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    Timely thread. I've just bought an Eastwood Airline Solid Body Electric - I think it's great but have no experience with any thing else electric.
    Anyone else played one? How does it compare to the RISA et al?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie44 View Post
    kohanmike - I am a little disappointed in you for not bringing up the Godin Multi-Uke, which we both have. Both Mike and I had solid body electric ukes, and I know that I found that the Godin gave me everything the solid body did and more. And they are around the same price and beautiful.
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    FYI: The Pono and the Godin are BOTH not steel-string solid-body electric ukes with MAGNETIC pickups. However... The Pono and the Godin, and the RISA stick and RISA Uke'Elle all use piezo pickups and have nylon-type strings, so... The steel-string solid-body electric uke with MAGNETIC pickups, linked by the OP for sale on etsy, is only similar to the Konablaster, the RISA LP, Kamoa E5S/Alida, and Vorson mentioned by Mike and myself, are in fact steel-string solid-body electric ukes with MAGNETIC pickups. Amplification is achieved by two completely different methods as nylon-type strings will not react to the magnetic field created by magnetic pickups, and thus be VERY quiet if you tried this and your amp at best would be producing either silence or a 50/60 hz hum. Whereas, piezo pickups react to vibration, pressure or flexion, or some combination of any or all of these, and as such can work with any kinds of strings...
    I didn't mention the Godin because I don't put it in the same category as mentioned, nylon string piezo pup vs steel string magnetic pup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I didn't mention the Godin because I don't put it in the same category as mentioned, nylon string piezo pup vs steel string magnetic pup.

    Maybe I'm in the wrong thread too. The airline is nylon string/piezo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    FYI:

    The Pono and the Godin are BOTH not steel-string solid-body electric ukes with MAGNETIC pickups.

    However...

    The Pono and the Godin, and the RISA stick and RISA Uke'Elle all use piezo pickups and have nylon-type strings. ...
    in your opinion, which produces a more "uke-ish"sound"--- piezo or magnetic? (all other things being equal, and as *general rule*)

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    A 'nylon' string electric will sound more like a traditional uke than a steel string, however, using certain amps, there are settings to make a steel string sound more traditional sounding, likewise, there are settings to make a 'nylon' string sound more electric guitar like.

    It is like the difference you get between an acoustic & an electric guitar.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    in your opinion, which produces a more "uke-ish"sound"--- piezo or magnetic? (all other things being equal, and as *general rule*)
    Hard to answer, defining "uke-ish"sound" is highly subjective and slippery slope.

    IMHO, both are "uke-ish", but completely different, and both piezo pups and mag pups, sound nothing like a Martin, Kamaka or other acoustic uke.

    Too many variables involved to make a blanket statement, and I do not wish to derail the tread into a debate about pickup technologies, differences in amplifiers, PA systems and recording interfaces...suffice it to say that no pickup will match exactly the acoustic resonance in the air that you hear with your ears, but they can only approximate the sound (piezos) and magnetic pickups do not primarily use acoustic resonance but rather disturbance of a magnetic field to create sound.

    To me, the sound of an acoustic uke vs. uke with piezo vs. uke with steel-string magnetic is like comparing a dog vs. cat vs. fox...they are all furry critters, but not the same.

    Imagine if you will, the sound of a classical guitar, and then compare it to the sound of a Les Paul or Stratocaster....

    now ask yourself which is more 'guitar-ish'....

    same problem = how YOU define the sound...

    Still in doubt? - a YT search will reveal wonders and you can decide which sound it has:

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ectric+ukulele
    This FAQ link will help you learn about:
    - Magic Fluke Company ukes
    - Pickups, Preamps and Impedance Mismatch
    - Home Recording and Mics
    - String Upgrades
    - iPad Microphones
    - Wolfelele Uke Kit
    - How to string a Baritone uke as a piccolo bass
    - Strings I used for GDAE and CGDA fifths tunings

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    Mahalo used to make a solid body steel string electric, but I haven't seen it advertised lately, but I think it was a concert scale, of lower quality.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I own a Jupiter Creek LP style Concert(15") steel string ukulele and an Alida concert scale (16") steel string ukulele. Cool instruments.

    First the Jupiter Creek. Its the Lead instrument in a Multi-track recording. The amp is a Garageband plugin.


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    Second. The Alida. The amp is a Fender Mustang Floor unit.

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    I had a Risa LP that was really nice and if I wanted another steel string uke, would not hesitate to buy it.
    I've given up on steel string ukes, however. I'm sticking to nylgut and fluorocarbon strings for ukes. I have steel strings on my tenor guitars and mandolin. These instruments are built for steel strings from the get go and don't need to be amplified. They are also tuned in fifths, giving a broader range in chord sounds and easy transposition.

    My latest purchase is this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-Meta...vip=true&rt=nc At $160 including shipping, it is a steal. I can play it as a mandolin, remove four strings and play it as a small tenor guitar (soprano guitar) or use it for a hammer.

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