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    Default Uke with a Compass?

    Del Rey performed at the Funky Frets Uke Fest over the weekend, and she mentioned something about a uke with a compass design or logo. I'm not sure if she meant on the headstock or the sound hole. Any idea what that might be?

    She played a nice thin little travel uke of some kind.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Compass rose by Rick Turner?

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    It may have been one of the older Kala pocket ukes, or soprano travel ukes. I think some of them actually had a working compass built into the head stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    Compass rose by Rick Turner?
    This comes second hand from someone else, but I think she was referring to a travel uke.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Compass Rose is my guess. I got these off of Reverb from an old Mim's listing. Mim used to carry his work, but she doesn't have them on her site anymore. This is just one variant of his compass theme.

    Compass Rose1.jpgCompass Rose2.jpg

    They always get excellent reviews.

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    Compass? We don't need no stinkin' compass! Go old school, with a sextant!

    Sextant uke.jpg

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    An early run of Kala thinline travel ukes had functional compasses on the headstock, between the tuners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Compass Rose is my guess. I got these off of Reverb from an old Mim's listing. Mim used to carry his work, but she doesn't have them on her site anymore. This is just one variant of his compass theme.

    Compass Rose1.jpgCompass Rose2.jpg

    They always get excellent reviews.
    You're probably correct on that, Kenn, as Jerry's reference (now that I look more closely!) was apparently to a compass design or logo, rather than the "functioning" built-in compass I had in mind!

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    Just spotted one of those Kalas with a functional compass built into the headstock yesterday!

    I can't remember where, but here's one image and description :
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...oprano-ukulele

    Look up Kala Compass Thinline
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    I have one of the first soprano travel uses & it HAS a compass imbedded in head

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