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MauiWowie
08-01-2011, 01:46 AM
Howzit my fellow ukers!?
:shaka:


First thing I want to say Mahalo's to Kamaka!
Kamaka's customer service is really great! They have quick response with emails/calls,are really friendly and have lots of Aloha!

My order was supposed to have the Abalone logo and fret dots but they called me up when it was installed and they did not like the look of it. They thought I would not like it so they asked me if I wanted to change it to pearl, so I said yes and they had changed it free of charge. Pearl was my first choice for the logo and fret dots but thinking the Abalone rosette was going to be greenish like the one I had on my Pono and from ones I have seen on some other ukes I wanted the inlays to also be Abalone so they were the same color. Upon receiving my uke I was very happy that I went with the changes as the Abalone is more white'ish.
I also asked them to hold onto my order even though it was done and to only ship it out when I get back from my vacation and that way its not sitting at the fedex facility for a week. They did this request with no problem.





About this Uke.....

Kamaka HF-3 Tenor "SPECIAL"
Ebony Head Plate,Fingerboard & Bridge
Pearl Logo & Fingerboard Dots
Abalone Rossette with Rope border
Gold tuners(Gibson shaft) with Ebony Keys
Fishman Matrix Infinity Pickup w/ Volume Control


My thoughts.....

Its not as loud as my KoAloha but I can really tell the difference in sound. especially when playing in the higher frets on the E & A Strings(They are both strung with Pro Arte). In all It seems like its more balanced in sound. Its also not as light as the KoAloha but thats probly because of the electronics I have installed on the Kamaka. The only thing I would change about this uke is the action as its more higher then I would like it to be.




now on to the pics.....

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Now that I am back from Vacation I can now jam on my uke's again...
I may upload a video of me jamming with this one. I am also thinking about changing the strings on the KoAloha for a Low G Set up.

Now off I go to play this uke!
Mahalo's!





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Shin
08-01-2011, 02:11 AM
Woooow, stunning!!! What a beautiful custom Kamaka!!! I'm looking forward to the arrival of the video.
Enjoy your new Kamaka.

joeybug
08-01-2011, 02:12 AM
Happy New Uke Day! Congrats ::D It looks soooo beautiful! Bet it plays nice too :D

Would love to hear a sound sample :D

hmgberg
08-01-2011, 02:30 AM
Great looking ukulele! Nice rosette, beautiful koa. I think the switch to pearl was a good decision. Play on!

mm stan
08-01-2011, 02:36 AM
Aloha Maui wowie..
Congratulations..on your new Kamaka....love the rope and shell rosette..awesome dude...have fun and enjoy...happy strummings..MM Stan
I am sure you can adjust the action....to you liking, too low and less volume..

freackykit
08-01-2011, 02:49 AM
Congratulations...you must be absolutely thrilled!!!


Thanks for the pictures so we can share ion the joy and cannot wait for the vid which I hope you will post the link to here when ready!


Chris

Michael_
08-01-2011, 03:06 AM
Wow, just wow! Amazing! I've never seen this kind of rosette. Just beautiful. I plan to go to Hawai'i next year and hopefully return with a Kamaka if my finances allow it. How long did you wait between the order and the delivery?

guitharsis
08-01-2011, 03:22 AM
Congrats! Beautiful ukes.

Ronnie Aloha
08-01-2011, 03:27 AM
I guess that's a keeper. ; )Beautiful.

Mandarb
08-01-2011, 04:51 AM
Beautiful Kamaka! Congrats and Enjoy! Sorry to hear that the action was a little high - usually Kamaka sets them up fairly low.

wickedwahine11
08-01-2011, 04:53 AM
It looks really beautiful, congratulations. And that KoAloha crown bridge isn't too shabby either. ;)

Raygf
08-01-2011, 07:10 AM
I love the ebony head plate and the rosette and that is some gorgeous koa too. I like your idea of stringing the KoAloha low g. Enjoy your new instrument.

molokinirum
08-01-2011, 07:18 AM
Aloha MauiWowie...what a stunning Kamaka!! The grain is beauitfull, have fun playing!!

ukestah
08-01-2011, 07:22 AM
Congrats on the Kamaka, Wil! So what is the wife playing now? I thought she was getting the KoAloha? I just got one HF-3 Kamaka for my wife off Craigslist a few weeks ago. I'm coming to Maui for 10-11 days this month, lmk if u like jam! Congrats again!

mds725
08-01-2011, 07:29 AM
Happy new uke day! That Kamaka is beautiful! The grain on the soundboard is exquisite! And the KoAloha is also very pretty. You have yourself a nice stable of ukuleles.

MauiWowie
08-01-2011, 10:02 AM
Wow, just wow! Amazing! I've never seen this kind of rosette. Just beautiful. I plan to go to Hawai'i next year and hopefully return with a Kamaka if my finances allow it. How long did you wait between the order and the delivery?

I waited about less then a month for them to make my order. Time went by faster for me since I went on vacation for 2 of those weeks. :P

MauiWowie
08-01-2011, 10:04 AM
Congrats on the Kamaka, Wil! So what is the wife playing now? I thought she was getting the KoAloha? I just got one HF-3 Kamaka for my wife off Craigslist a few weeks ago. I'm coming to Maui for 10-11 days this month, lmk if u like jam! Congrats again!

She's going to be playing with the KoAloha but then again I tried and tried getting her really into playing but she doesnt want to.



again Mahalos everyone, all that waiting paid off!

johntz
08-01-2011, 10:05 AM
That is gorgeous. Congrats!

Dan Uke
08-01-2011, 05:48 PM
Both pretty!!Congrats

Give us an honest assessment in a few weeks on which one you like better

Mr Bill
08-01-2011, 05:58 PM
Very nice indeed.

coolhanduke
08-01-2011, 07:26 PM
Yowzah!...both ukes are absolutely grand!...how many As is that kamaka?

v74
08-03-2011, 07:45 AM
Really lovely KK uke. . . !
Congratulation :)

MauiWowie
08-03-2011, 12:11 PM
Both pretty!!Congrats

Give us an honest assessment in a few weeks on which one you like better

Honestly after playing this uke, I dont think I can go back to playing the KoAloha full time, the Kamaka just sounds better to my ears.... I dont know how to explain it. And it may not be as loud as the KoAloha but I can tell the difference when im playing them side by side.

UkeKid32
08-03-2011, 12:21 PM
you got the AAA curly right?

I tried a similar order and dayum its not cheap o.o

Ukulele: Tenor (Serial # 11
Sides: Koa Premium (3A)
Top: Koa Premium (3A)
Rosette: Ab Select
Rosette: Rope
Back: Koa Premium (3A)
Fingerboard: Ebony (Concert & Larger)
Fingerboard Dots: MOP
Bridge: Ebony
Faceplate: Ebony with MOP KK Inlay
Key: Mini (Gibson Shaft) Chrome/Ebony Button
Case: Tenor (Hard Shell)
Packing: Medium Box
Shipping(UPS Ground Estimate-in US)

wickedwahine11
08-03-2011, 12:22 PM
Honestly after playing this uke, I dont think I can go back to playing the KoAloha full time, the Kamaka just sounds better to my ears.... I dont know how to explain it. And it may not be as loud as the KoAloha but I can tell the difference when im playing them side by side.

Interesting, as much as I love Kamakas, I always thought KoAlohas had better tone. A side by side comparison would be interesting.

And now that you have your Kamaka, if you ever decide to sell that crown bridge tenor I'm sure you will be able to find a buyer. I know if my Pineapple Sunday didn't have a ding in it, I'd be trying to convince you to trade. ;)

Enjoy those beautiful ukes of yours!

MauiWowie
08-03-2011, 12:34 PM
Interesting, as much as I love Kamakas, I always thought KoAlohas had better tone. A side by side comparison would be interesting.

And now that you have your Kamaka, if you ever decide to sell that crown bridge tenor I'm sure you will be able to find a buyer. I know if my Pineapple Sunday didn't have a ding in it, I'd be trying to convince you to trade. ;)

Enjoy those beautiful ukes of yours!

I guess I like the more sweeter tones? Idk.... I noticed the KoAloha is a lil bit deeper sounding.....
Oh and im still keeping this KoAloha because I still love it ALOT I really mean ALOT, maybe I just need to find the right strings for it. Imma try the worth low g set next though. Nothings wrong with having different ukes that sounds different.

MauiWowie
08-03-2011, 12:38 PM
you got the AAA curly right?

I tried a similar order and dayum its not cheap o.o

Ukulele: Tenor (Serial # 11
Sides: Koa Premium (3A)
Top: Koa Premium (3A)
Rosette: Ab Select
Rosette: Rope
Back: Koa Premium (3A)
Fingerboard: Ebony (Concert & Larger)
Fingerboard Dots: MOP
Bridge: Ebony
Faceplate: Ebony with MOP KK Inlay
Key: Mini (Gibson Shaft) Chrome/Ebony Button
Case: Tenor (Hard Shell)
Packing: Medium Box
Shipping(UPS Ground Estimate-in US)


It is not premium koa, it has some nice curls but its not the premium one.
If I was to make another it would have premium koa,my initials on it,have rope purfling and maple binding in addition to the specs I have now, hopefully by then they will be making slot head possible again too.

wickedwahine11
08-03-2011, 01:04 PM
I guess I like the more sweeter tones? Idk.... I noticed the KoAloha is a lil bit deeper sounding.....
Oh and im still keeping this KoAloha because I still love it ALOT I really mean ALOT, maybe I just need to find the right strings for it. Imma try the worth low g set next though. Nothings wrong with having different ukes that sounds different.

I'd recommend you try out the Worth CHLGHD ones. I tried the regular CTLG and thought they were a tad boomy on the g string. But the heavy hard version is quite balanced. Enjoy the ukes! :)