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UKISOCIETY
11-03-2009, 06:41 AM
This uke (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350271598779&_trksid=p2759.l1259) is for sale on Ebay. The trouble is that it's got a steel string on it (C string). This would wear down the plastic frets and cause the top to perhaps separate from the body.

Just want you to be aware of this, if you're bidding on it. It's not my item, btw.

http://i.ebayimg.com/23/!BdvSZWg!2k~$(KGrHqIOKiwEq4bSsd8jBK6NsqF03!~~_3.JP G

DaveVisi
11-03-2009, 06:49 AM
It looks like it's a wound string, not solid. You can tell by the kink near the end and the fragment of winding sticking out. It could wear down plastic frets, but I doubt it would damage the body otherwise. From the picture, I can't even tell if they're even plastic frets. The color indicates metal. If they were plastic I'd expect them to be the same color as the fretboard. The light reflections on the body don't indicate any warpage of any kind. If it was, the lines would be distorted near the bridge. If it's as lightly used as they say, if I bought it to play I'd just change the strings and get on with it.

UKISOCIETY
11-03-2009, 07:03 AM
It looks like it's a wound string, not solid. You can tell by the kink near the end and the fragment of winding sticking out. It could wear down plastic frets, but I doubt it would damage the body otherwise. From the picture, I can't even tell if they're even plastic frets. The color indicates metal. If they were plastic I'd expect them to be the same color as the fretboard. The light reflections on the body don't indicate any warpage of any kind. If it was, the lines would be distorted near the bridge. If it's as lightly used as they say, if I bought it to play I'd just change the strings and get on with it.

The islanders are all plastic, except for the tuning pegs. The frets are painted silver. And I disagree about the string. It's wound, yes, but would with steel. I own a TV Pal that came from Ebay with a wound steel string like this and it's unplayable on the 2nd and 3 frets because of the wear from the string. The photo of the islander doesn't show a close up of those frets.

Believe me, I know what I'm talking about. My Islander is second from the left here:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3753978350_590837a2ea.jpg

TheWannabe90
11-03-2009, 08:05 AM
Alan, you truly are the king of the plastic revolution...
Nice pic of your plastic paradise...