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    Default NUBD: Kala solid spruce top fretless...

    Actually got this last Friday? Saw it on ebay and for the price, just couldn't resist, so put my SUB up for sale and it went fast, so I made an offer and it was accepted! Love the fretless and the sound of the FS2. It's an older one from 2011, I believe, without the preamp, just like my EM. I think these early models without the preamp and battery and more to go wrong are the best Kala Ubasses, they sound better too. Got a set of Pahoehoes to install...

    Took it to a jam Saturday and it worked great! It's a little weird to not have frets, but I didn't goof up too much...
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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
    UBass: Kala FS2 - Pahoehoe

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    Nice find. I've been enjoying the fretless Cali more than the fretted SUB too
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    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
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

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    Put the Pahoehoes on...sound great, a lot easier to slide!
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    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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    I prefer the feel of the Pahoehoe, even though they're difficult to install and take weeks to stretch.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
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    ^^^ me too, and they sound great! I like the looks too, the tan Thunderguts just look funky to me.
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    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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    A week after installing the Pahoehoes, I unwound and rewound the strings. The E string was good, I got lucky with that one and got it close the 1st time. The rest were winding back upon themselves and the G string was wound up so high, it wouldn't stay in it's slot in the nut! I put a piece of painters tape on the string at the first fret, so that way I have a visual to get it close to in tune. After loosening and taking all the wraps off, I usually pull the tape back up to the 2nd fret and wind it on from there, but on A string, I pulled it back to within about a half fret and got about a wind and a half, the full fret was wound almost to the bottom and had no room to stretch. About a fret gives enough winds to hold on the D and G strings. Probably have to do this again an a couple weeks.
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    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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    Great idea with the tape !
    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
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Yep, that's the way I do it, a tape marker. I actually clamp down the uke so I can hold the strings better.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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