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nscafe
09-17-2011, 07:10 PM
I bought this cool little Maccaferri Islander today at a local flea market! It was dirty and the fretboard was starting to separate towards the nut, but I cleaned it up, super glued the fretboard and clamped it for a while, and swapped out the strings for some new Martin fluorocarbons, and I'm loving this little guy.

I'd never seen one of these in person before, and I love the swirl pattern on the sides, back, and neck. It really catches the light in interesting ways and adds to the uniqueness of these old plastic ukes.

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nscafe
09-17-2011, 07:25 PM
I didn't know you could only attach five pics per post. Here's a closeup of the headstock.

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roxhum
09-17-2011, 07:30 PM
Wow! Nice score.

vanflynn
09-17-2011, 08:17 PM
Great find. Love the headstock and back. Post some sound bites.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-17-2011, 09:29 PM
Gorgeous! Congratulations on a terrific find and kudos for restoring that beauty to playable condition. Three cheers for plastic ukuleles... Hip hip ... hurray! Hip hip ... hurray! Hip hip ...

arpie
09-18-2011, 12:12 AM
Well done!! It looks terrific!! I found my uke in a 2nd hand shop & just love it to bits!

Roberta

Tudorp
09-18-2011, 02:23 AM
The back looks cool. But it reminds me of when I was a kid and left a box of crayons on the back window speaker shelf of my Mom's car in the Florida summer sun.. ;)

Chris Tarman
09-18-2011, 03:55 AM
Great score! I have one myself, but mine came from eBay. Maccaferri ukes are surprisingly well-made, and they play and sound really nice. I saw one with a light blue back years ago in a big antique mall. It was just after I had bought my first really crappy ukulele, but a few years before I got serious about learning to play (and realized that my first uke was junk), so that one slipped away from me.

nscafe
09-18-2011, 03:57 AM
Thanks everybody. I was pretty excited. My wife was dubious but it cleaned up even better than I thought it would, and it sounds great. It seems like it will stay in tune once the strings are done stretching because it's already staying pretty stable. I'll be able to get some audio up in a day or two.

It was pretty great because just a few minutes before I found that I told my wife I was going to go see if I could find an old uke! Haha.

joekulele
09-18-2011, 04:27 AM
That is sweet. Just soap and water to clean it up?
-joe

nscafe
09-18-2011, 05:27 AM
That is sweet. Just soap and water to clean it up?
-joe

I actually haven't even used soap on it (yet). I just rubbed it down with a damp microfiber cloth and it mostly just wiped right off.

There are some spots of some kind that I can't get off with that method, so I'm going to try to give it a more intense cleaning, but I'm not sure what cleaner is safe for this old plastic. You can see them in the closeup of the neck on the left-hand side of the pic if you're curious what I'm talking about.

Does anyone know what kind of cleaner is safe to use on Styron? I'd like to get it as clean as possible without damaging it.

fitncrafty
09-18-2011, 06:17 AM
Beautiful.. great find!! Enjoy.

Chris Tarman
09-18-2011, 06:43 AM
I actually haven't even used soap on it (yet). I just rubbed it down with a damp microfiber cloth and it mostly just wiped right off.

There are some spots of some kind that I can't get off with that method, so I'm going to try to give it a more intense cleaning, but I'm not sure what cleaner is safe for this old plastic. You can see them in the closeup of the neck on the left-hand side of the pic if you're curious what I'm talking about.

Does anyone know what kind of cleaner is safe to use on Styron? I'd like to get it as clean as possible without damaging it.

I'd try just water first... maybe windex?

nscafe
09-25-2011, 01:10 PM
I was finally able to snag a few free minutes to record a little something with this little guy. Check it out!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp1jF2l8wZY

arpie
09-25-2011, 01:15 PM
VERY nice, Nate!! Lovely looking uke & it sounds good too.

Well done

Roberta

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-25-2011, 01:26 PM
$45 is great deal. Islanders go for anywhere from $50 to $250 on evilBay depending on color and condition. Score!! And it sounds great---I'm going to go play Five Foot Two on mine right now.

itsme
09-25-2011, 02:14 PM
Cool find! :)

My husband and I go walking for exercise several times a week. Whenever I see a yard sale sign, well, that determines our course. I'm always hoping to find a hidden jem of an uke, but so far... nothing. Maybe someday. <sigh>

ItsMrPitchy
09-25-2011, 11:23 PM
Nice find. You id a good job cleaning it up.

Mim
09-26-2011, 01:26 AM
Jealous! There is a big Flea Market I go to every year and snagged a Harmony Plastic Fretboard Ukulele and a No Name Plastic Fretboard Ukulele. But... I was hoping for something as cool as yours! GREAT find! Pretty cool!

joeybug
09-26-2011, 02:57 AM
Wow! Great find! Love the swirly colours on the back :D

And sounds great too!

Congrats!

nscafe
09-26-2011, 03:39 AM
$45 is great deal. Islanders go for anywhere from $50 to $250 on evilBay depending on color and condition. Score!! And it sounds great---I'm going to go play Five Foot Two on mine right now.

Haha, thanks man. I had done some research before picking it up, so I had some idea of what they went for online, but I really wasn't sure how well it would clean up, or if I could adequately fix it. I was fortunate with this one.

nscafe
09-26-2011, 03:40 AM
Wow! Great find! Love the swirly colours on the back :D

And sounds great too!

Congrats!

I knew you'd like it Joey! It's kinda purply in the right light... :)

nscafe
09-26-2011, 03:40 AM
Cool find! :)

My husband and I go walking for exercise several times a week. Whenever I see a yard sale sign, well, that determines our course. I'm always hoping to find a hidden jem of an uke, but so far... nothing. Maybe someday. <sigh>

Just keep looking! I know I will from now on.

coolhanduke
09-26-2011, 04:18 AM
Congrats on the uke!...I just lost a bid on eBay for one..just couldn't see paying over 250 for a plastic uke that sold for 5 bucks when it was released..you got a steal..keep it strummin!

Skitzic
09-26-2011, 06:19 AM
My husband found an Islander at an antique store. It was dirty and missing 2 tuners. I just used dish soap and water on mine. Made it look all sparkly like!

Cute little things.

Conga rats!

Shakespeare
09-26-2011, 07:10 AM
Very nice find. Over here in the UK I always see really old, beaten up ukulele-banjos at car-boot sales. I assume they were in fashion during George Formby's time.

strumsilly
09-26-2011, 09:22 AM
Congrats on the uke!...I just lost a bid on eBay for one..just couldn't see paying over 250 for a plastic uke that sold for 5 bucks when it was released..you got a steal..keep it strummin!

yea,I wouldn't pay that much for one, maybe a hundred in perfect condition.they do have a unique sound, and you can play and sing in the shower.!

but my Gibson guitar originally sold for about 35 bucks, I got it for 300 and put another 200 in it and I still feel I got a bargain. they really got some of those RIGHT. I don't know what my Gibson Baritone sold for , but I've seen some asking prices for them over a grand. I doubt if they cost more than my guitar originally.

nscafe
09-26-2011, 10:24 AM
yea,I wouldn't pay that much for one, maybe a hundred in perfect condition.they do have a unique sound, and you can play and sing in the shower.!

but my Gibson guitar originally sold for about 35 bucks, I got it for 300 and put another 200 in it and I still feel I got a bargain. they really got some of those RIGHT. I don't know what my Gibson Baritone sold for , but I've seen some asking prices for them over a grand. I doubt if they cost more than my guitar originally.

Strumming in the shower eh? I hadn't thought about that. I gots me a new video idea!!!

... no I would never subject you fine people to that ...