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mwm
04-27-2010, 05:40 PM
When I plug in my Applause Uke, the G & A string are not as loud as the C & E strings. Does anyone else that has this uke have this problem? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

bazmaz
04-27-2010, 10:08 PM
Is it an under saddle piezo pickup? If so, remove bridge saddle and ensure the piezo strip is seated square, flat and secure. Had this with another piezo instrument once.

If it ain't piiezo, sorry, can't help ya!

harpdog
04-28-2010, 01:02 AM
The piezo in the Applause soprano isn't like others - it's actually the one piece with bridge if I remember correctly. Still, it needs to be seated firmly across the width.
The one I had consisted of four legs - maybe the C and E need a little sanding to let the G & A have better contact. If the bottom of the bridge slot is level, then the 4 legs need to be level.

ricdoug
04-28-2010, 08:31 AM
That's cured by replacing the strings with Aquila Concert Nylgut strings. I have two that I perform with regularly. Ric

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ricdoug
04-28-2010, 08:31 AM
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ricdoug
04-28-2010, 08:37 AM
Since the Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano has a passive pickup, an active D.I. box can help you accentuate the frequencies you want:

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/LR-Baggs-Para-Acoustic-DI?sku=307160

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Tudorp
04-28-2010, 08:58 AM
MAAANNNN.. Where did that guy get that HUGE Ukulele? <heh heh>

mwm
04-28-2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks everyone for your good feedback! I'll look in to these suggestions!

ricdoug, are those amps Crate Profiler5's? Do you recommend them over the VOX or Roland battery powered amps for uke?

Thanks!
mwm