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Skottoman
05-03-2011, 04:29 AM
Hi,
So after a visit to Kauai in 2010, I spotted a G-string C1 Sun model. As of last month I still didn't have one, and have learned that G-String is no longer making ukuleles. I saw a REALLY nice curly koa version sell here on UU just a few months back. That was the last straw. I started my search.

Contacted Sam at Larry's music in Kauai, and he located the last one he could find for me! No curly Koa, but very nice none the less. There are a few flaws, but nothing I can't live with. It's a great size and is quite a looker!

So my birthday is next month, and my wife said she'd buy the uke for me for a present, but I'd have to wait until June to 'open' it. Well that didn't last long, and she gave in and let me have it NOW!!! :D

It's beautiful, and plays nicely. I will probably change strings to Fremont Blackines, or Worth clears. I'm not a fan of Hilos.

Also, does anyone know how to decipher the serial numbers?
Mine says 59 059 on the wood label inside...

Anyway, here it is in all it's Uke Porn glory!
Cheers,
Skottoman

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring1.jpg

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring2.jpg

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring3.jpg

Skottoman
05-03-2011, 04:30 AM
Few more... :D

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring4.jpg

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring5.jpg

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring6.jpg

Mandarb
05-03-2011, 04:33 AM
Congrats on your early birthday gift - enjoy.

Kanaka916
05-03-2011, 04:33 AM
I believe Derek Shimizu is residing on the Big Island and I think he still does some building but not full time.

Lexxy
05-03-2011, 04:36 AM
Happy Be-earlied birthday! Now isn't that prettty. Sound samples soon? :)

GX9901
05-03-2011, 04:50 AM
Very nice! The G-String concert Sun is one of those ukes I've always wanted, but for one reason or another never pulled the trigger on one. Yours look great. Congrats!

Gmoney
05-03-2011, 05:11 AM
Absolutely LOVE your Sun G-String! I love mine that I bought off of Nuprin here on UU & love it more since I replaced the tuners w/Pegheds. Mine is a longneck soprano, so the concert scale w/the smaller soprano body is my favorite combination. I've got Worth clears on mine. I'm travelling this week & didn't bring it w/me this time or I'd check the s/n of mine for comparison. Another thing to note is whose initials are on the neck block; which denotes who worked on your particular uke.

Just gorgeous!

Ronnie Aloha
05-03-2011, 05:16 AM
Congrats on the new uke! Appropriate to have the sun shining down on it.

Skottoman
05-03-2011, 05:38 AM
I'm travelling this week & didn't bring it w/me this time or I'd check the s/n of mine for comparison. Another thing to note is whose initials are on the neck block; which denotes who worked on your particular uke.


Hi! I looked in the soundhole, and don't see any initials on the neckblock or anywhere else for that matter.
Would still love to find out what 59 059 means. Also the first 2 numbers "59" are about a millimeter lower than the "059".
Cheers,
Skottoman

OldePhart
05-03-2011, 06:42 AM
Sweeeeet - happy early birthday. I'd even be willing to start celebrating birthdays again if I could snag something that nice out of the deal - LOL

mm stan
05-03-2011, 06:55 AM
Aloha Skottoman,
Congrats..Wow it is really a nice uke...too bad you cant play it yet...well maybe a sneak strum and let us know how it sounds..ha ha now I gave you a reason if you get caught by your wife..ha ha
MM Stan thanks for sharing...

ukestah
05-03-2011, 06:58 AM
Alohas Skottoman, man the koa is still beautiful. The back appears to have some nice curl to it. Congrats on finding one in great condition and looking forward to a vid to hear how it plays!

mds725
05-03-2011, 08:15 AM
Great looking ukulele! Congrats, and happy birthday in advance. I bought a Kamaka from Sam a few weeks ago, and although he's extremely busy and sometimes hard to find, he's definitely dedicated to getting the best ukes he can find to people.

bbycrts
05-03-2011, 08:22 AM
I love your "ukes against the sky" photos! That is one sharp looking G-string...enjoy it! (And happy birthday...a little early)

Kauai808
05-03-2011, 08:39 AM
Looks like that uke has some curl in the koa. I'm no expert

Tube
05-03-2011, 09:13 AM
Nice round lower end, I love this shape!

fitncrafty
05-03-2011, 09:17 AM
That is a GREAT birthday gift!! Congrats and enjoy!! It's gorgeous!!

Skottoman
05-03-2011, 09:55 AM
Looks like that uke has some curl in the koa. I'm no expert

Yeah, there is a little bit of curl in the wood. You can see it. Just not a lot. I'm very happy with it, and can't wait to go home from work and play it!

Anyone on the serial numbers? 59 059?

Cheers,
Skottoman

Plainsong
05-03-2011, 10:25 AM
Favorite concert I've played to date is a custom G string concert. I say with a straight face that I love Juha's G String.

d-mace
05-03-2011, 10:29 AM
I remember Derek saying they stopped using initials once people only wanted ukes built by a certain builder(s). He also told be how to decipher the date code...I'll look it up.

Skottoman
05-03-2011, 12:15 PM
I remember Derek saying they stopped using initials once people only wanted ukes built by a certain builder(s). He also told be how to decipher the date code...I'll look it up.

Cheers, I'd really appreciate that. Would like to know what the numbers mean.

Skottoman

molokinirum
05-03-2011, 01:41 PM
Sweet uke...congrats and Happy Birthday!!!!

wickedwahine11
05-03-2011, 02:33 PM
Looks cool, congrats on the new ukulele and happy early birthday.

Skottoman
05-04-2011, 04:12 AM
Just bumping this up, because I'd really like some help deciphering the serial number in this new G-String.

Anyone know?
Cheers,
Skottoman

http://www.baileymusic.com/ukulele/gstring7.jpg

Kanaka916
05-04-2011, 04:25 AM
Isn't that the SN? the number on my 6 String Tenor is 09057. And the numbers are straight across, no separation or drop down.

Skottoman
05-04-2011, 05:16 AM
I was hoping that the number would somehow tell the build date? Did they really make 60 thousand Sun ukuleles? Or is this the 59,059th ukulele G String produced? Thats a lot of ukuleles!

Was hoping to find out build date. Thought maybe this number was some sort of code?
Cheers,
Skottoman

d-mace
05-04-2011, 10:49 AM
From Derek @ G-String:

the serial number works like this,
first 3 digits, # production run: #100
Second digit, month of production 9 = September
Last digit is the year, = 2007.

The year does not necessarily indicate the actual completion of the instrument but rather the date of which the
body went together. It may have taken a few weeks to a couple months to actually complete and ship this piece
depending on the complexity and type of finish. Normally there is no more than a month lag but sometimes pieces
get hung up and the serial number does not accurately reflect the actual production date. We use the numbers
for warranty identification and go by warranty registration date to mark the date of "existence" for lack of terms.

So yours looks like May 2009...

Skottoman
05-04-2011, 11:49 AM
From Derek @ G-String:

the serial number works like this,
first 3 digits, # production run: #100
Second digit, month of production 9 = September
Last digit is the year, = 2007.

The year does not necessarily indicate the actual completion of the instrument but rather the date of which the
body went together. It may have taken a few weeks to a couple months to actually complete and ship this piece
depending on the complexity and type of finish. Normally there is no more than a month lag but sometimes pieces
get hung up and the serial number does not accurately reflect the actual production date. We use the numbers
for warranty identification and go by warranty registration date to mark the date of "existence" for lack of terms.

So yours looks like May 2009...

Thank you SOOOOO much! I really appreciate the information!
Now I feel complete. :D

Cheers,
Skottoman

Skottoman
05-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Isn't that the SN? the number on my 6 String Tenor is 09057. And the numbers are straight across, no separation or drop down.

So I guess that means your 6 string is uke #9, built in May '07?
Cheers,
Skottoman

Uncle Leroy
05-04-2011, 12:22 PM
Beautiful looking uke. Congrats.

Gmoney
05-06-2011, 12:58 PM
From Derek @ G-String:

the serial number works like this,
first 3 digits, # production run: #100
Second digit, month of production 9 = September
Last digit is the year, = 2007.

The year does not necessarily indicate the actual completion of the instrument but rather the date of which the
body went together. It may have taken a few weeks to a couple months to actually complete and ship this piece
depending on the complexity and type of finish. Normally there is no more than a month lag but sometimes pieces
get hung up and the serial number does not accurately reflect the actual production date. We use the numbers
for warranty identification and go by warranty registration date to mark the date of "existence" for lack of terms.

So yours looks like May 2009...

So, decode mine for me...

08983 w/maker's initials "TD"

Does this mean it was made in August 2003? And by "TD" AKA “Toui”?

Skottoman
05-06-2011, 04:16 PM
I guess I'm still confused now how to decipher this.

08983 - (089 = number 89), (8 = August), (3 = 2003)

59059 - (590 = number 590), (5 = May), (9 = 2009)

Is this correct?

Cheers,
Skottoman

Gmoney
05-06-2011, 04:32 PM
I guess I'm still confused now how to decipher this.

08983 - (089 = number 89), (8 = August), (3 = 2003)

59059 - (590 = number 590), (5 = May), (9 = 2009)

Is this correct?

Cheers,
Skottoman

I think you are right! So it appears that if the numbers are right, it would reflect that mine was only the 89'th build of that model by August of 2003 (though only Derek is likely to be able to tell me if it was actually only the 89th total to that date). And yours would likely be the 590th made to that date - not likely to me to be the 590th of that special model # OR the total units built that year up to May. Love knowing when/where& how these ukes were made! They sure are fun to play & sound so sweet!

Kanaka916
05-06-2011, 04:45 PM
The GString (http://www.gstringukuleles.com/default.asp) website is still up and appears to be active(?). The reason I say that is because the address on the site has changed and other small changes as well. Anyway, they used to be located in Halawa Valley on the Island of Oahu. Current address provided is on The Big Island. There was a thread about GString shutting down and Derek relocated to the Big Island. I believe Chuck confirmed that. Try using the contact sheet provided to contact Derek.

Skottoman
05-06-2011, 05:21 PM
I sent Derek/GString a note with questions, and referring to this thread.
Hopefully we'll get some clarification. :)
Cheers,
Skottoman

Skottoman
05-07-2011, 04:52 AM
Recieved some info from Derek. Still a not quite clear as he mentions 6 or 7 digits, and ours only have 5 digits.
But the model number makes sense. Mine is 59 with a 0 holding the spot of the 3rd digit? Dunno still confused.
Make of it what you will. :)

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The code breaks down like this:

First 2 or 3 digits is the unit produced in sequential order.

Next two is the month code: 01 = Jan. etc..

Last two is the year code: 09 = 2009

Your serial number is 59059: 59th unit of May, 2009.


The serials are for registration purposes only, we do not keep records of what the unit is as far as size etc... The warranty card registration
should have the serial number and with that information, we can tell what the model is.

Keep in mind, the serials are installed when the body goes together. Normally completion is within 2 weeks or so but there are some that may have been
completed quite some time after the serial number was installed. Ukes with high gloss finishes are actually completed a month or more later than the serial date
as we had to let the lacquer cure. I use a conversion varnish now so curing is cut down to 2 weeks or less.