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keithy351
02-18-2009, 06:08 AM
g'day ladies and gentlepeeps, im just curious as theres so many of yous out there, whats the most common uke you play, what size is it, what brand and whats it made out of, just curious to see how diverse everyone is :shaka:

Brad Bordessa
02-18-2009, 07:01 AM
Hi keithy351,

First I will tell you that there is no right answer. Nobody else can tell you what you like and don't like. You have to try different 'ukuleles out yourself.

I play a Kamaka 4-string tenor. The top, back, and sides are made out of koa, I'm not sure about the neck and fretboard (probably ebony?). I also use Worth strings, the Ch-LGEX kind.

That's just my favorite,

Lanark
02-18-2009, 07:06 AM
I go back and forth between concert and soprano depending on which is currently closest within reach.
I've only got solid koa ukes. Just kind of worked out that way.

Nuke-ulele
02-18-2009, 07:45 AM
Tenor always. My only uke is now a Ko'olau T-1, all Koa body and top with a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. I prefer D'addario J71 strings with this 'ukulele, tuned re-entrant.

sukie
02-18-2009, 08:30 AM
Concert KoAloha made of koa with Worth clears is the ukulele I use the most. But sometimes certain songs sound better on different ukes.

haole
02-18-2009, 08:30 AM
My two main ukes are a Kamaka soprano (solid koa with mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Worth Brown strings) and a concert Flea (pine top, plastic back/sides, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, D'Addario Pro Arte strings). I love the sound of a good koa uke, and when I get a tenor or super-concert it'll likely be a Hawaiian-made koa.

Stackabones
02-18-2009, 08:34 AM
I play a Kala Mahogany Archtop Tenor Uke. I just got it a month ago and it still has the Aquila Nylgut strings. Purchased from MGM!

I've had a soprano pineapple for about a year, but it really didn't feel right in my guitar-playing hands. Now that I'm playing a tenor, I'm much more excited about uke.

geoffsuke
02-18-2009, 08:42 AM
the favourite of my ukes is my ohana tk-300g. it is that uke that seems to be perfect in nearly every way for me. it's a tenor made from solid koa, so you can imagine that it sounds amazing. plus it was more expensive than my electric guitar so again, it's gonna be good. why, are you thinking of buying a new uke???

peace:cheers: and beer

beeejums
02-18-2009, 08:44 AM
The only uke I have is a tenor laminate with a mahogany soundboard... but my next one will probably be a concert Fluke. And as far as strings go, I haven't changed from the GHS strings that came on it.

Link
02-18-2009, 09:15 AM
My fav is my Mainland tenor. Solid mahogany with Aquilas.

MisoHappy
02-18-2009, 09:30 AM
g'day ladies and gentlepeeps, im just curious as theres so many of yous out there, whats the most common uke you play, what size is it, what brand and whats it made out of, just curious to see how diverse everyone is :shaka:

just to answer, and not totally disregard what you posted this for,
Concert
Kamaka
Koa


But people don't choose based totally on what other's are playing, but a lot by personal reference.

UkuleleHill
02-18-2009, 09:40 AM
Since its the only one I have its the Lanikai with nato and a rosewood fretboard...

Pippin
02-18-2009, 10:06 AM
I have lots of ukes, but I tend to play a concert with rosewood back and sides, cedar top or I opt for a mahogany baritone.

I am a big fan of baritone ukes and play several configurations.

NukeDOC
02-18-2009, 10:45 AM
whats the most common uke you play, what size is it, what brand and whats it made out of
..... Yes......

ukantor
02-18-2009, 11:50 AM
Mahogany soprano. Made it myself from a Stewart MacDonald kit. I used to have a very nice Martin style 0, but wasn't playing it much, so I sold it.

I keep a Yellow Mahalo in the car, and that gets quite a bit of use in the warmer months. Select a good one, set it up properly, fit Aquila strings, and they are surprisingly satisfying, for a knock-about uke.

Ukantor.

bbycrts
02-18-2009, 11:58 AM
Even split:

Pono PT8, 8 string Tenor mahogany - play it at home
Pono PSO, soprano mahogany - play it at work

Captain Google
02-18-2009, 12:52 PM
I have a mahogany tenor by Ohana.

grappler
02-18-2009, 01:33 PM
blackwood & koa tenor:rock:

Uke-lahoma
02-18-2009, 02:01 PM
I currently play a Kala mango tenor, but I've got a Kanile'a K1 tenor on order. I think I'd also like to get/play a concert uke - such as the upcoming Kala travel concert - for taking with me on trips.

freedive135
02-18-2009, 06:35 PM
In the car & at work my long neck Flea.

On the Porch when it's warm Kala Mahogany KA-S, 1 Low G, 1 High g, Soprano & KA-T Low G Tenor, they are the laminate versions that way I don't mind taking them out in the Hot Sun/Low Humidity/Temp. swings.

During my lessons a Kala Spruce top Maple body Tenor, more finger room for tryin new stuff on.

And for the last 3 hours a KoAloha Soprano, Pono Soprano PSO, the Spruce/Maple, the Low G KA-T, the High g KA-S.
Didn't want any to feel left out and trying to figure out which ones to play for a bunch of Vintage 20's-30's Music I just picked up.

But all in all mostly Soprano's cuz it's a Ukulele!!!!

cpatch
02-18-2009, 07:13 PM
I have a tenor walnut Kanile`a strung low G (Worth CT but I need to swap out...the bass is too muddy) and a concert maple DeVine strung high G (Aquila) so I go back and forth.

DeG
02-18-2009, 07:23 PM
Pono, Tenor, Solid Koa, Aquila strings

ricdoug
02-18-2009, 08:25 PM
But all in all mostly Soprano's cuz it's a Ukulele!!!!

I own 8 ukuleles and 58 guitars. Two of my ukuleles are spruce top, lyracord backed Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano's. The rest of my ukes are various brands of acoustic/electric soprano's. I added the pickups to them, myself. I've played Martin's and many other custom luthier built ukes. I still go back to the Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano's as my favorites. Ric

Kekani
02-18-2009, 09:25 PM
In order:
Mine
Tenor, always.
Sitka top
Maple B/S/N - which belongs to my oldest. If he's playing it, then its Koa B/S.

Once I get around to it, Milo B/S will be the instrument of choice (Sitka top).

Ebony/Cocobolo/Milo Fretboards, not necessarily in that order.

Pickup - LRBaggs Element UST

D'Addario T46 trebles with 80/20 Bronze 4th string, or
Savarez 540J series (depending on the instrument and bracing).

-Aaron

experimentjon
02-18-2009, 10:22 PM
I own 8 ukuleles and 58 guitars. Two of my ukuleles are spruce top, lyracord backed Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano's. The rest of my ukes are various brands of acoustic/electric soprano's. I added the pickups to them, myself. I've played Martin's and many other custom luthier built ukes. I still go back to the Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano's as my favorites. Ric

Please tell me that is a typo. Tell me you intended to hit either "5" or "8" and ended up getting both. Otherwise, that's just a crazy collection!!! :eek:

Haha, anyway, the uke I play most now is probably my Fluke Tenor (Australian Pine top, plastic back and sides.) It's just the most convenient one because I can leave it out anywhere without worrying too much about it. Plus the thing is loud. And when I had it strung with Hilos, it was very, very easy to play.

100percenthapa
02-25-2009, 03:18 PM
I mainly play a Kamaka HF-2 (concert).

hawaiianmusiclover06
02-25-2009, 05:55 PM
My one and only uke that I play is my Kala-SC Spruce top Concert with D'Addario Pro Arte strings.

HoldinCoffee
02-25-2009, 06:06 PM
Most played: Lanikai (solid mahogany) concert. Worth clear medium strings.

Pippin
02-25-2009, 08:59 PM
I play a lot on baritones and concerts. I have a boatload of ukuleles and I really enjoy playing them all, but I record with specific ukes for the sound plugged.

Some ukuleles will surprise you... for example, one of the best sounding ukes "plugged in" is the Oscar Schmidt OU2e with the UK-2000 pickup (not the older one), believe it or not. The Ohana BK-20ce (baritone) has that same pickup. They sound great recorded together.

What uke I grab depends on what I am playing and recording. For volume mic'd, I'd grab a solid wood uke, not something laminated. Plugged, the decision changes completely.

ka0tikguy
02-25-2009, 10:13 PM
i say tenor is the best way to go.
i own 4
paradise uke concert
-rosewood fret
-spruce top mahogany body

sonny d uke concert
-koa fret (wear and tear over time)
-curly koa body
-shadow pick-up

g string uke tenor
-rosewood fret
-koa body
-plug-in/pickup

kala uke tenor
-rosewood fret
-spruce top
-mahogany body
-cutaway
-shadow adjustable pick-up

dnewton2
02-26-2009, 01:34 AM
Right now I play my Concert Cedar top Stagg (low g) and Koa Pili Koko Soprano Solid Acacia. I am waiting on a spruce top Kala Tenor from MGM, should be here by the 3rd.

I have a feeling though in about 6 weeks I will be playing my Solid Koa Concert Moore Bettah uke more than anything.

SailQwest
02-26-2009, 02:41 AM
My most played ukulele is a Bushman Engelmann Spruce-top Concert. But my new Mainland Cedar Concert is getting some serious playing time as well.

My husband's is a Bushman Jenny (mahogany) Tenor. He isn't even interested in getting another ukulele, although I keep offering to get him one, because he considers this one "perfect."

dnewton2
02-26-2009, 03:49 AM
My husband's is a Bushman Jenny (mahogany) Tenor. He isn't even interested in getting another ukulele, although I keep offering to get him one, because he considers this one "perfect."

I think we may have a cure for UAS, we need to draw some of his blood and do some research or tests or something. But do we really want a cure?

DaveNB
02-26-2009, 10:17 AM
I usually play my "Nice" brand solid Koa ukule.