View Full Version : One last thread, then I'm done. - Buying

09-10-2010, 04:24 AM
So, my price range is about 1200, I need a pickup....... possibly one that's already installed, because it's less hastle.

I have searched for the past few hours for ukes with pickups, the ones I find are around the $500 mark, around the $1200 mark, give or take a few hundred or whatever, what are my options? Hopefully in the K area.... kanilea, kamaka etc...

TENOR PLEASE. thanks, I'v e run out of ideas at this point of time to be honest....

09-10-2010, 04:30 AM
I'm sure you could do a Kamaka or Kanile'a or KoAloha with a pickup around 1200..

mm stan
09-10-2010, 04:42 AM
Aloha Matt,
As Lexxy previously said all "K" will do for about that price...
The Kamaka HF-3 Tenor is $1090.00 and you can put the MiSi on at the factory when you order it..
Buy the best you can comfortably afford...and it will give you years of pleasure if not a lifetime...
Good Luck!! "Keep Strumming them Strings" MM Stan...

09-10-2010, 05:51 AM
Give MGM a call. He doesn't post everything he has in stock on eBay. I'd be downright amazed if he didn't have a single standard K-brand tenor.

Ukulele Friend also has a sweet Kamaka for US$900, and a Keli'i for only $500!

09-10-2010, 06:34 AM
I'd definitely vote for a Kamaka or KoAloha. You can order the Kamaka if you aren't in a hurry and they will put a pickup in for you at the factory.

09-10-2010, 06:38 AM
For that price you may want to look into having a custom built for you. You may be surprised...

Take care,

09-10-2010, 06:43 AM
If you are ready to buy NOW, Acoustic Vibes just got some new Kamakas, and he has a nice selection of other 'K' ukuleles, as well.
Good luck in your search!

09-10-2010, 01:13 PM
You should definitely be able to get a "K" brand tenor in that price range. Personally I like Kamaka a little more but KoAloha is pretty amazing too. FYI, you should be able to get a custom tenor by MP Custom Ukuleles (http://mpukuleles.com/) in that price range also. I added a few upgrades to mine (slotted headstock and custom fret markers) and mine came to $1075 before shipping ($1100 after). Mine didn't have a pickup installed but a custom tenor would definitely be in the right price range.

09-10-2010, 01:36 PM
If you are ready to buy NOW, Acoustic Vibes just got some new Kamakas, and he has a nice selection of other 'K' ukuleles, as well.
Good luck in your search!

Sorry for the hyjack, but Acoustic Vibes has Kamaka now. Man I need to take a trip there.

On topic, call MGM.

09-10-2010, 01:44 PM
If you are looking for a custom build speak with Isaac Ware.

I have used him a number of times for restoration of vintage ukes and I have played one of his custom sopranos it was sweet.


Ahnko Honu
09-10-2010, 02:23 PM
Music City Cairns has a Koa Mele tenor, and they install pickups:

09-10-2010, 06:27 PM
Hey Reggae, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Elderly has one Kanile'a Tenor for sale, but it's glossed.. (sorry about that, but i tried :) )

Brad Bordessa
09-10-2010, 08:55 PM
Get a K-brand. I don't think there are any high-end 'ukuleles that come with pickups. Please let us know how the pickup turns out if you go that route.

Dude, I remember when a Kamaka tenor was $700. So glad I bought back then (for more reasons than that, but still...).

09-11-2010, 12:07 AM
I don't have time for a custom builld. However, I understand now that K brands don't come with a pickup. I'm not sure whether I should get a Kanilea ukulele, and possibly ruin it with a pickup installe. I get the impression, if you install a pickup, the sound goes from Kanilea, to Mahalo $20 uke....

Besides, active fishman pickup sounds a lot better than a passive pickup, am I right?