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strumsilly
12-30-2010, 11:36 AM
Anyone play one of these? love to hear one,sound sample, impressions MGM? I have a Kiwaya KTC-1 and love everything about it but the 12 fret neck, I only like it a lot, and wish it was longer. this has 14 .

http://cgi.ebay.com/BAMBOO-Kiwaya-PAULELE-CUTAWAY-SOPRANO-UKULELE-W-GIGBAG-/330512925274?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf41b025a

EDW
12-30-2010, 12:03 PM
You could look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocHmieFenu4


I am not sure if it is the best sound quality (or intonation) to give an accurate impression

Tudorp
12-30-2010, 12:12 PM
I would be interested in hearing that too. I really like the look of that...

ichadwick
12-30-2010, 12:25 PM
Ah, were it a tenor...

Uke Republic
12-30-2010, 01:03 PM
I like these Pauleles but of course I sell em:) They are made very well, come with an awesome well padded uke bag with the Paulele logo on it. The sound is uptight and outa'site! They have 2 models at the moment a cut-away and a standard. We were the first to carry this brand back in June and they have stood up well.
Pono will be bringing a bamboo model in 2011 in soprano, concert and tenor with ebony fingerboard, binding and all sorts of fanciness! Will be premiering at the winter NAMM show along with other models like an all rosewood model.

swervy jervy
12-30-2010, 01:40 PM
How do they do in very dry climates? Any anecdotal info? Thank you.

EDW
12-31-2010, 01:11 AM
How does the Paulele compare to the KS-1 in tone, build, quality, etc.....?

Uke Republic
12-31-2010, 03:37 AM
How do they do in very dry climates? Any anecdotal info? Thank you.

I think they should hold up as well as any wood instrument in a dry climate.
Bamboo is really tough, I had a sample of bamboo flooring that I turned into a drink coaster over a year ago and hasn't become swollen or crumbled. Now I don't suggest using a Paulele as a boat paddle or abuse it any way but the bamboo should handle most environments with proper care.

Uke Republic
12-31-2010, 04:11 AM
How does the Paulele compare to the KS-1 in tone, build, quality, etc.....?
The Paulele is a well made, quality instrumentl. It has an arched back, geared tuners, extended neck and comes standard with that primo padded bag. Both sound really great. The tone of the bamboo is quite full with plenty of volume.
Both are fine instruments. The tuners on the KS-1 are really nice and of course it has a different sound.
Pauleles are not Kiwayas but are distributed through Kiwaya USA.

fromthee2me
12-31-2010, 04:41 AM
Uke Republic, are you sure it has an extended neck? I was under the impression that on the cutaway model additional frets have been squeezed in on an ordinary sized fret board, whereas the figure eight model has twelve frets to the body? Maybe you could give us the measurements ?

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
12-31-2010, 04:49 AM
How do they do in very dry climates? Any anecdotal info? Thank you.

I can't speak for the Paulele, but our bamboo ukes seem to tolerate the dryness as well or better than wood.

Swervy Jervy, since you're in Laramie, do you know Bevan Frost of Big Hollow Guitars? Builds awesome traditional small bodies.

Uke Republic
12-31-2010, 05:03 AM
Uke Republic, are you sure it has an extended neck? I was under the impression that on the cutaway model additional frets have been squeezed in on an ordinary sized fret board, whereas the figure eight model has twelve frets to the body? Maybe you could give us the measurements ?

The standard has 7" from nut to body, 16 frets total Cutaway has 7 3/4" with the 14th fret @ body 19 total frets

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-31-2010, 05:14 AM
Thanks, UkeRepublic, for the details that feed our UAS.

I too am interested in the Paulele but I waver between the 12 and 14 fret models, not
having played either yet.

I'm mostly a strummer/singers so the longer neck may not be necessary. I'm thinking
of making the 14 fret model into a low G uke, hoping that the additional 3/4" would add
to the mellow-ness of a low G. Any thoughts about this? Any recommendations?

Thanks again and keep uke'in',

ItsMrPitchy
12-31-2010, 05:18 AM
I just cant wait till the tenor version is available.

KevinV
12-31-2010, 05:30 AM
I'd be very interested in a tenor as well. I love the idea of sustainable tone woods although I have no aversion to the traditional ones. I just love beautifully grained wood.

Uke Republic
12-31-2010, 05:45 AM
Thanks, UkeRepublic, for the details that feed our UAS.

I too am interested in the Paulele but I waver between the 12 and 14 fret models, not
having played either yet.

I'm mostly a strummer/singers so the longer neck may not be necessary. I'm thinking
of making the 14 fret model into a low G uke, hoping that the additional 3/4" would add
to the mellow-ness of a low G. Any thoughts about this? Any recommendations?

Thanks again and keep uke'in',

Either would work fine with a low G Uncle Rod, can I call you uncle?:) They come standard with Aquila nylguts but I bet a set of Freemonts with a low G would work really well too.

Toucan Mango
12-31-2010, 06:09 AM
I like it a lot, I just wish it came with friction tuners.

pdxuke
12-31-2010, 06:33 AM
I like it a lot, I just wish it came with friction tuners.


+1 :agree:

swervy jervy
12-31-2010, 06:35 AM
I can't speak for the Paulele, but our bamboo ukes seem to tolerate the dryness as well or better than wood.

Swervy Jervy, since you're in Laramie, do you know Bevan Frost of Big Hollow Guitars? Builds awesome traditional small bodies.

I met Bevan at a party a couple years ago and I don't really know him. Top drawer luthier, of course. That's a good idea to contact him about building a uke but likely a long-shot. His bread-and-butter guitars sell for $4K and I think there's a waiting list. A local uke builder I'm interested in is Bean Sprout, just down the road in Colorado.

The reason that I asked the question about the bamboo and low humiditiy was that Pono was mentioned. The go-to pro shop in Denver for ukes and stringed instruments told me they stopped carrying the Pono traditional wooden line because the instruments were experiencing problems with the climate. Just rang a bell with me.

Thanks.

MGM
12-31-2010, 07:02 AM
Mike sorry but it is not a true extended neck All they did was move the neck up to get the extended frets and place a cutaway to get more access. both are still 13-5/8" scale the additional frets come from moving the bridge higher up on the body. yes you do get additional 3/4" fretbaord before the body so in that way it is extended but not scale or lengthwise in a true sense

haolejohn
12-31-2010, 07:20 AM
You could look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocHmieFenu4


I am not sure if it is the best quality (or tuning) to give an accurate impression

what does that mean? sounds fine to me:)

marymac
12-31-2010, 07:57 AM
I like it a lot, I just wish it came with friction tuners.

That's funny - I so prefer the geared tuners!

ukeeku
12-31-2010, 07:58 AM
I am working on a review right now comparing it to a cordoba 25CB
here is a link to the sound sample
http://soundcloud.com/ukeeku/paulele
I will post here when I am done. ahving an issue with the Cordoba that I need to find out if it is normal. If not resolved I will just post a review of the Paulele KBUS and make sure to keep this thread informed

haole
12-31-2010, 08:02 AM
Pauleles are not Kiwayas but are distributed through Kiwaya USA.

Where are they made? I was assuming Japan until I saw that they're not actual Kiwayas.

J_Tay81
12-31-2010, 08:14 AM
I am working on a review right now comparing it to a cordoba 25CB
here is a link to the sound sample
http://soundcloud.com/ukeeku/paulele
I will post here when I am done. ahving an issue with the Cordoba that I need to find out if it is normal. If not resolved I will just post a review of the Paulele KBUS and make sure to keep this thread informed

Sounds great to me - bright but also delicate sounding. I wish I had the cash to plunk down for one. I like the idea of sustainable-wood ukes!

John

MGM
12-31-2010, 08:44 AM
Although not made in Japan these are very well made. Kiwaya does not endorse nor distribute ukuleles wihout great quality control....These have a woody very clear abd bright tone.

J_Tay81
12-31-2010, 08:53 AM
Although not made in Japan these are very well made. Kiwaya does not endorse nor distribute ukuleles wihout great quality control....These have a woody very clear abd bright tone.

I really dig this model - I love the look and sound of it, plus the custom case. It may have to be my next acquisition!

EDW
12-31-2010, 08:58 AM
+1 :agree:


yup, I also prefer the friction tuners

pdxuke
12-31-2010, 09:05 AM
That's funny - I so prefer the geared tuners!

I did too at first. Not only did I prefer them, I did a lot of crying and ranting about friction tuners. But then..

I got used to them. And I found that I liked the look. And how it balanced the soprano.

Now I won't buy without them, except in a novelty uke (like a dolphin, etc.)

It may be a soprano thing. I see by your sig line you don't list sopranos and maybe you'd feel differently if you played them all the time. :-)

Uke Republic
12-31-2010, 09:12 AM
Where are they made? I was assuming Japan until I saw that they're not actual Kiwayas.
Almost positive they are made in China. Lots of Bamboo there with loads left over for the Pandas:)

haolejohn
12-31-2010, 11:45 AM
Mike sorry but it is not a true extended neck All they did was move the neck up to get the extended frets and place a cutaway to get more access. both are still 13-5/8" scale the additional frets come from moving the bridge higher up on the body. yes you do get additional 3/4" fretbaord before the body so in that way it is extended but not scale or lengthwise in a true sense

so I am confused. What makes something a true extended neck? does the scale have to be extended in order to make the uke an "extended" neck? If the neck is longer or has been extended then why is it not an extended neck?

strumsilly
12-31-2010, 12:06 PM
Made in China, WHAT A SURPRISE, ha ha

haole
12-31-2010, 12:35 PM
Made in China, WHAT A SURPRISE, ha ha


Kinda disappointing, actually. :(

Nickie
12-31-2010, 12:40 PM
This is impressive. I'm glad to see this come about, because using bamboo is more sustainable than using tree wood. I've used a bamboo cutting board for years, and it's warped a bit, but is hard as nails.

JT_Ukes
12-31-2010, 12:44 PM
The only problem is you have to watch out for Panda Bears....

haolejohn
12-31-2010, 12:55 PM
The only problem is you have to watch out for Panda Bears....

not for long though. As the increase in demand for bamboo ukes grows, the world's bamboo forests will become deplinished which will cause a decrease in the world's panda population. After this there will be a shift to more traditional woods that were neglected for instrument building. The circle of life man, the circle of life.

iDavid
12-31-2010, 02:00 PM
I thought it would be made right here in Japan. I will be going to the mall this week to check out the "Famous" brand.

Susie A
12-31-2010, 02:33 PM
I really dig this model - I love the look and sound of it, plus the custom case. It may have to be my next acquisition!

I have had the pleasure of spending time with one of these and if I weren't already uke poor one would live with me :) Pictures don't do them justice, they are really pretty instruments. I like the blond color and they don't weigh anything :)

MutinousDoug
12-31-2010, 03:53 PM
"haolejohn

"Quote Originally Posted by JT_Ukes View Post
The only problem is you have to watch out for Panda Bears...."


not (sic) for long though. As the increase in demand for bamboo ukes grows, the world's bamboo forests will become deplinished (sic) which will cause a decrease in the world's panda population. After this there will be a shift to more traditional woods that were neglected for instrument building. The circle of life man, the circle of life. "

John,
Please,
Your ignorance, if not so dangerous, would be pitiful.

There is no such thing as a bamboo "forest".
Bamboo is a grass. It can grow 20 feet tall in one season. It is easily plantation grown; much more so than mahogany. (and much more economical than growing corn for ethanol if you are into that "cap and trade" BS)
Circle of life,
Man,
Get one,
Dog

haolejohn
12-31-2010, 04:21 PM
"haolejohn

"Quote Originally Posted by JT_Ukes View Post
The only problem is you have to watch out for Panda Bears...."


not (sic) for long though. As the increase in demand for bamboo ukes grows, the world's bamboo forests will become deplinished (sic) which will cause a decrease in the world's panda population. After this there will be a shift to more traditional woods that were neglected for instrument building. The circle of life man, the circle of life. "

John,
Please,
Your ignorance, if not so dangerous, would be pitiful.

There is no such thing as a bamboo "forest".
Bamboo is a grass. It can grow 20 feet tall in one season. It is easily plantation grown; much more so than mahogany. (and much more economical than growing corn for ethanol if you are into that "cap and trade" BS)
Circle of life,
Man,
Get one,
Dog

Hey Dog, Sorry to have offended you. My post was by no means meant to be a serious post. I am quite aware of the dumbness of it. Maybe you should hang out and learn the members here before thinking we are idiots.
Of course if your post was meant as a joke, I am sorry for not thinking it was. I just have no idea who you are.

JT_Ukes
12-31-2010, 04:25 PM
Hey Dog, Sorry to have offended you. My post was by no means meant to be a serious post. I am quite aware of the dumbness of it. Maybe you should hang out and learn the members here before thinking we are idiots.
Of course if your post was meant as a joke, I am sorry for not thinking it was. I just have no idea who you are.


Beware the Panda...
Mu



HA




Ha.

haolejohn
12-31-2010, 04:27 PM
Beware the Panda...
Mu



HA




Ha.
Not only does the panda have sharp claws and pointy teeth, but he knows kung-Fu as well.

ukeeku
01-04-2011, 01:37 AM
I just posted a review for the Paulele KBUS
http://ukeeku.com/2011/01/04/bamboo-paulele-kbus-full-review/

pdxuke
01-04-2011, 03:22 PM
I just posted a review for the Paulele KBUS
http://ukeeku.com/2011/01/04/bamboo-paulele-kbus-full-review/

Thank you for the review. Hopefully the Mikes set these up before they ship and address the high nut issue on the first 3 frets. Also, I'll never bite as long as there are geared tuners on it; I want friction tuners!

Ron
01-04-2011, 09:41 PM
Hey Dog, Sorry to have offended you. My post was by no means meant to be a serious post. I am quite aware of the dumbness of it. Maybe you should hang out and learn the members here before thinking we are idiots.
Of course if your post was meant as a joke, I am sorry for not thinking it was. I just have no idea who you are.
Should that be "Dumbness" or "dumbinosity"

fromthee2me
01-04-2011, 11:46 PM
To confuse matters even more, and it could well be that this one comes from the same manufacturer?
If you want have a look at this link......http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/COR25CB.htm If not someone will throw some more info into this thread?

mm stan
01-05-2011, 03:11 AM
"haolejohn

"Quote Originally Posted by JT_Ukes View Post
The only problem is you have to watch out for Panda Bears...."


not (sic) for long though. As the increase in demand for bamboo ukes grows, the world's bamboo forests will become deplinished (sic) which will cause a decrease in the world's panda population. After this there will be a shift to more traditional woods that were neglected for instrument building. The circle of life man, the circle of life. "

John,
Please,
Your ignorance, if not so dangerous, would be pitiful.

There is no such thing as a bamboo "forest".
Bamboo is a grass. It can grow 20 feet tall in one season. It is easily plantation grown; much more so than mahogany. (and much more economical than growing corn for ethanol if you are into that "cap and trade" BS)
Circle of life,
Man,
Get one,
Dog

Hey Doug,
Cool down man...kinda dismayed by your content and response...truely uncalled for...Two Words, Forum Ettiquette...

strumsilly
01-05-2011, 04:20 AM
hey guys and gals, we play the ukulele, we've got to stick [and play] together. we can change the world [ hopefully for the better]
UU rules

fitncrafty
01-05-2011, 05:24 AM
Hey Doug,
Cool down man...kinda dismayed by your content and response...truely uncalled for...Two Words, Forum Ettiquette...


hey guys and gals, we play the ukulele, we've got to stick [and play] together. we can change the world [ hopefully for the better]
UU rules

I am with these guys.. lets all play nice...

UkuleleHill
01-05-2011, 05:26 AM
hey guys and gals, we play the ukulele, we've got to stick [and play] together. we can change the world [ hopefully for the better]
UU rules

I totally agree :)

haolejohn
01-05-2011, 10:59 AM
Should that be "Dumbness" or "dumbinosity"

Not sure. I'm a mathematician. Letters and words are over my head.

I got to play another one of these ukes today and all I can say is that they really are great sounding. I ssw the review and the concern of the high nut, but the one I played was set up fine and I noticed no issues with the intonation or playability.