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Doc_J
06-11-2014, 09:04 AM
While every uke is unique and wonderful, I was wondering what features folks would want on their ideal uke. I’m talking features (not wood, inlay, or builders), just features.

Here’s my list ideal uke feature list: (BTW I don’t have a uke with all these features). I'm sure I missed some.


Slotted headstock
Side sound port
Offset sound hole with rosette
Bound top and back, fretboard & headplate
Purfling top and back, fretboard & headplate
Bound sound hole and side port
Medium frets
Pin bridge
Bone nut/ saddle
Passive pickup
Gloss finish


*** added
13/14 frets to the body
Radiused fretboard
Cutaway
Laskin-style armrest

What's your on your list?

iamesperambient
06-11-2014, 09:24 AM
While every uke is unique and wonderful, I was wondering what features folks would want on their ideal uke. Iím talking features (not wood, inlay, or builders), just features.

Hereís my list ideal uke feature list: (BTW I donít have a uke with all these features). I'm sure I missed some.


Slotted headstock
Side sound port
Offset sound hole with rosette
Bound top and back, fretboard & headplate
Purfling top and back, fretboard & headplate
Bound sound hole and side port
Medium frets
Pin bridge
Bone nut/ saddle
Passive pickup
Gloss finish


What's your on your list?


classic either figure 8 or pineapple design.
A nice matte finish (not gloss actually unless its 100 % solid koa)
tenor scale
(this is just for a standard style uke).

Resonator all metal body resonator ukulele in concert or tenor size
(this is actually what im really after) preferred chromed metal not that brass color some are made with.

Vagrant
06-11-2014, 09:37 AM
Tuners, neck, fretboard with frets, wooden bound cavity, nut and bridge, strings. So long as it has those, I'm good :)

pixiepurls
06-11-2014, 09:47 AM
While every uke is unique and wonderful, I was wondering what features folks would want on their ideal uke. I’m talking features (not wood, inlay, or builders), just features.

Here’s my list ideal uke feature list: (BTW I don’t have a uke with all these features). I'm sure I missed some.


Slotted headstock
Side sound port
Offset sound hole with rosette
Bound top and back, fretboard & headplate
Purfling top and back, fretboard & headplate
Bound sound hole and side port
Medium frets
Pin bridge
Bone nut/ saddle
Passive pickup
Gloss finish


What's your on your list?

I love the look of a slotted headstock. Have yet to string one yet though not sure how hard it is.
Satin finish.
Satin wood (I want to find one!)
I saw an islander with this neat curve out on the part that your strumming arm hits the ukulele, which was so neat it took away the edge so the arm doesn't get marks in it, I always got marks on my soprano I thought it was so neat.
inlay rosette, inlay fret markers.
Concert or Tenor, I like both

janeray1940
06-11-2014, 09:54 AM
Tuners, neck, fretboard with frets, wooden bound cavity, nut and bridge, strings. So long as it has those, I'm good :)

Love this answer. And here I thought I was going to be the minimalist with:


Koa top
Concert scale
Ebony fretboard
Tie or slotted bridge
No inlay, no ornamentation, nothin' fancy
Gotoh UPTs
14-fret join


Come to think of it, that's pretty darned close to what I've already got... :)

iamesperambient
06-11-2014, 09:58 AM
classic either figure 8 or pineapple design.
A nice matte finish (not gloss actually unless its 100 % solid koa)
tenor scale
(this is just for a standard style uke).

Resonator all metal body resonator ukulele in concert or tenor size
(this is actually what im really after) preferred chromed metal not that brass color some are made with.

I should have mentioned normal traditional style head stock but i actually prefer geared tuners for accuracy.
The slotted is cool looking but a bit 'too much' for me.

dalamaricus
06-11-2014, 12:29 PM
Radiused fretboards are nice.
I prefer fret markers on the side only and not on the fretboard itself.

Getting ready to order something?

Dane
06-11-2014, 12:44 PM
Tenor
Radius fretboard, ebony
Double cutaway, or at least joined higher up the board than 12th fret.
body bevel for arm rest
BIG fretmarkers at 3 5 7 10 12 15, the 7th and 12th fret with a double marker or something else.
Side fremarkers in same position, with the markers actually bumped out, so I can feel them with my thumb.
Slanting neck heel for smoother grasping
Smooth satin finish

That's all playability stuff, aesthetics are another thing.

Also a double necked guilele/ukulele in tenor flavor with them extra harp strings up top.

coolkayaker1
06-11-2014, 12:52 PM
I'd want a custom soprano with fighting jade dragons the size of Missouri on the fretboard.

OldePhart
06-11-2014, 12:57 PM
Tenor or Baritone
5-String - octave G (D on baritone) course
Bound body (but don't care that much about binding on fret board)
Fret markers visible from side of neck.
Good balance (hard to achieve with a 5-string)
UPT tuners (primarily to contribute to balance and I don't like the look of pegheads, even if they are lighter)
Access to at least 15th fret on the A side.
A good active UST pickup - probably MiSi just for the simplicity and light weight
MUST have good intonation all up the neck, decent volume, and "perky" tone that grabs me.

A radiused neck would be really, really nice but not essential.
String-through-body (not pin) bridge a huge plus even though I despise restringing them.
A carbon-fiber reinforcing strip embedded in the neck would be another huge plus (or, even better if it can be done without throwing out the balance, an adjustable truss rod).


My Boat Paddle M-style 5-string tenor meets all of the above except the UPT tuners (I didn't realize Jerry would do them and didn't think to ask, I may retrofit some), the radiused fretboard, truss rod, and the string-through-body bridge. I really don't expect to ever buy another tenor unless I just trip over a deal too good to pass up.

My next uke will probably be a five-string baritone big brother to my BP tenor, and probably configured exactly the same unless Jerry starts offering a radiused fretboard and string-through-body design.

kwall
06-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Great thread idea! I was thinking of posting something like but ya beat me to it :)

mine would have to have top koa, with a fender sized neck, but with the feel of my pono's fret board. where the neck connects has to have some neat design like the KoAloha's. Then the sound hole to make the hawaiin islands, with turtles as the fret markers.

low action and not too high tension on the strings.

This is sounding like this will cost alot/ seems like a franken-ukulele of what I like about my other ukuleles.

NewKid
06-11-2014, 02:04 PM
My next uke will probably be a five-string baritone big brother to my BP tenor, and probably configured exactly the same unless Jerry starts offering a radiused fretboard and string-through-body design.


Jerry does sophisticated compound-radiused fretboards and I'm sure he can do a string-through-the bridge as well. I almost ordered the radiused fretboard but decided I didn't really need it. The string through the body has a nice clean look but I like the simplicity of the tie to the bridge.

buc mcmaster
06-11-2014, 02:10 PM
Gee, no one already owns their "ideal" uke? Forever dreaming of something different? I'd almost bet that once you landed the ukulele of your dreams........your dreams would change and you'd be off in a search for the next one. That's the major symptom of ukenosis..........there's always a better one just over the next hill.

janeray1940
06-11-2014, 02:14 PM
Gee, no one already owns their "ideal" uke?

As I noted, I'm close... I'd say I own three of my "ideal" ukes, give or take a feature or two. But I'm not on the lookout for any more unless my needs change considerably.

Dan Uke
06-11-2014, 02:35 PM
I've come very close but costs have always been the deterring factor. With that said, I love most of my ukes!

OldePhart
06-11-2014, 02:59 PM
Jerry does sophisticated compound-radiused fretboards and I'm sure he can do a string-through-the bridge as well. I almost ordered the radiused fretboard but decided I didn't really need it. The string through the body has a nice clean look but I like the simplicity of the tie to the bridge.

Wow...I didn't know about the radiused fret boards or I would have ordered one on my tenor.

The radiused fret board really isn't that big a deal with only four (or 5) strings and them being nylon, but maybe I'll have him do that on my baritone when I can order it.

John

Jim Hanks
06-11-2014, 03:06 PM
gee, no one already owns their "ideal" uke? Forever dreaming of something different? I'd almost bet that once you landed the ukulele of your dreams........your dreams would change and you'd be off in a search for the next one. That's the major symptom of ukenosis..........there's always a better one just over the next hill.

that's it!!!

equina
06-11-2014, 03:16 PM
Tone
Well-Intonated
Clear, with Acceptable Level of Overtones
Sustain
Projection

Playability
Concert Scale
Slim Neck
Almost Straight Neck (not the Inverted-V Shape)
Radiused Fretboard
14 Fret-to-Body
Cutaway that Provides Access to At Least 16th Fret
At Least 19 Frets in Total
Side Fret Markers at Positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17
Low Action with No Buzz
Soundboard can be driven using light-medium tension flurocarbons strings, i.e., does not require high-tension strings to produce an acceptable volume

Protection
Body Binding
Soundboard Purfling
Soundhole Binding with Purfling or Rosette
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer or Gloss Polyurethane

Others
5-String, with Octave G strings in 1 course - Love the rich 5-string tone
Geared or UPT Tuners - for more accurate tuning
Good quality active pickup that does not discernably affect unplugged acoustics (e.g. L.R. Baggs 5.0) - for recording and gigs

Optional
A feature that allows the player to select either 5-string, 4-string retrant, and 4-string linear (don't know whether this exists)

PS: I already own this dream uke. It has all the features listed except for the last one.

Icelander53
06-11-2014, 03:28 PM
I'll take the radiused fretboard and the cutaway. Perfect wood pattern, perfect intonation and wonderful sound and a fat neck with a low action. All for under $350.:nana:

Hammond
06-11-2014, 03:40 PM
I do have desire of some personal preference features.

I love beautiful figured wood top and body;
Sustainable woods would be good, no need to be the precious Koa;
I love natural wood rosette and bindings, they match nicely with natural oil finish;
I want slotted headstock, but not a must;
Of course with nice sound.

That would make a natural wooden look & feel ukulele.

Ukuleleblues
06-11-2014, 04:27 PM
Bright sound, good volume with volume balanced on all strings and down the fretboard, excellent intonation, structurally can handle being tuned to C and D tunings, scale length 14-15 inches, thin fretboard that doesn't tower over soundboard or it should terminate nearer the body than the sound hole, side fret markers, stays in tune and not overly sensitive to temperature variations, action not excessively low just low enough not to cause intonation issues, lightweight friction tuners, not a narrow neck but just a little wider than standard, thickness of neck is not too fat or real thin, transition to headstock does not get in way of hands, slotted bridge, removable saddle, frets polished and ends well finished with no rough spots....and the body stuffed full of pictures of dead, preferably Ben Franklin.

Ukejenny
06-11-2014, 06:16 PM
My ideal would be one that sounds, feels, plays, responds, and looks like an incredible, perfect dream, completely compatible with me in each and every way.

AndrewKuker
06-11-2014, 08:40 PM
I have instruments that are about as inspiring and enjoyable as I can imagine. But really for me the variety is a big part of it. 5-10 ukes is best IMO/ It just keeps things fresh. The best is reuniting with one of your favorites. They each have their own sound and vibe. I can't even play the same ideas. They want to go in their own way. Not like money is no issue. It's all in what you value, or what determines your quality of life. I drive a 15 year old truck and built a house on my parents property….. and I am gonna be playin' a great instrument tonight. Maybe not playing it great but I'm gonna think I am anyway :D

Edgeguy
06-11-2014, 08:55 PM
Concert
Koa top and back (curly, sap wood)
Side sound port
Markers on finger board and side (I like the sand markers from Kanilea)
Sand rosette
UPT tuners

coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 08:20 AM
As I noted, I'm close... I'd say I own three of my "ideal" ukes, give or take a feature or two. But I'm not on the lookout for any more unless my needs change considerably.
JR40 just needs something awesome in mahogany and she'd be set for life. ;);)

janeray1940
06-12-2014, 08:31 AM
JR40 just needs something awesome in mahogany and she'd be set for life. ;);)

I have something awesome in mahogany (my custom) - turns out that for the type of playing I do most of the time, I prefer koa :)

Pundabaya
06-12-2014, 09:35 AM
Some sort of 'player incompetence reduction device'.

mds725
06-12-2014, 09:36 AM
Gee, no one already owns their "ideal" uke?

I'm close to that. I recetly obtained a Moore Bettah tenor made out of beautiful koa with ebony binding, paua shell rosette and matching paua shell on the bridge, a slotted headstock, and no other bling. The only thing I'd want to have be different about it is I wish it had a side sound port. Now if only Chuck made baritones ....

Steveperrywriter
06-12-2014, 10:08 AM
Ideal for the next one?

Tenor, low-G
Redwood top
Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides*
Wider fretboard (inch-and-a-half at the nut)
Robson tuners
Michi Matsuda-style rosette, heavy to snakewood
Whatever fretboard, headstock overlay, binding, and purfling that look best with the body and top woods, luthier’s choice.



*in lieu of Braz

mm stan
06-12-2014, 10:13 AM
Aloha Hodge,
Only thing I want now is a concert moore bettah and all Chuckie gives me... :)

Doc_J
06-12-2014, 10:48 AM
Aloha Hodge,
Only thing I want now is a concert moore bettah and all Chuckie gives me... :)

I hope you get one Stan. But ideally what features would you like on it? Slotted head, tie bridge, double puka? :)

coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 10:52 AM
I hope you get one Stan. But ideally what features would you like on it? Slotted head, tie bridge, double puka? :) A Pair of fighting jade dragons?:drool:

Steveperrywriter
06-12-2014, 11:07 AM
Space opera motif from Chuck would be good. Rockets and raygun and like that ...