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    Default Kiwaya KS-1 vs Martin Style 0

    For anyone wondering how a laminate Kiwaya KS-1 may sound compared to a vintage Martin, I did this cellphone video.

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    I am curious about your thoughts on the two Ukes, Ukecaster.
    They both sound good to me, with the solid mahogany 40s uke being slightly louder and having more vibrantcy.
    The KS-1 laminate sounded very good and balanced as well, especially strumming. I would be happy to have it if I were looking for another soprano. Thank you for taking the time to post a comparison.
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    -Martin Style 1 Concert (1938?)
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    Kiwaya Laminates are really amazing instruments, especially for the cheap-ish price
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpshin View Post
    I am curious about your thoughts on the two Ukes, Ukecaster.
    To my ears, the vintage Martin has richer low/mids, and more overtones, a more complex sound. The Kiwaya is slightly brighter, but no slouch, as far as great mahogany soprano tone. Low frets and action make it a breeze to play. We'll see if the laminate sound changes over time. Added note: the Kiwaya body is deeper than the vintage Martin: 5 mm deeper at the body bottom, and 7 mm deeper body at the heel. I'm sure that helps the laminate crank out some extra volume.

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    Many will say that laminates don't improve with age, but I like to differ (I like laminate instruments )

    Great video and comparison, thanks. What tune is that if you don't mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsfloyd View Post
    ...What tune is that if you don't mind me asking?
    Nothing really, just a pattern I've been noodling around with, in an attempt to play something which sounds remotely classical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Nothing really, just a pattern I've been noodling around with, in an attempt to play something which sounds remotely classical.
    I liked it!

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    Love the Kiwaya laminates. Knock many similarly priced solid wood instruments out of the park, and many that cost more too.

    I have a Famous FS-1 (same as the KS-1) coming on my reviews page soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Love the Kiwaya laminates. Knock many similarly priced solid wood instruments out of the park, and many that cost more too.

    I have a Famous FS-1 (same as the KS-1) coming on my reviews page soon.

    Looking forward to that review!

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    Nice....But I think the martin wins without question.
    honestly, have you guys ever herd a Ohana sk28 Nunes special edition soprano?
    I have one and I am very impressed...its quite nice.
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