- Dec 7, 2009
Never had a chance to do a side by side comparison of a Kiwaya standard soprano with their thinline, until today. These 2 are a Kiwaya KS-1 full size soprano, and a Famous FS-0 thinline soprano. The KS-1 is a more standard size soprano, with max body depth at 2.45". The FS-0 is thinner, at only 1.56" deep. Both have 13.75" scale length. Both have Worth Brown strings. To me, the full size KS-1 is a fuller/woodier/richer sound. The Famous thinline has a faster attack/bark, a more focused sound which really vibrates into your body and projects when played. Volume is similar, both pretty loud, but based on the body depth, the Famous thinline is a total cannon. Both great ukes for well under $200.00 each, used. Neck specs very similar, both with 36.7mm nut and 30.2 string spread at nut, very roomy. The FS-0 has been my ultimate travel uke, fits so easily in any suitcase, which really annoys my wife, when I say "Oh, look what's in my suitcase!" when arriving somewhere . I played them both on this video, opinions welcome.