PDA

View Full Version : gstring ukuleles



hawaii 50
04-26-2012, 10:09 AM
has anyone ordered a gstring from derek lately...if so how do they sound and any advice on buying one?

haolebrownie
04-26-2012, 12:05 PM
G-string is no longer in business. I think Derek is still making ukuleles though.

Doc_J
04-26-2012, 02:32 PM
has anyone ordered a gstring from derek lately...if so how do they sound and any advice on buying one?

There are some really sweet used ones that come up for sale from time to time. The 2 used ones I have are great players, with perfect intonation. I understand that isn't always the case. As with any uke, I'd recommend you play one or hear someone play it before you buy one. Puapua had some newer ones a while back. I prefer slightly older ones in a matte finish. Mine are from 2003 and 2006.

haolebrownie
04-26-2012, 03:19 PM
Yeah, you see them come up for sale from time to time. I don't think you are currently living on Oahu, but Dan's Guitars has a concert size that I was strumming a little while back. Pretty reasonably priced IIRC.

A moderator should probably move this thread to Uke Talk though...

krimsonklover
04-26-2012, 05:30 PM
I just sold my concert g string. theyre awesome ukes. it was suprisingly light, and very responsive. what I would call "a proffesional players" uke. It took really well to instrumental songs, really great clarity. Really warm sounding too. I recommend them.

mm stan
04-26-2012, 10:32 PM
I played one a few nights ago at Pua Pua Moana...check it out..

hawaii 50
04-27-2012, 07:13 AM
thanks stan..i live on the mainland...do you know the back story with gstring//why are they not around anymore..i did email eric and he says he is one man shop now??...are the ones that you see from him?? thxs
I played one a few nights ago at Pua Pua Moana...check it out..

spoefish
05-16-2012, 09:03 AM
I have had two G sting ukes, both 2007 and both bought used. The tenor was eventually sold, I just liked my Kanile'a K-1 Deluxe a little better - sounded a little sweeter to me (and I have three other tenors, Spanish cedar LoPrinzi, mahogany LoPrinzi, and mahogany 6 string Pohaku). The other G String which I still have is a long neck soprano - standard soprano body with a 15 3/8" scale neck. It is really great and one of my most played ukes and the one I usually take with me when I travel. It is too bad that Derek gave up the business, his ukes were great - immaculate construction, perfect intonation, and sounded great. Maybe just too much bother having a small production shop and dealing with employee issues, etc. I know other folks that have given up a small business to go back to being a one person business - many fewer hassles. In any case, I have never heard or played a G String that most people would not be happy with. And I agree with the comment about the older ones with the satin finish. The newer ones (both of mine) had the gloss UV cured poly finish and I would have preferred the satin finish - the poly finish while thin enough is just a bit too glitzy for me. YMMV.

PedalFreak
05-16-2012, 09:16 AM
thanks stan..i live on the mainland...do you know the back story with gstring//why are they not around anymore..i did email eric and he says he is one man shop now??...are the ones that you see from him?? thxs

This is what I've been told from a few people that I trust. Derek was planning on retooling for some new ukes, and then he was injured, which stopped the custom ukes from being made. Production slowed, then stopped. Derek moved to the big Island, and started building again but in very small numbers, and custom models. When I was in Hawaii last year I heard from several shops that he was planning on opening up shop again and making more ukes, not sure when though.

Like Stan said PuaPua gets them from time to time.

mm stan
05-16-2012, 10:25 PM
http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/ukestan/112.jpg..............

Doc_J
05-17-2012, 03:49 AM
Wow Stan, as I said earlier...that's a nice set of Gstrings ! Do you have Hilo strings on them all?

Here's mine. I've got Martin strings on the soprano, and Hilos on the concert. The Martins sound perfect on the soprano.

Would appreciate opinions what strings other than Hilos might be worth trying on the concert. I like the Hilos, but I am always chasing a better sound.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37923&d=1337261838

mm stan
05-17-2012, 04:23 AM
Wow Stan, as I said earlier...that's a nice set of Gstrings ! Do you have Hilo strings on them all?

Here's mine. I've got Martin strings on the soprano, and Hilos on the concert. The Martins sound perfect on the soprano.

Would appreciate opinions what strings other than Hilos might be worth trying on the concert. I like the Hilos, but I am always chasing a better sound.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37923&d=1337261838

Aloha Doc,
I like the slinkyness to the Hilos...for playability...i would stick with martin m600 or warm it up with some Alohi strings....

Doc_J
05-17-2012, 11:09 AM
Thanks Stan. My next string order will include an Alohi concert set (or two).

PedalFreak
05-17-2012, 11:30 AM
http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/ukestan/112.jpg

If you ever decide to sell that Honu M1 Soprano send me a PM ;D

Skottoman
05-17-2012, 04:32 PM
I have a G-String C-1 Sun concert that I put Worth clears on. (Not in these photos) It is such a well balanced sound, and probably my favorite Concert size uke.

They are lovely ukes, that I think are going to become collectables. I rate them up there with the "K" brands...
Cheers,
Skottoman

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

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

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

Doc_J
05-18-2012, 04:06 PM
Nice pics. Those Gstring Sun concerts are pretty cool looking.

Yue-Wen Fang
06-01-2013, 06:27 PM
..............

so cool because such many Gstring~
envying~ lol

Yue-Wen Fang
06-01-2013, 06:29 PM
how much does the gstring sun concert cost?

Yue-Wen Fang
06-01-2013, 06:30 PM
I have a G-String C-1 Sun concert that I put Worth clears on. (Not in these photos) It is such a well balanced sound, and probably my favorite Concert size uke.

They are lovely ukes, that I think are going to become collectables. I rate them up there with the "K" brands...
Cheers,
Skottoman

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

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

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

how much does the gstring sun concert cost?

Kanaka916
06-01-2013, 07:27 PM
how much does the gstring sun concert cost?

Wow, talk about old threads. You rarely see them for sale and if you can find one, it will probably cost ya. Here's a link from a 10/12 thread to give you an idea what a G-String cost . . . http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/gstring-ukulele.html

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31229-G-String-Ukulele-Closed-down

I don't know how accurate or updated the contact info is buy you can try to contact Derek through his website http://www.gstringukuleles.com/contact.shtml

Yue-Wen Fang
06-01-2013, 08:45 PM
Wow, talk about old threads. You rarely see them for sale and if you can find one, it will probably cost ya. Here's a link from a 10/12 thread to give you an idea what a G-String cost . . . http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/gstring-ukulele.html

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31229-G-String-Ukulele-Closed-down

I don't know how accurate or updated the contact info is buy you can try to contact Derek through his website
http://www.gstringukuleles.com/contact.shtml


Hi,Kanaka916

thank you for listing the websites, i'll check it.
I find the information of gstring in uu is also little.
How do you think of it comared to the 4K brands?
I am in Shanghai, China, and contacted a person who want to sell his tenor gstring (2009, with a soft case while the ukulele has a small imprint on top), he asked me 3600 RMB, nearly $600, Is this a good bargin?

mm stan
06-01-2013, 10:08 PM
Hi,Kanaka916
thank you for listing the websites, i'll check it.
I find the information of gstring in uu is also little.
How do you think of it comared to the 4K brands?
I am in Shanghai, China, and contacted a person who want to sell his tenor gstring (2009, with a soft case while the ukulele has a small imprint on top), he asked me 3600 RMB, nearly $600, Is this a good bargin?
Aloha Yu-Wen Fang,
As Others have stated.....play it first then decide....considering where you live, and if you like the sound of it....it may fair price because they are fairly rare to find a good sounding one, depending how it sounds and overall condition, make your decision from there..good luck and happy strummings..

rar jungle
06-02-2013, 12:59 PM
They do compare favorably to the K brands, and James Hill plays Gstring. I have a long neck soprano that I love cause it's got great tone and volume, exquisite neck shape and other design work. I've had it for 7 years and it just keeps getting better, even though it's now kind of beat up. If the tenor is in good condition 600 seems like a good price to me, especially if it's one of the fancier models.

Kanaka916
06-02-2013, 01:21 PM
Comparing a G String uke to a K? I believe the G String would have held it's own. Like Ko`olau Ukes, you just don't see them for sale as much as the others. For whatever reason, it's unfortunate that Derek closed his shop in Halawa Valley. And from what I understand, he's living on the Big Island and still building instruments on a limited basis. I honestly don't know how true that is. If I were looking to get another island built instrument, I would not hesitate to contact him.

fumanshu
06-02-2013, 01:59 PM
I've owned one of the old ones....a super soprano and it was an amazing player!!!!! It was lalso very light build so when you play it, you can feel the whole body vibrating....seriously, it was just as good as any high end ukes that I've owned...I sold it because I don't play soprano anymore....but old ones are amazing in my book....



https://soundcloud.com/baouke/lady-standby-by-lotus-notes .......some funky groove......

dalamaricus
06-03-2013, 08:18 PM
For what it's worth, there was a used G String concert for sale (not by me or someone I know) on Flea Market Music a few weeks ago for $525.

https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/Default.asp

PereBourik
11-15-2013, 07:27 PM
Kiernan's Music on the Big Island had 2 or 3 in stock on Nov 5. Very nice build and decoration. Sounded sweet.

Rakelele
06-24-2014, 05:39 AM
Hi, this is my first post. I just ordered a new G-String Concert C1, and now I am a bit confused as there has been discussions in this forum about G-String having had to close or downsize their shop and even about fake ones from China (which apparently turned out to be a misunderstanding):

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?95546-Fake-G-String&highlight=gstring

Does anyone know how many ukes they are currently building or why their ukes don't show up in stores more often? Has anyone else bought one recently?

Skinny Money McGee
06-24-2014, 06:34 AM
I exchanged emails with Derek a year ago, and he said he was a one man shop once again, and would build me any uke I wanted, but is at least 6 to 8 months back-logged. He didn't go out of his way to try and get my business, it was more like, "let me know what you want, send a deposit, and I will put you on the list". end. I know he builds nice instruments, but was a little too vague for my comfort zone.

hawaii 50
06-24-2014, 06:41 AM
Hi, this is my first post. I just ordered a new G-String Concert C1, and now I am a bit confused as there has been discussions in this forum about G-String having had to close or downsize their shop and even about fake ones from China (which apparently turned out to be a misunderstanding):

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?95546-Fake-G-String&highlight=gstring

Does anyone know how many ukes they are currently building or why their ukes don't show up in stores more often? Has anyone else bought one recently?


where did you order your uke from?....

Pua Pua still has some from Derek...but he is a one man shop now....and lives on the Big Island...he builds very few a year
there was rumors of fake ones built in China....

send pictures of your uke to Derek if you are confused about if it is a G-String....
http://www.gstringukuleles.com/

Rakelele
06-24-2014, 10:57 AM
Thanks for sharing. Knowing that there are only a few being made makes mine even more special to me. I got it from Puapua. They assured me that it was built by Derek Shimizu. It arrived today. Here's a picture:

68170

Kanaka916
06-24-2014, 01:46 PM
Is there a tag or label inside the body? Curious as to what info is on there . . .

Rakelele
06-25-2014, 02:29 AM
Is there a tag or label inside the body? Curious as to what info is on there . . .

The label is very neat, made of a thin wood plate and shaped like a Telecaster Guitar with the following text engraved: “GString Ukulele Co. Hilo, Hawaii”, followed by the serial number (14100514). According to another thread, the last three or four digits indicate the production date, in this case May 2014. Not sure how to interpret the first four or five digits, though.

guitharsis
06-25-2014, 08:51 AM
Two previously owned G string ukes available at Bernunzio's www.bernunzio.com. A concert and a tenor.

Kanaka916
06-25-2014, 06:33 PM
Appears Derek has a new numbering system. The number on my GString consists of 5 digits. The old label was a square piece with the logo and where it was made, in my case Halawa Valley on the island of Oahu.

hawaii 50
06-25-2014, 07:25 PM
Appears Derek has a new numbering system. The number on my GString consists of 5 digits. The old label was a square piece with the logo and where it was made, in my case Halawa Valley on the island of Oahu.

I am pretty sure this is a real G-String....with new labels but strange that it says Hilo,Hawaii...the website says Derek in Keaau,HI?

did the uke come from PuaPua Hawaii or Pua Pua Taiwan?

Rakelele
06-25-2014, 09:24 PM
I got my G-String Concert C1 from Puapua in Honolulu. It arrived yesterday, and I am stunned by its beauty. The Koa is very dark and beautifully figured to match the shape of the Uke perfectly. The finish is done in a smooth satin, yet allowing the wood to shine. Logo and fretmarks are made of Abalone sparkling in all colors. As previously mentioned, the brand label inside the body consists of a neat wooden plate shaped like an electric guitar. The body features a curved back and a lower bout that is bigger and more rounded than on my other Ukes, producing a lot of sustain and bass. As far as I can tell after playing for a short while, intonation is spot on. It has a beautiful singing voice and sounds nicely balanced when being strummed. My first impression is that it compares very well to my Kamaka and my Kanilea (which are both very dear to me).

lakesideglenn
06-26-2014, 01:37 AM
Two previously owned G string ukes available at Bernunzio's www.bernunzio.com. A concert and a tenor.

Can't find them...must have sold.

Kanaka916
06-27-2014, 07:29 AM
I am pretty sure this is a real G-String....with new labels but strange that it says Hilo,Hawaii...the website says Derek in Keaau,HI?

did the uke come from PuaPua Hawaii or Pua Pua Taiwan?
Derek does reside in Keaau and Hilo is really not that far from Keaau. I guess he has his reasons for doing that. AFAIK, GString is a one man operation and Derek is it. And no, pretty sure did not come from Taiwan . . . Hawaiian made!