View Full Version : Glyph Soprano (5A, Rosewood)

08-01-2009, 06:03 AM

Made by Dave Mean
No Pickups.
5a Koa Body, Sides, Back. Rosewood Neck, Koa Top Plate, Ebony tuners
French Polish
Traditional tie bridge.
Builder made ebony friction pins
Neck extremely thin, almost to thin.
No, Buy a custom case please at this level

Action, Fit & Finish

Its a glyph and a custom, better then any of the big K's by a long shot. Polish is done correctly, all frets level and action set correctly. All purfling done correctly, tuners are great.
For the cost these are amazing, the ability to get one though is vexing


Will this ukulele withstand live playing?


Does the hardware seem like it will last?


It's french polish I would not GIG with this regularly or
This is s special occasion ukulele or for recording.
Would you use it on a gig without a backup?


Customer Support

Check the website for the war. but I have never heard of a one going back for anything other then humidity issues.

Overall Rating

How long have you been playing?

A while

What other gear do you own?

Almost every major modern builder

Is there something you wish you had asked before buying this ukulele?

I wish I had kept it longer.

If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else?

Due to time-lines for his builds I would not.

What do you love about it?


What do you hate?

I have footballers hands, can only play extended length sopranos

What is your favorite feature?

Tone, drop dead old martin sound

Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones?

MooreBetta for construction, vintage martin for tone

Why did you choose this one?

Flat out only one I could get my hands on they are rare.

The short answer is if you can afford it, and you want the vintage tone in a soprano, and you have patience this is the builder to track down. Personally I cannot play them as well as a extended soprano but if you have the dexterity and skill go for it. These are not for beginners they are extremely sensitive to playing style and technique. If you a single strummer and cannot vary your level of attack on the strings you will fight this ukulele.