- Jul 16, 2014
I just returned from a little four day jaunt on my Triumph Bonneville. I didn't go too far, just up to Waco and back. But I spent yesterday in cute little Georgetown. I'd never been there before, and enjoyed the experience of strolling around the historic downtown area. And, lo and behold, I discovered Ken'z Guitar shop right there among the other shops on Main Street. I went in and met Ken who appeared to be having a great time helping customers. I immediately noticed a number of Ukuleles on display, including a 'tree' of Alvarez Ukes. While Ken was schmoozing the clientele, I walked around the tree, testing each instrument for tone and resonance. I found one that stood out from the rest. It's an Alvarez Concert model MU55C. The more I played it, the more I liked it. It's top, back, and sides are Bamboo, with a Mahogany neck, closed tuners, and bone nut and saddle. It's very pretty in an odd sort of way. And, it sounds lovely. It has a very clear, resonant tone, with lots of sustain, and good volume. As I was playing it I realized that I don't have any Bamboo in my collection, and really, really needed to own this one. In fact, it was an imperative! And so I got it, along with a nice Gator gig bag to bring it home in. I immediately put a classical guitar 4th string on it for a Low G. I had fun playing it last night at a great little coffee place there in Georgetown. So, now I guess I'm a Bona Fide member of the Bamboo set.