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    Default Have you ever purchased a uke based on looks alone?

    The thread about ukulele bling has me wondering how many people out there have purchased ukes based on looks alone. With so many people having to rely on the internet for uke purchases I'm guessing that it is probably fairly common. When I think of my own experience, 2 of my 3 ukes were purchased based on looks alone. (Though one of those was a solid acacia and I kinda wanted an acacia uke so that was a bonus.) Granted, both were purchased from a reliable seller so returns wouldn't have been an issue and both were from respected brands so I was reasonably assured that the uke would sound at least good if not great. One of those I didn't even know I wanted until I saw it and it burrowed itself into my mind until I had to buy it! Now I have another uke I didn't know I wanted calling my name. My resistance is waning by the hour.........

    How many of you have purchased a uke based on looks alone?
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    I recently bought the orange colored soprano travel uke made by the Flight company, very inexpensive (which didn't hurt), but primarily based on its "cuteness"!
    Turned out to be a very serviceable instrument too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    .......How many of you have purchased a uke based on looks alone?
    Well, maybe not looks alone.....but as Choirguy knows I'm a sucker for carbon (or linen..) fiber instruments, owning a Composite Acoustics GX, an Emerald X7, Blackbird Farallon, and most recently a Klos Tenor Ukulele. So I didn't get the Klos just based on looks, but I wouldn't have jumped on it if the body had been painted solid brown or white.

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    Yes...........most time I am not so shallow but I just couldn't resist. I love curly koa and I love flamed maple. I saw a used Kimo tenor for sale on FFM with a koa top and maple back and sides that i just had to have. It did possess two key playing components that I insist on in a custom, radius fret board and side sound port. But I had no idea if it would sound any good........got lucky, it sounds great. Good thing as it would have been an expensive wall hanger

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    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Yes, my first was a Fender NoHea tenor. I had two $100 gift cards from Amazon and my wife suggested that I buy my uke from them. I had read that the best wood for ukuleles was koa. The description said that it was "all koa". I liked the fender-style headstock. The reviews were good. And since I knew nothing about ukuleles, I decided to buy it.

    Because I liked its looks in the Amazon pictures. I decided I could live with the faux abalone rosette.

    I have chosen one ukulele over another because I liked the looks of one more than I liked the other. But it was a choice between the same model, or similar ukuleles from two different makers.

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    Yeah, once bougth a Luna Tattoo.
    Sold it again.
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    Yep. I bought a blingy Bruce Wei off ebay once. Had the resonance of a piece of 2x4.

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    Yes, in my first year of playing uke five years ago, I went thorough 16 mainly for looks, but I culled them to four that played and sounded best. I had Bruce Wei make me a really good custom uke back then, and I've had four more made for a certain look knowing they would be really good, and they have been. I've even bought a couple off his eBay store that are also really good. Before then he let other builders sell through his eBay store that were not very good, which gave him bad reviews, so he stopped doing that a few years ago.


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    No.. but on brand alone a few times.. did not know what the uke will sound nor was it custom ordered... but went with the brand (Mya Moe/beansprout, MBU, Ono, Cocobolo, National resonator).

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    When I first started out, I tried a tenor (too big, at that time), a soprano (pineapple, because it looked different, but too small), a concert (because it was the inbetween size) - & then I saw a long neck soprano with a concert scale neck, which I had found to be comfortable for me to learn on.

    So glad I got that long neck, as it was the one I most used in my first 6 months of learning.

    So, yes, that pineapple soprano & my first long neck soprano were mainly bought on what they looked like.

    (Since then it has been a combination of price, sound quality, & then looks - but I'm not one for bling.)
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