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  1. experimentjon

    Jake Shimabukuro

    This had been on my playlist for a while--seems relatively beginner level to start--but we'll see where it goes. The one super valuable thing I've learned already though is how to hold the uke--I always thought my thumb above the neck was bad form but had been slipping into it whenever my hand...
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    WTB: Martin 0xk Soprano (HPL "Koa")

    Recently, I have been itching for a Martin Soprano to hang on the wall and play and thought about the uniqueness of a vintage model, but those are hard to buy over the internet without handling. Then I thought about the winter in NYC and how I rarely run the room humidifier...which would...
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    FS: Excellent Condition 2015 Kamaka Tenor Long Neck (HF-3L)

    After buying a HF3-D4I (Jake Blue), I have decided to part with my HF-3L (Long Neck Tenor) to make space in my small New York studio. Tonally, the HF-3L is outstanding—you’ll get sparkle on the E and A strings on the longer scale that just isn’t there on the standard 17” scale. Resonance and...
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    The Kamaka Jake Shimabukuro Tenor (Jake Blue) Has Arrived - Thoughts and Comparisons

    Note: Instrument does not come in the Ameritage case Coming to Purchase the Kamaka Jake Blue Growing up in Hawaii, Jake Shimabukuro was a local celebrity. It’s crazy to know he’s 42 now, and still king of the instrument—although many outstanding ukulele artists have also come up in the years...
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    Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Strap

    Not sure if this has been around for a while, but I was excited to see that Jake had officially released an official version of the famous custom strap that he's used on his instruments for years. At $60, it seems a bit expensive for a nylon strap, but still very cool...
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    FS: KoAloha Pineapple Sunday Ukulele with Fishman Matrix Infinity

    KoAloha Pineapple Sunday Ukulele with Fishman Matrix Infinity Asking Price: $OLD $1245 + Shipping (OBRO) I have listed this on Oahu Craigslist and prefer a local sale because I prefer that the buyer can see and hear the instrument in person. But I am willing to ship this as well ($60...
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    ToneRite for Guitar & Ukulele

    SOLD to Uke man! As I am moving to the mainland next year to attend business school, I am selling off a few pieces of gear. The first is this outstanding ToneRite which makes your ukuleles and guitars sound better through "black magic." A few points for interested buyers: Yes, I do...
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    KoAloha solid body tenor

    The pictures are beautiful, but man, from holding and admiring that instrument in person, I could really see the level of care and attention put into building it. The cutout was perfectly sanded and contoured to perfection. The upper bout where your arm would rest is also perfectly beveled...
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    Kanilea Active Pickup in Aldrine Model is INCREDIBLY NOISY: Watch this Video.

    TL;DR?: Just watch the video. EDIT: See Post #77 for update...and another fun video! I just picked up an Analysis Plus Yellow Oval cable today and tried it out on my Kanilea Aldrine Model. Prior to this, I had only plugged the uke into my Roland Cube 30 electric guitar amp through a $10 Hosa...
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    Humidity in Hawaii Too High for Ukulele?

    So now that I have one of those cheap humidity/temperature devices in one of my ukulele cases, I have looked into what a good number for humidity would be. It seems that the internet consensus is 45% to 55%. Then I noticed that over the past few months, every time I looked at the hygrometer in...
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    Decorating your uke

    At one point, I had tried putting some guitar-sized fretboard stickers on my uke. They came off shortly after. Will say that those inlay stickers are high quality though. And they do look great on a guitar--as I have put another set on one of my guitars. I'm sure the ukulele-sized ones look...
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    Jake Shimabukuro's Gear?

    Anyone know what kind of gear that Jake uses? I was watching Life on Four Strings, and noticed a few items. Ukulele: Several custom Kamaka tenors (and a few others before the Kamakas too). Anyone have a catalog of them? He mentioned that one of them was named "Val." And I think the more...
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    Let's See Your Ukulele Underground Stickers!

    So, anyone have UU stickers? Let's see them! Here's what I spent 20 minutes of my day working on. This sticker is extremely detailed with lots of small parts. It was extra challenging since the Cordura material isn't flat and takes some effort to stick to. But the result was great. (The...
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    Aldrine Guerrero's Gear?

    I've been on an Aldrine Guerrero kick lately. Anyone know what kind of gear he currently uses? Ukulele: Custom Kanilea Tenor (I'm aware he has a few of these and have seen a guitarlele out there too, and just got one with new wood...wonder if he still names them all...) Strings: Daddario T2s...
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    Aldrine Guerrero Signature Model Kanilea Tenor Ukulele: 5-Years in the Making

    Admittedly, I have been out of the ukulele game, in earnest, for a while; in the past few years, there has been little leisure time between the responsibilities of work and school. I might have averaged 10 minutes of ukulele-time a week--sometimes going weeks on end without playing at all. But...
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    Jake Shimabukuro: PBS Hawaii Long Story Short Full Length Interview

    Looks like I missed Life on Four Strings, the documentary on Jake's life, both times it aired this month on PBS Hawaii (darn!) But as a consolation, I did find his recent interview with Leslie Wilcox, long-time Hawaii news anchor. If you wanted to learn more about his background, I don't think...
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    [FREE!] Download any 2 songs from Aldrine Guerrero's Albums FREE! (Exp 4/1/12)

    [FREE!] Download any 2 songs from Aldrine Guerrero's Albums FREE! (Exp 4/22/12) ONE MORE CODE!! Amazon offers a $2 Amazon MP3 Store Credit for free via coupon code "MP3S4ALL". (If you receive an error message upon applying it the first time, you may need to try again. It should work on the...
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    Kamaka, KoAloha, GString Tenors and Sopranos Blowout! Free Shipping to USA!

    Three Kamaka Tenors for Sale: Save 25%-35% off MSRP! Free Shipping to USA! All prices include the pictured case, and insured USPS priority shipping to anywhere in the US. I will eat the Paypal fees. And if you don’t use Paypal, I will also take Postal Money Order. Vacationing in Hawaii, or...
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    The Peak of My Collection: K-Brand Tenors Abound (Before I say Goodbye)

    I posted a thread a while ago about thinning down my collection. Some were skeptical. And very well they should have been...I ended up picking up a few more ukes since that thread! Haha. Back then, the only thing motivating me to sell was to save for a Rolex (which, as a young punk, I...
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    Kamaka, KoAloha, Kanilea Tenor Black Friday Blowout TEASER THREAD! 4, 6, & 8 Strings!

    Kamaka, KoAloha, Kanilea Tenor Black Friday Blowout TEASER THREAD! 4, 6, & 8 Strings! Now updated with full descriptions. Please see: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?57763-Kamaka-KoAloha-GString-Tenors-and-Sopranos-Blowout!-Free-Shipping-to-USA! Please PM me if you'd...