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FinnP
08-03-2015, 06:42 AM
Hi all
After reading this forum I decided to buy an ukulele for my birthday.
Got my Famous FS-5 today shipped from japan to Denmark. and I'm very impressed by the sound and quality of the instrument.
The gloss finish smell brand new, so I guess it just left the factory.
I find the strings a little thin, so I wonder if someone could recommend a heavier set/brand of strings?
I haven't played the ukulele for 20 years now (but I play guitar all the time). When I did, I remember it was tuned A D F# B, but I can see that most of you now use G C E A (The Famous came with that tuning also).
take a look at the beauty :D
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DownUpDave
08-03-2015, 09:09 AM
That really is a beautiful ukulele. Kiwaya/Famous make a very high quality instrument, congratulations on starting out "again" with a great instrument.

The strings look to be florocarbon by their clear colour which are thinnest in diameter of all the materials used for strings. D'Addario make nylon strings which will be larger in diameter.

As an example average soprano floro. string diameters .020, .026, .031, .023. Average nylon. 028, .033, .040. 029. it will vary depending on brand.

Welcome to UU and welcome back to the ukulele.

Camsuke
08-03-2015, 11:08 AM
Congratulations FinnP! That's a lovely looking ukulele.

Highmiles
08-03-2015, 12:14 PM
Congratulations. It is a beautiful Uke. Happy strumming.

Uncle Leroy
08-03-2015, 12:27 PM
Congrats! Those FS-5s are great ukes.

Memphis Weirdo
08-03-2015, 12:44 PM
Is the Famous FS-5 the same thing as the Kiwaya KS-5?

...laminate koa?

I want one.

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fretie
08-03-2015, 12:45 PM
Welcome!

Looks like you are starting out with a very fine uke!

Nickie
08-03-2015, 02:18 PM
Welcome and congratulations!

Ukulele Eddie
08-03-2015, 04:08 PM
Nice! I have a KS-5 (Kiwaya branded, koa laminate) on its way from HMS.

FinnP
08-03-2015, 07:13 PM
Should be the same uke, I believe.

FinnP
08-04-2015, 12:01 PM
Thanks!
I ordered a set of Martin M600, Soprano/Concert .0191 .0256 .0340 .0216, but now I'm a little confused because when I took a look at Martin's site the tuning is E B G D (I wan't standard G C E A).
https://www.martinguitar.com/specialty-strings/itemlist/category/289-ukulele.html
Are they OK for my ukulele?



That really is a beautiful ukulele. Kiwaya/Famous make a very high quality instrument, congratulations on starting out "again" with a great instrument.

The strings look to be florocarbon by their clear colour which are thinnest in diameter of all the materials used for strings. D'Addario make nylon strings which will be larger in diameter.

As an example average soprano floro. string diameters .020, .026, .031, .023. Average nylon. 028, .033, .040. 029. it will vary depending on brand.

Welcome to UU and welcome back to the ukulele.

DownUpDave
08-04-2015, 01:44 PM
Thanks!
I ordered a set of Martin M600, Soprano/Concert .0191 .0256 .0340 .0216, but now I'm a little confused because when I took a look at Martin's site the tuning is E B G D (I wan't standard G C E A).
https://www.martinguitar.com/specialty-strings/itemlist/category/289-ukulele.html
Are they OK for my ukulele?

I have a set of the M600 on a soprano and they are fantastic tuned, G C E A. They are highly regarded on this site and used by a lot of people.

I just looked at the Martin link you sent. No wonder you are concerned that is an acoustic guitar tuning from treble to bass E B G D A E. Apparently Martin lost their mind on that piece of advertising.u