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Swampy Steve
04-11-2014, 04:15 AM
I had the kiwaya sop. all laminate model , a few yrs ago. It was loud and had what I refer to as "bark" I don't know how else to say it.
I worked with a guy who had a lot of ukes and heard the bark of the Koakoha , concert he had, and a I think Nunes Old uke he had, it was almost unplayable and he had it as a wall hanger. It barkedthough

his fav, and what he does his shows with is a old martin sop, which to me didn't sound as good as the others he had. Hes Buddy Griffin, you may have heard of him or not. Hes really good,

sorry back to question,,, what gets the bark?
super light bracing?
the tonewood on soundboard?

or, maybe the folks who really know don't want to say , and I can understand that, if they are uke builders
any thoughts.

coolkayaker1
04-11-2014, 06:33 AM
What gives a uke bark? In a word: dogs.

Kidding, Steve. I have heard bark used in both negative and positive connotations, so one man's bark is another man's bite, it seems. It's sort of like asking, "what makes a foreign sports car vrooming?" or "what makes jewelry blingy?" Hard to explain, but we know it when we see it.

I guess I can't answer your question (although others will say strings, topwoods, vintage vs. new, the play method, etc., I think "bark" is really in the user's ear).

Cheers, and keep searching for that ultimate (barky, if you're into that; I am.) uke. :-)

The Big Kahuna
04-11-2014, 06:38 AM
The Cedar top on my Kala travel Tenor. You can hear it in the next county.

ukantor
04-11-2014, 07:17 AM
Boxwood. The bark hangs on really well - so it has bark and sustain.65785
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Swampy Steve
04-11-2014, 08:09 AM
that's very nice looking! did you make it?

Kayak Jim
04-11-2014, 08:12 AM
Boxwood. The bark hangs on really well - so it has bark and sustain.65785
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Cool! :cool: What's the saddle- looks like metal?

Uke Republic
04-11-2014, 09:09 AM
I think the bark comes from the soprano's body. The sound reflects that way. I love the bark you get from sopranos. Aaarf!

strumsilly
04-11-2014, 09:18 AM
I think the bark comes from the soprano's body. The sound reflects that way. I love the bark you get from sopranos. Aaarf!

that's what I WAS THINKING TOO. most better quality sopranos I've owned seem to have it. Martin, Favilla, Kiwaya

Uke Republic
04-11-2014, 09:24 AM
that's what I WAS THINKING TOO. most better quality sopranos I've owned seem to have it. Martin, Favilla, Kiwaya
Yes indeed those older sopranos really seem to have a pronounced bark. Perhaps it's more with the Martin 0 shape bodies. The Ohana SK-38 and SK-35 have a nice bark as well.

mailman
04-11-2014, 09:49 AM
Yes indeed those older sopranos really seem to have a pronounced bark. Perhaps it's more with the Martin 0 shape bodies. The Ohana SK-38 and SK-35 have a nice bark as well.

Is it really the soprano body size? Or, is it the short scale length? Or, maybe the string tension?

Personally, I think it's a combination of all three.

Just tuning up to D tuning (which increases string tension) adds volume and projection (bark?). Most uke players in the 20's & 30's did that to be heard while playing with others....

Kayak Jim
04-11-2014, 10:14 AM
My Mainland cedar top long neck pineapple with Aquilas has such a bark I feed it dog food!

Dan Uke
04-11-2014, 11:31 AM
Jumping fleas make it bark!

sonomajazz
04-12-2014, 06:16 AM
My two fvorite ukes at the moment have that "bark"...Black Bear cigar box and David Newton Honduran mahogany soprano. Just put Fremont Blacklines on the DN and it is muy bark!

The Big Kahuna
04-12-2014, 07:13 AM
This helps..

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