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Thread: Old NUD: Vintage 1920s Martin Soprano

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    Red face Old NUD: Vintage 1920s Martin Soprano

    I saw this uke: https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...ulele-1k-50484 and traded in my MM 1181 for it (maybe not the best trade in terms of value.. but my 1181 was taking its own sweet time to sell..)

    When I played this uke, it blew me away and since I was in store, I was able to compare it to other vintage ukes. The sound was loud and sweet.

    The uke did have many battle scars but it had been played a lot, the first 3-4 frets show the wear. This I guess is a good sign, someone really enjoyed this uke and I can see or rather hear why.

    Doing against common wisdom, I decided to have this uke refinished by Gryphon strings keeping the fret board the same. The tuners were upgraded to gotoh. Having every thing fixed up and refinished did change the sound a bit, it felt like going from a crazy hairstyle to to a more refined hairstyle.. same person but a bit more composed.

    I want this uke to last for another 100 years!

    Sound samples coming soon.




    Last edited by kerneltime; 10-26-2018 at 05:07 AM.

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    One more pic

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    Maybe it is a case of "the chicken or the egg", but sometimes I wonder if some of these instruments sound good because they were played a lot or whether they were played a lot because they sounded good. Enjoy it for many years!

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    Congrats...that sounds great!
    John

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    Sounds great
    I recognise that tune so well

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    Sure is a beauty! Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loveiz View Post
    Sounds great
    I recognise that tune so well
    Do you mean one of the songs I am playing or the tone of the instrument?

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    Wow - sounds great. Nice and full tone, with that beautiful dry crystal edge that only vintage uke can do. Congrats!

    Originally Posted by ukemunga:
    "Best is a very personal thing. You gotta play it to love it. And you'll always think there's one better. And there is."

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    Fantabulous! Love it! Many congrats!!
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

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