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    Default Epiphone UkeBird (Mandobird IV Conversion) Electric Ukulele Review

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    Very nice. Steel strings are a ball!
    Please post some pictures when you get a chance.
    Check out Risa https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/en/en-RISA
    I recently bought the seafoam telecaster.
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    Indeed Indeed, yes the steel string electric Uke is a lot of entertainment and has a huge range of capabilities through a good Guitar Amplifier. It will never replace the Acoustic Ukuleles, but it's not supposed to, it's a novelty addition to Ukulele playing for me, nonetheless it's an addition that I would not personally want to be without. I had to experiment a bit with string gauges as I couldn't find any consistent reference for string gauges for an Soprano scale Electric, most seem to be Tenor scale.
    I've seen a few of the Risa Electric Ukes, such as the LP model and a couple of different Risa Stick Ukes, they are pretty cool and seem like good quality Electric Ukes from what I've briefly seen online.
    I'm currently trying to get a picture to upload on the original post, I'm not sure if it can be seen as my internet connection is super slow today and pretty much dysfunctional ..
    Thanks for your comments Stagehand
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    what strings are you running on this? Also, is it re-entrant High G, or linear Low G? It looks cool
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    This is what I use on my "Lucy" listed as National Rocket here. I figured out a way to use the same string sets that I use on my Tele.
    National 8-String Uke 2.jpgStrings.jpg
    MELE mahogany tenor 8-string
    Eastwood Airline Mandola strung as ukulele "Lucy"
    Lanikai LU-8E
    "Ovation" UAE148M
    K&K Pure XLR Preamp
    Pre DSP Fender Acoustasonic Jr
    Mid-Mo Mandolin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeky666 View Post
    This is what I use on my "Lucy" listed as National Rocket here. I figured out a way to use the same string sets that I use on my Tele.
    National 8-String Uke 2.jpgStrings.jpg
    Well, It looks like the Tele strings don't match what I use on Lucy after all. I think in the end I just put it together buying single strings but they are D'Addario and the gauges listed.
    MELE mahogany tenor 8-string
    Eastwood Airline Mandola strung as ukulele "Lucy"
    Lanikai LU-8E
    "Ovation" UAE148M
    K&K Pure XLR Preamp
    Pre DSP Fender Acoustasonic Jr
    Mid-Mo Mandolin

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    Used to have a MandoBird VIII and it was a lot of fun. To me the IV is more versatile. Have a good time with it. A good place for strings is EMando.com as they seem to have everything e-string related.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    * CGDA reentrant, **DAEB, ***GDAE, The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeky666 View Post
    Well, It looks like the Tele strings don't match what I use on Lucy after all. I think in the end I just put it together buying single strings but they are D'Addario and the gauges listed.
    Hey Geeky666, Lucy looks cool, an 8-string.

    I also saw a recommendation to purchase individual D'Addario strings, however I had a spare set of the Slinky strings already in my Strat case, which were for my Strat but I haven't been playing it for some time.
    I do recommend that people use the strings of their choice, and to experiment according to their desire with gauges. Personally I've become an adamant user of Slinkys on my Electric Guitar.
    Epiphone do the Mandobird in an 8-String, the Mandobird VIII, however I consider I was fortunate to stumble across the 4-String model. Apparently the Mandobird VIII has a Single Piece Saddle, whereas the Mandobird IV has Four individual fully adjustable saddles as on a Strat style Guitar. I found having the Individual Saddles meant I could adjust the intonation of each string accordingly, whereas with the Mandobird VIII that can't be done.
    Also I really wanted a 4-String, so for me it worked out very well, I also very much like the Firebirds. It's a personal thing, but I still count my blessings for finding this instrument. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it advertised on a FB page, and after 18 hours of the post being up there was not a soul interested in it. It was advertised as a small guitar, the owner had no idea about it, it was just sitting in their shed getting dusty and even the frets were starting to get a small amount of surface rust it had just been sitting there for years apparently, as some kind of ornamental purpose.
    Until I saw it I was not even aware these existed, and to be honest I looked at it several times before I really comprehended just what I was looking at. A quick and easy exchange and it's now mine. The previous owner really couldn't have cared less about it. As the saying goes "One man's trash is another man's treasure" ..
    I'm curious, Do you have a post regarding your National ?

    Thanks very much for your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    Used to have a MandoBird VIII and it was a lot of fun. To me the IV is more versatile. Have a good time with it. A good place for strings is EMando.com as they seem to have everything e-string related.
    Hi Stevez, I'm curious did you play the Mandobird VIII as a Mandolin or as a Ukulele ?
    I also have a preference for the four string, I can do some lead work, looping with it.
    I do have an 8-String Concert Uke though, which is apparently handcrafted in Germany by a Classical Instrument maker, it's solid top back and sides, I've never been able to find any reference to it anywhere, though the Maker is known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Beaver View Post
    Hi Stevez, I'm curious did you play the Mandobird VIII as a Mandolin or as a Ukulele ?
    I also have a preference for the four string, I can do some lead work, looping with it.
    I do have an 8-String Concert Uke though, which is apparently handcrafted in Germany by a Classical Instrument maker, it's solid top back and sides, I've never been able to find any reference to it anywhere, though the Maker is known.
    Had it as a mando GDAE. Got it used and it was fun, but passed it on. Hindsight being 20:20 I had the chance for a M IV and didn't take it, and have regretted not taking it. Would have tuned it CGDA and rocked with it. Ended up getting an Effin UkeStart (nylon string) electric from Butler Music and set the axe CGDA for rock stuff.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    * CGDA reentrant, **DAEB, ***GDAE, The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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