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provines
02-15-2009, 03:59 PM
I've decided to keep this now that I've replaced the low A string with a high A. It no longer drives me crazy.


I picked this Vietnamese Six String up because I thought it would be cool to play a six string, it looks really neat and the price was good. I quickly found that I don't like playing the six string. I should have known better as I don't personally like the low G on a four string. This is a solid wood uke. The inlay quality is o.k. but not super and it has some some finishing flaws where the fretboard meets the body. There is also a rough spot on the fretboard towards the body. I think the inlay on the body and headstock is really a inlay "sticker" that was layed on the body and then the body was finished. It looks o.k. The inlay on the fretboard looks like real inlay. I replaced the crappy strings that came with it with an Aquilla set. I think I've just about got them stretched so the tuning doesn't go out every five minutes. I really don't want to sell it outright, I'd rather trade it for someone's uke that sits loney in their collection. PM if you're interested and I'll e-mail you more photographs. Oh, it comes with a hard case.

experimentjon
02-15-2009, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the honesty about the inlay "sticker." I had always wondered how they offered these at reasonable prices. I mean, I know Vietnamese labor is not that expensive, but still. Now I can be an informed browser on eBay when I see these. Thanks!

AcousticMonster
02-15-2009, 06:55 PM
Is this uke from that one Ebay seller named "inlaidartist" - who always starts their ukes out at .99 cents. Then they bid up to uber amounts?

provines
02-15-2009, 07:31 PM
That's the one. This uke is actually a good looking solid instrument. I just bought a baritone from him but I haven't received it yet.

AcousticMonster
02-15-2009, 07:55 PM
Ok, thanks provines. I always thought about bidding on one of their ukes, but wasn't sure if they were just trying to get lots of money off of cheaply made instruments.

experimentjon
02-15-2009, 08:45 PM
That's the one. This uke is actually a good looking solid instrument. I just bought a baritone from him but I haven't received it yet.

Just curious, how does it actually sound after the aquilas?

provines
02-16-2009, 03:54 AM
It actually sounds o.k. I really think it could benefit from geared tuners instead of the pegs. The low A is hard to keep in tune. I'll try to post a video later today.

provines
02-16-2009, 04:02 AM
I put my maco lens and ring flash on and took these really close up telling pics of the areas that needed better finishing. After closer inspection, it looks like they use a really thin mother of pearl inlay and create the images such as the Hawaiian girl, moon etc. as you would a "sticker." On the fretboard, I think they cut it just enough to lay the layer on flush with the fretboard. The fretboard could use a layer of poly. On the body and headstock they just lay it on the wood and finish over it. Now, I'm not a luthier nor even try to play one on T.V. so this is just my observation. They look o.k. when you hold the instrument. Looking at it from half and inch away shows the inside story.

provines
02-16-2009, 04:04 AM
More photos

provines
02-16-2009, 04:05 AM
Last two...

NukeDOC
02-16-2009, 05:47 AM
you know, if you dont like the low g, you can always switch it out with a high g.

anyway, just out of curiosity, how much did you end up paying for that ukulele? it might help someone out when figuring out what to offer you in trade.

provines
02-16-2009, 06:18 AM
With shipping it cost me $170.00.

provines
02-16-2009, 06:45 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Wyo4tpKE4

provines
02-17-2009, 11:57 AM
The baritone I ordered from the same guy came in today. Check this out... it came in a wooden crate and look at all the labels it took to get it from Vietnam to Texas! By the way, it is a beauty. The inlay on the fretboard looks nice. All in all, not a bad buy.

grappler
02-17-2009, 12:06 PM
not badd video was alright

UkuleleOwnz
02-17-2009, 12:53 PM
"inlayedartist" does use true MOP and abalone inlay but 85% of his instruments crack within a few weeks....he does nice work its just rushed thats why they sell cheap. His rating on ebay stays high because he also sells mass amounts of MOP for other people looking to do inlays.

provines
02-17-2009, 03:35 PM
I now have two so I'll let you know how long they last. I don't mind being the tester. The worst that could happen is that I'm out a few hundred dollars. I plan on keeping my new baritone at my office so I'll play it every day but the six string will lie domant in it's case since the low A drives me crazy.

SeanKy671
02-17-2009, 05:38 PM
that's a sick uke right dere :D mmm

NukeDOC
02-18-2009, 05:56 AM
I now have two so I'll let you know how long they last. I don't mind being the tester. The worst that could happen is that I'm out a few hundred dollars. I plan on keeping my new baritone at my office so I'll play it every day but the six string will lie domant in it's case since the low A drives me crazy.

quick fix to the Low A craziness... double it up. make it two high A's and you will notice a big difference. it will sound almost like you have a chorus effect to it... but acoustic.

provines
02-18-2009, 11:19 AM
I plan on taking the day off this Friday so I'll take the six string into my garage and put the dremel to it. I plan on removing the glue/poly from the bottom of the fretboard and then spraying it with a thin coat of poly. I'll also sand down the rough spot on the fretboard and give it a coat of poly as well. I'll double up the A string while I'm at it. I'll make a short video next week and post it here so you can see whether it was a success or I made a planter out of it.

allinfun
02-18-2009, 11:44 AM
I was a bit stumped by the whole low A thing as all of our 6 strings are same octave "a".

provines
02-20-2009, 04:55 AM
This thread should really now belong in the luthier area as here are some after photos of the clean-up. I took my dremel tool which is usually dangerous for me to use and removed all the extra glue/poly from the bottom of the fretboard. I also polished the rough spots on the fretboard which ended up creating some dimples but that will not affect my playing whatsoever as I never venture down that far on the fretboard anyway. I then sprayed a light coat of gloss laquer on the fretboard which brought out the color of the rosewood. I know rosewood on the fretboard is usually left untreated but after all the inlay work, it needed a little help. So, ta-da. I think it looks at lot better. The last photo in this set is the "before" photo. :cheers: