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    Best is pretty subjective. When I payed guitar...

    Best is pretty subjective. When I payed guitar years ago best to me meant best guitarist; as in most proficient at playing something really difficult. From a rock perspective I pretty much despised...
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    I wouldnít use rubbing compound on a...

    I wouldnít use rubbing compound on a nitrocellulose finish. In another thread, Meguiars Polish was suggested to polish a satin finish to a hand rubbed gloss. For overspray, it is tough process...
  3. Iíve polished out the top of a few of my ukes. ...

    Iíve polished out the top of a few of my ukes. Brasso is probably too harsh an abrasive. Iíve used a ultra fine metal polish that is good for fiberglass. Iíve used it on surfboards after repairing...
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    A few years ago I started to look into an archtop...

    A few years ago I started to look into an archtop ukulele with a tailpiece. Not the pressed laminate top, but a true carved solid top. From what I understand it does take a luthier to a different...
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    If someone can’t sell a used Collings, there’s...

    If someone can’t sell a used Collings, there’s something’s wrong.

    John
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    Iíd probably use some satin polyurethane spray. ...

    Iíd probably use some satin polyurethane spray. It will be less maintenance than an oil. You should probably remove the tuners, and mask the nut, neck, and fretboard. Put on a couple of coats and...
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    Build is probably the bigger factor than back and...

    Build is probably the bigger factor than back and sides. Even higher end product solid wood ukes will have differences in how they sound. Anyone who has had an opportunity to try a few of the same...
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    A quick and dirty method to check if the string...

    A quick and dirty method to check if the string height is too high at the nit is to tune the ukulele and then fret the strings at the first fret. If they go sharp the strings at the nut are probably...
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    There are basically two areas to measure. The...

    There are basically two areas to measure. The string height at the first fret and the string height at the 12th fret.

    For setting the string height at the first fret I fret the string at the 3rd...
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    Since you are only asking about back and sides......

    Since you are only asking about back and sides... On a ukulele, I don’t the back and side material, or whether solid or laminate, make much if any impact on sound. Top wood and bracing will have an...
  11. There was a short Jimmy Fallon video called...

    There was a short Jimmy Fallon video called Office Ukulele maybe 8-10 years ago that has disappeared from the internet. It had been posted on UU years ago, but I’ve searched and can’t find it. It...
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    That’s fine. Or you can just hit up the local...

    That’s fine. Or you can just hit up the local Guitar Center for a single string. I’ve done that before.

    John
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    If the tenor guitar is tuned D,G,B,E here is what...

    If the tenor guitar is tuned D,G,B,E here is what I would do... figure out what steel strings you currently have, i.e. 10ís, 11ís, etc. It is a probably a stock set. You are tuning the re-entrant D...
  14. Thread: WHy Oh WHy?

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    There really isnít much fooling around. As...

    There really isnít much fooling around. As DownUpDave suggested, get a Thonastik CF 27. You can even try a Martin M620 E string (.0284) and use it for a C string. In my experience a thinner string...
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    Chuck, In no way was I trying to minimize the...

    Chuck,
    In no way was I trying to minimize the real life worries and concerns that go with being self employed. I have never had the intestinal fortitude to take that chance and spent 30+ years...
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    I guess the myth of how hard it is to build a...

    I guess the myth of how hard it is to build a ukulele should be busted... at least not if you are a talented woodworker. I couldnít make one, but I have gone by to see Fred Shields a few times, and...
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    ^ This is really what drives the high end market....

    ^ This is really what drives the high end market. What I find particularly amusing are luthier websites that are littered with dramatic pictures of their instruments. The reflection off the gloss...
  18. Thread: WHy Oh WHy?

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    You can try different string material and/or...

    You can try different string material and/or thicknesses. I’ve tried individual Worth Brown and Aquila Red C strings. I’ve also gone with a slightly thinner diameter using .028 Seaguar instead of...
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    This is pretty simple. It comes down to how many...

    This is pretty simple. It comes down to how many hours a luthier actually spends making the ukulele vs. the additional premium paid based solely on brand or demand. If the ukulele does not have...
  20. It’ll never happen. If George Harrison, with his...

    It’ll never happen. If George Harrison, with his love of the instrument, couldn’t incorporate the ukulele into the Beatles, how do you expect anyone else will be able to?

    In the genre you refer...
  21. Maybe the best thing is not having a mainstream...

    Maybe the best thing is not having a mainstream commercially successful supergroup. Considering how many ukuleles have been sold around the world it is amazing that the instrument still has not...
  22. The video I posted earlier of Pure Heart was a...

    The video I posted earlier of Pure Heart was a re-union of the band Jake planned with in the late 90's. Jake has played in bands and has jammed with other musicians. I kinda doubt he would be...
  23. Not a super "group" but these guys are pretty...

    Not a super "group" but these guys are pretty good.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEh_gmdtOSc

    The guy playing uke could have a real future... lol!

    John
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    I would first make sure you can install Graphtech...

    I would first make sure you can install Graphtech Ratio tuners down the road. I have no experience in shortening a standard headstock, although I did mod an inline tuner headstock. I’d figure out...
  25. Thread: Kamoa Ukulele

    by 70sSanO
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    When we went to Kauai a couple of years ago, I...

    When we went to Kauai a couple of years ago, I tried a number of them at their shop and didn’t care for any. They look nice, but they seem a little heavy and muted, and they are not cheap. Their...
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