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Codeman
05-10-2019, 05:30 AM
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With it's solid spruce top and solid rosewood sides and back with limited edition purfling and bindings, this Uke looks fantastic and sounds just as good.

I had great intentions about playing this Uke, but unfortunately my arthritis in my hands has gotten worse and I just can't play anymore, so I decided to put it up for sale.

It's been professionally set up and currently has a low G set of strings. I will include the strap and an additional set of Anguila Red Low G strings.

Everything is in new condition with zero flaws, scratches, dings, etc.

Please give it a loving and musical home for me!

Steve

Kenn2018
05-11-2019, 01:29 PM
Steve,

I am seriously sorry to hear of your problem. Unfortunately, I foresee a similar problem in my future.

Three thoughts:
1. Have the strings lowered more for easier action. Like to 1mm @ 1st fret and 2.3mm@ 12th. You may get a little buzzing and the projection may be reduced but playing is easier.
2. Try some softer strings like the Fremont Blackline fluorocarbons. They are a little stretchy and feel gentler on my fingers. I have them on a Martin 1T and they don't require the pressure that say Martin flurocarbons or Aquila Nylon-derived strings do.
3. You probably know this already, but are you pressing too hard when you fret? Back off the pressure to the point where you still get a clean note, but any more and it gets muddy. A lot of guitar players tend to really mash those strings.

Best of luck to you. I'm afraid I am not able to make an offer on your beautiful Aratani-commemorative tenor at this time.
If you don't quickly get an offer, you might want to post more photos of the back & headstock and maybe a closeup of the label and soundboard. The sides are pretty good to have too.

Codeman
05-13-2019, 03:05 AM
Hi Kenn,

So nice of you to take the time to give me some advice about playing. Although I am selling this Uke, I will be keeping my Concert Oscar Schmidt and continue to try to find a way to keep my hand in. As a former classical guitar player I usually went for the harder strings but I'll give the Fremont strings a try and see what happens.

I have a slightly lower string height setting now so reluctant to lower them any more. I really didn't want to "experiment" with this Uke and I didn't want to take the chance and have to replace the nut if I messed it up. I WILL give that a go on the Oscar Schmidt because I don't have much money wrapped up in it.

I got a commitment from a Uke teacher in Maine yesterday so I'll be closing this thread shortly.

Thanks again so much for your help. It's much appreciated.

Steve


Steve,

I am seriously sorry to hear of your problem. Unfortunately, I foresee a similar problem in my future.

Three thoughts:
1. Have the strings lowered more for easier action. Like to 1mm @ 1st fret and 2.3mm@ 12th. You may get a little buzzing and the projection may be reduced but playing is easier.
2. Try some softer strings like the Fremont Blackline fluorocarbons. They are a little stretchy and feel gentler on my fingers. I have them on a Martin 1T and they don't require the pressure that say Martin flurocarbons or Aquila Nylon-derived strings do.
3. You probably know this already, but are you pressing too hard when you fret? Back off the pressure to the point where you still get a clean note, but any more and it gets muddy. A lot of guitar players tend to really mash those strings.

Best of luck to you. I'm afraid I am not able to make an offer on your beautiful Aratani-commemorative tenor at this time.
If you don't quickly get an offer, you might want to post more photos of the back & headstock and maybe a closeup of the label and soundboard. The sides are pretty good to have too.