View Full Version : Stuck between 2 choices for my 1st real uke

04-07-2008, 10:15 AM
Ok, i'm used to guitar, but I went to hawaii recently and picked up a $10 tourist uke i didn't intend on playing and just wanted for decoration. i ended up playing with it and i love it. Of course, coming from a couple of real guitars, the size is tough to adjust too so i'm looking at a tenor.

I currently have 2 acoustic/electric cutaway guitars and I kind of want the same in a uke. So i'm looking at this..

http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-KA-STE-Sitka-spruceTenor-Ukulele-w-pu-case_W0QQitemZ230239490806QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262

but i keep reading about how great koa is. so i'm looking a this..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230238093006&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX_Stores&refitem=330221117377&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&refwidgettype=osi_widget&_trksid=p284.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSI%26its%3DI%252BIA%26itu%3DIA%25 2BUCI%26otn%3D4%26ps%3D42

now the the loss of sound really that noticeable? I really want the cutaway and pickup, it's just so tough since the prices r so similar


04-07-2008, 10:31 AM
go with the spruce. the koa is not solid koa. its a laminate over a different wood. they still sound nice, but if you were to play both of these side by side, most would prefer the solid spruce. youre just not gonna get a solid koa instrument for that price.

04-07-2008, 12:07 PM
ah, thanks for the info. that makes it much easier since i really wanted the cutaway and pickup

04-07-2008, 04:22 PM
right now it comes with a chord book and pitch pipe, since i already have an electronic tuner and i figure chords r easy to find online, he said he could switch it up for the roy sakuma dvd for an extra $10. is it worth it?

04-07-2008, 07:49 PM
I'm certainly with nuke on this one -- definately the cutaway with the solid top. I'd get the DVD while you're at it -- you'll probably blow through it reasonably quick, and then you'll have it on hand for others you will certainly influence to pick up the uke.

Have fun, and welcome!