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Thread: NUD: aNueNue Moon Bird US200

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    Default NUD: aNueNue Moon Bird US200

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    Just arrived from HMS, and I couldn’t wait to get home from work to post the NUD, it is that exciting!

    This beauty exceeds my expectations. Tone, sustain, playability, build quality, wood grain, and that adorable fat shape in soprano size all combine to make this a real joy to play, and I’ve only spent ~10 minutes noodling around on it. I’m heading out of town this weekend, but will try to record a sample once I get back.

    The shine on the back made it hard to photograph the grain, as it is almost a mirror finish. I included the Snark tuner in one shot for size reference.

    I think this may be my “the one” in soprano size...just unreal how much I enjoy it!
    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — The Rebel ‘Double Cheesecake’ C-LN — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — Kanile‘a 2019 Platinum Tenor #21021 — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Some additional photos.

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    I love the heel on the neck, very sleek design and profile.
    Last edited by YogiTom; 05-23-2019 at 10:49 AM.
    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — The Rebel ‘Double Cheesecake’ C-LN — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — Kanile‘a 2019 Platinum Tenor #21021 — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Congratulations Tom, how absolutely beautiful! Enjoy!
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    From one soprano fan to another...."My! Look at that wonderful fat little bottom!"
    I love it. Now I want one...maybe some day I will find a slightly used one.

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    Looks absolutely wonderful and I think it’s worth every penny! Even the case is a custom fit to that unique shape of moon bird.
    That spruce top, wow, did I see flames pattern on it or just camera angle?
    And another thing, I’m curious if you are still planning on installing the pickup? I’d be so worried to even think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Looks absolutely wonderful and I think it’s worth every penny! Even the case is a custom fit to that unique shape of moon bird.
    That spruce top, wow, did I see flames pattern on it or just camera angle?
    And another thing, I’m curious if you are still planning on installing the pickup? I’d be so worried to even think about it.
    Your eyes don’t deceive you; the pattern is to die for! It is a very subtle and hard to capture flame, but I catch glimpses as it moves around.

    As for the pickup, I’m still deciding. I figured I would give it some play time to see if I wanted to keep it acoustic or not. On the bright side, the custom case already has the notch cut in the padding for the pickup should I opt to get it! To your point, finding the right luthier would be key.
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    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — The Rebel ‘Double Cheesecake’ C-LN — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — Kanile‘a 2019 Platinum Tenor #21021 — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Teaching Music Together since 2019

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    That’s great you’re that stoked. Looks like an instrument that could go the long run.
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    What a great little soprano. Congratulations! I'm sure you will have years of enjoyment playing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YogiTom View Post
    Your eyes don’t deceive you; the pattern is to die for! It is a very subtle and hard to capture flame, but I catch glimpses as it moves around.

    As for the pickup, I’m still deciding. I figured I would give it some play time to see if I wanted to keep it acoustic or not. On the bright side, the custom case already has the notch cut in the padding for the pickup should I opt to get it! To your point, finding the right luthier would be key.
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    You definitely got yourself a keeper. Those flames I think are considered as silking. See link below to a guitar forum:

    https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=157442

    Yea, seems like a good idea to keep as acoustic for a while as swiss moon spruce usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up than Engelmann or Sitka spruce. Then again, the wood opening up is another topic by itself!
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    Congrats! It's a beauty and cannot wait for your sound samples.

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