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pdxuke
03-24-2011, 01:20 PM
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Updated sound strum tests due to the nagging :-) of my fellow ukers on this forum:

Left to right quick pics:

CK25--solid player; SK35G--love this one; SK35, my "go-to"; new TK35G, lovely.

http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/sets/uke-sound-tests-1/

Enjoy.

SweetWaterBlue
03-24-2011, 02:56 PM
Excellent collection of strums Thom.

pdxuke
03-24-2011, 03:07 PM
Excellent collection of strums Thom.

Thanks S. I'm going to have fun this summer!

Eric Blooduke
03-25-2011, 08:13 AM
21951219522195321954

Updated sound strum tests due to the nagging :-) of my fellow ukers on this forum:

Left to right quick pics:

CK25--solid player; SK35G--love this one; SK35, my "go-to"; new TK35G, lovely.

http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/sets/uke-sound-tests-1/

Enjoy.

Guilty as charged. Great to hear the Ohana's with the Martin strings. If you had to pick one, would you select SK35 or 38?

pdxuke
03-25-2011, 08:26 AM
Guilty as charged. Great to hear the Ohana's with the Martin strings. If you had to pick one, would you select SK35 or 38?

SK35. Don't get me wrong, the SK38 is very nice, but the difference in sound, while there, is slight. Both are superb. You would be happy with either.

Eric Blooduke
03-25-2011, 09:02 AM
SK35. Don't get me wrong, the SK38 is very nice, but the difference in sound, while there, is slight. Both are superb. You would be happy with either.

Thanx. I do like the "Martin" mahogany sound and I hadn't realised the SK35 was so close to the 38 in sound :cheers:

SweetWaterBlue
03-25-2011, 09:13 AM
Thanx. I do like the "Martin" mahogany sound and I hadn't realised the SK35 was so close to the 38 in sound :cheers:

It is interesting that some draw a different conclusion on this. When I did my sound sample comparison of Ken Middleton's playing on the SK-35 and SK-38, there seemed to be a lot of difference in sound, but Ken was playing different songs. I also know Ken commented the sound was quite different.

When I did my own comparison and posted it on YT, I didn't detect as much difference, although there is clearly some, and since the SK-38 only has 12 frets, it invites harder strumming, and the notes seem more distinct on finger picking. In Thom's strumming tests, I don't detect as much difference either.

The SK-38 looks cooler right out of the box, if you like that classic Martin look. It will probably take 10-20 years for my SK-35G to acquire that dark brown patina.

pdxuke
03-25-2011, 09:35 AM
It is interesting that some draw a different conclusion on this. When I did my sound sample comparison of Ken Middleton's playing on the SK-35 and SK-38, there seemed to be a lot of difference in sound, but Ken was playing different songs. I also know Ken commented the sound was quite different.

When I did my own comparison and posted it on YT, I didn't detect as much difference, although there is clearly some, and since the SK-38 only has 12 frets, it invites harder strumming, and the notes seem more distinct on finger picking. In Thom's strumming tests, I don't detect as much difference either.

The SK-38 looks cooler right out of the box, if you like that classic Martin look. It will probably take 10-20 years for my SK-35G to acquire that dark brown patina.

I agree with this. There is a slight sound difference, IMHO; most of it is cosmetic--but lovely cosmetics!

DeVineGuitars
03-25-2011, 11:12 AM
Great thread! Love to hear A/B tests of different ukes. I really gives you a feel for how they compare. Keep up the great work!