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PhilipKwak
03-04-2014, 05:45 AM
This review promotion closed please don't apply anymore
Also, please send below winners their real name, address, Phone No(We will ship ukuleles internationally winners don't require shipping cost)
to PhilipKwak.
1. Uncle Rod Higuchi
2. Julie
3. Ksiegel
4. Daniel Hulbert
5. UKEonomics
Thanks!!

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We are happy to announce BugsGear Aqulele's successful development and finish
it's first batch production and looking for 20 USA residence reviewers condition
as below.

Condition
1. USA residence only.
We will ship 20 ukuleles to USA and it will be forwarded to individual
reviewers.

2. Need to pay for domestic shipping cost
We will ship each ukuleles shipping cost collect.

3. Who has experience about ukulele review and upload review video on Youtube
Need to promise to upload it's review video on youtube and write on UU by posting
reply on this thread.
Also put applicant's video link in the reply.

4. Application finish on 15th and Philip.K will announce 20 winners on 16th of Mar.

5. Reviewer cannot choose ukulele's color ie any colored ukulele
will be shipped randomly.

6. Winners must send their name and address to Philip.K

Below is Korean Uke player's Aqulele review and sound clip.

http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/125960
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126054
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126010
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126002
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126625
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126465
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126235
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelehappy/126002
http://cafe.naver.com/ukulelemania/56689


Thanks for many participating.
Philip.K

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-04-2014, 05:57 AM
Thanks Philip,

Please consider me as one of the reviewers for one of your new BugsGear Plastic Aquleles.

Great to see innovation in this field! :)

keep uke'in',

PhilipKwak
03-04-2014, 06:13 AM
Rod can you please put one of your video link as a sample? we need to see all applicant's video
to choose winners.

julie
03-04-2014, 06:22 AM
I'm interested in reviewing the uke. My sites are http://ukulelereview.com and http://the-gadgeteer.com
Here's a sample video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gntoxF_bywQ
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zgiG8zfawI&list=UUOraFcp1he11LEeIjRuDMlg&feature=c4-overview

ksiegel
03-04-2014, 06:26 AM
Philip,

Here is a review of the John S. Kinnard tenor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4vKYTAKOeg
And here is a review of the Aquila Red Strings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT_USx6kqEA

I would be pleased if you would consider me as a potential reviewer.



-Kurt

DanielHulbert
03-04-2014, 06:46 AM
I'd love to review one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIYWoi9tHtw

UKEonomics
03-04-2014, 02:20 PM
I'd be interested in this review also. My ukulele blog where I do some reviews is www.UKEonomics.com

Review video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSDeJNbedzw&list=UU4xLrliyff6pDqiynLPDLcA&feature=share&index=3

PhilipKwak
03-15-2014, 01:33 PM
This review promotion has closed thanks for your application.

bazmaz
03-24-2014, 09:21 AM
Shame I missed this Philip. Got A Ukulele has a LOT of traffic!
http://www.gotaukulele.com

julie
03-24-2014, 09:37 AM
@bazmaz I don't think the samples have been shipped yet. At least I haven't received mine. So maybe there's still a chance he'll send you one since he initially offered to send 20 samples and only picked 5. :o)

PhilipKwak
03-26-2014, 03:37 PM
I will ask my distributor

Thanks
Philip


Shame I missed this Philip. Got A Ukulele has a LOT of traffic!
http://www.gotaukulele.com

ksiegel
03-26-2014, 06:56 PM
Philip,

I gave you the address in California where I am currently. If the ukulele won't gett here by Monday, April 1 at the latest, the shipping address needs to be my home address in New York State.

Please let me know the status, or have the distributor contact me directly.

Thanks!


-Kurt

PhilipKwak
03-27-2014, 01:06 PM
Kurt they already shipped it on 25th of Mar and it's tracking number is "794934082484" FedEx Ground service.
Their estimated delivery date is 27th of Mar strange if it's not arrived there yet.
Oh I found it's left at front door of your house.

Thanks
Philip


Philip,

I gave you the address in California where I am currently. If the ukulele won't gett here by Monday, April 1 at the latest, the shipping address needs to be my home address in New York State.

Please let me know the status, or have the distributor contact me directly.

Thanks!


-Kurt

ksiegel
03-27-2014, 01:35 PM
Yes, our friends at FedEx just left it at the door- neither my wife nor mother-in-law heard a doorbell ring.

I called the folks in Oregon to see how much i owe for shipping, since it was not sent COD. You should also be hearing from them soon.

Strings are stretching - it was almost in tune when it arrived. Cute- and functional - gig bag. Tuners look similar to the ones on my Ohana.

Again, letting the strings stretch- just gave it a quick tune by ear. Strings look like Aquila strings, but not certain.

Some issues with glue, will discuss later. But first impression is that the sound is very, very nice. That's the the fast first impression - unboxed it about 10 minutes ago.


-Kurt




Kurt they already shipped it on 25th of Mar and it's tracking number is "794934082484" FedEx Ground service.
Their estimated delivery date is 27th of Mar strange if it's not arrived there yet.
Oh I found it's left at front door of your house.

Thanks
Philip

PhilipKwak
03-27-2014, 07:28 PM
Kurt
Happy to hear that you received my ukulele before you leave.
String is made in China not Aquila.
I have tested with Aquila and found Made in China looks better for my plastic ukulele
maybe Aquila has better sound with other brand ukes but, not for my plastic uke.

Philip


Yes, our friends at FedEx just left it at the door- neither my wife nor mother-in-law heard a doorbell ring.

I called the folks in Oregon to see how much i owe for shipping, since it was not sent COD. You should also be hearing from them soon.

Strings are stretching - it was almost in tune when it arrived. Cute- and functional - gig bag. Tuners look similar to the ones on my Ohana.

Again, letting the strings stretch- just gave it a quick tune by ear. Strings look like Aquila strings, but not certain.

Some issues with glue, will discuss later. But first impression is that the sound is very, very nice. That's the the fast first impression - unboxed it about 10 minutes ago.


-Kurt

PhilipKwak
03-27-2014, 08:20 PM
Please give me your name,address,Phone number our distributor will send one.

Philip

Shame I missed this Philip. Got A Ukulele has a LOT of traffic!
http://www.gotaukulele.com

PhilipKwak
03-28-2014, 12:23 AM
I found that you are in U.K so, please give me your U.K address so that I will talk to my U.K dealer
to send one.

Thanks
Philip


Shame I missed this Philip. Got A Ukulele has a LOT of traffic!
http://www.gotaukulele.com

bnolsen
03-28-2014, 05:13 PM
Got mine updated one today. Looks like some good improvements over the prototype. I only had time to noodle with it to stetch out the strings a bit, had to meet with someone to sell a flea and I got a serious 300W bass combo amp delivered today. Hopefully tomorrow I can compare the two a bit more closely (did I mention I'm also sick?)

DanielHulbert
03-29-2014, 04:51 PM
My review of the BugsGear Aqulele!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsZ4u7wGlag

UKEonomics
03-30-2014, 06:42 AM
Nice review, Daniel! I also received mine yesterday. I was pretty floored on the first strum...amazed by how good it sounds. I'll get a video review and blog review up in the next week.

ksiegel
03-30-2014, 03:22 PM
I won;t have a chance to do a review until I get back home later in the week, but..!

I brought the Bugs Gear to the Ukulele Jam By The Bay yesterday - many people played it, and they were pretty well amazed by the sound!

The intonation is a little off past the 7th fret, but I rarely play past the 7th, so not an issue. The tuners are tight, I like the slots to tie the strings, and the instrument is comfortable to hold.

The frets being the same color as the fretboard is an issue only if you look at the fretboard while you play, but the markers are nicely prominent. Adding them to the side of the fretboard would be a Good Thing.

Whoever glued the top to the back didn't do a very good job- lots of missed spots, some places that have what a painter would call "a holiday", some overglue issues, and a few places that Ukulele Jay described as "I remember when I was a kid and built plastic models - that looks like where I snapped the part off of the plastic skeleton..."

But the sound?Oh, yeah.

Warm, whether finger picking or strumming, held the pitch well, and was fun to play.

I will compare it to my Outdoor Uke- and compare it Favorably to that instrument.

Next week, when I do the review.



-Kurt

julie
04-07-2014, 05:45 AM
I just posted my review on my ukulele review site (see link in my signature).
Fun uke! Just need to tweak the action height.

actadh
04-07-2014, 07:17 AM
I just posted my review on my ukulele review site (see link in my signature).
Fun uke! Just need to tweak the action height.

Thanks, Julie - that was a very nice review.

bnolsen
04-07-2014, 08:51 AM
Is this ABS? I thought it might be polycarb with the inside brace being abs ?

julie
04-07-2014, 09:05 AM
I asked Philip what they were made of and he told me ABS.

PhilipKwak
04-08-2014, 01:01 AM
Thanks for your review Julie.
For the bridge, I designed it for 2 purposes as below.
1.Easy string replacement
2.Never bridge lift or pop-up
As you can see, string is hung not only in bridge but with top board together.
I saw many wooden ukulele's bridge couldn't last long because of string tension
but, my bridge system can endure any string tension because string hang on top board.


I asked Philip what they were made of and he told me ABS.

julie
04-08-2014, 02:11 AM
Philip I think your bridge design is very nice. I have no complaints at all about the design. I just wish the action were lower past the 5th fret. I think that would make this uke, which I already like a lot, so much better.

PhilipKwak
04-08-2014, 02:48 AM
I like your review and am thinking about get more reviewers if they interested.
I will definitely, invite you again with my new various color line up.


Philip I think your bridge design is very nice. I have no complaints at all about the design. I just wish the action were lower past the 5th fret. I think that would make this uke, which I already like a lot, so much better.

Swampy Steve
04-08-2014, 04:09 AM
are these now available for sale? and what is the price?

julie
04-08-2014, 06:42 AM
Swampy. You can buy one from eleuke.com for $90 (you get a zippered case, strap and a tuner with it).

wildfire070
04-08-2014, 09:33 PM
Philip, when will the new colors be available?

PhilipKwak
04-09-2014, 03:31 AM
I think it will be available around the end of next week.
I will upload it's pictures on this thread.

Philip, when will the new colors be available?

UKEonomics
04-09-2014, 04:19 AM
Just got my reviews done. You can check out a brief video review here (http://youtu.be/otAGuetmyEM) and a more detailed review on my blog here (http://ukeonomics.blogspot.com/2014/04/bugsgear-plastic-ukulele-review_9.html).

You'll have to forgive me on the video review...I said poly carbonate but later found out that it's ABS. I made a little annotation on the video to correct that blunder.

Really like this uke! Thanks for the opportunity to take a look at it!

PhilipKwak
04-15-2014, 02:20 PM
We are going to make Concert and Tenor sized Aqulele prototype as attached draft.
Cross your finger to see the best shape and sound.
6591065911

DanielHulbert
04-16-2014, 04:25 AM
Those are looking great, Philip. Keep up the good work.

UKEonomics
04-16-2014, 03:36 PM
Very cool, Philip! I'd love to see a baritone as well! :)

PhilipKwak
04-30-2014, 12:55 AM
This is most updated ukulele's color variation. There's one Purple with Orange fingerboard missing I will upload it very soon.

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julie
04-30-2014, 03:00 AM
Looking good!

DollyRae
04-30-2014, 03:24 PM
@bazmaz I don't think the samples have been shipped yet. At least I haven't received mine. So maybe there's still a chance he'll send you one since he initially offered to send 20 samples and only picked 5. :o)

I would love to review one for www.facebook.com/UkeLadyWorld, then give it to one of our readers in a free giveaway drawing.

PhilipKwak
05-02-2014, 05:31 AM
Let me talk to our dealer in USA and I will let you know.

Philip

I would love to review one for www.facebook.com/UkeLadyWorld, then give it to one of our readers in a free giveaway drawing.

PhilipKwak
07-31-2014, 06:42 PM
I uploaded my plastic uke's passive pickup sound clip on youtube.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uodVXRUoQnI

PhilipKwak
07-31-2014, 06:46 PM
This is Acoustic and passive pickup sound clip in Korean explanation.

http://youtu.be/V6k3bhNKYu4

Dan Uke
07-31-2014, 08:25 PM
how's the balance? I would think with metal tuners, it would be head heavy. When are you going to replace the tuners?

bnolsen
08-01-2014, 02:14 AM
how's the balance? I would think with metal tuners, it would be head heavy. When are you going to replace the tuners?

nope, not head heavy. bazmaz has a review on gotauke.com that is pretty favorable.

PhilipKwak
08-01-2014, 05:36 AM
Body's weight is heavier than head even though it has metal head machine.
I already have it's drawing for patent but, it's a matter of my soprano size ukulele's sales Q'ty.
Plastic head machine's molding cost is such a high.
I need to see my soprano model's sales result to get more bullet.


how's the balance? I would think with metal tuners, it would be head heavy. When are you going to replace the tuners?

Dan Uke
08-01-2014, 11:53 AM
Cool. I will check out Baz's review later.

PhilipKwak
08-04-2014, 09:13 PM
I would like to share this with everyone. Do you think it's a toy?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMPYwb31j3k&feature=youtu.be