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mangorockfish
04-15-2010, 04:22 PM
Pictures are all I've ever seen of f/fs. I don't know anything about them except that they have plastic bodys. Is that correct? They are kind of cool looking in their own way, but I can't see paying over $200 or close to $300 for a plastic bodied uke. Would someone please enlighten me about them.? Please don't take this as a slam, I just don't understand and would really like to. There is probably not either one in the state of Arkansas, so playing one here is out of the question. Maybe someday. Help me understand.

JT_Ukes
04-15-2010, 04:24 PM
Indestructible, Loud, Great Tone, Low Action, Spot on Intonation, fun Fun FUN!!!... etc.


JT



For my first Uke I took the plunge and got a Concert Tiki Flea. And have never looked back. Still my favorite. (have a Kala Tenor, Applause Soprano, Tenor Sonny Daze CBU, And a few othere lying around, but the Flea is my Main Uke. (for now) Just Fun and easy to play.

JT

Dane
04-15-2010, 05:20 PM
I've got the bug recently, and I'm just itchin to try out some tenor flukes, and maybe some fleas. Is there much difference between the two?

And the reason I'm interested, is because I have heard some great tone out of them (flukes, not heard any fleas) and because I'd like something I can just take anywhere with me without a worry about dings and scratches. On their site it even says you can paint your own fret markers on the polycarbonate (hope I got the word right) fretboard with auto paints and nail polish I believe it was. I think they are very cool, and I'd like to try some out. Maybe soon =)

CountryMouse
04-15-2010, 06:15 PM
I have a Fluke and a Flea, both concert size. I LOVE the sound/tone. The Fluke has an especially nice round deep tone. No worries about setup--the action is nice and low. You never have to worry about low humidity making the frets pop out or anything, since they are part of the molded fretboard. The tops of the Flukes and Fleas are laminated Australian hoop pine. They look great, they sound great, they are fun. The only drawback that some don't like about them is the friction tuners. You can get peghed gear tuners now, for $69 extra, but I'm dealing pretty well with the friction tuners.

I love the Flukes and Fleas so much I just bought another concert Fluke tonight! It's a wild red cowboy design! I am so excited! I am trying to decide what strings I want to put on this one. I have Hilo black nylon ones on my custom Island design Fluke. It has a nice soft mellow sound, perfect for my voice. I think probably either Kala Reds or Ko’olau Golds for the cowboy. :)

CountryMouse

kissing
04-15-2010, 06:20 PM
When I tried a Flea for the first time in a store, the sound was so rich, and playability was incredibly smooth.
I just had to get one as soon as I could afford one with all the upgrades (peghead tuners, electric, rosewood fretboard).

It should be here by Monday!

Chris Tarman
04-15-2010, 06:32 PM
Actually the only Fleas and Flukes in the $200-300 range are the upgraded ones with rosewood fingerboards, I believe. I guess Flukes are a bit over $200, but the basic Flea is $179. They sound really nice and are pretty indestructible.

Dane
04-15-2010, 07:39 PM
The normal design-less flukes go for $199 initial (Concert and then + $20 Tenor) on their website.

+ $79 For rosewood fretboard and aquillas
+ $69 for the geared tuner

They have other things like pickups and stuff too but you can go look yourself =)

I'm going to see if there's any in town locally.

luvdat
04-15-2010, 10:19 PM
mangorockfish:

Check out the many You Tube postings for a listen. But nothing beats trying one.

Thumper
04-16-2010, 01:45 AM
Don't fixate too much on them being plastic, or at least don't assume that plastic = inferior sound.

For the past couple months I've been getting together weekly with a ukulele club made up of other local players, many of whom have much more expensive ukuleles than me. I've been consistently surprised and impressed by how good my Flea and Fluke sound in comparison. Frankly the only uke I've heard that sounded better was one member's Koaloha, which probably cost 5 times more than my Fluke.

Caveat: Strings make a HUGE difference. The stock black strings that come on these tend to sound pretty dull and quiet, at least to me. But play a Flea with some Aquilas, or a Fluke with some Worth Clears, and I'll think you'll see "what it is with Fleas and Flukes." :)

harpdog
04-16-2010, 02:26 AM
Easy action, reliable and consistent, an addictive tone, loads of volume - self standing. Oh,yeah - FUN!

Ukulele JJ
04-16-2010, 02:38 AM
self standing

This is a surprisingly handy feature, BTW.

JJ

Skitzic
04-16-2010, 02:46 AM
You can kill a zombie with a fluke and then play a victory song. You can't get much cooler than that.

bazmaz
04-16-2010, 02:47 AM
Reliable, unique, spot on set up, fun, sound great. All good reasons

harpdog
04-16-2010, 03:39 AM
Great intonation.

And this special feature not found on too many instruments - you don't have to work hard at getting sound from them.
Some ukes make you really plead and coax and go to a lot of effort to get the best sound - but not with Flukes and Fleas

SweetWaterBlue
04-16-2010, 03:55 AM
I wish I could graft my Flea neck and plastic fretboard to my Ohana soprano.

mailman
04-16-2010, 04:49 AM
Built with QUALITY in the U.S. of freakin' A.!! :D

CountryMouse
04-16-2010, 05:57 AM
You can kill a zombie with a fluke and then play a victory song. You can't get much cooler than that.

Ahahahaha! I haven't had to try out that feature yet! "All we wanna do is eat your brains!" :p

(and wow, I didn't know when you started following me on Twitter that I already know you from HERE! LOL!)

CountryMouse

Skitzic
04-16-2010, 06:05 AM
Ahahahaha! I haven't had to try out that feature yet! "All we wanna do is eat your brains!" :p

(and wow, I didn't know when you started following me on Twitter that I already know you from HERE! LOL!)

CountryMouse

I'm stalking you mousie...I subscribed to your youtube channel awhile back too... :p

I've just started using my Twitter account again so I figured I would follow some ukers. At least you guys won't mock me for lusting after 'tiny guitars.'

salukulady
04-16-2010, 06:11 AM
The only uke that can stand up by itself.

CountryMouse
04-16-2010, 06:28 AM
I'm stalking you mousie...I subscribed to your youtube channel awhile back too... :p

I've just started using my Twitter account again so I figured I would follow some ukers. At least you guys won't mock me for lusting after 'tiny guitars.'

Ah, so you are! No problem! :) Of course we don't make fun! Ukuleles are the GREATEST!

CountryMouse

nscafe
04-16-2010, 06:52 AM
I just bought a Fluke as my first uke, and it was all because of this video:

http://ukulelehunt.com/buy-ukulele/models/lanikai-curly-koa-ck-t-ukulele/

I was looking at buying a Lanikai CK-T, so I watched this video to see how it sounded, but the Fluke he plays after the Lanikai in this video won me over both with its looks and its (in my opinion) superior sound. I then started researching Fluke and saw how it seemed to be a can't miss uke, so I got it, and I have no complaints.

harpdog
04-16-2010, 09:00 AM
The only uke that can stand up by itself.

Not quite! But this one always felt like it was in danger

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/ukeworld/uke_wisconsindells.jpg

angelopb
04-16-2010, 03:05 PM
Got my flea M32 for travelling. After work, I put it in my little back pack today. I rode my longboard to a local beach (skateboard). I played it and just really had a blast.
THe Flea is the ultimate travel uke in that it is strong and travelworthy and portable.

CountryMouse
04-16-2010, 05:50 PM
Not quite! But this one always felt like it was in danger

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/ukeworld/uke_wisconsindells.jpg

This is not a Fluke. This is a Canadian ukulele. I don't know the proper name for it, though.

CountryMouse

salukulady
04-16-2010, 08:26 PM
This is not a Fluke. This is a Canadian ukulele. I don't know the proper name for it, though.

CountryMouse
He's a leaner......

Dane
04-16-2010, 08:37 PM
Did you ever think that maybe the uke is standing upright and the world is just shifted at an angle?

MisoHappy
04-16-2010, 08:54 PM
Plastic body indeed :) Just like the Applauses with run for around 5 or 6 hundred. I love my applause.

But I also love my fluke. It's loud-ER than any of my ukes, great intonation; everything you'd expect from a great uke, plus it's virtually indestructible, and it conveniently has a flat bottom so it stands up