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JustinJ
12-17-2015, 08:34 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hand-made-Concert-Ukulele-Solid-wood-New/291000377567?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D0d57c3003d9b419aadf 71705e1305f1d%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26 sd%3D291000354014

This not a ukulele but a Portuguese instrument by the same company. The bend is even more in this instrument

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Deluxe-Portuguese-Fado-Guitar-Hard-case-New-Lisbon-style-/301711698895?hash=item463f6b2bcf:g:igAAAOSw9N1Vy3V q


I'm not planning on purchasing this but was surprised to see how wide the headstock angle is relative to the fretboard.


Why would you set an instrument up like this? Are they trying get more tension on the strings by angling the head tilted further back?

jop
12-18-2015, 04:50 AM
The angles don't look too severe to me. Maybe it's because the ukulele picture is upside down. Turned around it looks normal to me.
If you look at the Portuguese guitar, you'll see that the strings follow a fairly 'normal' line, but there is quite a lot of headstock behind the strings.

JustinJ
12-18-2015, 06:13 AM
The angles don't look too severe to me. Maybe it's because the ukulele picture is upside down. Turned around it looks normal to me.
If you look at the Portuguese guitar, you'll see that the strings follow a fairly 'normal' line, but there is quite a lot of headstock behind the strings.


If you click on the headstock picture and get a closer view, the c string is slopped at a different angle than the G. Likewise, its the same for the E and A string.
They seem to be on two different planes, if you were to look at in two dimensions.

You may be correct about the picture being an optical illusion.

Inksplosive AL
12-18-2015, 08:25 AM
Looks like a sloppy job of restringing the ukulele.

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hoosierhiver
12-18-2015, 09:08 AM
If you click on the headstock picture and get a closer view, the c string is slopped at a different angle than the G. Likewise, its the same for the E and A string.
They seem to be on two different planes, if you were to look at in two dimensions.

You may be correct about the picture being an optical illusion.

If you compare it to the other pics, you'll realize there are at least two different ukuleles being shown.

I'm a little skeptical that these are made in Portugal. They look like they could be Asian imports to me.
Compare the Portugese guitar above to this one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORTUGUESE-FADO-GUITAR-Lisbon-style-Gig-Bag-Strings-set-/371454353389?hash=item567c679fed:g:zTsAAMXQVT9S38M H
then have a look at Alibaba.

Timbuck
12-18-2015, 09:28 AM
They look a bit shallow to me...needs a few more degrees adding to e'm , like this one ;)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/lute_zpswekw18dw.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/lute_zpswekw18dw.jpg.html)

JustinJ
12-18-2015, 10:16 AM
If you compare it to the other pics, you'll realize there are at least two different ukuleles being shown.

I'm a little skeptical that these are made in Portugal. They look like they could be Asian imports to me.
Compare the Portugese guitar above to this one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORTUGUESE-FADO-GUITAR-Lisbon-style-Gig-Bag-Strings-set-/371454353389?hash=item567c679fed:g:zTsAAMXQVT9S38M H
then have a look at Alibaba.

As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for" . There's a reason there's no good closeups of the instruments for sale. Sometimes there are bargains to be found but it's not the norm. I'm not sure of the Portugal economy and labor costs but they may come from Asia.

A good story work wonders in sales. Maybe listing them as made in Portugal will get more buyers to try them.

mvinsel
12-18-2015, 12:46 PM
Those pictures are pretty confusing.
I expect it'd be hard to set the strings on the tuner posts so they're winding spiraling downward for a good break angle, when it's all upside down or suspended from the ceiling.
It's like when my older sister had me convinced that everything was upside down in the soughtern hemisphere when I was a little kid, but I'm not saying I think it's from Australia.
-Vinnie in Juneau