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    I often transpose songs into several different...

    I often transpose songs into several different keys to find the best compromise between voice and ease of playing the chords. It’s a good skill to have and it’s a good way to practice, too.
    I...
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    Assuming one has the proper files; filing each...

    Assuming one has the proper files; filing each nut slot seems best to me.
    Shaving the nut is not without its own problems. Removing the nut can be dicey... you can damage the headstock overlay....
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    No, I donít. A natural talent and a love of...

    No, I donít. A natural talent and a love of playing will, in my opinion, take a player as far, or even further than a teacher could. And, in the end, the self-taught player will be more likely to...
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    I started on guitar, way back when I was 14 but...

    I started on guitar, way back when I was 14 but dropped it in my early 20s and didn’t even own one again until I was in my mid 40s. Picked up 5 string banjo and uke back around 2004. Uke has taken...
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    If the cracks are stable and old, and the uke...

    If the cracks are stable and old, and the uke sounds good and plays right, Iíd leave it as is.

    My Martin concertís got quite a few cracks, and a broken wood dent on the lower bout, treble side....
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    My understanding is that Kiwaya, the company, was...

    My understanding is that Kiwaya, the company, was founded 100 years ago as a company servicing gramophones. They only started making ukuleles in the 1950s.
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    One thing they have going... they’re cheap and...

    One thing they have going... they’re cheap and they are LONG. Soprano strings out of the package are more than 36” long.
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    Even better. I’m not a fan of the “barn door”...

    Even better. I’m not a fan of the “barn door” electronics on the newer GSMini e guitars. I also think the exotic wood headstock overlay is a vast improvement over the model I had, which had plastic...
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    Is this the model with no on-board electronics?

    Is this the model with no on-board electronics?
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    I love these guitars. Solid Honduran mahogany...

    I love these guitars. Solid Honduran mahogany top, sapele veneer over tulip poplar core for the back and sides, genuine Cameroon ebony fretboard. They are comfortable players and punch well above...
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    Agreed, and genuine Honduran monogamy is best. ...

    Agreed, and genuine Honduran monogamy is best.



    :rolleyes:
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    Not in my case, no. The strings were not binding...

    Not in my case, no. The strings were not binding in the nut slots. Had they been binding, and had I actually liked the way they sounded, I would have at least considered cutting the nut slots to...
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    I cannibalized my last set of Ernie Ball, black...

    I cannibalized my last set of Ernie Ball, black nylon ball end strings. I used one of the strings from a soprano set ( the E string IIRC ) as a high D for reentrant on my baritone, along with the...
  14. My Martin has a very warm and mellow tone.... not...

    My Martin has a very warm and mellow tone.... not as bright as either of your concerts there. Mine is also shifted more towards the midrange, it seems. Maybe it’s because mine has several cracks in...
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    I have a Mexican made SO with a partially...

    I have a Mexican made SO with a partially detached back that I hope to fix up this coming winter. Part of the plan is to fit it with kerfed linings of Spanish cedar and, maybe, new spruce bracing...
  16. As long as you think it's okay, it's actually...

    As long as you think it's okay, it's actually "nitpick" but I hate to nitpick. ;)

    Interesting term - "nits" are actually the eggs laid by head lice on individual hair follicles, so "nitpicking"...
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    I have one with a pickup... my Kiwaya KTS-4 has a...

    I have one with a pickup... my Kiwaya KTS-4 has a Baggs 5.0 installed by ( or for ) the previous owner.
    Iím seriously considering taking it out. I never use it, the spare wire slops around inside...
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    That’s right up there with: Q: What happened...

    That’s right up there with:

    Q: What happened when Amelia Earhart stepped backwards into her plane’s propeller?
    A: Disaster.
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    Even as a die-hard Kiwaya fan I’d opt for the...

    Even as a die-hard Kiwaya fan I’d opt for the Kanilea. It’s less expensive and, in my opinion, it’s far more likely to hold its value if for no other reason than name recognition.

    Besides, my...
  20. Thread: I'm a fan

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    Looks like an asterisk ... but I'm an editor...

    Looks like an asterisk ... but I'm an editor so.... :rolleyes:
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    If you're seriously concerned about your ukulele...

    If you're seriously concerned about your ukulele string footprint, have you considered using gut strings?
  22. Two months ago it was a lot less humid ;)

    Two months ago it was a lot less humid ;)
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    Oooh nice! Solid ovangkol top. I bet it sounds...

    Oooh nice! Solid ovangkol top. I bet it sounds wonderful. Iíve grown quite fond of my Cordoba 24B after changing to reentrant tuning. No changes needed on my Cordoba 24T, however, that was love at...
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    The real question in my mind is: what’s the point...

    The real question in my mind is: what’s the point of your question?
    A baritone is simply another version of ukulele that anybody well-versed in soprano ukulele can pick up and play using the same...
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    Yes, you are playing a different chord when you...

    Yes, you are playing a different chord when you play the G-shape chord, but if you play any given songs that you alreday know on your soprano using the same chord shapes on a baritone, you are simply...
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