View Full Version : Looking for a Tenor with a pickup!

07-24-2012, 04:22 PM
Hey guys and gals,
I'm in the market for a tenor uke with a pickup. Preferably under $300, let me know if anyone has anything for me!

07-24-2012, 04:57 PM
Under $200 is tough, but many of us who have these Cordoba feel they are a great value, especially since you can find used ones closer to $100 than $200. I found one with a case for $125, ebay for $115 to 125. Solid mahogany top. Not necessaily the prettiest tenor out there, but sounds great plugged or unplugged. Could use a bone nut and saddle installed and Aquilas are too bright for them, but they just sound good. I have low g Hilo's on it and there are probably several different strings that would sound even better. I was looking for a nice Kala Solid Mahogany with a pickup, but couldn't find one...a super buy for the money. If you are happy with all laminate, Kala has an exotic mahogany tenor wth a pickup that sounds very nice and looks gorgeous. Heard and seen them. priced around mid-$100's or less. If you want to go all the way up to that high price....and are patient, can get a super used uke that's out of your price range new~



07-24-2012, 05:00 PM
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07-24-2012, 05:21 PM
Thanks for the response Phil! That Kala does look beautiful. Do you have any suggestions for small amps that sound good plugged in?

Ken Middleton
07-24-2012, 06:56 PM
My advice would be to buy the acoustic uke that you want. You then have a very wide choice. Fit a pickup or pickup system afterwards. My choice would be to fit a simple passive pickup and later buy an external pre-amp (GigPro for instance).

07-25-2012, 02:47 AM
I agree, find your tenor first , then add a passive pickup. You can do it yourself if your handy with a drill. Ebay has a seller offering K&K Twin Spot pickups for $57.50 delivered.
Its pretty good even without an external pre-amp, which you can add later if you want more punch.
Bob Myers

The Big Kahuna
07-25-2012, 02:58 AM
Fender Pa'ina


All solid Mahogany with pickup.

$ 299 or less if you shop around.

07-25-2012, 11:23 AM
I just saw Placido Domingo driving a Ford Ranger, will that do?

07-25-2012, 11:36 AM
I was just playing the Kala Exotic Mahogany in a music store. It's a very nice uke. I'm thinking of getting one of those rather than adding a pickup to one of my ukes. I don't want to drill holes in a good uke, and I don't want to put a pickup in a laminate uke where the pickup costs more than the uke. The Kala exotic Mahogany is a very nice inexpensive uke and the electronics are better than just about anything I would install. It's not much more than the cost of a good pickup.

The Big Kahuna
07-25-2012, 11:37 AM
I just saw Placido Domingo driving a Ford Ranger, will that do?