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EDW
01-04-2011, 05:06 PM
Has anyone played the bamboo ukes from Tall Grass? They look pretty nice and at a decent price. The clips on the site and on youtube sound good. Any comments would be appreciated.

http://tallgrassukuleles.com

grubblybubbly
01-04-2011, 05:25 PM
It's a great Idea. Bamboo is very renewable.

TCK
01-04-2011, 05:32 PM
Oh I am saving my sheckels for one of those...the tone Josh is getting out of them must be mine. Give me till payday and I will let you know ;)

Kanaka916
01-04-2011, 05:33 PM
Josh (aka JoshFromTallGrassUkes) is a member here. This is a listing of his previous posts (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/search.php?searchid=1258227).

ukeeku
01-04-2011, 05:42 PM
Just contacted them to see if I can get a review uke. I will keep you up to date on what happenes

pdxuke
01-04-2011, 06:49 PM
Josh was fast to answer my emails--nice guy. I asked for a soprano (with friction tuners) and he said they're gonna work on a tenor first, and then I suppose they'll tackle a soprano.

EDW
01-05-2011, 02:03 AM
Josh was fast to answer my emails--nice guy. I asked for a soprano (with friction tuners) and he said they're gonna work on a tenor first, and then I suppose they'll tackle a soprano.


That would be sweet!

Ukeeku- please keep us posted!

Tor
01-05-2011, 02:17 AM
No international shipping yet, apparently.. I would be interested if they did.

harpdog
01-05-2011, 07:07 AM
I'll wait for a tenor - and definitely want one. I can drive over and pick it up - his area code is next to mine.

Mouthy1
01-05-2011, 07:57 AM
Any idea if these are solid wood? I didn't see that which made me somewhat suspicious?

Nickie
01-05-2011, 08:03 AM
I think this is the bomb. I've always been concerned about what we're doing to our planet. I used to be a professional environmentalist. Now I'm just a tree hugger.

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
01-05-2011, 09:13 AM
Hello All,

Thanks for noticing our little brand! I'm planning to make the CHUG jam here in Chicago January 22. So if you live in the area and want to check them out, that'd be a good opportunity. Shoot, even you can't make that, email me at tallgrassukuleles (at) gmail (dot) comand and you can just come over. I have coffee and beer and if you time it right, you just might catch Kim in the kitchen, which is a very good thing indeed.


Any idea if these are solid wood? I didn't see that which made me somewhat suspicious?

They're as solid as bamboo getsĖĖwhich is to say solid in the way that laminates aren't, but still solid strips glued side by side. I'm stoked that my personal Tall Grass uke keeps sounding better and better the more I play it, which I think is what most of us are looking for when we shop for a solid wood (or grass) instrument.

I'm happy to answer any other questions, either here or at the email addy above.

Cheers,

Josh

Mouthy1
01-05-2011, 09:28 AM
Thanks for your speedy responses to my personal emails too. Pretty cool and I love your logo. Any close-ups of the ukes. I couldn't find any detailed images and that is a shame because they look pretty cool.

ADD
01-05-2011, 10:16 PM
Has anyone played the bamboo ukes from Tall Grass? They look pretty nice and at a decent price. The clips on the site and on youtube sound good. Any comments would be appreciated.

http://tallgrassukuleles.com

Yes, I have a concert and am quite pleased with it. It is well made, bright, loud, intonation and sustain good. And it is so reasonably priced, figured I couldn't go wrong. Enjoy playing it.

NOLAmoment
01-06-2011, 04:46 PM
I got my Tall Grass uke yesterday! I ordered it on Sunday and was really pleased with Josh's service. The uke arrived in good shape and pretty darn close to in-tune. It's very stylish and I really like the feel of the bamboo. I like the tone, itís sweet and mellow. From my limited and far from expert experience the set-up and intonation are both good, especially considering the price. I have an inexpensive soprano that is louder, but I got the traditional concert without the personal sound hole and loudness isnít that important to me anyway.
Iím glad to see that UU has noticed Tall Grass Ukes and I wish Josh and Kim good luck with their new company.
Tom

ukeeku
01-09-2011, 04:37 PM
Well, I got both this past weekend for review. I am taking the one with the side soundhole to NAMM. They sound awesome as for as I can tell. They seem to have a chorus sound if that makes sense.

ukeeku
05-21-2011, 10:53 AM
It only took me 5 months, GAH
Full review of the Tall Grass Ukes
http://ukeeku.com/2011/05/21/tall-grass-tg-c-and-tg-cs-full-review/

OldePhart
05-21-2011, 01:11 PM
Any idea if these are solid wood? I didn't see that which made me somewhat suspicious?

A bamboo uke is not going to be "solid wood" because the bamboo has to be laminated or joined in strips to make a sheet wide enough for a uke top or back, etc. That said, "laminated" shouldn't be a cuss word - theoretically, proper use of laminated materials could render a better sounding instrument than can be obtained with solid woods. It's just that usually "laminated" is codespeak for "cheaper materials and cheaper construction." That doesn't necessarily hold true when one is talking about non-traditional materials (anybody care for a $6k carbon fiber mandolin, you can buy one if you want to wait about four years for your name to come up on the list!)

John

ukeeku
05-21-2011, 02:43 PM
A bamboo uke is not going to be "solid wood" because the bamboo has to be laminated or joined in strips to make a sheet wide enough for a uke top or back, etc. That said, "laminated" shouldn't be a cuss word - theoretically, proper use of laminated materials could render a better sounding instrument than can be obtained with solid woods. It's just that usually "laminated" is codespeak for "cheaper materials and cheaper construction." That doesn't necessarily hold true when one is talking about non-traditional materials (anybody care for a $6k carbon fiber mandolin, you can buy one if you want to wait about four years for your name to come up on the list!)

John

hmmmm, I have to disagree with you on calling it a laminate. would you say a book matched top or back a laminate? since the strips are glued side by side, I would say that is as much a solid top as the bookmatched tops. IMHO.

Also Sorry for the bad grammer and huge spelling errors, and you say bridge, I say saddle (I am just tired)
I corrected is as much as I could.

EDW
05-21-2011, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the review. I think they are a great idea. I know there are those who would disagree, but I wish they had friction tuners. Thanks for the comments about the intonation. From some of the videos I have heard they seemed a bit off.

AncientMatingCalls
05-21-2011, 03:38 PM
These look cool. Is there still a plan for a tenor?

ukeeku
05-21-2011, 05:10 PM
These look cool. Is there still a plan for a tenor?

I have not heard anything about a tenor or soprano

AncientMatingCalls
05-21-2011, 05:51 PM
Josh was fast to answer my emails--nice guy. I asked for a soprano (with friction tuners) and he said they're gonna work on a tenor first, and then I suppose they'll tackle a soprano.This post had me thinking there might be a tenor.

OldePhart
05-22-2011, 09:43 AM
hmmmm, I have to disagree with you on calling it a laminate. would you say a book matched top or back a laminate? since the strips are glued side by side, I would say that is as much a solid top as the bookmatched tops. IMHO.

I don't think we are in serious disagreement - if you notice I said "laminated or joined in strips." Still, I wouldn't go so far as to consider this quite the equivalent of a bookmatched top or back, either. I don't know how wide the joined strips are in your materials - in most stuff I've seen for other applications though they run around 3/4" give or take, therefore it takes quite a few of them on a back or top, and that makes for a lot more glue seams than you see in a bookmatched top or back. It's the presence of glue that stabilizes the wood and makes it less likely to change over time (not that I think that is always a bad thing). Also, I think they use a lot of heat and pressure when they are forming sheets of bamboo "lay ups," much as is done when laminated layers of wood, and I suspect that probably also compresses the cellular structure and makes it less likely to change.

In any case, I thought I was pretty clear that I think the potential for non-traditional materials (like bamboo) is really bright. I'm not "anti-laminate" - I have a Kiwaya KSL-02 longneck soprano made from their "extra thin laminated wood" and, until I got my KoAloha longneck soprano, that Kiwaya was my favorite even over my KoAloha concert uke.



Also Sorry for the bad grammer and huge spelling errors, and you say bridge, I say saddle (I am just tired)
I corrected is as much as I could.
Eh? Not quite sure what this is in reference to, maybe a different post?

John

flacoclef
05-22-2011, 11:58 AM
Very nice!

ukeeku
05-22-2011, 02:04 PM
I don't think we are in serious disagreement - if you notice I said "laminated or joined in strips." Still, I wouldn't go so far as to consider this quite the equivalent of a bookmatched top or back, either. I don't know how wide the joined strips are in your materials - in most stuff I've seen for other applications though they run around 3/4" give or take, therefore it takes quite a few of them on a back or top, and that makes for a lot more glue seams than you see in a bookmatched top or back. It's the presence of glue that stabilizes the wood and makes it less likely to change over time (not that I think that is always a bad thing). Also, I think they use a lot of heat and pressure when they are forming sheets of bamboo "lay ups," much as is done when laminated layers of wood, and I suspect that probably also compresses the cellular structure and makes it less likely to change.

In any case, I thought I was pretty clear that I think the potential for non-traditional materials (like bamboo) is really bright. I'm not "anti-laminate" - I have a Kiwaya KSL-02 longneck soprano made from their "extra thin laminated wood" and, until I got my KoAloha longneck soprano, that Kiwaya was my favorite even over my KoAloha concert uke.



Eh? Not quite sure what this is in reference to, maybe a different post?

John

Someone pointed out that I had a bout 10 spelling errors and a ton of other issues. I fixed them about 20 minutes after I published. that is the great thing about having stuff online, I can always go back and fix it and no one is the wiser :)

On the laminate discussion, we will arm wrestle later, or thumb wrestle. I am better with my thumbs.

Gmoney
05-22-2011, 05:44 PM
Someone pointed out that I had a bout 10 spelling errors and a ton of other issues. I fixed them about 20 minutes after I published. that is the great thing about having stuff online, I can always go back and fix it and no one is the wiser :)

On the laminate discussion, we will arm wrestle later, or thumb wrestle. I am better with my thumbs.

Tim, that was my PM about the bridge/saddle typo, I hoped to fly under the radar before someone wandering by took to blasting you. On the laminate vs. solid bamboo; I'm afraid that you will have to thumb wrestle me as well. On your other thread announcing the new review, which I must say was thorough & makes me closer to wanting to buy one. I'm a concert scale kind of guy & after listening to several of Josh's videos its clear that they sound really great! Here's the link to the other post:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?47305-Tall-Grass-Ukulele-Full-Review&p=686855#post686855

The pertinent quote is from Yamaha about their entry into using bamboo for guitars. Bamboo really is a great sounding tonewood, but it is certainly considered a laminate.


The Yamaha process for this guitar uses three- to five-year-old Bamboo plants about 6 inches in diameter. The wood is sawn into strips, bonded longitudinally, and laminated in three layers, with the inner layer at 90 degrees to the outer ones for rigidity. This laminate is then crafted using traditional guitar making techniques. The only non-Bamboo parts of the finished guitar are the Rosewood fingerboard and the Mahogany bridge.


All bamboo guitars, ukes, or other instruments are constructed in some similar method. Its just the fact of their construction, neither good or bad in itself.

Keep reviewing for us - we can't all own or tryout all ukes (though some of us are certainly trying!).

ukeeku
05-23-2011, 04:17 AM
Thats it, its a battle royal Cage match at UWC!! 3 enter, 1 leaves.

Gmoney
05-23-2011, 04:46 AM
Thats it, its a battle royal Cage match at UWC!! 3 enter, 1 leaves.

I concede in advance - I won't be at UWC! Interesting note that though Kiwaya has the "Paulele" bamboo uke, they list it on their site under "Novelty ukes" - but its not exactly at novelty prices!