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frianm
01-07-2018, 07:37 PM
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As I am on vacation in Hawaii I decided to take along a couple of instruments to trade - the ones I never reached for. I found this one and love it. I looked at several one of a kind instruments. This one really sang. It is a gold label, probably from the 60s. It has lovely binding and the koa has wonderful grain.
When I get home it will be set up with Aquila sugar strings and possibly some Pegheds (the ones that were used on Fluke instruments.

Nickie
01-07-2018, 08:22 PM
Congratulations frianm! I've heard a couple of Kamaka sopranos, they really do sing!

mm stan
01-07-2018, 10:00 PM
Congratulztions, looks nice but I don't think it's original...

frianm
01-08-2018, 04:30 PM
Congratulztions, looks nice but I don't think it's original...
I hope you are wrong as I bought this from a ukulele store.

mm stan
01-08-2018, 06:54 PM
It had been modified

SoloRule
01-09-2018, 01:51 AM
If it sings for you it's an awesome ukulele, congratulations! :D

I second that
If it sings itís must be one great uke. Modified or not! Made no difference!
Congratulations

mm stan
01-09-2018, 05:27 AM
I agree, but originality counts if you're paying for it .. :)

WestyShane
01-09-2018, 08:37 AM
I agree, but originality counts if you're paying for it .. :)

Sounds like he's putting new tuners on it so maybe "originality" was already accounted for during the trade.

70sSanO
01-09-2018, 02:26 PM
I think Stan might be referring to the tie bridge, but I'm no expert.

Still a beautiful ukulele and if it plays and sounds great that is all that matters for a player.

John

raffrox
01-09-2018, 03:33 PM
I'm curious about this one too and what might not be original. I'm just looking to educate myself :)

It looks as though there were 1960's Kamaka soprano's with the tie down bridge: http://ukulelefriend.com/ukes/1960s-custom-kamaka-soprano-uke/

It still looks a very nice uke regardless.

Ziret
01-10-2018, 05:01 AM
That's gorgeous, Ian!