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Bourbon Boy
04-22-2008, 05:59 AM
I would love to hear from the members what there "uke of choice is" (Fact or Fiction) In other words... What uke do you play and love the most and why. Is it a tenor? Is it a concert or soprano? What is it you like about it? Charictaristic, feel and tone? Or maybe you dont own this dream uke...What is your dream uke? and why???

I am hoping such feedback will help me in choosing and purchasing MY dream ukulele. In fact i hope to have a fleet of uke's one day...

RESPEK....

--bourbon boy....

......got whiskey???

Ukulele_Junkie
04-22-2008, 06:01 AM
My dream uke would be a tenor kanile'a with flaming koa and active pick up.. hmm yummy

Aldrine Guerrero
04-22-2008, 06:06 AM
Whatever uke Tia Kelley plays! That thing sounded soooo sweet :D

tad
04-22-2008, 06:06 AM
Variety is the spice of life.

My "dream ukulele" would be a room full of 'em, so I can play whatever suits my mood.

I've only been playing for a matter of months, and I've already got an acoustic-electric, a metal-body resonator, and two regular wooden-type ukuleles. So far I've been sticking to sopranos and concerts, but I'm sure that I'll branch out from there at some point.

I could never just have one favorite of anything, though... Life's too contingent and fluid, you know?

seeso
04-22-2008, 06:08 AM
I switch between my Mahogany Lanikai and Kala Cedar, both tenors.

My dream ukulele would be a custom Da Silva. Cedar top, Koa back and sides, Mahogany neck, Macassar Ebony fingerboard.

dnewton2
04-22-2008, 06:14 AM
I have a cheap concert and a kala tenor. I like playing the concert better because of the size, it just feels right. But the Kala tenor sounds better, so I try and play them both.

As for a dream uke, there are way to many cutom uke makers out there to pick one. I would however like a solid koa concert one day.

Keonikapila
04-22-2008, 06:32 AM
I love the sound and feel of my Ko'Aloha tenor, so if I was going for "Dream Uke" it'd probably be a custom Ko'Aloha tenor made of figured curly koa with ebony bindings and fretboard, and the thin-style fret wires.

...too bad master-grade koa is so hard to find :(

Vroom
04-22-2008, 06:56 AM
I love tenors... how they sound, feel, they just seem to be perfect for me.

GX9901
04-22-2008, 07:01 AM
My current uke of choice is hands down the Koa Works tenor (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2008/01/little-slice-of-heavenand-little-bit-of_30.html). William King is building my dream tenor right now (should be done any day now), but it's going to have to be out of this world to surpass the Koa Works.

UkuCouS
04-22-2008, 07:03 AM
I've been dreaming for a long time of a Kamaka Tenor.
But now I have my Kanile'a Tenor I'm not dreaming of anything but her anymore.

drubin
04-22-2008, 07:10 AM
My current uke of choice is hands down the Koa Works tenor (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2008/01/little-slice-of-heavenand-little-bit-of_30.html). William King is building my dream tenor right now (should be done any day now), but it's going to have to be out of this world to surpass the Koa Works.

GX, a dream tenor by William King, that is totally awesome! Would you mind telling us about your dream specs? I hope you'll post pictures when it arrives! :)

If I can swing it, I'm going to try to get on King's list for next year.

BTW, your Koa Works looks amazing!

GX9901
04-22-2008, 07:38 AM
GX, a dream tenor by William King, that is totally awesome! Would you mind telling us about your dream specs? I hope you'll post pictures when it arrives! :)

If I can swing it, I'm going to try to get on King's list for next year.

BTW, your Koa Works looks amazing!

Haha, yes, I'll probably be posting pictures and videos of the King tenor all over the place like an idiot after it arrives. :p

The specs are: Long scale tenor (18"), spruce top, koa back/sides, radiused ebony fretboard w/maple binding, ebony body bindings, Mi-Si active pickup, and last but not least, Jake Shimabukuro slotted headstock! :p We'll see how that headstock turns out, but I drew him a slotted headstock with essentially the same shape as Jake's Kamaka.

The advantage of the Koa Works is that I got to play it first. Even William King himself haven't heard what the tenor he's building will sound like, so it's still taking a bit of a chance there. I would be seriously overjoyed if the King simply matches the Koa Works in sound and feel. After that I'll need to practice for years and years so I can acquire some decent uke playing skills to go along with the ukes.:D

seeso
04-22-2008, 08:03 AM
I also wouldn't mind one of these bad boys:

http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/1048/ahifrontgb5.jpg

Kira
04-22-2008, 08:09 AM
i have now my second ukulele ! a beautiful Concert Lanikai

i think my dream ukulele is a E-Tenor Kamaka With UU style on the frets and signed from aldrine and jake :D

deach
04-22-2008, 08:25 AM
I just started playing so I haven't had much exposure to different brands but I would love to visit the Glyph workshop (about 90 minutes from my house) and play a few of his.

hoosieruke
04-22-2008, 08:35 AM
I used to lust after pretty and expensive ukes. Since I've learned to build, my dream uke is only a build away!

dnewton2
04-22-2008, 08:48 AM
I used to lust after pretty and expensive ukes. Since I've learned to build, my dream uke is only a build away!

Do you have any pics/soundbits of your work, and do you sell or take orders for your work?

hoosieruke
04-22-2008, 09:00 AM
I did custom work for awhile, but I work two other jobs and I could never make deadlines. I plan a few short runs in the next few months that I will offer for sale. My standard soprano, a reso and a Camp Uke replica.

Job #2 is running a not-for-profit traditional arts school. Most of my uke work this year has been in developing luthiery classes.

Here's the protoype for the reso. I'm beginning a run of five in a week, or so.

http://www.bluestonefolkschool.org/Reso-Uke-1.jpg

http://www.bluestonefolkschool.org

seeso
04-22-2008, 09:04 AM
Looks great, Geoff! Dang, I need to learn how to make ukes.

dnewton2
04-22-2008, 09:18 AM
Great work hoosieruke!

hoosieruke
04-22-2008, 09:24 AM
Thanks guys...let's not hijack the thread. More info re: my classes in another thread..."Learn to Bild a Ukulele"

Before building my favorite uke was a Roy Smeck Vita Uke. I had a Beltona "Blue Uke", but still lusted for a brass National.

Another favorite was a Maccafari Islander. I gave it to my daughter and she cherished it until last week. One morning she opened the case and the headstock had snapped off.

UkuCouS
04-22-2008, 10:17 AM
If you like building your own uke, I got a buddy on ukulele.fr who made his own uke, as a Selmer/Maccaferi guitar, he made a great job by the way, it sounds terrific ! here are some pics
http://www.ukulele.fr/forum2/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4410.0;id=1965
http://www.ukulele.fr/forum2/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4410.0;id=1966
http://www.ukulele.fr/forum2/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4410.0;id=1967
this one is a 14"5 uke, he is actually building a 17", if you want to follow the building it's HERE (http://www.ukulele.fr/forum2/index.php?topic=3613.0) ... ok it's all in French but the pics can be useful enough to see what happens I think

Bourbon Boy
04-22-2008, 10:21 AM
I agree with you totaly...I hope to have a room full of them as well. I have a Kala Tenor (koa) and I love it. But I want more!!!!!

nikolo727
04-22-2008, 12:00 PM
im gonna have to go with either a pono or a kamaka custom tenor uke as my favorite choice.


it would have to be the curliest koa wood too.

....man..... that would be SO baller!

tripl3thr33
04-22-2008, 12:14 PM
my dream uke would be a uke that i made myself that compares to even the best! haha, but thats a dream, i doubt that'll ever happen. if i had to choose, it would either be a koaloha or pono tenor. i'm thinking of mango just cuz it looks different and seems unique.

Poi Dog
04-22-2008, 01:19 PM
I've got one of my dream ukes already... Koaloha Tenor. My second dream uke is a Kamaka Tenor - I'll probably try gettin' one of those next year if finances allow.

Plainsong
04-22-2008, 02:12 PM
I think a Howlett would be my uke of choice. :)

Ian Boys
04-22-2008, 04:14 PM
I have a rather severe case of UAS (considering the fact that I'm on a somewhat tight spending budget and that I'm only 15 years old)... and own two concerts, a soprano, and a solidbody tenor.


The only one that I have really bonded with is my second concert, a Mitchell MU-100 from Guitar Center which is actually somewhat of a fluke... it sounds better than some other ones of the same type that I have played at GC since... so I guess I just got lucky.

I love the way she fits in my arms.... how sweetly she sings when I strum her.... how beautiful her voice is to my ears...

...and I'll stop now, before I creep any of you out.


However, I plan on making a pilgrimage to Hawaii within a few years (hopefully bu convincing my family to vacation there), during which I will buy whatever the nicest koa concert ukulele that I come by that I can afford. Maybe I"ll be able to convince my paretns to split the cost as a souvenir...

So a nice Koa Concert of any type is my dream ukulele for now.

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-22-2008, 04:18 PM
Variety is the spice of life.

My "dream ukulele" would be a room full of 'em, so I can play whatever suits my mood.

I've only been playing for a matter of months, and I've already got an acoustic-electric, a metal-body resonator, and two regular wooden-type ukuleles. So far I've been sticking to sopranos and concerts, but I'm sure that I'll branch out from there at some point.

I could never just have one favorite of anything, though... Life's too contingent and fluid, you know?

room full of ukuleles? that would be perfect for me.. i would give all i have for 50 ukuleles and sleep on the floor.

I want to own one that just sounds really good like Jakes.. i only own a LU-21T haha :(

Kanaka916
04-23-2008, 05:02 AM
I want to own one that just sounds really good like Jakes.. i only own a LU-21T haha :(
Since you brought it up, and I don't know if it's still available cause this was back in '06, but you can order a limited edition model with Jake's name on it from Kamaka. Oh, the cost is a paltry $5500.

UKISOCIETY
04-23-2008, 05:39 AM
Here's my fav: "Miss Maple" Tenor

Built by Tom Guy of Bluegrass Ukuleles. Maple body, rosewood fretboard, multi-wood layered neck (sorry, no pic of the back yet!). Sounds great for bluesgrass and folk.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3251/2436834500_d1ab1ae0f7_b.jpg

drubin
04-23-2008, 05:45 AM
My uke of choice? My new MP, of course! :D

JTY
04-23-2008, 08:04 PM
King tenor
Cant go wrong with a King... my 2nd one (Spruce/Rosewood) has been mailed out already. the 1st King we have is actually my son's (Cypress/Koa LS tenor), its a work of art and sounds as good as it looks.;)

Neil Cursed Diamond
04-24-2008, 08:49 AM
I'd love to get a six string tenor...maybe a Kamaka.

GX9901
04-24-2008, 05:25 PM
Cant go wrong with a King... my 2nd one (Spruce/Rosewood) has been mailed out already. the 1st King we have is actually my son's (Cypress/Koa LS tenor), its a work of art and sounds as good as it looks.;)

So this (http://www.chantus.com/notes/index.php?/archives/608-Sweet-tone.html) King concert is yours huh? Mine is built in the same batch and hopefully will be shipped next week. I can't wait! :D

uber_goober
04-25-2008, 03:53 AM
I'm really happy with my Koaloha Concert. Just about perfect for me. I've toyed with the idea of a Koaloha Tenor on my next trip to Hawaii, but that would be where my "dream" ukulele ends.

Ukulele Dude
04-25-2008, 05:38 AM
So this (http://www.chantus.com/notes/index.php?/archives/608-Sweet-tone.html) King concert is yours huh? Mine is built in the same batch and hopefully will be shipped next week. I can't wait! :D

Man, those King ukes are pretty. I've never seen anything but wonderful reviews too. I'd love to get one someday.

This might be my next uke though:
http://www.ukulelejames.com/signature_model.htm

drubin
04-25-2008, 06:23 AM
The James Hill signature model by G-String is a great looking and, from what I can tell from online clips, a great sounding uke. But I wonder about the spruce top/maple back and sides combo more generally. I know that in the dobro world, maple is thought of as a wood capable of producing a very bright tone with good projection. What kind of tonal qualities does maple impart to a uke?

FYI, I just noticed a James Hill sig uke for sale over on the "Marketplace" section of FMM.

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

drubin
04-25-2008, 04:25 PM
I just noticed that the James Hill model referred to in my previous post has koa back and sides, not maple. Looks like a great uke!

seeso
04-25-2008, 07:54 PM
We'll have to add this King Honduras Mahogany Nunes-style tenor to my list of dream ukuleles.

Drool.

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7855/tenorfront1smx3.jpg

GX9901
04-25-2008, 08:00 PM
We'll have to add this King Honduras Mahogany Nunes-style tenor to my list of dream ukuleles.

Drool.

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7855/tenorfront1smx3.jpg

That King tenor was on clearance for $950 (original price was $1500). I would have jumped if I didn't already have a King on order. A King tenor with Mi-Si pickup for about the same price as a KoAloha tenor? Ya gotta be kididng me! Someone got a NICE deal there.

JTY
04-26-2008, 03:22 AM
So this (http://www.chantus.com/notes/index.php?/archives/608-Sweet-tone.html) King concert is yours huh? Mine is built in the same batch and hopefully will be shipped next week. I can't wait! :D

Yeah, thats the one.. it came in this afternoon, Wow! very nice.. the pics on his website doesn't show it as well as actually holding it and with a closer inspection. So I was admiring it and then I found out there was an open mic tonight, so I brought it there and played Orange World to "break it in" so-to-speak:rolleyes:... at this point, I'll say that it plays smooth like butter.. and I finally have that Spruce top Rosewood B/S that I always wanted. Heres a link (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/zatoichi02/?action=view&current=orange1.flv) to the Orange World.. but lots of mistakes :o lol

Workmanship is top notch, William does such fine work and attention to detail. I'll give it a few more days/weeks of playing etc to get a better eval. I'm sure you will be very happy with yours.. Its always suspenseful waiting to see what William updates his site with next..

seeso
04-26-2008, 05:15 AM
That King tenor was on clearance for $950 (original price was $1500). I would have jumped if I didn't already have a King on order. A King tenor with Mi-Si pickup for about the same price as a KoAloha tenor? Ya gotta be kididng me! Someone got a NICE deal there.

WHAAT?!!? Oh, man. Shoot me now.


Its always suspenseful waiting to see what William updates his site with next..

Whenever I visit, I get lost for hours. I love his journal.

Renaissance-Man
04-26-2008, 10:22 AM
I would love to hear from the members what there "uke of choice is" (Fact or Fiction) In other words... What uke do you play and love the most and why. Is it a tenor? Is it a concert or soprano? What is it you like about it? Charictaristic, feel and tone?
My favorite uke is soprano. It's my preferred uke neck scale, even though I have XL hands.

GX9901
04-26-2008, 10:24 AM
Yeah, thats the one.. it came in this afternoon, Wow! very nice.. the pics on his website doesn't show it as well as actually holding it and with a closer inspection. So I was admiring it and then I found out there was an open mic tonight, so I brought it there and played Orange World to "break it in" so-to-speak:rolleyes:... at this point, I'll say that it plays smooth like butter.. and I finally have that Spruce top Rosewood B/S that I always wanted. Heres a link (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/zatoichi02/?action=view&current=orange1.flv) to the Orange World.. but lots of mistakes :o lol

Workmanship is top notch, William does such fine work and attention to detail. I'll give it a few more days/weeks of playing etc to get a better eval. I'm sure you will be very happy with yours.. Its always suspenseful waiting to see what William updates his site with next..

Hey man, you're really good! Looks like I need to acquire some uke playing skills to go with the King.:p

It sounds like at least a couple more weeks for mine, so I'll have to remain patient. Still, I can't wait!

drubin
04-26-2008, 01:15 PM
Congratulations on your new arrival, JTY! What a great sounding uke. Superb playing, BTW! :D

nikolo727
04-26-2008, 02:11 PM
Any Ukulele Is Good For Me!!!

Woot I Love Ukuleles In General!

Yah!.

JTY
04-27-2008, 10:32 PM
thanks, I still got a ways to go to get that tune down.. I'll start up a thread soon as a short uke review of this King concert and maybe post up more sound/vid clips.

BTW, theres one of King LS concert cutaway on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Wm-King-Honderas-Mohogany-16in-scale-concert-ukulele_W0QQitemZ190216680617QQihZ009QQcategoryZ16 224QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem