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kyote
05-27-2013, 03:23 PM
I'm wondering what your folks honest opinions is of the George Washburn Limited uke? Looks like it gets good reviews on Amazon. Sure nice looking too.


http://www.amazon.com/George-Washburn-Limited-Concert-Ukulele/dp/B003C187GI

PhilUSAFRet
05-28-2013, 01:05 AM
It's basically an Oscar Schmidt OU5. Many threads have discussed this uke on UU and most who actually own one like them. Many claim it to be overbuilt, but for this price range, so what? It's not nearly as heavy as my KPK. My OU5, while not loud, is sweet and resonant with Aquila strings. It is drop dead gorgeous (except to those that like plain ukes) and mine had a decently low action and very good intonation. For that kind of money, It's about as good as you are going to get. I don't know if it has OS' lifetime warranty though. Also, OS' usually comes with a decent case, but I'm not sure I've seen one go this cheaply either. I'm considering getting either Southcoast's new no-buzz wound or Guadallupe fibercore strings and installing a pickup in it. They sound great plugged in.

coolkayaker1
05-28-2013, 05:43 AM
http://theukulelereview.com/2013/05/27/6-concert-ukulele-around-100/

I'd get one of the above concerts for basically that same price from a professional ukulele store with professional setup. See link above. Interestingly. video and reviews from honest retailer with exactly what you are looking for: concert ukes around 100 bucks.

A dedicated ukulele retailer will always give you a better product than a Total Music Store (on Amazon), which is basically an importer.

For what it's worth, I've never played a Washburn uke, but I'd stick to the ones in the video above if for no other reason than the resale is better if you ever want to sell t and move up. The Islander (in the video), for instance, although made overseas, is manufactured and imported by Kanilea--one of the big four uke makers. Only ukuleles, they make nothing else.

http://www.theukulelesite.com/
G'luck.

kyote
05-28-2013, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. This would actually be just a purchase of opportunity, an acoustic concert uke isn't that high up on my list. I found a used GWL that is suppose to be in excellent condition, and he is open to a partial trade :D. What I REALLY want right now is an electric so I can play with my friends, so installing a pickup has been on my mind as well. I'm torn though, between getting this one plus a pickup, or putting that money on a Les Paul Uke (vintage sunburst). I sure wish I could find a reputable place to order the Les Paul through and have it properly set up. I called a local uke shop today, and they can't order Epiphone.

coolkayaker1
05-28-2013, 08:06 PM
I'd go with a traditional ukulele brand with a pickup rather than a Washburn or Les Paul type. No sense throwing out a hundred bucks that could go toward a fine electric ukulele (adding a pickup would cost much more than the 100 doll hair uke). :)

gitarzan
05-29-2013, 04:47 AM
Not much more $, but a nice acoustic-electric Concert Uke.

http://www.amazon.com/Guitars-Tattoo-Concert-Acoustic-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B0064RW2JU

I like mine a lot.

kyote
05-29-2013, 11:37 AM
I'd go with a traditional ukulele brand with a pickup rather than a Washburn or Les Paul type. No sense throwing out a hundred bucks that could go toward a fine electric ukulele (adding a pickup would cost much more than the 100 doll hair uke). :)

I've seen some pickups for as low as $20.



Not much more $, but a nice acoustic-electric Concert Uke.

http://www.amazon.com/Guitars-Tattoo-Concert-Acoustic-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B0064RW2JU

I like mine a lot.

Thanks gitarzan, I haven't seen that one before. Anyone know of any dealers that sell/setup the Luna ukes?


I called the last Epiphone dealer in Oregon (well, besides Best Buy), asked if they setup their ukes, there reply was "they already come pretty well setup." Guitar Center has a tech guy, but it would cost an extra $60 to set the uke.

coolkayaker1
05-29-2013, 07:24 PM
I've seen some pickups for as low as $20.


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And they sound like $10 pickups,

HMS The Ukulele Site sells Luna ukuleles, all set up and they will install a pickup if you desire. Cheers!