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  1. Yamaha FINALLY bringing the Guitalele to the US

    I was down at NAMM and briefly talked to the Yamaha reps. The GL-1 Guitalele is finally coming to US retailers. Not clear exactly when but it will be early 2011. The rep I spoke to didn't know what...
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    Novelty acts also seem to be a big part of the...

    Novelty acts also seem to be a big part of the ukulele scene on the mainland.

    Most other musical instrument festivals will have established, popular and technically brilliant performers filling...
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    Performance skills aside, I think part of the...

    Performance skills aside, I think part of the problem is that the general public associates the ukulele with performances similar to the one below. Many instruments have clown performers like...
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    Welcome to the forum. Username sounds...

    Welcome to the forum.

    Username sounds familiar. Did you used to hang out on a Disney forum?
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    http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/product...

    http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/0/1/5/225015.jpg

    Yes. The best one I've enjoyed and recommend is the NeoTech Mandolin strap. Very comfortable. Notice that you can clip-off the...
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    So what's this "Blowout!" that he's having on...

    So what's this "Blowout!" that he's having on nine of them at $315 each on eBay? Just marketing?
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    With all this talk about loose saddles and the...

    With all this talk about loose saddles and the incident of the lifting bridge, I'm wondering if that's why MGM is discounting these by $10 and offering free shipping.
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    Spend a little more and get the Yamaha CS40. It's...

    Spend a little more and get the Yamaha CS40. It's really 3/4 sized (not 7/8 as advertised). It's just a few mm longer in scale than the the CGS103A.

    CGS102A is 1/2 sized.

    The Yamaha Guitalele...
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    Poll: I didn't realize how badly the topic had...

    I didn't realize how badly the topic had degenerated. :uhoh: (Yeah. I didn't read some of the posts.)

    It was just supposed to be a survey to satisfy my curiosity. My interest was piqued after I...
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    Poll: That's "Ha-VAH-ee". ;) :D

    That's "Ha-VAH-ee". ;) :D
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    Here's my blog brain-dump on the Guitalele. Every...

    Here's my blog brain-dump on the Guitalele. Every post that I mentioned it.

    http://chiyostrings.blogspot.com/search?q=guitalele
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    There are a lot more Guitalele YouTube vids now...

    There are a lot more Guitalele YouTube vids now compared to when I first got mine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s2xojICOHU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-Gvqaq80I

    They used to be rare....
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    This is correct, but my Guitalele cost me about...

    This is correct, but my Guitalele cost me about US$125 from Canada, shipping to California included and Canadian VAT waived.

    Call Long & McQuade's per the instructions on my blog and check what...
  14. Thread: Small Guitars

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    Steel-string (smaller scale, standard tuning) ...

    Steel-string (smaller scale, standard tuning)

    Martin LXM
    Baby Taylor
    Taylor Big Baby


    Nylon String

    La Patrie Motif (full scale, small body, standard tuning)
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    I usually recommend nylon string guitars unless...

    I usually recommend nylon string guitars unless someone absolutely wants a steel-string acoustic or is just a strummer.
  16. Thread: Kala Guitars

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    With a body that thin, it probably won't have...

    With a body that thin, it probably won't have much sustain or resonance. It's obviously meant to be amped.
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    I haven't yet been asked either of these...

    I haven't yet been asked either of these questions but I know three folks who encountered them:

    "Why are you playing a kid's guitar?"
    "Do you do clown acts?"



    :mad:
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    +1 what Crow said. My first suspicion would be a...

    +1 what Crow said. My first suspicion would be a loose brace but the saddle surface is a probably culprit.

    Saddles (particularly synthetic ones) are inexpensive to replace. If you know how,...
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    "Guitar Center"? Do they sell guitars? ;)...

    "Guitar Center"?



    Do they sell guitars?
    ;) :D



    Sounds like you left happy! Hope you're enjoying your new gear. :)
  20. Thread: Amateur Radio

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    As in old-fashioned HAM...

    As in old-fashioned HAM? I believe our family still owns the call sign given to my grandfather in the late 1940s.
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    I can recommend lots of stores but I don't think...

    I can recommend lots of stores but I don't think all of them take trade-ins. What are you looking for in a classical guitar and what's your budget?
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    Might as well list all the alternatives ...

    http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/regular/6/7/8/539678.jpg
    As I mentioned earlier, one other guitar to consider in the "about $300" range is the LaPatrie Etude. It can be found...
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    Taylor vs Martin is a matter of taste. IMHO,...

    Taylor vs Martin is a matter of taste. IMHO, Taylors tend to be brighter and a bit more balanced. Lots of folks seem to like the Baby Taylor as a travel guitar. I was considering getting one but...
  24. Thread: Cold Remedies

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    What do you mean? There's no ramen on Kauai?...

    What do you mean? There's no ramen on Kauai? That's unheard of! :eek: :confused:

    Ramen is like the internet ... it's everywhere!
  25. "Hula Girls" on Youtube (Jake played the score)

    WdGirlz's seems to have uploaded the entire movie "Hula Girls" on YouTube (Japanese with English subtitles). Jake Shimabukuro played the uke score for this movie.

    Here's installment one (of...
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