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LutzSpearo
02-11-2013, 01:45 AM
Hey everyone. I just ordered a concert Kanilea, and expect to get it in about a week. I've been reading about how some Kanilea owners have replaced the plastic bridge pins with wood bridge pins. I agree that wood ones look better from what I have seen in pictures, and would like to know what pins you have chosen and where you got them.

From what I have read, it doesn't matter if the new pins are slotted or not. If they are slotted, the slot in the bridge and the slot in the pin do not need to be aligned, if someone could confirm this I'd appreciate it.

I searched the forums on this, and I have only found one website that folks recommend, Stewart MacDonald (Stew Macs). These are the pins I'm considering, I think I should get two sets each of the plain and the abalone and see which look best to me: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardware,_parts/Acoustic_guitar:_Bridge_and_endpins/Slotted_Snakewood_Bridge_Pins.html

If anyone has found another source of nice bridge pins that you like on your Kanilea, please chime in. Photos are welcomed! Thanks so much : )

Linho
02-11-2013, 01:57 AM
It doesn't have to be slotted, that's right. Definitely.


I bought a package of 6 Ebony Bridgepins (Harley Benton Brand, less than $10, from thomann (that's one of Europe's biggest music shops).

They were a bit too thick but it was no problem to make them fit with a piece of sand paper.

Comparision old vs. new:
http://s14.directupload.net/images/121209/hucrkhf9.jpg

http://s1.directupload.net/images/121209/wbuuqxlo.jpg

http://s1.directupload.net/images/121209/ad37w5uj.jpg

http://s1.directupload.net/images/121209/tecifdly.jpg


If you need some additional information or pics, don't hesitate to ask me!

Cheers,
Linho

Skinny Money McGee
02-11-2013, 02:11 AM
Hey everyone. I just ordered a concert Kanilea, and expect to get it in about a week. I've been reading about how some Kanilea owners have replaced the plastic bridge pins with wood bridge pins. I agree that wood ones look better from what I have seen in pictures, and would like to know what pins you have chosen and where you got them.

From what I have read, it doesn't matter if the new pins are slotted or not. If they are slotted, the slot in the bridge and the slot in the pin do not need to be aligned, if someone could confirm this I'd appreciate it.

I searched the forums on this, and I have only found one website that folks recommend, Stewart MacDonald (Stew Macs). These are the pins I'm considering, I think I should get two sets each of the plain and the abalone and see which look best to me: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardware,_parts/Acoustic_guitar:_Bridge_and_endpins/Slotted_Snakewood_Bridge_Pins.html

If anyone has found another source of nice bridge pins that you like on your Kanilea, please chime in. Photos are welcomed! Thanks so much : )


You are correct on all your points. I bought Ebony bridge pins from Elderly Instruments

PhilUSAFRet
02-11-2013, 02:15 AM
My future Kanilea will have ebony bridge pins

wickedwahine11
02-11-2013, 04:27 AM
I have koa bridge pins with abalone dots that I got from Stewart Mac, and I also had to shave them down. I will try to post a pic of them tomorrow.

ukeeku
02-11-2013, 04:30 AM
I have not replaced my Kainle'a 8-string pins yet, BUT I have a Guild D-4 guitar that I changed out with Tusq pins and it has better sustain. If I do anything, it would be those.
http://www.graphtech.com/products.html?CategoryID=9

KamakOzzie
02-11-2013, 04:52 AM
Mine are also ebony, they look just like Skinny Money McGee's. Put on by the original owner.

Bill

The Big Kahuna
02-11-2013, 05:06 AM
Just a heads up..."Island Tat" means something entirely different in England.

#justsayin

Linho
02-11-2013, 05:16 AM
Just a heads up..."Island Tat" means something entirely different in England.

#justsayin

What does it mean?

The Big Kahuna
02-11-2013, 06:56 AM
"Tat" is English for "little bits of cheap crafty junk"

The Big Kahuna
02-11-2013, 07:00 AM
For example:

"Island Tat" might be used to describe 99c Flip Flops and $ 9.99 nylon Aloha shirts from ABC Stores

Linho
02-11-2013, 11:17 AM
Haha, wow, that's nice to know. So the Tattoo on my Kanilea says in your slang, it's one of the cheap Hawaii Souvenirs. :biglaugh:

Thanks for your answer. There are more Brand namens weich have other meanings in other languages, like Nissan Pajero or Lada Niva. Or the formen goalkeeper of FC Bayern München, Hans-Jörg BUTT. :D

The Big Kahuna
02-11-2013, 11:29 AM
Yeah. In ancient English, Kanile'a means "shiny"

Honestly. Seriously, would I lie to you ?

patfia
02-11-2013, 11:44 AM
Hana Lima has rosewood, ebony, and plastic. http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/the-88/Ukulele-Bridgepin-Pin-Parts/Detail Replaced mine with ebony and had to sand down a little to get them to fit but they've worked fine. Additional advantage of replacing the pins is that if you have a string winder with pin puller, it won't grab the original plastic pins but the Hana Lima pins pull out easily with the puller.

Lori
02-11-2013, 01:27 PM
I searched the forums on this, and I have only found one website that folks recommend, Stewart MacDonald (Stew Macs). These are the pins I'm considering, I think I should get two sets each of the plain and the abalone and see which look best to me: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardware,_parts/Acoustic_guitar:_Bridge_and_endpins/Slotted_Snakewood_Bridge_Pins.html

If anyone has found another source of nice bridge pins that you like on your Kanilea, please chime in. Photos are welcomed! Thanks so much : )

I have the snakewood with abalone with slots. No need to shave them down... they fit just fine as is. Also, don't line up the slot of the pin with the slot on the bridge. The slots on these pins are not necessary for the Kanile'a bridge. You can actually get problems if you put the string in the slot of the pin, so rotate it the out of the way.

–Lori

justinlcecil
02-11-2013, 04:11 PM
If you want some nice pins, go with some water buffalo horn with abalone dots.

remy26
02-11-2013, 05:12 PM
I have ebony pins for mine. I think that they were relatively cheap Planet waves pins, but I think they look better than the plastic ones that came with it. I'll bet the water buffalo horn looks really nice.

LutzSpearo
02-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Great suggestions everyone, I'm very appreciative of the different recommendations and tips on sources. I thought ebony is a very dark wood, but a lot of those pins look very light in color and super pretty! I'll also check out the horn pins. I think I will prefer the abalone dots on the pins, as the uke has some nice abalone details. Decisions, decisions... choosing is so tough!

bbycrts
02-11-2013, 08:16 PM
Hana Lima has rosewood, ebony, and plastic. http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/the-88/Ukulele-Bridgepin-Pin-Parts/Detail Replaced mine with ebony and had to sand down a little to get them to fit but they've worked fine. Additional advantage of replacing the pins is that if you have a string winder with pin puller, it won't grab the original plastic pins but the Hana Lima pins pull out easily with the puller.
I second Hana Lima 'Ia. They're uke-specific, too, and fit pretty well from the start. I purchased ebony pins with MOP dots and rosewood pins with paua dots - very nice. I had a set of snakewood pins from Stew Mac and I had to do a lot more sanding on them to get them to fit.

LutzSpearo
02-12-2013, 02:32 AM
I second Hana Lima 'Ia. They're uke-specific, too, and fit pretty well from the start. I purchased ebony pins with MOP dots and rosewood pins with paua dots - very nice. I had a set of snakewood pins from Stew Mac and I had to do a lot more sanding on them to get them to fit.

Thanks for pointing this out, I didn't catch that. This would be much more convenient, I'll take a closer look at what they currently carry.

Edit: just ordered the Rosewood plain and Rosewood with Mother of Pearl inlay dots from Hana Lima 'Ia, looking forward to seeing how they look!

justinlcecil
02-12-2013, 02:40 PM
http://shop.custominlay.com/Buffalo-Horn-Bridge-Pins-Ab-Dots-Size-43-VVSET117.htm
These are the ones I have in my wixom tenor. Ordering some fossilized mammoth ivory for my Covered Bridge concert. I have the added benefit of knowing the guy that makes the pins =)

LutzSpearo
02-20-2013, 08:41 AM
Thanks for pointing this out, I didn't catch that. This would be much more convenient, I'll take a closer look at what they currently carry.

Edit: just ordered the Rosewood plain and Rosewood with Mother of Pearl inlay dots from Hana Lima 'Ia, looking forward to seeing how they look!

So I just installed these on my uke. Out of the 12 pins I ordered, only four fit. Of the ones that fit, two fit snugly without much pressure required, and two required more pressure than I thought should be needed. (I didn't have to use a hammer to get them in, but I did need to press them a little harder to get them all the way in there). The other 8 pins just would not fit all the way.

I'd like to sand down the remaining pins to fit. I take it sandpaper would do the job, but what type should I get? I'm not familiar with using sandpaper or the different grades, so any pointers and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Skinny Money McGee
02-20-2013, 09:45 AM
So I just installed these on my uke. Out of the 12 pins I ordered, only four fit. Of the ones that fit, two fit snugly without much pressure required, and two required more pressure than I thought should be needed. (I didn't have to use a hammer to get them in, but I did need to press them a little harder to get them all the way in there). The other 8 pins just would not fit all the way.

I'd like to sand down the remaining pins to fit. I take it sandpaper would do the job, but what type should I get? I'm not familiar with using sandpaper or the different grades, so any pointers and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

I would try 220 grit first. Probably won't take much sanding to get them to fit snugly without much pressure. Just get some quality sandpaper like Norton or 3m.

LutzSpearo
02-20-2013, 09:51 AM
I would try 220 grit first. Probably won't take much sanding to get them to fit snugly without much pressure. Just get some quality sandpaper like Norton or 3m.

Thanks, I'll give it a try this evening. By the way I should have mentioned, the new pins look pretty sweet.