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bazmaz
12-17-2009, 09:43 AM
Hi folks - my new BARGAIN uke arrived today - a Eleuke for £65!!

These are my initial views on how it arrived, looks etc - not really played it yet.

This is the SC100PHP model - I think its rosewood - basically a dark wood all over, fingerboard included. Its billed as a Soprano, but I have no idea why, as it is virtually the same scale length as my Mainland Concert. 20 silver frets.

Its branded Harley Benton, which is the Thomann company brand name, but it is clearly a Eleuke - came in Eleuke box, and Eleuke warranty card.

Finish is pretty much flawless, not a mark. One tuner needed a bit of a tighten (they are silver geared (open geared) with thankfully small buttons so it doesnt look like Mickey Mouse) Couple of fret ends need a very slight sanding but nothing too bad. Dark, kind of a matt gloss finish if you know what I mean (very smooth, but not mirror finish)

It has a wood nut and wood saddle (may think about changing the latter), and volume and tone pots on the face. On the base, standard guitar jack, plus two mini jacks, one for headphones, one for MP3 input. The guitar jack doubles as strap button, and there is another strap button on the back at the base of the neck.

It looks to my eyes to be a single piece of wood, which is impressive.

Came with MP3 player lead, and headphones - headphones are biggest piece of junk I have ever seen!

Also comes complete with rather nice rugged padded gig bag.

The uke arrived strung with some really nasty black, soft, low tension glossy strings. ugh. Terrible tuning, no sustain, and intonation WAY off on the G string. Wasnt even prepared to give them a chance, so on with Aquilas, and the thing now feels tight, and the intonation issue on G has gone away.

Its a solid little thing, and feels great and nicely balanced. Heavier than my wood ukes, but not much.

Had a very quick play on headphones - bit hissy, but not too bad - need an amp test to be sure. Like the tone control which has a very wide range of settings.

Anyway, based on looks and finish alone, I am very very very impressed - and for only £65 it seems a bit of a bargain.

All will be down to the playing though... review later in the week once it has settled in. With pictures!

10/10 so far though!

brickerenator
12-17-2009, 09:51 AM
Went and watched a few vids....
UAS just kicked in


Can't wait for pics/vids

bazmaz
12-17-2009, 11:48 AM
tuning, playing, tuning, playing this evening.

It doesnt sound like a uke, its different, but its fun!

Will give it a few days then review the sound. But I must say AGAIN, this thing was 65.

65 for an electric uke, case, MP3 cable, all in impeccable condition, not sure how they do it...

kissing
12-17-2009, 03:39 PM
Great!
How does the action feel?
And I'd be interested to hear whether the string volumes are balanced when amplified :D

bazmaz
12-17-2009, 11:20 PM
action is spot on

volume across strings sounds fine. It just sounds like a guitar caopoed

bazmaz
12-18-2009, 12:59 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=649&pictureid=4303

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=649&pictureid=4305

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=649&pictureid=4308

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=649&pictureid=4307

bazmaz
12-18-2009, 01:00 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=649&pictureid=4306

bazmaz
12-18-2009, 01:16 AM
one minor gripe found. fingerboard was dry as anything - remedied with fret doctor bore oil. I could see the oil being soaked up into the wood before my eyes!

brickerenator
12-18-2009, 01:32 AM
Looks real nice

UkeNinja
12-18-2009, 04:03 AM
That sticker above the mp3/headphone input: priceless! ;)

bazmaz
12-18-2009, 04:16 AM
yes, thats bad aint it? It will be coming off.

But, what d'you expect for £65?!

Update, having now played it!

Aquilas have settled, and I love it. Bang on intonation and better sustain - really comfortable neck to play on. Sound is kinda chimy, not uke like, as I've said, like a capoed guitar.

What I adore though is the fact I can plug my ipod in, plus headphones, and listen to a track, and me playing over the top - very cool feature.

Sound through headphones hasnt got as much depth as when through an amp. Amplified sounds great, and a huge range of sounds from clean acoustic sounding to jarring overdrive.

Sounds great for strumming, great for choppy barre type chords (can make it sound very funky)

I'm very very pleased - and, I'll say it again... £65!!

finbar
12-22-2009, 11:19 AM
I really don't need another uke.;)
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I might need another uke in the future, maybe

OK! I really need a Harley Benton Eleuke SC100 PHP uke.:drool:
and I want one now.

She will kill me.

finbar :cool:

Doc_J
12-22-2009, 01:56 PM
I really don't need another uke.;)
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I really don't need another uke.
I might need another uke in the future, maybe

OK! I really need a Harley Benton Eleuke SC100 PHP uke.:drool:
and I want one now.

She will kill me.

finbar :cool:

Finbar,

Get it in January, then you have waited a whole decade. :D


Paul,

I'd love to hear a sound sample.

GrumpyOldMan
12-23-2009, 12:18 PM
Finbar,
Get it in January, then you have waited a whole decade. :D
Surely 2010 is the last year of this decade. 2011 will be the first year of the next decade. Not that it matters when you're buying Ukuleles.

Ian.

Doctroid
12-23-2009, 05:03 PM
Surely 2010 is the last year of this decade. 2011 will be the first year of the next decade.

Every year is the last year of SOME decade.

We're almost done with the 200x decade and still no name for it. How about "Decade of the Uke"?

And now back to our regularly scheduled thread.

finbar
12-28-2009, 05:38 AM
Finbar,
Get it in January, then you have waited a whole decade. :D


I tried, I promise I did try, but January is 4 days away and I couldn't wait any longer.;)

I accidentaly pressed the submit button whilst in the Thomann shopping basket, suppose I'll just have to honour the purchase now.;)

finbar :cool:

bazmaz
12-28-2009, 12:27 PM
you wont regret

String change (on mine) was absolutely essential. Also, fingerboard looked worryingly dry - soon sorted with Fret Doctor or Lemon Oil.

Otherwise, all great - I very very very (and I stress again, very) slightly deepened nut slots, but that was all.

I love playing mine - cool uke - very cheap!

Doc_J
12-29-2009, 11:03 AM
Finbar,

That's fine. It will still be 2010 by the time you receive it. :D

finbar
12-30-2009, 04:26 AM
Finbar,

That's fine. It will still be 2010 by the time you receive it. :D
The long wait has started.:( Two days have passed already.


you wont regret

I hope not Paul.
You would never believe the amount of jobs around the house I have had to promise to do , just to get the uke through the door.:rolleyes:

I meant to say what a good review this was, but I suppose you have realised that from the fact that I ordered one on the strength of it.

Did you deepen the nut slots to lower the action or was it because, as I'm sure that I've read somewhere about the strings slipping out of the shallow slots ?

My electric guitar playing Grandson might start taking my Uke playing more seriously when he hears this.

finbar :cool:

grammy
12-30-2009, 05:55 AM
why oh why do they not make these left handed?

bazmaz
12-30-2009, 11:36 AM
finbar - nut lowered very slightly cos of slippage mainly. Though it was a micro tad too high at the nut also.

Wasn't totally necessary to be honest (though the string change was!)

HaileISela
12-30-2009, 12:04 PM
why oh why do they not make these left handed?

if you do not care too much for the cutaway, you could simply string it the other way round... just an idea.

I guess you figured that anyways^^

finbar
01-07-2010, 10:29 AM
Yahoo!!! My Harley Benton eleuke arrived today>:drool:
I've waited a whole decade for this.:eek:

I've only played around with it for an hour so far & it's still got the orginal strings on, but I'm amazed. I can only agree with everything Paul has said about this uke



It doesnt sound like a uke, its different, but its fun!
I must say AGAIN, this thing was 65.


The cheapest I've seen elsewhere is 115.00, so we've had a bargain.

Thanks for recommending this Paul. I'm fitting Aquillas tomorrow & I see what you mean about the nut slots.

This is definately the last uke I'm buying this year, well unless I get hold of a cigar box & make one. Making isn't the same as buying is it ?

finbar :cool:

VixDee
01-11-2010, 07:27 PM
So excited! I received my very own Harley Benton Eleuke today from Thomann. I just started playing with it, wow! Fun fun fun!!!

Thanks to Paul for the hot tip. I've been looking for a good price for months on an Eleuke. When I ordered the Eleuke, the Thomann website price for this model was 72 Euros. When I received my emailed receipt, the price was 66 Euros - COOL! So, with shipping to Hawaii, my total was 96 Euros (about $139 US). This price is about 60 - 80 US dollars cheaper than anything I've been able to find.

I'll be trying a string change and the fretboard definitely needs oil, like Paul mentioned.

Mahalo!!!

grammy
01-11-2010, 11:30 PM
if you do not care too much for the cutaway, you could simply string it the other way round... just an idea.

I guess you figured that anyways^^

the trouble with doing this on electrics of any kind is that your arm fouls the volume/tone knobs as they are directly where your forearm would be. it sucks. there is not way around it, iVe tried also, if you are using an electric acoustic, even without a cutaway all the controls ar on the otehr side of the uke, and you can't easily adjust them.

bazmaz
01-12-2010, 12:30 AM
wow, my tip seems to have generated a new throng of members with these Ukes. Great price - I love mine

Still on sale at Thomann - currently 74 Euros

sgporc
01-12-2010, 09:44 AM
Its billed as a Soprano, but I have no idea why, as it is virtually the same scale length as my Mainland Concert. 20 silver frets.

Could any of you so kindly confirm the overall and scale length of the 70+ Euro SC100-PHP that you got? The website doesn't list the specs for this model, and as you mentioned, called it a Soprano.

But their listed 92 euro Concert models (CCJ100-SUHP and CCJ100-PHP) do list a scale length of 394mm (or ~15.5 inches).

I am really tempted to get one of these...

bazmaz
01-12-2010, 09:50 AM
when i find a tape measure, I'll do it - but until then - it really is just shy of my Concert Mainland, with 20 frets.

I'd call it a concert scale myself - it certainly feels concert compared to my true Sopranos

Cali
01-13-2010, 12:32 PM
I received today an eleuke sc100php (thomann.de)
First impression: Good stuff for short money.

Overall size ca, 58cm
fretboard ca. 25,5cm
20 frets

I've bought a portable 5w amplifier - also great.

I've bought the eleuke because of this review and
because i was looking for a way to practice as silent as possible during the night.

finbar
01-13-2010, 11:49 PM
I've bought the eleuke because of this review

Nice one.:)

I think Paul should be getting commission;)

Just out of interest, Paul has set up an Eleuke group.:D

finbar :cool:

grammy
01-14-2010, 01:51 AM
I e mailed thomann to ask if they would consider making them available left handed, or f they had any plans o do so... i got a two word answer. 'sorry. No.' gutted.

Chaser-1
01-20-2010, 05:08 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy the jazz tenor cutaway model? I've been searching and can't seem to find a store that has those.

dansche87
01-21-2010, 12:27 PM
i don't know where you live, but thomann has the jazz tenor for a pretty awesome price.

mcnilly
03-12-2010, 06:31 AM
Arghhh, i can't seem to find them anymore!? any one got a link, im just praying they haven't disappeared and will come back at a higher price.

dansche87
03-12-2010, 09:59 AM
they will be back at the end of the month. i talked to someone from thomann about it. currently they are sold out. but i can't tell you if they are going to cost the same and even if they will be the same model. i somehow hope not. i really would like to buy one of the newer models in one of the new colours (i like the blue one).

mcnilly
03-12-2010, 11:39 AM
Ah ok, cheers for that! I'll have a look then and report back.

tjomball
01-19-2011, 06:01 PM
Oki.. I'm ordering one of their Eleukes . It looks promising.. Should arrive in a weeks time. Hopefully..
As well as a banjo tuner and some strings for my soprano as well as some extras to replace the stock ones on the eleuke.
Wuhu.. Black ukes w/black strings.. Clean :D And a natural glossy eleuke. Me so happy.. :D I got myself a late bday gift for myself..
Every now and then you just gotta treat yourself to something a little special..
2. uke and its an electric tenor. And this after playing for less then a month. and I'm going to order myself an acoustic tenor as well..But that will have to wait a month or two ;)