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RafterGirl
12-04-2017, 02:05 AM
This is a "catch & release" sale. I purchased this ukulele brand new, and received it direct from Japan one week ago. It's a lovely uke with a wonderful resonant sound. I'm just not crazy about the D-shaped neck. I would have returned it via Amazon, but I initially liked it a lot and added strap buttons and changed the strings.

This is a Famous Brand (Kiwaya) FLS-1G long neck soprano. Soprano body/concert scale. Solid mahogany top, laminate back and sides. Now has Living Waters strings. As new, except for one cosmetic defect.....I had straps buttons put on at my local acoustic guitar & uke shop and they put the button in a bad spot on the heel of the neck. I had them move it and fill in the hole with epoxy (see pictures).

I paid $370. Selling for $260, shipped. CONUS only. Paypal accepted. No case. Please PM me with questions or interest in buying.

Here is a link to a sound sample from Kiwaya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_TA2enjP88&index=3&list=PLnuaDdyZoUDRsPQuJwnU7jKTdxqVNidfJ

bsfloyd
12-04-2017, 03:41 AM
PM sent....

RafterGirl
12-04-2017, 07:19 AM
PM sent....
Thanks. Will send info and post more pics tonight when I’m home from work.

RafterGirl
12-04-2017, 02:13 PM
Here are a few more pictures. Inside label, neck profile, strap buttons.

RafterGirl
12-05-2017, 02:23 AM
Still available. Price drop to $270 shipped.

Skychi
12-05-2017, 01:38 PM
Can you show some picture for the epoxy?

Oh I just find the picture , thx

RafterGirl
12-05-2017, 01:57 PM
The epoxy is cosmetic, and doesn’t affect playability. With a strap on the uke, the defect is mostly covered. This is otherwise a brand new uke that I’ve had for a little over a week.

RafterGirl
12-06-2017, 01:17 PM
Price drop. $260 shipped. CONUS only.

janeray1940
12-06-2017, 01:26 PM
As a fellow Famous owner who feels the same about the neck, I'll add my two-cents'-worth about this uke. The build quality and tone are, IMO, way better than most laminates. Although with small hands I find the neck a bit chunky, my friends who usually play tenor and have played my Famous have noted that they think the Famous "D-shaped" neck makes playing soprano easier than a more typical slimmer neck. So for those who find sopranos too cramped or who have larger hands, this might be a great fit!

RafterGirl
12-06-2017, 04:41 PM
Thanks janeray1940. I wish the neck was a better fit for me, because the uke is otherwise very nice.

Famous/Kiwaya gets high praise for their quality, and their laminates in particular . This ukulele has a solid mahogany top with laminate back & sides.

igorthebarbarian
12-06-2017, 06:26 PM
I had a FS-1 and it was nice. Quasi-tempted.

RafterGirl
12-07-2017, 08:06 AM
Sale pending.