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UkerDanno
12-19-2015, 11:49 AM
This instrument is for sale locally, looks like the label says PCM, if i google that, it comes up with a a mango uke. Is this a Pro-Classic? Or what? He's asking $250.00, it's been for sale for a while.

I'm only interested because it has a pickup...

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mm stan
12-20-2015, 05:21 AM
Id buy it, but offer 200, and agree on 225

johnson430
12-20-2015, 05:32 AM
Yes, buy it.
I agree with Stan. Try for 200.
The straight grained mango is my favorite sounding mango. I have a straight grained Pono mango tenor.
They will have to pry that uke out of my cold dead hands!

These are great instruments and worth the price.
This must be an earlier version of the Pono MGC which goes for 319 at HMS today.
But the the CL ad appears to have a gloss finish. The fret board and bridge look like Rosewood.
Maybe a cross between a regular Pono and a Deluxe version.
Let us know what happens.

UkerDanno
12-20-2015, 06:07 AM
thing is, it's not mango, it's mahogany...

Rakelele
12-20-2015, 06:52 AM
Seems to be an older model, definitely before 2011. Does the label say if it was made in Indonesia or China? Maybe just ask the folks at Pono. I'm curious now, too.

natchez
12-20-2015, 07:29 AM
If it has a hard-shell case, with a decent working pick up, not really a bad deal at all at the $250, but near a steal at $200. If it does not have a good case, I would go with the $200 offer suggested above, and go to $225. Since you are in AZ take a good look at the neck and action. The concerts do not have the truss rods, so if the neck has moved you would be pretty much stuck with it as is, or pay a luthier. Check to make sure the pick-up is working well and has stayed fully attached inside, again you are in the same type of dry climate as we are in Nevada.

the flat tire
12-20-2015, 07:50 AM
I think Pro Classics always have a separate PC in the model number. PCM I think is Pono Concert Mahogany. Pro Classic would be PCM-PC. Check to see if the fretboard for radius.

hammer40
12-20-2015, 07:55 AM
Yep, an older model mahogany. That rosette design has not been used for a while. The older Pono's do not have a radius end fretboard.

johnson430
12-20-2015, 04:21 PM
thing is, it's not mango, it's mahogany...

Perhaps you might be mistaken.

I am seeing that PCM is mango. Have a look.

Here
http://www.acousticvibesmusic.com/products/sold-pono-pcm-concert-size-mango-wood-ukulele/

and here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ta38UbRoY

MGM calls the PCM a mango concert.

johnson430
12-20-2015, 04:25 PM
Yep, an older model mahogany. That rosette design has not been used for a while. The older Pono's do not have a radius end fretboard.

FYI,
Here is MGM playing the PCM. a gloss mango concert.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ta38UbRoY

UkerDanno
12-20-2015, 04:29 PM
I am seeing that PCM is mango. Have a look.

yeah, I saw that too, but it's pretty obvious it's not mango. Guess I need to go take a look see, it's not too far away.

bonesigh
12-20-2015, 06:06 PM
I have a model that looks very similar but no gloss. Same rosette. Mine say's PC and is definitely mahogany. The wood on this one looks a bit different. I couldn't find any info on my model. Even emailed Pono, got no response ):

johnson430
12-21-2015, 04:25 AM
yeah, I saw that too, but it's pretty obvious it's not mango. Guess I need to go take a look see, it's not too far away.

Hi Danno.
Not trying to 'stir the poop' or 'get into your business' but why did say it is 'obviously not mango'?
It looks like one of the straightest grained mango I have seen.

My Pono mango is very straight grained on the top and bottom although it does show a bit of cross grain throughout.
I attached some photos of mine for reference.

If I an wrong about it being a mango then I will buy you a set of new strings and send them to you for free.
Your choice of string set. Deal?

Johnson =)

deschutestrout
12-21-2015, 04:51 AM
The grain on wood can vary a lot. And then, add a bit of stain and I sometimes have a hard time telling what kind of wood I'm looking at. First glance I said "mahogany!" ... but, it may very well be very tight grained (and very nice looking!) mango. Looks like a sweet uke regardless, and possibly a sweet deal! Keep us posted!

natchez
12-21-2015, 06:50 AM
Hi Danno.
Not trying to 'stir the poop' or 'get into your business' but why did say it is 'obviously not mango'?
It looks like one of the straightest grained mango I have seen.

My Pono mango is very straight grained on the top and bottom although it does show a bit of cross grain throughout.
I attached some photos of mine for reference.

If I an wrong about it being a mango then I will buy you a set of new strings and send them to you for free.
Your choice of string set. Deal?

Johnson =)

That is one sweet looking ukulele! Do you like the little string end holders?

johnson430
12-21-2015, 07:37 AM
That is one sweet looking ukulele! Do you like the little string end holders?

Thanks. I love my MGT. The mango produces a warm tone, is responsive and resonates like a dream.

I love the bridge beads. I change strings often and they make it much easier for me. Tthere is some discussion about a clean angle off the saddle. But I do not know the science behind these assertions.
I do think having the bridge beads on adds to the overall sound but that could all be in my head.
Also, there is less wear on the bridge tie area.

Look at my mango (I have had bridge beads on for most of the time I have owned it) and then look at the used Pono MTD I recently acquired.
The MTD shows wear on the bridge tie off area at the G,C and a little on the E string.(photo attached)
This uke is less than 2 years old; imagine what a few mores years of this type of wear will do to the bridge. I also believe the wound strings might cause more wear than non-wound strings.

As you can see, I have two types of bridge beads and I like them both. They are available on E bay or amazon. The diamond type give you 5 beads. But the type on my mango come in different colors and add a little bling, if you know what I mean. I think both are around 20USD including shipping to CONUS.

AaronC@HMS
12-21-2015, 11:56 AM
Aloha Guys! Just to try and clear things up, the model pictured is an older model concert Mahogany. It's one of the earlier Java-made models. Great sound. Cant really see the label clearly, but it may be a PCE which was a concert electric. Pono used to make them with the pick-up already installed. As far as I can tell from the picture, there is no tell-tale output jack though, so perhaps it is just the wrong label. Rare,but been known to happen...

UkerDanno
12-21-2015, 12:35 PM
Aloha Guys! Just to try and clear things up, the model pictured is an older model concert Mahogany. It's one of the earlier Java-made models. Great sound. Cant really see the label clearly, but it may be a PCE which was a concert electric. Pono used to make them with the pick-up already installed. As far as I can tell from the picture, there is no tell-tale output jack though, so perhaps it is just the wrong label. Rare,but been known to happen...

thanks, Aaron...makes sense to me, it is supposed to have a factory installed pick-up, I just misinterpreted the blurry label. Guess Johnson owes me set of Living Waters...;-D

I'm going to try and go check it out...

deschutestrout
12-21-2015, 12:36 PM
That's a sweet looking Pono. If she were for sale in my area, I may just spring on her ... and I'm not even "currently" shopping :-). Ukerdanno ... buy it and then trade for the recording stuff I have in the Marketplace :-) Seriously, if $200 will fetch it ... fetch it.

johnson430
12-21-2015, 01:14 PM
Aloha Guys! Just to try and clear things up, the model pictured is an older model concert Mahogany. It's one of the earlier Java-made models. Great sound. Cant really see the label clearly, but it may be a PCE which was a concert electric. Pono used to make them with the pick-up already installed. As far as I can tell from the picture, there is no tell-tale output jack though, so perhaps it is just the wrong label. Rare,but been known to happen...

OK, I could see that happening.

Also, I do not see the output jack on this one either, as you mention.
Glad you chimed in, thanks for clarifying.

johnson430
12-21-2015, 01:23 PM
Guess Johnson owes me set of Living Waters...;-D

I'm going to try and go check it out...


I am a man of my word.
Send me a PM with which strings you want & your address and I will get some stings sent to you.

If you get this uke, take more photos of it, please.

pritch
12-21-2015, 02:02 PM
There was a recent very similar thread. The outcome of both being similar.

The current Pono model designations detail the line-up as it is now. In the past some of these designations had different meanings, but they reflected the situation as it existed then.

Previously an "m" in the model name indicated mahogany. I'm not sure but I think the introduction of mango is a relatively recent thing, and it may be this need for an additional "m" that has given rise to confusion.

UkerDanno
12-22-2015, 01:49 PM
Mele Kalikimaka to me...
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This just might be a treasure...got it from the original owner, looks like new, he said it's about 10 years old. Label inside says Handcrafted on the Island of Java of all solid hardwoods. Model PCE, has original strings, I'll probably put some Martins on it soon. Fret ends are kind of sharp, need to address that soon, already snagged my finger a few times. It's been unhumidified in Arizona for 10 years and no cracks or warps or anything, except for the fret ends.

I almost bought a Pono a couple years ago, but stumbled into a local shop and went home with a Martin C1K instead.

deschutestrout
12-22-2015, 01:55 PM
Dude! That looks like a SCORE! From the original photos you posted from the ad, I was "dang, wish that was down the road from me ..." Merry Early Christmas to you!

natchez
12-22-2015, 02:01 PM
That is indeed a nice score! Well what kind of wood is it? I saw a couple of conflicting comments above- is it the mango-seems like it?

UkerDanno
12-22-2015, 02:31 PM
That is indeed a nice score! Well what kind of wood is it? I saw a couple of conflicting comments above- is it the mango-seems like it?

It's all solid mahogany...

UkerDanno
12-22-2015, 04:52 PM
Thanks to everybody who responded to this thread and provided information, especially AaronC@HMS!

wildfire070
12-22-2015, 05:29 PM
Congrats! Gorgeous wood grain on that uke and at a steal of a price!