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cruzer75
04-01-2008, 08:37 PM
Hey guys I think kanile'a will be delighted that this many people are interested in their instruments. Although Joe and Kristen Souza are out of town so any kind estimate will be a couple more days. Just bare with me and i will getting back to you soon keep checking this site regularly for updated information.

tripl3thr33
04-01-2008, 09:20 PM
thanks tim. we appreciate you giving the underground an opportunity like this.

david98116
04-01-2008, 10:20 PM
Hahaha. I'm trying to put it in the back of my mind. One could get worked up over such a opportunity.

vcowman
04-03-2008, 01:24 PM
thanks, I am intersted too!

gjsong
04-03-2008, 02:37 PM
count me in too.

UKESTAR
04-03-2008, 03:42 PM
Still really interested.
Question: Are we going to have to decide on ONE exact same uke or do we get a little bit of freedom on the design specs??

For example, I don't want any UU logo on mine and I want a passive pick up...

Note: As cool as UU is, I do have to think about slight possibility of resale down the road....if someone is not familiar with UU, they may not buy it if I ever decide to sell....never know....plus, I like simple ukes..not too much MOP..

vcowman
04-03-2008, 04:12 PM
:DI would like as much MOP as possible :D

UKESTAR
04-03-2008, 04:40 PM
:DI would like as much MOP as possible :D

Haha....yep, I think we are all going to have diff. ideas of what we want,which is totally understandable...exactly why I asked the question:D

Phatzo
04-04-2008, 05:59 AM
I am interested, also wonder how simular they will have to be. I am cool with pretty much all of there tenors and the sound monster, alot of MOP, a little MOP what ever Im down as long as its a good price that my poor azz can aford. I would like an inlay in fret board, though. I know I appricate you looking out for the rest of us!

russ_buss
04-04-2008, 06:27 AM
okay so i'm not hip. what's MOP?:confused:

vcowman
04-04-2008, 07:01 AM
You down with OPP? indeed, you knowst me.:cool:


MOP rather? Mother of pearl ;)

russ_buss
04-04-2008, 07:03 AM
ahhh thanks. i'm definitely down with MOP.:)

wearymicrobe
04-04-2008, 08:34 AM
I know Kristan and Joe were in Japan until this Tuesday so give them some time to get settled back in.

P.S. If they are reading this tell Joe to get crackin on my S.Tenor done, I really really want it. :D

vcowman
04-04-2008, 11:33 AM
is the super tenor easier to play as compared to the tenor or others? Thanks:D

wearymicrobe
04-04-2008, 05:52 PM
is the super tenor easier to play as compared to the tenor or others? Thanks:D

Actually in my hands yes, it is easier for me to tuck under my arm and play standing up without a strap, and it is a little bit louder so I can strum softer and keep my nails. Plus I have giant hands so playing a soprano or concert is difficult for me if I have to finger pick.

wearymicrobe
04-04-2008, 05:58 PM
S.Tenor, see the larger lower bout in both directions, also the back is a bit more curved then the tenor. The upper bout is ~1.5 inches bigger and the lower is 2 in both directions.

http://www.kanileaukulele.com/Six-string-super-tenor-big.jpg

As opposed to the more "Traditional" tenor, they do the same thing with a soprano and I would like to get my hands on one.

http://www.kanileaukulele.com/Fourstringtenorbig.jpg

I am waiting on mine so I can send a tracing out and have a case built so my dimensions are not exact yet, more guess.

allthumbs
04-05-2008, 09:55 PM
Thanks for your efforts. I to am in the market for a quality tenor with a pickup.How about inter-locking "U"'s for the headstock? One slightly higher than the other. More interested in quality than bling. Nice bindings and roseset do set off a nicely made uke!

wearymicrobe
04-06-2008, 07:29 AM
Thanks for your efforts. I to am in the market for a quality tenor with a pickup.How about inter-locking "U"'s for the headstock? One slightly higher than the other. More interested in quality than bling. Nice bindings and roseset do set off a nicely made uke!

About the pickup remember that the Kanile'a bridge if it is not a tie bridge is already wide enough and deep enough to do a standard d'aggario pickup with just a quick hole in the lower bout. In fact they drill a hole under the saddle just for this purpose from the factory on all their ukuleles.

So you don't need to order it with one you can have it added by a luither at a later date which is what I would recommend because then you can have the saddle cut for your style of playing and compensated if you play way up the neck like me.

With other builders you need to custom order a pickup with the correct length or use a mill to cut a wider slot like I do with the ko'olau's. Which can change the tone and response a little bit depending on how you shape the now larger saddle.

And those are not bling'd out in any respect. Here is a picture of the po'okela, I tried to get the one that was displayed at MOMM but I lost it to another collector. This is next on my list to order after the wifes.

http://www.kanileaukulele.com/po'okela_Big.jpg

UKESTAR
04-06-2008, 07:33 AM
About the pickup remember that the Kanile'a bridge if it is not a tie bridge is already wide enough and deep enough to do a standard d'aggario pickup with just a quick hole in the lower bout. In fact they drill a hole under the saddle just for this purpose from the factory on all their ukuleles.

So you don't need to order it with one you can have it added by a luither at a later date which is what I would recommend because then you can have the saddle cut for your style of playing and compensated if you play way up the neck like me.

With other builders you need to custom order a pickup with the correct length or use a mill to cut a wider slot like I do with the ko'olau's. Which can chage the tone and response a little bit depending on how you shape the now larger saddle.

Kanilea told me that they could put a Markley passive in for me (I just don't like active pick ups..would rather use an ext. pre-amp). See any issues with them installing the Markley passive??

wearymicrobe
04-06-2008, 07:57 AM
Kanilea told me that they could put a Markley passive in for me (I just don't like active pick ups..would rather use an ext. pre-amp). See any issues with them installing the Markley passive??

YES with the factory install less with the picup itself.

Honestly have the guys at Buffalo brothers or Blue Guitar do it I have seen some mangled factory installs, or what I would call mangled. I did not order a pickup on my K5 from Joe because of the concerns others had expressed, and am going to do a after market one.

Personally if you are OK with a port in the bout of the ukulele go with any pickup that gives you the sound that you are looking for, I personally do not like the Markley's but if you have played one and it fits your sound by all means. I do no like it when they run with the wire out the sound hole it screws with my strumming.

UKESTAR
04-06-2008, 02:06 PM
YES with the factory install less with the picup itself.

Honestly have the guys at Buffalo brothers or Blue Guitar do it I have seen some mangled factory installs, or what I would call mangled. I did not order a pickup on my K5 from Joe because of the concerns others had expressed, and am going to do a after market one.

Personally if you are OK with a port in the bout of the ukulele go with any pickup that gives you the sound that you are looking for, I personally do not like the Markley's but if you have played one and it fits your sound by all means. I do no like it when they run with the wire out the sound hole it screws with my strumming.

Thanks... What do you mean "wire out of the soundhole"? I haven't seen that. My only experience....that has been positive with the sound of the Markleys is with the Ponos. Not sure what Pono uses now as a pick up??

They used to advertise it as a Markley passive.....now I think they call it a "Pono" pick up?? That is the one I was thinking of getting installed.....the "Pono" passive you can buy on their site..

NukeDOC
04-06-2008, 10:48 PM
i think what microbe was talking about is the removable pickup that sits in the soundhole of a guitar. but im pretty sure youre talking about the markley undersaddle passive pickup.

the bugsgear eleukes come with markley pickups. i dont dislike it. but im planning on getting a fishman AG passive undersaddle to replace the one i ripped outa my kala. i just think fishman has their shiz together when it comes to amplifying acoustic sound. just try out one of their amps... butter. i hear LR baggs are good too though.

wearymicrobe
04-07-2008, 05:28 AM
i think what microbe was talking about is the removable pickup that sits in the soundhole of a guitar. but im pretty sure youre talking about the markley undersaddle passive pickup.


The only perment install Marley I have seen is the sound hole pickups. I do have one of there little button ones that stick to the outside of the uke with a bit of modelers clay and its not the greatest, but it was only like 40$.

Sorry for the confusion.

UKESTAR
04-07-2008, 09:07 AM
i think what microbe was talking about is the removable pickup that sits in the soundhole of a guitar. but im pretty sure youre talking about the markley undersaddle passive pickup.

the bugsgear eleukes come with markley pickups. i dont dislike it. but im planning on getting a fishman AG passive undersaddle to replace the one i ripped outa my kala. i just think fishman has their shiz together when it comes to amplifying acoustic sound. just try out one of their amps... butter. i hear LR baggs are good too though.

Are those "uke specific" passives? Or does it even matter if it is made specifically for uke?? I have always wondered this...

NukeDOC
04-07-2008, 09:30 AM
Are those "uke specific" passives? Or does it even matter if it is made specifically for uke?? I have always wondered this...
it depends. i would have to take a look at the actual transducer. some transducers have sweetspots set evenly apart. so for a guitar there would be 6 of them, whereas on an uke it would have 4. but some transducers are equally sensitive throughout the rod. so it may be usable in an uke or guitar.

an old guitar of mine... cheapy feaux-vation knockoff... came with a passive pickup in it. when i was done with that guitar, i pulled the pickup out and installed it into my baritone. worked just fine. then i ripped it out of my baritone, bypassed the control box and hotwired the transducer directly to the phone jack and it is now in my ibanez acoustic. worked just fine with all three instruments.

cruzer75
04-07-2008, 09:55 AM
I think what is going to happen is everybody is going to do there own thing. What we can not do by the looks of it is personlaize stuff such as a your name some where or anyhting like that. But as far as binding purfling rosettes etc that will be a go. I have been talking to the Kristen souza the owner and I am getting all the details then i will respond how much we can get off in a new thread.

UKESTAR
04-07-2008, 12:00 PM
I think what is going to happen is everybody is going to do there own thing. What we can not do by the looks of it is personlaize stuff such as a your name some where or anyhting like that. But as far as binding purfling rosettes etc that will be a go. I have been talking to the Kristen souza the owner and I am getting all the details then i will respond how much we can get off in a new thread.

Can we all just get what you sort of decide on and THEN:

1. have them make a small addition like passive v. active pick up??

2. Also, the "custom"....is it decided on what they are doing for the headstock?

UKESTAR
04-07-2008, 12:02 PM
it depends. i would have to take a look at the actual transducer. some transducers have sweetspots set evenly apart. so for a guitar there would be 6 of them, whereas on an uke it would have 4. but some transducers are equally sensitive throughout the rod. so it may be usable in an uke or guitar.

an old guitar of mine... cheapy feaux-vation knockoff... came with a passive pickup in it. when i was done with that guitar, i pulled the pickup out and installed it into my baritone. worked just fine. then i ripped it out of my baritone, bypassed the control box and hotwired the transducer directly to the phone jack and it is now in my ibanez acoustic. worked just fine with all three instruments.

Thanks DIY guy...hahha. You got skillz Nuke.... What passive do you think is best to install in my "custom" tenor??

NukeDOC
04-07-2008, 12:31 PM
Thanks DIY guy...hahha. You got skillz Nuke.... What passive do you think is best to install in my "custom" tenor??

i dont have any real world experience with too many of the pickups out there. just by brand and reputation. for the most part, the most talked about pickups are the fishmans, LRBaggs, and Dean Markleys... with the DMs at the bottom of that list (but still sooooo much better than those shadows)

fishman and LRB are basically trade-offs that come down to the preference of the customer. the only experience i have with LRB is the para acoustic DI box. i had a fishman pickup in my classical ibanez and that thing sounds sweet. ive played through a fishman sound monster acoustic guitar amp, and that sucka was badass. i can only imagine what kind of clarity one could get by running a fishman pickup (passive or active) through an LRB PA DI, into a fishman sound monster, with a kanile'a uke bringing the music. but thats what i would like to do one of these days.

nate, i wouldnt shut out the option of a passive pickup yet. depending on what pickup you end up getting, you might be happy with the way it sounds. ive only had one personal experience with running an active pickup through my LRB DI. i didnt like it because it sounded like the signal was being doubled. almost gave it a chorus effect. but that was with my guitar. on the other hand, ive have seen and heard a kamaka with a fishman active pickup (think its a matrix) run through the LRB gigpro and it sounded beautiful. personally, i dont see the need to be running two preamps in tandem, but if it works...

elemenohpee
04-07-2008, 09:35 PM
I think what is going to happen is everybody is going to do there own thing. What we can not do by the looks of it is personlaize stuff such as a your name some where or anyhting like that. But as far as binding purfling rosettes etc that will be a go. I have been talking to the Kristen souza the owner and I am getting all the details then i will respond how much we can get off in a new thread.

thanks for the hookup. any rough idea when they can start taking the orders? days? weeks? months?

Plainsong
04-08-2008, 12:36 AM
Depending on when this is (hopefully later rather than sooner - oh my wallet!), I may want a little piece of this as well. :D

I'm looking for anything from a super soprano up to a super concert. I might stretch to tenor depending on if that's that only thing on offer. I'm not looking for lots of bling, but I'd like that high gloss finish. Something like the K1 or K2 would be fine with me.

UKESTAR
04-08-2008, 06:33 AM
i dont have any real world experience with too many of the pickups out there. just by brand and reputation. for the most part, the most talked about pickups are the fishmans, LRBaggs, and Dean Markleys... with the DMs at the bottom of that list (but still sooooo much better than those shadows)

fishman and LRB are basically trade-offs that come down to the preference of the customer. the only experience i have with LRB is the para acoustic DI box. i had a fishman pickup in my classical ibanez and that thing sounds sweet. ive played through a fishman sound monster acoustic guitar amp, and that sucka was badass. i can only imagine what kind of clarity one could get by running a fishman pickup (passive or active) through an LRB PA DI, into a fishman sound monster, with a kanile'a uke bringing the music. but thats what i would like to do one of these days.

nate, i wouldnt shut out the option of a passive pickup yet. depending on what pickup you end up getting, you might be happy with the way it sounds. ive only had one personal experience with running an active pickup through my LRB DI. i didnt like it because it sounded like the signal was being doubled. almost gave it a chorus effect. but that was with my guitar. on the other hand, ive have seen and heard a kamaka with a fishman active pickup (think its a matrix) run through the LRB gigpro and it sounded beautiful. personally, i dont see the need to be running two preamps in tandem, but if it works...

Cool...yeh, I had a Fishman active in a Koaloha tenor. I had serious issues with feedback....not sure why. Also, it just had a volume control...which really is not that cool in my book. For me, if I ever go with an active again, I will want FULL control built into the uke.....I mean, THEN it would be worth the pain of having a friggen' battery inside the uke...maybe. I don't know, I just like the simplicity of a passive personally. Thanks for you input Nuke....you da' man..

Plainsong
04-08-2008, 12:14 PM
Ok, I just put up my portable audio setup for sale over at head-fi, so to quote Al Gore on South Park, I'm super-cerial. :)