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    Quick noodle:
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnRC View Post
    I believe Kohanmike and others on this thread and maybe on TalkBass have changed to the Pahoehoe strings on the MB and thought it performed much better.
    I prefer either the Pahoehoe for their smoothness, or the LaBella/Gold Tone flatwounds, but I did leave the Thunderguts on my recently purchased Rondo acoustic walnut bass since I only use that bass occasionally for hospital gigs, and to my surprise I actually put a set of Thunderguts on my new Kala red Journeyman U-bass that came with the Kala nylon core round wound (that I don't like at all) only because the Thunderguts are the same color as the binding on the Journeyman. I was going to use a set of red Pahoehoe, but the Thunderguts really look good (there goes my Pahoehoe smooth preference).

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Quick noodle:
    Using a pick really makes those strings sound like a standard electric bass. For the almost 50 years I played guitar, I always used a pick, but playing uke and bass uke now, I only use fingers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Using a pick really makes those strings sound like a standard electric bass.
    I agree, and that's all that's in this video. I didn't do it consciously, but I guess I was trying to see what kind of range of sounds I could get with just the tone knob. It is definitely capable of different tones with pick vs fingers vs just thumb. I plan to make another video exploring that.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    From the owner's manual:
    Strings
    MicroBass strings are made of a rubber polymer and are available direct from Gold Tone or through an authorized Gold Tone dealer. Use
    ONLY MicroBass branded strings as they are designed specifically for this 23 scale length model. Similar off-brand rubber strings will not
    work and may cause damage to the instrument. Using non-MicroBass branded strings will void the 5-year warranty
    Well then, those flatwounds definitely voided your warranty...if you have one.
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    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Epiphone Hummingbird - Living Water low G
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Well then, those flatwounds definitely voided your warranty...if you have one.
    Well, I'm at least the third owner, so any warranty is probably void on that basis. But these strings are one of three approved/branded options: https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldt...comparison.php
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Well, I'm at least the third owner, so any warranty is probably void on that basis. But these strings are one of three approved/branded options: https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldt...comparison.php
    That's weird, Pahoehoes wouldn't put any more or less stress on the instrument than Thunderguts...must be a sponsorship issue.
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Epiphone Hummingbird - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 - Pahoehoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    That's weird, Pahoehoes wouldn't put any more or less stress on the instrument than Thunderguts...must be a sponsorship issue.
    Agreed. I can't see a technical reason not to use Pahoehoe or Thunder Reds for that matter.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Thanks for sharing your experience here with your new bass.

    It looks great and sounds like a full-sized bass in your video.

    Best of luck with it!

    P.S. - another fun and easy bass line is from "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Basic (bassic? ) setup instructions:
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Good presenttion Jim (though the rotating action got my a little dizzy). The washers to set the strings out of the hole is a good idea, as is the bridge adjustment tip.


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