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BIGDB
07-06-2013, 08:59 PM
Hello, i just got a kanilea ukulele and a really want to get a pick up installed however HMS is backed up and isn't taking anymore orders and kanilea isn't responding to me. I would have my local guy (13th street guitars) put it in but the kanilea bridges seem like its alot more difficult then a standard bridge. So would you just wait till HMS can take more orders, keep trying to contact kanilea or is it easy to but a pickup in a kanilea so the guy by me would be able to do it.

Any advice would be great
Thanks

Tigeralum2001
07-06-2013, 09:08 PM
I would take it anyplace that does guitars. Similar set up and they are used to drilling into expensive instruments.

hawaii 50
07-06-2013, 09:43 PM
Did you get your Kanile'a from HMS?

I think they send it back to Kanile'a if you want a pickup installed...
why Didn't you tell Mike/Andrew to install it before they sent to you?

consitter
07-06-2013, 09:47 PM
I would take it anyplace that does guitars. Similar set up and they are used to drilling into expensive instruments.

I agree with this. They should be bonded and insured too, if they are a reputable business.

PhilUSAFRet
07-07-2013, 01:06 AM
Not sure I'd want to mess with my Kanilea bridge if I had one, would prefer a quality soundboard pickup like K&K or ?????

Bao
07-07-2013, 04:15 AM
I second the stringed instrument specialist music store idea that tigeralum suggested.

wayfarer75
07-07-2013, 06:23 AM
Hello, i just got a kanilea ukulele and a really want to get a pick up installed however HMS is backed up and isn't taking anymore orders and kanilea isn't responding to me. I would have my local guy (13th street guitars) put it in but the kanilea bridges seem like its alot more difficult then a standard bridge. So would you just wait till HMS can take more orders, keep trying to contact kanilea or is it easy to but a pickup in a kanilea so the guy by me would be able to do it.

Any advice would be great
Thanks

I don't understand why you don't want your local guy to do it? I'd hope that they've seen a pin bridge before.

I have no opinion on the pickup itself; I'm strictly acoustic.

Dan Uke
07-07-2013, 06:46 AM
This won't be too hard to 13th St guitar...Talk to Hugh as he's done much more difficult tasks. A Kanilea looks even easier as the saddle should slide right out.

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 06:55 AM
This won't be too hard to 13th St guitar...Talk to Hugh as he's done much more difficult tasks. A Kanilea looks even easier as the saddle should slide right out.


Hey Daniel

you think he should change to Ebony Bridge Pins...and take out the plastic ones? or does not matter....

Tigeralum2001
07-07-2013, 07:06 AM
Hey Daniel

you think he should change to Ebony Bridge Pins...and take out the plastic ones? or does not matter....

Purely cosmetic... but I like the look. Just did this to my vintage Martin. I'm sure that will offend some of the vintage people, but I think it is an improvement. (No worries, I kept the original plastic/bakelite pins).

Dan Uke
07-07-2013, 07:19 AM
Hey Daniel

you think he should change to Ebony Bridge Pins...and take out the plastic ones? or does not matter....

Up to the young fellow...ebony is sweet and I priced them at McCabes in Santa Monica but they like $40...The plastic black ones were 75 cents each!

If it's a lifer uke, I would do it but you know me, I don't keep things too long.

BIGDB
07-07-2013, 07:35 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice. Ill call 13th street guitars and talk to him about it. And what are ebony bridge pins? Are they just for looks or are there some advantages to them?

@hawaii50 I bought the uke from island bazzar. I had one at HMS that I wanted but I really liked the one I got a lot more. It was like a 6-8 week wait and island bazzar gave me a great price

Dan Uke
07-07-2013, 07:38 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice. Ill call 13th street guitars and talk to him about it. And what are ebony bridge pins? Are they just for looks or are there some advantages to them?

@hawaii50 I bought the uke from island bazzar. I had one at HMS that I wanted but I really liked the one I got a lot more. It was like a 6-8 week wait and island bazzar gave me a great price

The bridge pins are made from real ebony instead of plastic...purely cosmetic

BIGDB
07-07-2013, 07:42 AM
The bridge pins are made from real ebony instead of plastic...purely cosmetic

where could I find them does anyone have a link to some good ones where I could buy 4?

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 07:44 AM
Up to the young fellow...ebony is sweet and I priced them at McCabes in Santa Monica but they like $40...The plastic black ones were 75 cents each!

If it's a lifer uke, I would do it but you know me, I don't keep things too long.


Hey Daniel...wow those bridge pins must have solid gold dots

at Stew Mac or even Hanalima maybe $10..00 at the most?


BigDB

guitars worth any kind of money have ebony or horn for bridge pins...Kanile'a the only company that uses plastic bridge pins...but it is up to you...I have Ebony bridge pins in my Kanile'a and my Graziano...and if I order a Ko'olau they come with ebony or horn bridge pins...

people say more vibration...but your choice...

Dan Uke
07-07-2013, 07:49 AM
Hey Daniel...wow those bridge pins must have solid gold dots

at Stew Mac or even Hanalima maybe $10..00 at the most?

They sold them in sets of six but I would recommend SM or Hanalima instead...maybe they were $30 but I just remember them being really expensive as it's a retail store...they sell most things at MSRP.

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 07:53 AM
the links
www.hanalima.com

www.stewmac.com

at stewart macdonald you have to buy 6
at hanalima they sell them in 4's...$5.00 plus a couple dollars shipping

BIGDB
07-07-2013, 08:01 AM
Do all guitar ones fit ukuleles? http://m.guitarcenter.com/Planet-Waves-Ebony-Bridge-End-Pin-Set-100117320-i1134794.gc I would be able to pick those up at the store

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 08:07 AM
Do all guitar ones fit ukuleles? http://m.guitarcenter.com/Planet-Waves-Ebony-Bridge-End-Pin-Set-100117320-i1134794.gc I would be able to pick those up at the store

yes mine came off a guitar..no problems...if anything just sand down a little..

I would order through Hanalima(they are builders) they are all Ukulele...stay away for Guitar center when I comes to Ukes...

Dan Uke
07-07-2013, 08:08 AM
Do all guitar ones fit ukuleles? http://m.guitarcenter.com/Planet-Waves-Ebony-Bridge-End-Pin-Set-100117320-i1134794.gc I would be able to pick those up at the store

Good point...I forgot to add that I stuck one in a Martin Vintage but it was too big but they said they could sand it down. I don't know if the hole size is different but Len would know as he put it in his Kanilea

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 08:11 AM
Good point...I forgot to add that I stuck one in a Martin Vintage but it was too big but they said they could sand it down. I don't know if the hole size is different but Len would know as he put it in his Kanilea


I used bridge pins that were on my Larivee L-09 and they fit perfect...but if you get from Hanalima...should be no problems..
Hey BigDB I lived in Calif over 30 years...stay away from Guitar center for you uke...waste of time and money

darylcrisp
07-07-2013, 08:27 AM
Elijah
check out this site: http://www.guitarsaddles.com/pricing.asp

bob colossi has a super reputation for making/sending high quality products. he can shape any size bridge pin-and yes, they come in different shapes, scroll down to find info on how to correctly size the bridge pin that your instrument has:
http://www.guitarsaddles.com/products.asp

lots of info on bobs site, really nice products. I order all my bone blanks from him.

concerning pickups: check into Mcintyre featherweights(easy to install, easy to remove, and they sound fantastic), have them on some mandolins and weissenborns.
http://www.stewmac.com/tsarchive/ts0073.html

good luck and best to you with the Kanilea
d

OldePhart
07-07-2013, 08:35 AM
I used bridge pins that were on my Larivee L-09 and they fit perfect...but if you get from Hanalima...should be no problems..
Hey BigDB I lived in Calif over 30 years...stay away from Guitar center for you uke...waste of time and money

Worse than a waste of time and money in my experience...at least for ukes. Also for repairs. If you know what you are about you can get decent deals there but if you need real work you are totally at the mercy of whoever they are sending stuff to for repairs that week - and some of those contractors really, really suck (I bought a floor-demo 4 X 10 bass cab that had a mix of 32 and 16 ohm drivers because the guy they had sent it to for repair apparently didn't know the difference. They ordered replacement drivers for me at no cost and that cut-price floor model ended up being a great bargain once I'd replaced the blown 16-ohm and incorrect 32-ohm drivers. :) If I'd had to rely on them to send it back to that same idiot for repairs, though, I'd probably still not have it right.

John

darylcrisp
07-07-2013, 11:12 AM
Elijah

I took out one of my plastic bridge pins from my Kanilea and measured, the size you'll need will have a 3 degree taper. you can find that on Colossi's website as a "size 1". The "size 1T" means the slot goes thru the pin skirt(look on colossi's site for explanation picture) which the plastic pins on my Kanilea do not. I like the slot-you can go slotless, but if you stick some thick gauge strings on your Uke the slot helps make room for those big strings(thinking C and low G Daddarios).

I emailed bob and he has some sets with 4 pins in them and will sell those at a discount-he is emailing me what he has in stock and i'll post it here for all the forum Kanilea'istas.

while you're at it, grab you up a bone saddle-that will make that Kanilea sing a touch better. if you are handy with a file you can final fit a saddle, or if you like you can mail yours to bob and he will custom cut you one.

lots of high dollar guitars ride on colossi bone nuts/saddles.

d

Gillian
07-07-2013, 02:31 PM
I bought the ebony bridge pins with abalone dots from Stew Mac. I used a Dremel tool with a fine sanding disk to shave them down to fit and they look great. They go real well with the abalone fretboard dots.

OldePhart
07-07-2013, 02:37 PM
"Where should I get my pickup installed?"

Well, that depends on the type of pickup. If it's an under-saddle transducer it should be installed under the saddle. If it's a sound board transducer it should be installed under the sound board.

(OKay...that was completely silly but I just couldn't resist...)

John

hawaii 50
07-07-2013, 06:06 PM
I was talking with MGM about your pickup..

let Kanile'a know what you are doing before you put the pickup in,,,there could be some warranty issues.

hold off and see if you can get an answer from them


Kanile'a guys at summer NAMM right now...that why no response from them...