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KevinTJH
10-29-2010, 08:12 PM
I'm really keen on doing some painting on a cheap ukulele. I will attempt to replicate the design on a watermelon ukulele.

Problem is, CHEAP used soprano pineapple ukuleles are pretty much non-existent!

I'm pretty sure I'll be forced to purchase a brand new uke for my "experiment".


The two cheapest pineapple ukuleles I can find are by MAKALA and MAHALO.

http://www.ukulelemovement.com/makala/73-makala-pineapple

http://ponymusic.com.au/Shop/vmchk/Mahalo/More-Products/Other-Instruments/16UK320P-Mahalo-UK320P-Pineapple-Shape-Soprano-Ukulele/Detailed-product-flyer


If I purchase both in the same currency, they're about the same price. So which would be a better choice? Well the tone itself is probably going to be ruined by the paint anyway.

farmerboy
10-29-2010, 08:49 PM
the other one if you can get hold of it is the clearwater one - I got mine off ebay for about 17.50, with a pickup in... (slight damage to the finish - so cheaper than the normal 40). Good luck with this - sounds like a fun project.

kenikas
10-30-2010, 06:18 AM
I have played the Makala pineapple and was quite impressed with it, as I have been with every Makala I've tried. I have only played a couple of Mahalo's in the painted varieties and they all seemed rather lacking in tone and playability. If they are close in price I would definetly go for the Makala.

spruce
10-30-2010, 06:18 AM
I'm really keen on doing some painting on a cheap ukulele. I will attempt to replicate the design on a watermelon ukulele.

Problem is, CHEAP used soprano pineapple ukuleles are pretty much non-existent!

I'm pretty sure I'll be forced to purchase a brand new uke for my "experiment".


The two cheapest pineapple ukuleles I can find are by MAKALA and MAHALO.

http://www.ukulelemovement.com/makala/73-makala-pineapple

http://ponymusic.com.au/Shop/vmchk/Mahalo/More-Products/Other-Instruments/16UK320P-Mahalo-UK320P-Pineapple-Shape-Soprano-Ukulele/Detailed-product-flyer


If I purchase both in the same currency, they're about the same price. So which would be a better choice? Well the tone itself is probably going to be ruined by the paint anyway.

Heavily damaged vintage Kamakas can be had for not a lot of coin, and your paint will hide the repairs...


Good luck with this - sounds like a fun project.

Does anyone have any opinions as to what kind of paint might have been used on the original Kamakas??
Acrylics hadn't been invented yet....

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee22/e_stamp/Kamaka%20Pineapples/BGgbwgBmkKGrHgoH-CsEjlLlzPB1BKkoUwMoQ_3.jpg

KevinTJH
10-30-2010, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the responses.

I guess I'll go with the Kamaka then. Or should I just wait and see if someone from the UU community is selling a "heavily damaged" Kamaka?

The clearwater ukuleles are definitely rare! I only see them for sale in the UK.