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Big B
08-13-2013, 04:59 PM
Hi all, so excited about my new ukulele I had to share. I'll try to keep the story short!

My wife and I went to Oahu for a week (starting July 6th) to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I always said that if I made it to the islands, I would leave with a k-brand uke. Spent some time at HMS strumming 3 of the 4 k's (no Kamakas that day). Left empty handed. Two days later we went on the Kamaka factory tour. At the end of the tour, I was able to play a few Kamakas and that was it for me. We spent the next 30 minutes putting together my special order!

I ended up with a HF-3+. I upgraded the tuners to Gotoh UPT's, abalone for both fingerboard dots and KK inlay, and a rosewood rosette. It came out great. Sounds and plays wonderfully; being easy on the eyes is a great bonus.

As one last surprise, my wife didn't tell me they called when it was ready. She paid and had it shipped without my knowledge...saving me from the agony of tracking the package. What a great surprise when it showed up after only 27 days! I wasn't expecting it for another 2 weeks. Anyway, great trip, fantastic wife, and a really outstanding ukulele. I'm not a very good photographer, but here are some pics. Thanks!

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb135/bigbinbigd/1KamakaHeadShade2_zps14e62611.jpg (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/bigbinbigd/media/1KamakaHeadShade2_zps14e62611.jpg.html)

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb135/bigbinbigd/1KamakaFront600x800_zpsd230169d.jpg (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/bigbinbigd/media/1KamakaFront600x800_zpsd230169d.jpg.html)

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb135/bigbinbigd/1KamakaBodySun1_zps705554a2.jpg (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/bigbinbigd/media/1KamakaBodySun1_zps705554a2.jpg.html)

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb135/bigbinbigd/1KamakaBodyIndoor2_zpsdcda3de2.jpg (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/bigbinbigd/media/1KamakaBodyIndoor2_zpsdcda3de2.jpg.html)

Have pics and more stories from our factory visit for another time...

08-13-2013, 05:19 PM
What a gorgeous instrument...

Sounds like your wife is pretty special too. Happy anniversary to both of you!

Any chance we'll hear a sound clip soon?


08-13-2013, 05:28 PM
Happy 20th! :cheers: Congrats on the HF-3! I've never seem one with a wood rosette before. It looks fantastic.

08-13-2013, 05:41 PM
Happy 20th anneversary and congrats on the uke!! Great choice on the kamaka love the wood you chose for the rossete. Sure you'll have a lot of great times with it

08-13-2013, 05:42 PM
Wow! Congrats on a wonderful wife and a great uke!

Dan Uke
08-13-2013, 05:43 PM
Lovely uke!!

Radio Flyer
08-13-2013, 05:44 PM
beautiful uke, you are a lucky boy!

08-13-2013, 05:45 PM
Very nice.

08-13-2013, 05:47 PM
I love that rosette! Great choice!

08-13-2013, 06:05 PM
Kamaka........Dream Uke!

08-13-2013, 06:08 PM
very nice! Is that a double or triple saddle setup? Is that typical Kamaka?

mm stan
08-13-2013, 07:18 PM
Congrats on your 20th anniversary and you've got an aweome gem, I know it sounds and looks amazing....oh yes and your new kamaka too... Happy Strummings...

Big B
08-13-2013, 08:19 PM
Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. Standard Kamaka saddle. When I decided to stick with a rosewood fretboard, the rosette seemed like a nice touch. I think it worked out well. I've tried different fretboard wood on guitars, and I always come back to rosewood. I guess it has the feel I like.

I'll throw a sound clip up when I figure out how.

08-13-2013, 08:34 PM
Happy Anniversary and that Kamaka is stunning! Congratulations!

08-13-2013, 10:31 PM
Oh, wow!!!! Your ukulele is just breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Many well-wishes and congrats on your beautiful uke and on your 20th anniversary -- my hubby and I also celebrated our 20th this year! (Where does the time go? :-) )

08-14-2013, 12:47 AM
Congratulations on your 20th and on your beautiful uke!

08-14-2013, 01:04 AM

Twenty years together (and a new uke) sounds pretty sweet.

08-14-2013, 01:33 AM
That's a gorgeous uke! You've hit the jackpot with a lovely thoughtful wife AND a stunning ukulele! I love that beautiful but understated design - just enough abalone, a touch of wood for the rosette - SO classy!

frets alot
08-14-2013, 01:37 AM
Wow....extremely beautiful. Congrats on your anniversary and on your new uke!

08-14-2013, 02:41 AM
Congrats on both the uke and the Anniversary newlyweds. We've been married 52 years on 11/11 and it just got better. Good luck and best wishes.

08-14-2013, 04:10 AM
Congrats on your 20th and your beautiful Kamaka. It's stunning.

It'll be a great reminder of your trip, hell of a lot better than a T shirt!


08-14-2013, 04:52 AM
Beautiful uke - enjoy! Look forward to some more stories and pics from the factory visit.

08-14-2013, 04:58 AM
Congratulations on your 20th!!!!!
Man what a stunning uke!! Welcome to da Kamaka Family!!!!

Big B
08-14-2013, 05:18 AM
Congrats on both the uke and the Anniversary newlyweds. We've been married 52 years on 11/11 and it just got better. Good luck and best wishes.

52 years...not THAT'S how it's done! Congrats to you!

Skinny Money McGee
08-14-2013, 05:30 AM
Beautiful HF-3. The Kamaka Family are great to work with. Congrats!

08-14-2013, 05:50 AM
Yes, congrats on both the 20th anniversary and the beautiful new uke.

08-14-2013, 05:58 AM
Congrats on a beautiful HF-3+. Nice job on picking the upgrades

08-14-2013, 10:01 AM
Beautiful uke! Welcome to the Klub :)

Coconut Willie
08-14-2013, 10:07 AM
Awesome!!! Congrats on the big 20 and on that stunningly beautiful Kamaka!!!

The Big Kahuna
08-14-2013, 10:24 AM
Congrats on your 20th and the new Uke.

We were in Hawaii last year, and will be back next year in November for our 20th anniversary...we spent out honeymoon on Kauai, so we figured we'd go back, seeing as we've spent every major event over there since 1994.

I got my Kanile'a K1-TP last year, so I think it's doubtful that Mrs Kahuna will allow me another next time :(

08-14-2013, 10:33 AM
Big congrats and happy 20th anniversary to you both! Beautiful uke and what a wonderful wife to surprise you like that! Keep her for another 20yrs! lol

08-14-2013, 12:05 PM
Congratulations on your anniversary and your new ukulele!

08-14-2013, 04:00 PM
Wow, it's very pretty! Ibet it sounds great....congratulations!

08-14-2013, 04:47 PM
Very Nice!