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pdxuke
03-20-2011, 12:24 PM
I consider this an upgrade-- others will not:

Added Ping friction tuners;

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21799&d=1300659600

Also changed strings to Lucy's Old Fashioned colored strings, a free set I got from Gryphon with the new Kamaka concert.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21798&d=1300659598

While the strings sure are pretty, unfortunately the sound is dead. I'll give it a week while they settle, but this uke sounds best with Aquilas to me. Anybody use other strings for this, the Kiwi or the Pineapple?
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savagehenry
03-20-2011, 01:22 PM
Looks great!!

kenikas
03-20-2011, 01:34 PM
Aloha Thom,
I've tried a few types on my KA-PSS and like you have found Aquila to be the best match. I'd say Worth clears weren't to far behind.

dans003
03-21-2011, 06:45 AM
thats so cool!

Ambient Doughnut
03-21-2011, 06:48 AM
A pity if the strings don't sound good - those colours actually look great on the watermelon.

That headstock is very glossy!

:)

Skitzic
03-21-2011, 07:23 AM
I put Kala reds on my Watermelon for awhile. I loved the look, but it does sound much better with Aquilas. I may put reds back on there just for the look again. It's not like anyone knows the difference around here anyway.

bsichina@cebridge.net
07-21-2011, 09:06 AM
I just got a Watermelon, yesterday and really like it. Nice little UKE.

Total Ukphoria
07-23-2011, 03:14 AM
Very nice! I have the Kiwi and it is miles above the new ukadelic line (which I also own) and at the same price. Such a fun uke!

Skitzic
07-23-2011, 05:23 AM
Very nice! I have the Kiwi and it is miles above the new ukadelic line (which I also own) and at the same price. Such a fun uke!

Agree. I would choose the Kiwi / Watermelon over the ukadelic line any day.

ukulefty
07-23-2011, 05:58 AM
Real shame those strings don't sound as good, because they look fantastic on the melon!!

Lori
07-24-2011, 06:25 AM
I like Worth Clear on my Kiwi. There are also some new colored strings made by Aquila, marketed under the name Aurora http://stringsbyaurora.com/our-strings/ukulele-strings. I have a set of bright green ones waiting to go on the next concert that needs new strings.

–Lori

CountryMouse
12-20-2011, 09:34 AM
I've got some Aurora Nitro Lime strings coming for my Kala Watermelon. I'm hoping the sound will be a little mellower than with the Aquilas I have on it now.

Mousie

PoiDog
12-20-2011, 09:44 AM
A pity if the strings don't sound good - those colours actually look great on the watermelon.

That headstock is very glossy!

:)

This is a true story

Paul December
12-20-2011, 11:22 AM
I own the pineapple version (same uke) and IMO found the perfect stings...
...Fremont Black, high-tension soprano strings. Very lively without being shrill.