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kuzuyan
03-03-2014, 09:09 AM
I imagine that they do, but I've never seen one. Do they have a different sound than ukes with a standard sound hole?

jcarlos
03-03-2014, 09:19 AM
Yes they do, I have a couple. I have a free day today, so I can make a couple sounds samples for you.

Osprey
03-03-2014, 09:21 AM
Kala makes three tenors with f hole. They retail for about $300. If you want higher quality and price look at Jazzbox ukuleles (Iwant one of these).
Cliff

jcarlos
03-03-2014, 09:30 AM
:confused: ...well... it seems that I have sold my regular sound hole tenor ukes haha, so I am only left with my 8 string tenor that has a round sound hole. I'll use that then and I'll try not to play the octaves :p. but now I have a reason to get a new uke haha..anyways onto making those vids

kuzuyan
03-03-2014, 09:40 AM
That's cool to know! I've always liked how they looked on guitar and mandolin. I look forward to the sound samples.

Hippie Dribble
03-03-2014, 09:55 AM
I have this one, a resonator, which is pretty cool looking and sounding.

64471

dkcrown
03-03-2014, 10:06 AM
There is this beater.:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2e3lM2Is4k

RichM
03-03-2014, 10:10 AM
Kala makes three tenors with f hole. They retail for about $300. If you want higher quality and price look at Jazzbox ukuleles (Iwant one of these).
Cliff

Worth mentioning that the Jazzbox ukes (by Toby Chennell) are carved archtop ukes, a very different approach to ukuleles, using a handcarved archtop and a floating bridge. These will give you a very different tone than a traditional flattop uke, owing more to its construction than the shape of its soundholes. Kala also makes an archtop f-hole uke, although in this case the top is laminated and pressed into the archtop shape, rather than carved from solid wood, and the Kala uses a fixed bridge rather than a floating bridge with tailpiece.

On the other hand, here's a vintage Regal I have with f-holes. I love this uke, but it has a big, full sound more like a traditional uke than an archtop.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=64472&d=1393881043

Raygf
03-03-2014, 10:48 AM
Here's the Kala archtop tenor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B5wJnJ5Qks

Icelander53
03-03-2014, 10:48 AM
What the F is an F hole?

Oh I get it. It's an F hole!

Cornfield
03-03-2014, 12:10 PM
I have this one, a resonator, which is pretty cool looking and sounding.

64471

That is cool. Big Rusty?

Neal
03-03-2014, 12:18 PM
That is cool. Big Rusty?

I was thinking that myself, but whatever maker, that one is close to over the top. Cool uke Eugene. Concert?

strumsilly
03-03-2014, 12:54 PM
Russ Morin.He makes some awesome looking and sounding resonators.
http://www.russmorin.com/index.html

jcarlos
03-03-2014, 03:06 PM
Ok here's what I made. I didnt want to use the 8 string after all I just used my Spruce Bari for comparison. Here's whats in the video

Lanikai Spruce Top Baritone gCEA
Scott Anthony Black Acacia Tenor Archtop gCEA
Bruce Wei Acacia Tenor GCEA
Harmony Batwing Mandolin tuned to GCEA

Added the mandolin just for fun :D

Recorded audio with a SM57 and made two videos, one with untouched audio so you can compare the volume to one another because the archtops/fhole ukes are a lot quieter. And the other video I did some volume balancing.
Balanced

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b0tYQRb5Lg&feature=youtu.be

Unbalanced
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD_A0HD2GG8&feature=youtu.be

kuzuyan
03-03-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks for all the replies! Some beautiful ukes!

jcarlos, thanks for the videos! Both of the ukuleles with f holes were gorgeous sounding, but the Bruce Wei Acacia Tenor just had this... ring to it. Loved it!

Hippie Dribble
03-03-2014, 08:59 PM
That is cool. Big Rusty?

I was thinking that myself, but whatever maker, that one is close to over the top. Cool uke Eugene. Concert?

Russ Morin.He makes some awesome looking and sounding resonators.
http://www.russmorin.com/index.html
Thanks fellas, yeah it is a great instrument. Very cool for sure and sounds like a cannonball coated in honey. Yep, it's a Big Rusty, #21, a tenor scale handpainted one in the retro style of the old 50's ukes.

kohanmike
03-03-2014, 09:01 PM
I recently won an eBay auction of a Bruce Wei tenor ukulele designed like a mandolin with f holes, I call it a mandolele, $51 US plus shipping, made in Vietnam. The binding work looks like it was done by a student, but over-all it's really pretty. The sound is different, coming more from the lower bout. It's at my luthier getting the saddle fitted with a pickup and lowering the action. I'm going to add a preamp.

I'm also waiting for a Chinese built arch-top steel string with f holes along with 21 others on a group buy for $165 plus shipping. It's designed after the Gibson ES 350 jazz arch-top semi-hallow guitars.

(Right now my two best sounding ukes are my Oscar Schmidt spalted maple and Uku Hanknn two hole acacia koa.)

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/u9 Mando-Uke.jpg
http://www.fairfax67.com/images/archtop dual.jpg

coolkayaker1
03-03-2014, 11:09 PM
A Vita uke has seal shaped holes.

jcarlos
03-04-2014, 12:35 AM
Thanks for all the replies! Some beautiful ukes!

jcarlos, thanks for the videos! Both of the ukuleles with f holes were gorgeous sounding, but the Bruce Wei Acacia Tenor just had this... ring to it. Loved it!

No problem, it fun making those kinds of videos. Yea I really like the Bruce Wei as well, gonna hold onto that one for a good while.

jcarlos
03-04-2014, 12:43 AM
I recently won an eBay auction of a Bruce Wei tenor ukulele designed like a mandolin with f holes, I call it a mandolele, $51 US plus shipping, made in Vietnam. The binding work looks like it was done by a student, but over-all it's really pretty. The sound is different, coming more from the lower bout. It's at my luthier getting the saddle fitted with a pickup and lowering the action. I'm going to add a preamp.

I'm also waiting for a Chinese built arch-top steel string with f holes along with 21 others on a group buy for $165 plus shipping. It's designed after the Gibson ES 350 jazz arch-top semi-hallow guitars.

(Right now my two best sounding ukes are my Oscar Schmidt spalted maple and Uku Hanknn two hole acacia koa.)

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/u9 Mando-Uke.jpg

Thats the same Bruce Wei that I have, only difference is mine has a tailepiece and floating bridge. One of my fav instruments that I've ever gotten though, all it needs is a pickup. But I have not seen very many options for a floating bridge.

kohanmike
03-04-2014, 08:11 AM
Bruce Wei seems to reconfigure his designs. I kinda have a feeling he tests his students that way. I wasn't sure if yours was exactly like mine, barely noticed the tailpiece and floating bridge. My luthier suggested using a passive disc style pickup that attaches inside the uke under the bridge, but I already had a saddle piezo pick up and preamp, so I'm going that way.

Kamanaaloha
03-04-2014, 09:00 AM
I imagine Collings could adapt one of their mandolin tops to a ukulele...but it would be expensive...

kesroberts
03-04-2014, 10:13 AM
I was just looking at one of those at the local shop today - beautiful. Their's was a Kala blem and the price was very tempting - I couldn't see anything wrong with it at all.

WKerrigan
03-04-2014, 11:41 AM
64518 Fish Ukulele makes them with "fish holes."

strumsilly
03-04-2014, 02:23 PM
I'm just guessing here, but it the tone of a ukulele may have as much to do with the size of the hole[s] as their shape. I'm sure their is an optimum , and I'm also sure builders must have experimented that's what we have now. I like the vintage Vita seals the best.

Hms
03-04-2014, 11:27 PM
Here's another reso with F holes. Beltona Songster Tenor.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l236/hms_012/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-01/th_CADE2F35-87AD-436B-9BBF-57F0253D9840_zpsmm2uriwc.jpg (http://s97.photobucket.com/user/hms_012/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-01/CADE2F35-87AD-436B-9BBF-57F0253D9840_zpsmm2uriwc.jpg.html)
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