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JT_Ukes
05-17-2009, 04:16 PM
This one here...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carnival-Toy-Guitar_W0QQitemZ180355139569QQcategoryZ30QQcmdZVie wItem

It was listed as a toy guitar, (probably the reason I was able to get it cheap) $5.99 plus Shipping. ($16.92 total (got the insurance))

So... anyone have one? Did I do good? If it needs new strings... what do I get?

I know we have some plastic aficionados out there so speak up!

Thanks for your input.

JT

UKISOCIETY
05-17-2009, 04:26 PM
Looks good - one of the larger Carnivals - I only have the smaller sopraninos. They play well. I bought one of the 21 " Carnivals for my brother and its action is a bit high. The action on mine are great though, so you'll just have to wait to see when you get it how the action is.

You'll find that the strings on yours is actually just 2 strings. They go down to the bridge and then back up on the next string. You can put 4 strings on and it should be fine.

As for the kind of strings, I currently prefer Bushman. They sound great on the plastics I've put them on. I put Aquilas on my brother's uke and they fell way too hard for it. D'Addarios are good, but the Bushman seem to give them more volume.

The Carnival is not the best of the plastics. I'd say the Islander and TV Pal are tops with the Fin-Der, Happy-Tune, Flamingo next and the Carnival a close 3rd. But there are many factors involved and if your uke was taken care well the past 50-60 years, you may have a real gem!:)

Please post pics of the action when you get it and I can't wait to see your first video!

JT_Ukes
05-17-2009, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the reply!

I'll be sure to post a video when I get it.

I'm thinking for 16 bucks, it's all good.

I'll try the Bushmans. They do well on my kids Makala dolphin. I should order a set for my Spongbob Uke while I'm at it.

JT

gp-ak
05-17-2009, 04:47 PM
Nice find (what a deal too!)

Plastic ukes have a really neat tone. A certain punk rock quality. As long as you don't try to compare them to wood ukes...

Kurobashi
05-20-2009, 12:33 AM
That IS a nice find. Obviously the seller doesn't know what it is.

I have a '50s Islander myself and I really like it.
Sure I will not compare it with my other (wood) ukes but I still pick it up almost daily because it's simply fun to play :)

I wouldn't go with any fancy strings or anything like that (although I would advise low tension strings), keep it cheap and plasticky :p

JT_Ukes
05-20-2009, 02:38 AM
That IS a nice find. Obviously the seller doesn't know what it is.

I have a '50s Islander myself and I really like it.
Sure I will not compare it with my other (wood) ukes but I still pick it up almost daily because it's simply fun to play :)

I wouldn't go with any fancy strings or anything like that (although I would advise low tension strings), keep it cheap and plasticky :p

thanks! :)

JT_Ukes
05-22-2009, 08:13 AM
It's Here!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsisbkxJips

Low action, plays great!

yay me!

JT

UKISOCIETY
05-22-2009, 08:30 AM
You realize now that you've publicized my ebay searching tricks on YT that I must kill you.

JT_Ukes
05-22-2009, 09:11 AM
You realize now that you've publicized my ebay searching tricks on YT that I must kill you.

Bah.. no one watches my Videos anyway. :)


My trained attack Cockatiel will protect me.

JT