Cool Vintage Kamaka on Reverb

rhiggie

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I'm not the seller but in my ukulele searching I love seeing the variations on name brand ukes. This tenor Kamaka Liliu has several components you rarely see on one uke. For sure it's not a carved into the top pick guard, the grains are completely different, but still a cool feature to look at (I bet it takes away from the sound). It's listed at a "collectors" price and maybe rightfully so. Shame there isn't more of the story behind it. Anyway, enjoy... Rick

 

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So much going on there! That could be one for Shawn Yacavone.
 

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Wil be interested to see what can be crowd-sourced about this one. Thanks for sharing!
 

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I'm not the seller but in my ukulele searching I love seeing the variations on name brand ukes. This tenor Kamaka Liliu has several components you rarely see on one uke. For sure it's not a carved into the top pick guard, the grains are completely different, but still a cool feature to look at (I bet it takes away from the sound). It's listed at a "collectors" price and maybe rightfully so. Shame there isn't more of the story behind it. Anyway, enjoy... Rick

That’s pretty cool. I don’t understand the pick guard thing. Is it possible that they Shaved down that area of the soundboard and attached a pick guard which later fell off?
 

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I would call this unique and not rare. Though the Lili'u was officially invented in 1959 this is likely an early design or even prototype where they tested out a few features. A much simpler prototype is featured on the Kamaka site:
 
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