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Thread: My Thoughts on Martin's Konter Replica

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    Default My Thoughts on Martin's Konter Replica

    I wanted to start a conversation about the Replica Martin Konter 1K ukulele. I’ve had mine a few months now and I want to say up front, this is my favorite ukulele. I’ve got quite a few post-2011 Martins, including Style 3’s, Style 2’s and an S1. These are all newer Martins mostly from the custom shop, but all great examples of their vintage styles nonetheless. While I do prefer the sound of vintage Martins, I don’t necessarily want some of the problems associated with owning a vintage instrument. That’s why I’ve chosen to have the custom shop build most of my collection and I must admit, they all sound great.

    My decision to purchase this particular Martin Konter was based on online photos and the nice curly Koa used in it’s construction. When I received the ukulele and took it out of its case, it didn’t disappoint in the looks department. But, WOW, when I tuned it up and that first strum, I couldn’t believe just how open and vintage this ukulele sounded. It’s light as a feather and has sustain that lasts for what seems like minutes. This ukulele responds to the lightest of touches but also doesn’t “overdrive” with a heavier hand when strumming. I’ve spec’ed all my Martin customs with PegHead geared tuners. However, these are standard with the Martin Konter. Also, a nice custom TKL hardshell case comes standard and a very nice fitting case it is with great protection inside and out.

    I’ve been really giving some thought as to what makes this ukulele sound this good right out of the gate. The only thing I can immediately see different is the 12 fret fingerboard that doesn’t extend all the way to the sound hole. The vintage Style 0’s, Style 1’s and Style 2’s are all constructed this way. However, the Style 3’s all have great tone and volume and their fingerboards extend to the sound hole and glued to the ukulele top, so that might throw a curve ball in my logic as to why the Konter sounds so vintage.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts on the Replica Martin Konter ukulele. It’s my most played ukulele and the one that has the tone so reminiscent of the vintage Martins I’ve played in the past. It’s one of those instruments that just has a great feel and responds so nicely to the player.

    I would love to hear your thoughts. If you have a Martin Konter, what are your experiences with the ukulele?

    Jim
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    I would love to see a picture of you Uke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    I would love to see a picture of you Uke!
    Here you go:









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    Last edited by Ragtop232; 04-07-2019 at 02:39 AM.
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    -- last page of photos --







    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    I really like what Martin have done with this uke. I love the look, will probably never afford a good genuine vintage ukulele, but this would suit me down to the ground. I hope I will get to play one, or a similar vintage replica sometime.

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    And when you have it with you, you always have something to read! It's really cool-looking. Plus, I like the intersection of Byrd and ukuleles.

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    I'm curious about how the signatures are applied. I'm thinking silk screen. Then there is the potential wear factor when playing a lot. I have a friend that has an autographed ukulele by famous and known players. She can't play it now because it might smudge or even loose the the autographs.
    Glad to hear that CFMartin & Co produce a worthy successor to the iconic vintage ones.

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    According to Martin, the names are laser etched into the wood.

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    The question is, if I had $2,000 to spend on a ukulele, would I buy this?

    I don't know. I'd consider it. It's gorgeous and I love the history. And I really like Martins. It's much more than a gimmicky thing. So I'd give it a very serious look, and that's saying something!
    The site truncates my signature so I can't tell you

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    According to Martin, the names are laser etched into the wood.
    That's correct. You can actually feel the etching in the wood when rubbing over the signatures on the ukulele. I don't want to give the impression it's engraved with huge craters in the wood, but it's just enough you can feel it when slightly touching the area where the signatures are etched.
    Last edited by Ragtop232; 04-07-2019 at 02:52 AM.
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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