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Rllink
10-26-2016, 05:19 AM
I was looking at my Mainland yesterday when I put it away. It is a beautiful instrument. I love the glossy. I noticed that there is getting to be some wear and tear on it, especially on the back of the neck, the fretboard, and below the strings where I strum it. It looks like someone plays it a lot. I like that. Whenever I think about a new ukulele I think about how many hours I've played that Mainland to get it to look like that. The longer I play it, the more it looks played. So for me at least, my ukulele says, "this guy plays a lot." I'm just afraid that if I got a new shiny ukulele, it would just say, "this guy got a new ukulele." So I thought that I would throw that out.

BearMakingNoises
10-26-2016, 05:25 AM
I also like the character of a well played instrument. Every little scuff, scratch, and ding on my number 1 tells a story.

zztush
10-26-2016, 05:29 AM
I have only one soprano uke. I've installed strap button and changed tuners and set up both nut and saddle by myself. This uke might say to me that your skill is not yet enough to play music with me.

kohanmike
10-26-2016, 06:22 AM
Because I have so many ukes and bass ukes, most don't show much wear since I rotate through them.

Croaky Keith
10-26-2016, 06:27 AM
What does your uke say about you

Probably - 'Make your mind up' - because I own a few different ones. :rolleyes:

PTOEguy
10-26-2016, 06:59 AM
Enginerd - my ukes run to plastic and innovative construction techniques...

Django
10-26-2016, 07:16 AM
Mine probably say that I like traditional instruments of very high quality, that I am a bit obsessive and that I spend too much on ukuleles.

Teek
10-26-2016, 07:19 AM
Having a little trouble with making a commitment, aren't you?

Booli
10-26-2016, 07:25 AM
My uke(s) does not talk (that I know of), at least while I'm near it (maybe that is the explanation for the voices in my head? hmmm), so I do not know what it might say about me (to other folks) LOL...

...however it does make a pleasing noise when I victimize the strings and agitate them from their silence and resting inertia.

I show myself out now...

mds725
10-26-2016, 09:05 AM
My ukes are polite and don't talk trash about me or about each other. My tenor guitars, on the other hand ....

TaoCat
10-26-2016, 09:13 AM
My ukes all say "This guy is really lazy and or cheap about changing strings."

UkerDanno
10-26-2016, 09:16 AM
My Ukes say that I have class and style, I'm trying to be the person my Ukes think I am...:shaka:

stevejfc
10-26-2016, 10:43 AM
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=picture+of+willie+nelson%27s+guitar&view=detailv2&&id=C3A9DD12592D5F40D1F122D888CE3910B66B1079&selectedIndex=0&ccid=WsSXA8Fb&simid=608003972585751292&thid=OIP.M5ac49703c15bb646501b82f7ba441556o0&ajaxhist=0
Check this out............Willie Nelson's guitar

Rllink
10-26-2016, 11:22 AM
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=picture+of+willie+nelson%27s+guitar&view=detailv2&&id=C3A9DD12592D5F40D1F122D888CE3910B66B1079&selectedIndex=0&ccid=WsSXA8Fb&simid=608003972585751292&thid=OIP.M5ac49703c15bb646501b82f7ba441556o0&ajaxhist=0
Check this out............Willie Nelson's guitarWillie's guitar is famous. I wonder how many here would keep and play their ukulele until it looked like that?

DownUpDave
10-26-2016, 12:16 PM
Probably that I am an unfaithful SOB because I fool around with others

jollyboy
10-26-2016, 12:29 PM
I like the idea of an instrument with some character - my Kala tenor has a couple of dinks already and is starting to look a little 'played in'.

Willie Nelson's guitar got a mention already. I was also thinking of Woody Guthrie's...

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warndt
10-26-2016, 01:28 PM
It says...At least I have some sort of hobby.

PhilUSAFRet
10-26-2016, 01:43 PM
My ukes say that if I practiced a hell of a lot more, I'd play a hell of a lot better..........:music:

Tele295
10-26-2016, 01:43 PM
My Ojai tenor is very plain, with significant wear on the redwood top, and sounds like an angel

CeeJay
10-26-2016, 01:44 PM
Nothing....I've warned it.

Mivo
10-26-2016, 02:14 PM
The vintage Lyon&Healy and the used 2010 Black Bear I bought make me look like a hardcore player. :) Great ukes that have been played a lot by their previous owners, and now by me!

My newly bought ukes don't look overly played yet, but I'm also fairly paranoid about the high gloss finish they have, which is sometimes a bit counter-productive and intimidating. I both dread and look forward to the day when they are a bit more banged up.

kvehe
10-26-2016, 04:37 PM
I both dread and look forward to the day when they are a bit more banged up.

I know what you mean. I have an all-rosewood Pono that was pristine until I knocked it into a railing going up on stage the first (and only) time I performed in public. I was very upset at the time, but it's a small ding, and now it's a nice reminder of a very pleasant (and fun) evening.

Back to the topic at hand - the Pono would say that I should take him out with people more often.

igorthebarbarian
10-26-2016, 04:57 PM
It says, "I'm lucky to have disposable income." Also, "this is better and funner use of your money than a drinking or gambling problem".... and also "Buy me more friends!"

janeray1940
10-26-2016, 05:24 PM
Nothing I own tends to stay pristine for long - things like cars and shoes and, yes, ukes tend to get a bit banged up around here. The finish is starting to wear off in spots on my oldest uke but I don't exactly worry about it. It says it's getting put to good use, I suppose :)

Mivo
10-26-2016, 07:30 PM
Nothing I own tends to stay pristine for long - things like cars and shoes and, yes, ukes tend to get a bit banged up around here. The finish is starting to wear off in spots on my oldest uke but I don't exactly worry about it. It says it's getting put to good use, I suppose :)

You're right, it's probably best to accept the inevitable. I noticed my high gloss tenor is starting to get micro scratches in the nitro lacquer on the back, simply from buttons and such from clothing or, perhaps, from me putting it on the desk sometimes (nitro lacquer and most stands don't really go along well). I guess it can't be avoided, and since it's a great sounding uke that I am very unlikely to ever let go, it's not a problem.

In a video, I saw someone put a piece of velvet cloth across his chest before he played a new uke, and I decided that is not a direction I want to take. Adds too much seriousness to a hobby that I picked for the fun and the relaxation it offers.

Rllink
10-27-2016, 03:47 AM
I make an effort not to abuse either of my ukuleles, but I don't worry about scratches. I don't think that I could focus on learning to play it if I had to take extraordinary care to keep from scratching or smudging it every time I picked it up.

Rambo2
10-27-2016, 04:04 AM
My uke wont shut up about the dog having fleas! :D

Nickie
10-27-2016, 05:44 AM
Ha ha, some great posts here!
If my ukes spoke, they might say something like,
"Man, this bee-otch is clumsy."

KanePono
10-27-2016, 06:18 AM
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=picture+of+willie+nelson%27s+guitar&view=detailv2&&id=C3A9DD12592D5F40D1F122D888CE3910B66B1079&selectedIndex=0&ccid=WsSXA8Fb&simid=608003972585751292&thid=OIP.M5ac49703c15bb646501b82f7ba441556o0&ajaxhist=0
Check this out............Willie Nelson's guitar

Willie playing the old double puka before it became fashionable. He must have "A Satisfied Mind"

Tootler
10-27-2016, 11:01 AM
Mine don't say owt. They just sit there quietly until I pick them up. Then they make the most terrible racket in protest.

Sven-Uke
10-27-2016, 12:17 PM
My no. 1 would probably complain about me getting the fret board greasy while at the same time express joy because it never gets dusty like all my other ukes.

kkimura
10-28-2016, 03:53 AM
Well, so far, they have been quietly respectful in my presence. (Possibly because I play lightly.) But who knows what they're saying when I'm not around. I try to keep them cased but is that enough?

Twibbly
10-28-2016, 04:21 AM
Mine say, "Don't buy her a plant."

All low maintenance, not solid wood that I need to worry about humidifying, and my favorite right now is the tenor Outdoor Ukulele that I can leave in the car and not have to worry about it dying.

NewKid
10-28-2016, 08:30 AM
My uke says "Did I really want a guitar?" It's got a low G string and looks like a Selmer Gypsy Jazz guitar.

Ukejenny
10-28-2016, 11:40 AM
My instruments sign non disclosure agreements before I agree to purchase. But, if my ukulele could talk, he would probably say, "Can you at least wipe me off when you're finished with me?"