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Ukecaster
01-16-2019, 04:28 AM
Saw one of these online recently. Unlike the usual Famous/Kiwaya Eco Series sopranos (Famous FS-1, FS-2 or Kiwaya KS-1, KS-5), this one had no fretboard extension, so it was more like a vintage Martin in that respect. Other differences from the current Eco Series were a soundhole rosette and black nut and saddle. I'm assuming that this must be an older model. The older ones also have nice dark rosewood fretboards, instead of the much lighter walnut boards on the recent ones. I love the Famous/Kiwaya Eco Series sopranos, but dislike the extra frets, where I'm always bumping into the extension. Just thought this was a bit different, and I'd like to try one of these.

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Kippiis
01-16-2019, 04:58 AM
Good choice:)

Ziret
01-16-2019, 05:41 AM
Looks nice.

EDW
01-16-2019, 08:41 AM
I recall the older ones in the darker wood and fretboard. Not sure if I saw one with a rosette. You can see that here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb5AwHEq2MA

hendulele
01-16-2019, 09:04 AM
Mine, with the extended fretboard, is nice ... :)

Swamp Yankee
01-16-2019, 10:30 AM
Saw one of these online recently. Unlike the usual Famous/Kiwaya Eco Series sopranos (Famous FS-1, FS-2 or Kiwaya KS-1, KS-5), this one had no fretboard extension, so it was more like a vintage Martin in that respect. Other differences from the current Eco Series were a soundhole rosette and black nut and saddle. I'm assuming that this must be an older model. The older ones also have nice dark rosewood fretboards, instead of the much lighter walnut boards on the recent ones. I love the Famous/Kiwaya Eco Series sopranos, but dislike the extra frets, where I'm always bumping into the extension. Just thought this was a bit different, and I'd like to try one of these.

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so you're the one that bought it :mad:
oh well... snooze and lose :(

;)

Ukecaster
01-16-2019, 11:19 AM
Haha. There is a sweet looking Kiwaya KS-1 on ebay forabout $180.00 shipped, which is a good deal too, but that one has the extra frets I didn't want.

Swamp Yankee
01-17-2019, 05:29 AM
I saw that - like you though, I prefer the abbreviated fretboard extension or no extension at all.

Speaking of which - just this morning, a Kiwaya KTS-4 came to me in the mail

I've wanted one since last spring and I'm as happy as a kid on Christmas day that I finally have one ;)

I was just about ready to give up on ever finding a soprano to love.... this thing is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

They really do make wonderful ukuleles.

Ukecaster
01-17-2019, 05:57 AM
Awesome! Nice match to your KTC-1, enjoy that one! :shaka: I'd be interested to know which is louder.

EDW
01-17-2019, 06:28 AM
Speaking of which - just this morning, a Kiwaya KTS-4 came to me in the mail

I've wanted one since last spring and I'm as happy as a kid on Christmas day that I finally have one ;)

I was just about ready to give up on ever finding a soprano to love.... this thing is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

They really do make wonderful ukuleles.

Sweet! those are terrific. Enjoy!

bazmaz
01-17-2019, 08:00 AM
Not seen the 12 fret version - but the regular one is superb. As I'm sure you know - identical to the laminate Kiwaya version with just a different headstock.

https://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/05/famous-fs-1-soprano-ukulele-review.html

Swamp Yankee
01-17-2019, 09:18 AM
I told my wife I was "all set" now... but I do see a Famous/Kiwaya hog laminate in the future :rolleyes:

Ukecaster
01-17-2019, 09:42 AM
Yeah, c'mon you gotta make it an even dozen! :D

Swamp Yankee
01-17-2019, 09:56 AM
Yeah, c'mon you gotta make it an even dozen! :D

I'm over that now... just ran out of room on my signature :rolleyes:

zztush
01-18-2019, 12:19 AM
The difference between old saddle and new saddle is not only the colour. New white saddle is compensated. I have this old Famous FS-1 with black saddle. Very nice ukulele.

Bill Sheehan
01-19-2019, 08:52 AM
I told my wife I was "all set" now... but I do see a Famous/Kiwaya hog laminate in the future :rolleyes:

Well then, I guess "all set" could be referred to as "Famous last words..."

Ziret
01-19-2019, 09:26 AM
Well then, I guess "all set" could be referred to as "Famous last words..."

Ugh, Bill!

Bill Sheehan
01-19-2019, 09:44 AM
Ugh, Bill!

Hahahahahahah! Hey, I thought that was the most awesome pun I've cracked in the last............... hour. :rolleyes:

Swamp Yankee
01-19-2019, 03:59 PM
Well then, I guess "all set" could be referred to as "Famous last words..."

:rolleyes:

Ukecaster
01-24-2019, 06:45 AM
Got this one in. It had the original black strings, which were pretty old, so I put on a set of Martin M600. Really like this one, the 12-fret design really suits me. Without that fretboard extension, it feels just like a vintage Martin. I get to strum in my favorite spot without hitting the extra fretboard. Even the friction tuners are decent. Black saddle is compensated. Volume is excellent, very loud. Tone is as good as a laminate can be IMO, overall a sweet soprano. Does it sound as good as my vintage Martin? Hell no! As mentioned in other reviews, the sound is loud & sweet, but less complex and rich than a vintage Martin, more one dimensional, but still a very pleasant sound and feel.

Was hoping for 37mm nut width, like a previous Famous I had, but this one is 36mm, still totally acceptable to me. With that nut width, and wide string spacing at the nut, it plays great for me. Like I said, it feels just like my vintage Martin, and the specs match those almost exactly, see pics & specs of sops I've owned below.

A couple of things substantially different than my vintage Martin are:
1) Body depth: these are much deeper, which probably accounts for the good volume
2) Headstock (measured from nut to top crown point) is 1/2" longer, allowing the string posts to be about 1/4" further up from the nut. This gives your hand more room when forming some chords near the nut.

Hope I'm not boring you all with this nitty gritty. At least I find it interesting. Uke-geek...guilty as charged.

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Here it is next to my Martin Style 0
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EDW
01-24-2019, 07:24 AM
It is interesting to be able to translate feel into meaningful data, or vice versa.

Is this a current stable of sopranos or merely ones that have passed through your hands over the years?

Ukecaster
01-24-2019, 07:31 AM
No, not the current stable, I've tried a bunch over my 3 years of uking.

Swamp Yankee
01-24-2019, 08:24 AM
note to self: thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Famous FS-1 ukulele