 AM
I don't need to save. I've got the money for almost anything I want much less need. Until I'm good enough to play in front of people and play well then I'll stick with the home entertainment systems.

I do have one negative on the Risa buy. The gig bag Risa puts this fairly expensive uke in is downright shameful. It's one of the crappiest little gig bags I've seen. It really won't protect much at all. I'm hoping it will fit into one of my hard cases.

I just finish playing and man it' is like butter when it comes to barre chords. They ring clear and clean with half the effort of my acoustics. I dig that although I really don't have much issue with barre chords anymore.

WhenDogsSing
03-13-2015, 06:05 AM
I don't need to save. I've got the money for almost anything I want much less need. Until I'm good enough to play in front of people and play well then I'll stick with the home entertainment systems.

I do have one negative on the Risa buy. The gig bag Risa puts this fairly expensive uke in is downright shameful. It's one of the crappiest little gig bags I've seen. It really won't protect much at all. I'm hoping it will fit into one of my hard cases.

I just finish playing and man it' is like butter when it comes to barre chords. They ring clear and clean with half the effort of my acoustics. I dig that although I really don't have much issue with barre chords anymore.

I have a Fremont rectangular case for my Risa Les Paul. It works real well for this instrument. BTW, I was just kidding about the Marshall half-stack. These instruments sound good through just about any amp out there.

PhilUSAFRet
03-13-2015, 06:11 AM
Congrats, it's a classy little uke with a huge sound.

Camsuke
03-13-2015, 12:28 PM
Well done mate, very cool!

Icelander53
03-13-2015, 12:35 PM
I have a Kiwaya rectangular case for my Risa Les Paul. It works real well for this instrument. BTW, I was just kidding about the Marshall half-stack. These instruments sound good through just about any amp out there.

I guessed you were kidding there but one never knows. I'll check into that case. Thanks for the tip.

Icelander53
03-13-2015, 12:38 PM
Congrats, it's a classy little uke with a huge sound.

I'm beginning to realize that. :cool: I'm just messing around trying to get a handle on it's potential. I think it's going to take a long while. In the mean time I'm having a good time. I'm still impressed at the very low action on this uke.

FriendlyFred
03-13-2015, 12:46 PM
I'm sad today because my computer won't upload pics from my camera. I took a great pic yesterday but I can't load it on my computer and I can't figure out what's wrong. Anyway here's the stock youtube so you can get a taste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrTto-UimHg&spfreload=10
And thanks. It's really a blast to play and I got a stellar black and red flame guitar strap for it and I look awesome in front of a mirror in my boxers and working on a little Frank Zappa. I only wish I sounded near as good as I look.

I'm the chubby guy in the second demo video on the Risa website. The LP is a good choice. Although I like the look of my Mahagony better than the black one. I just posted a video where I used my iPad for the sound:http://bit.ly/1wFpA0I

Cornfield
03-14-2015, 01:37 AM
I have a cherry sunburst tenor that I bought direct from the factory. It looks and sounds great. In the summer, sometimes I join a marching electric guitar band (we all carry small battery powered amps). As I'm a pretty hefty guy. I think it will be great to march with this little baby.

Icelander53
03-14-2015, 03:54 AM
I'm the chubby guy in the second demo video on the Risa website. The LP is a good choice. Although I like the look of my Mahagony better than the black one. I just posted a video where I used my iPad for the sound:http://bit.ly/1wFpA0I


Wow is that cool or what.

Icelander53
03-14-2015, 05:21 AM
so for any of you with this Risa could you recommend strings and a source for them?

PhilUSAFRet
03-14-2015, 05:51 AM
I have a Risa tenor, here are Risa's and D'Addario's recommndations:

heavy gauge (about 20 lbs tension):
high g - .014"
low-G = 0.030" wound
C = 0.023" wound or 0.020" plain
E = 0.016" plain
A = 0.012" plain

light gauge (about 15 lbs tension):
high g = .012
low-G = 0.026" wound
C = 0.017" plain
E = 0.014" plain
A = 0.010" plain

A 0.018" for C is is okay. You can buy a standard electric guitar string
set 0.010" and take the first four strings of this set.

With kind regards
RISA Musical Instruments

And D'Addario's Recommendations:

Unit Weight Scale Length Frequency Gauge Tension
(Lb/in) (in) (Hz) (in) (Lb)
.00001601 19.00 466.20 A# = PL0085 13.00
.00001794 19.00 440.00 A = PL009 12.98
.00003190 19.00 329.60 E = PL012 12.95
.00004984 19.00 261.60 C = PL015 12.75
.00009184 19.00 196.00 G = NW022 13.18
.00001999 17.00 466.20 A# = PL0095 13.00
.00002215 17.00 440.00 A = PL010 12.83
.00004037 17.00 329.60 E = PL0125 13.12
.00006402 17.00 261.60 C = PL017 13.11
.00010857 17.00 196.00 G = NW024 12.48

Icelander53
03-14-2015, 07:24 AM
In english please? Just kidding (not), I've got new things to learn here. I'm growing up to be a big boy. :cool: Good thing because I'm about out of time. :old:

wayward
03-14-2015, 07:42 AM
Congrats :want: Do you play it with a pick? I've got this on my wish list, but the demo videos I've seen of it show players with picks and I haven't ever used one.

Icelander53
03-14-2015, 08:00 AM
I'm playing around with picks atm as I've never used them either. Since I play mostly acoustic I think I'm going to learn to play without one but I'm not sure at this point. A pick sure makes for a nice loud and clean crisp sound. ( Likely not the best description but you get it) Anyway I think if you do get one (Risa) you will not in the least be disappointed. So far the only problem I see with this is the flimsy gig bag they provide. It's a total blast to jam on especially if you have some pedals or such. I've gone from a Metal amp to playing clean (i'm liking it clean a lot) and it's all a load of fun for me. I can actually sound like a rock star for seconds at a time. Then I lose it and sound like I really play. :)

This is a easy playing uke. Barre chords are such a breeze that I don't have to focus on them. I'm really loving this uke. Like the Godin it's a superb instrument but this is more realistic if you're wanting to rock and roll with a more rock god sound.

Icelander53
03-19-2015, 12:47 PM
Got my computer to finally put up this photo. 77657 I was watching a documentary on the 60s and 70s recording studios and I saw a lot of Gibson style guitars. Those were the daze.

strumsilly
03-20-2015, 04:30 AM
you have tons of string choices, just use the top 4 from any electric set. I just got some from Amazon [an add on, your order has to be over $25] with free shipping for $3.45] cheaper than 4 uke strings!
by the way, I am enjoying the tenor bean I got from wds, I have a fishman loudbox mini, and it sounds great clean and really cool with the chorus and reverb maxed out, the only 2 effects on that amp.

Icelander53
03-20-2015, 05:23 AM
Thanks for that basic info. I like that price.