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J-Machine
08-16-2009, 12:09 PM
I've been looking around for a good starter for a friend and came upon a Canadian brand called Beaver creek. They have a beginner and another solid top soprano. the solid top is made of mahogany and I think the starter one is as well.

My question is has anyone got to try them? I'm very interested since I've played their classical guitars and found them to be very nice.

J-Machine
08-17-2009, 10:51 AM
Seeing as nobody has heard of them mayhaps I should buy one and make a review?

The most I've heard about them is that the laminate one for $38.00 is a student model and that the solid top is $109.00 and apparently the professional model. The student model also comes in a variety of colours.

The website is here at: http://www.beavercreekguitars.com/ukuleles.html For those interested.

Kanaka916
08-17-2009, 11:17 AM
I haven't heard of them and from the info gathered from the website, they're only available in Canada. A review is a great idea for an entry level instrument and will benefit our northern friends looking for one.

J-Machine
08-17-2009, 11:27 AM
Okie Dokie! I'll be sure to make that review then as the sheer mysteriousness of these things is driving me insane. expect the review by the first week of September.

snowcooley
08-17-2009, 01:07 PM
Yes! Review! I'd like to hear how about this company... never heard anything about them before, but I'm not a guitar player by nature. :)

jordanstratford
06-26-2010, 08:45 AM
Well, I picked one up for $30, and noodle around with it. It has a nice feel to it, but it's obviously a cheap little instrument. It has no sustain that I can get out of it, and it stays in tune for about, oh, eight minutes. But then again, I have no idea what I'm doing and may be doing the poor thing an injustice. But still, it brings the happy.

JamieFromOntario
06-26-2010, 09:48 AM
Beaver Creek does make at least one more expensive model. I mentioned it a couple of weeks back hoping that someone else might have seen or tried it out.
The model I saw went for about $200 cdn and was available at Cosmo music in Toronto. It looked to be a laminate in a telecaster shape. I was not at all impressed by the sound or action, particularly for $200.
My other post gives a bunch more info on this particular model.

Also, the first uke I got was a $30 beaver creek. It's a piece of junk, roughly on par with the $25 Mahalos.

j

JamieFromOntario
06-27-2010, 01:11 AM
Here's a link to the thread where I talk a little more about the $200 beaver creek.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?30849-Beaver-Creek-Stratocaster-Concert&highlight=beaver+creek

kissing
06-27-2010, 04:30 AM
Well, the cheap student model look exactly the same as the cheap Legacy ukes you can get in Australia.
Same body, same head stock, same tuners, same fretboard, same...
They probably come from the same factory in China.
Legacy student uke: http://legacymusic.com.au/products/index.cfm?action=view&id=58

The quality of the Legacy ones in Australia are at least as good as the Makala Dolphins.
They have good action, good tone, decent sustain and decent intonation for a cheap uke. For the same price, they kick Mahalo's butt, even Mahalo's more expensive models.

I wonder whether the Beaver Creek ones would be similar.
The stock strings would probably stink though - try putting on some Aquilas :)
I have mine tuned low-G... even though it's a soprano, the "dreadnaught" shape of it seems to like the low-G better (it's almost as though it's between figure8 and pineapple).

1931jim
03-19-2012, 03:16 AM
A little search for Beaver Creek on the forum and here I am, just a little late. For our Canadian family I bought a Beaver Creek mahogany laminate baritone yesterday on Kijiji with the supplied gig bag. It had never been played and after cleaning off the dust and cobwebs and tuning it I was pleasantly surprised. The uke needed retuning by the time I drove home and this morning it again needed tweaking so that reinforces the story from the seller about it never being played. As an old repairman, the bridge has such a small glue surface to the top that I think a couple of 1/8 inch bolts or #4 screws with a nice backing plate of 1/8 inch rosewood scrap under the bridge would not be a bad idea. (I never throw any wood out HaHa!!)
I put the mirror inside and all the struts and glue joints are nicely done and no surplus dripping anywhere. Anyways I am a sucker for 27 bucks on a Sunday sunny afternoon. The strings are a puzzlement as they have two wound strings on D,G and two black nylon or flourocarbon?? on B,E.
I just thought that Jamie from Ontario would like to know.
PS: Little sticker on the back of the peghead says. Made in China.

amnoel90
10-12-2015, 05:29 AM
I bought a red beaver creek ukulele for 40$ about 4 months ago. I'm guessing it's laminate? I bought it to learn on and I recently ordered a gretsch g9120 to reward myself. However the beaver creek served me well. It sounds good for the price and I have no trouble keeping it in tune. I would recommend it as a starter. 84334

kwall
10-12-2015, 06:44 AM
From what Ive played the cheap ones remind me of those colour ukuleles - they're cheap and they do the job. The more expensive ones might be better (haven't tried them). They come with pretty bad strings, I think when you are looking at those 200 ones, go kala instead.

Nice but a little pricey and not much growth with those instruments