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Thread: Shima Ukulele - finally came! (+Sound sample video)

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    Default Shima Ukulele - finally came! (+Sound sample video)

    So after a long wait (and having my package stuck in US customs for nearly a month) my new Shima Ukulele finally arrived to me.

    I didn't know what to expect, as they are a brand new company setup by Jake and Bruce Shimabukuro. They claimed to deliver a "professional quality" ukulele at an affordable price...

    Here is a quick sound sample video I recorded just now:
    Completely raw audio, straight from microphone.


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


    My overall opinion is that they certainly delivered on that promise.
    The ukulele is quite loud, bright and clear despite being a laminate mahogany. The fit and finish is pretty decent. The website says "Satin" finish, but it is semi-glossy in my view.. kinda reminiscent of Kamaka's lacquer finish, but not as fancy.

    The thing that stood out the most for me was the SETUP straight out of the box. We ukulele folks are so used to inexpensive ukuleles having a poor setup from the box. However, the Shima ukulele is immaculately setup. I don't have to do a thing!
    The nut is perfectly filed, the bone saddle has already been precisely adjusted to give a comfortable action of 2mm at the 12th fret.
    It's been a while since I've played an ukulele so well setup out of the box.


    Unfortunately they are out of stock at the moment, but hopefully we'll see more in stock soon!
    http://shimaukulele.com/


    Absolutely no affiliation. Just a happy customer.
    Bruce also kept in touch with me throughout the shipping process to keep me informed. He an absolute delight to deal with and offers great shipping options internationally with tracking.
    Last edited by kissing; 04-13-2018 at 05:37 PM.

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    Thank you for posting. I think you could have put this in review subsection.

    The way you play, I'm sure even the cheapest uke can sound fine with your talents.
    The 2 mm at 12th fret might be a bit low for someones or with differing humidity it could go lower? It is so easy to sand down the bottom for lower action, but for higher a new saddle is needed.

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    Congrats Kissing, all's well that ends well, it finally arrived safe & sound
    All the best,
    Campbell


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    Very nice. I know you like low action. Did you have to ask for that specifically or it just came like that "by default"?
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarmo_S View Post
    Thank you for posting. I think you could have put this in review subsection.

    The way you play, I'm sure even the cheapest uke can sound fine with your talents.
    The 2 mm at 12th fret might be a bit low for someones or with differing humidity it could go lower? It is so easy to sand down the bottom for lower action, but for higher a new saddle is needed.
    I posted here as it wasn't really a "review" per se, but just announcing that this ukulele turned out to be pretty good.
    There was a topic beforehand where questions were raised in regards to what the quality level would be.

    That being said, I am surprised 2mm is considered "too low". For my personal tastes, 2.0mm is just bearable.
    I'd prefer it to be 1.5mm even. Anything over 2.0mm would prompt me to grab the sandpaper for a bit of setup.
    But I suppose it's personal preference


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks
    Very nice. I know you like low action. Did you have to ask for that specifically or it just came like that "by default"?
    The ukulele came just like this by default. I didn't add any special instructions - I just checked out of the website and paid with Paypal.
    I was surprised at how nicely setup it was.
    Last edited by kissing; 04-14-2018 at 03:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissing View Post
    The ukulele came just like this by default. I didn't add any special instructions - I just checked out of the website and paid with Paypal.
    I was surprised at how nicely setup it was.
    Huh, very interesting. (I don't need a long neck, don't need another long neck....)

    How do you like the strings? Sound pretty good. Do you think you'll want to try flourocarbons soon or just as happy to stick with the nylons?
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Huh, very interesting. (I don't need a long neck, don't need another long neck....)

    How do you like the strings? Sound pretty good. Do you think you'll want to try flourocarbons soon or just as happy to stick with the nylons?
    As far as sizing goes, it's a soprano-body, concert neck (I think).

    The strings are D'addario Pro-Arte clear nylons.
    These happen to be strings I quite like anyway (for other ukes too), so I intend to keep them.
    But the ukulele will probably sound great with any string, including fluorocarbons. Keep in mind, the ukulele itself is inherently bright-sounding.
    Putting on bright-sounding strings may make it sound a bit brash.


    I've dropped mine off at my local luthier to have a passive undersaddle pickup installed

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