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raecarter
02-03-2010, 03:19 AM
That is the question!:o:confused:

Eriquito
02-03-2010, 03:21 AM
I'm going with matte...Though the gloss looks pretty.

raecarter
02-03-2010, 03:28 AM
I have a matte finish kala mahogany so going for gloss I think for some variety

ritzer012
02-03-2010, 03:39 AM
yea i went with the gloss for some variety too since my koaloha is satin finish and my pineapple flea is...well, a flea!

raecarter
02-03-2010, 03:40 AM
I'm excited now

iDavid
02-03-2010, 03:42 AM
I just got a Gloss Mahogany and it looks fantastic

plays great

stays in tune

didn't break the bank

raecarter
02-03-2010, 03:48 AM
I'm in the UK so have had to wait ages for this moment

rasputinsghost
02-03-2010, 04:03 AM
can a more well informed uker tell us the difference in sound between the two? I'm curious about this myself.
I have a gloss kala sprucetop, and really like how it feels.

Melissa82
02-03-2010, 05:22 AM
can a more well informed uker tell us the difference in sound between the two? I'm curious about this myself.
I have a gloss kala sprucetop, and really like how it feels.There is no difference in sound, says Mike.

I have the gloss, I love it!

didgeridoo2
02-03-2010, 05:34 AM
When I was at the Mainland shop, I played em both, asked my wife for her opinion, and we concluded that they sounded the same. HTH

devilishlypure
02-03-2010, 06:07 AM
I prefer matte finishes in general because glare bothers me. Gloss finishes are beautiful, but you can't really see the wood half the time in pictures and videos of my glossy ukes because of a light or a flash or even the glow of my laptop screen. But that's just my personal preference.

Ukeffect
02-03-2010, 06:09 AM
I think it depends on the type of wood, but IMHO...gloss brings out the grain better, even though it does show fingerprints more (and drool)!:drool:

raecarter
02-03-2010, 06:30 AM
I've just got the green light off the financial advisor/fiance after I sent her a pic of it. I just have to wait for it to be shipped to the UK supplier so I can buy it off him

molokinirum
02-03-2010, 06:56 AM
Get one of each!!! My first choice is gloss!

RevWill
02-03-2010, 07:03 AM
The matte makes more noise when you rub it. That's about it.

csibona
02-03-2010, 07:04 AM
I think I prefer the matte. Both are good.

Ahnko Honu
02-03-2010, 08:04 AM
I went with the gloss on my cedar top pineapple just to be different from my other pineapples along with the fancy binding. She's a beauty and very unique compared to all my matte Koa pineapples.

ukecantdothat
02-03-2010, 08:35 AM
I think it depends on the type of wood, but IMHO...gloss brings out the grain better, even though it does show fingerprints more (and drool)!:drool:
Since the sound difference is undetectable by most, it's a matter of aesthethics and wear. For me, I went with gloss after owning a matte Lehua for a couple years. The Lehua deveolped glossy areas, from hand oils. The neck became extremely glossy, and all over the soundboard, in patches (my hand is all over the place, but mostly around the left side of the soundhole and behind the bridge where I dampen a lot). Over time, it was half/half gloss/matte. This didn't bother me a bit, though. If anything it was kind of interesting to see physical evidence of my playing style. If you are an over-the-neck strummer type, this won't be a factor, though. The gloss shows little scratches and other "love marks" already, but again, I'm not bothered by that at all. Fingerprints polish off, so I wouldn't worry about that either. I just liked the photos I saw of the gloss compared to the matte Mainlands better, the richness of the wood, etc. Now, that was the opposite of the Lehua - I preferred the look of the matte, so it depends on the type of wood. My Mainland is mahogany, and to me mahogany looks rather dull unfinished.

Gramalele
02-03-2010, 10:59 AM
Gloss! :D I'm gettin' a bright :cool:shiny Mainland Red Cedar Soprano!!!

kilaana
02-03-2010, 12:12 PM
I played 'em both at the Mainland shop a couple weeks ago. I couldn't tell any difference in sound, they both sound great! And they both look fantastic, too.

Personally, I preferred the look of the gloss, it seemed to bring out the depth in the wood grain a bit more. Also, I like to rest my pinky finger on the uke next to the sound hole when I'm playing fingerstyle, and I felt the gloss finsh was a little bit grippier, helping keep my hand in place. But it's a minor point, really.

You just can't go wrong with either one, but your best bet is to get one of each!

Ukelid
02-03-2010, 12:16 PM
I went with the Red Cedar gloss. I like to polish my stuff. I didn't think you could polish matte as well.

pdxuke
02-03-2010, 02:54 PM
I prefer matte.I love my mahogany soprano, and I have a mango matte pineapple in transit.

Thom

SweetWaterBlue
02-11-2010, 03:44 AM
I like the look of matte better, although the grain does show up better with the gloss. My Flea came with a flat black top, but after playing it for only a month, it had shiny spots where my arm rested. I also like the way old mahogany instruments look after they get a nice dark patina, but I am not sure whether they were gloss of matte when new.

raecarter
02-11-2010, 09:18 AM
I got the gloss sweetwaterblue because I have a matte solid mahogany kala and wanted something different it should arrive tomorrow

Ukuleleblues
02-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Matte

It doesn't slip around as bad, looks better after you played it a while, not worse. Easier to clean. Can put on a temp pickup without affecting the finish Doesn't have that dipped in plastic look, for gosh sakes it's WOOD is should look like wood. Revel in the beauty of the natural, wood look, become one with the grain. Just say I AM THE GRAIN with all the variation and imperfections and subtly, instead of freaking over the nicks scratches and dents that are so so so so so noticeable in a gloss finish. Let us know what you get.