Help appreciated: Prolonged resonance/vibration in solid spruce top concert ukulele

Hoopoe

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Hi,

First post here although I’ve been reading as a guest for a while now.

So recently I finally got a ukulele, Kala Solid Spruce (Top) Mahogany Concert, KA-SCG and really got into it until my ears slowly started to get used to the instrument and I noticed that there was a delay in the sound, a resonance or sustain that went on after I’d strum a chord or even just the open strings. For some reason I think it’s the C string but can’t be sure.

I uploaded a sound sample (see link below, hope it works) for the more experienced to have a listen and help. This could be how an ukulele should sound and all is fine but I just can’t focus, all my ears hear now is that few long seconds after the strum. I mean, strings should resonate as it’s what they do but I’m wondering if there’s more to this one.

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bellgamin

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It sounds lovely to me. A long-sustain is easily controlled by lifting-off/touching the 4 strings with the chording hand when the you want the sustain to cease.
 

Hoopoe

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Yeah, I thought it could go either way and I might be completely off as I’m new to string instruments (any instruments really). Ears still can get over the “booming” sustain in the background. Probably takes getting used to it?
 

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As Bellgamin says, above, controlling the length of the sustain is a very useful playing technique. It took me a while before the penny dropped, but when it did, it brought an added dimension to my playing. Your uke sounds fine to me.

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Thanks folks, really appreciate the replies. Now I’ll just need to calibrate the ears to it and hopefully get to the point where I can control the sustain!