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sarastro
08-04-2015, 07:01 AM
Hi

There is a Kiwaya KS-0 for sale near me. I thought it might make a nice entry level uke. It would be great to hear some feedback from anyone who has owned or played one.

Thanks

billten
08-04-2015, 07:46 AM
Grab it, i've yet to play a bad kiwaya. Lovely instruments.

sarastro
08-05-2015, 08:39 AM
Grab it, i've yet to play a bad kiwaya. Lovely instruments.

I'll get a chance to check it out this Saturday. If there aren't any serious issues, I should have a new uke this weekend :)

coolkayaker1
08-05-2015, 09:33 AM
I greatly enjoy the Kiwaya Thinline series. It is the "go to" uke for WS64 on Youtube (in case you want to hear it); it has a thinner body profile and headstock than other Kiwayas. It has micro-geared tuners that work very wel, and take up less space than friction tuners (although I adore friction tuners in general). They do have ideal intonation. They are Kiwaya laminate, which is the best, as you may know. And, to top it all off, they are less expensive than the Kiwaya 5 (I think) by around a hundred bucks. I owned one, sold it, then wished I didn;t, then repurchased one from a UU member/friend. I love it to death!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSdcpFdMO-Y

I agree w your gander at the Kiwaya Thinline series (pineapple or traditional shape).

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-05-2015, 10:01 AM
Howdy. I have a Kiwaya KS-0P, the pineapple version, and I love it. My KS-0P has a lovely, mellow sound, excellent intonation, it's comfortable to play, and easy to tune. I love it. Oh, I said that already. I picked up my KS-0P used in my area, and it's been one of my favorite ukes ever since.

Photojosh
08-05-2015, 11:59 AM
There was a Kiwaya KS-0P used in a shop I visited a few months back. Played it and liked the sound/playability a lot. Wasn't on a "buying" trip, so didn't get it. thought about it for a week and realized how much I wanted it. Too late. Gone.

sarastro
08-08-2015, 07:08 AM
Well I have one now :)

I like the sound and it feels and plays well in my hands. Very happy with this one.
It's going to need a new set of strings, any suggestions?

billten
08-08-2015, 07:48 AM
Try martin fluro, very nice tone on my ks6.

gregmchugh
08-08-2015, 09:26 AM
When I couldn't find the KS-0 anywhere in th US, I ordered the Famous FS-0 version from a dealer on the Rakuten Japan site. Price was great even with shipping. Seems to be the same Uke but sold in Japan under the Famous brand.

Ukulele Eddie
08-08-2015, 11:29 AM
Well I have one now :)

I like the sound and it feels and plays well in my hands. Very happy with this one.
It's going to need a new set of strings, any suggestions?

Congrats!! And you started with a very nice buy.

Strings are cheap. Try several different ones -- they can make a big difference. And not all strings sound good on all ukes and vice-versa. While I'm not a fan of Martin strings, plenty of people are. Southcoast, Fremont Blacklines, Aquila Reds, Living Water and Oasis are the brands I use most frequently.

sarastro
08-08-2015, 12:58 PM
I have some Fremont Blacklines. I'll give them a try.

igorthebarbarian
08-09-2015, 08:13 PM
Can confirm that if you go thru the Japanese Rakuten website you can get FAMOUS brand ukulele's for cheaper than Kiwaya's. Both are super-great / lightweight / have great intonation. I got a Famous FS-5 from Amazon and really like it



When I couldn't find the KS-0 anywhere in th US, I ordered the Famous FS-0 version from a dealer on the Rakuten Japan site. Price was great even with shipping. Seems to be the same Uke but sold in Japan under the Famous brand.

coolkayaker1
08-10-2015, 09:27 AM
I have some Fremont Blacklines. I'll give them a try.

They are what I use on mine.