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Thread: What's your absolute "Deal-Breaker"?

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    A nut width less than 1-3/8”. Doesn’t matter how nice it sounds.

    Intonation only if it were miss placed frets. I can compensate most anything. I have one ukulele where the bridge is almost off by 5mm and compensated it.

    John

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    Sound holes anywhere other than the traditional place, or non-traditionally shaped sound holes, are usually a turn off for me. I'm fine with a variation on a circle like the Koaloha shape or the Maccaferri ovals, but hearts or butterflies or violin style holes on either side of the top are a no-no. Can't stand sound holes set off-centre either.

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    Don’t hate me but Koa. I know, I know! I’ve had every K brand made out of solid Koa and I’m just not liking the tone. I don’t mind sides and back made out of Koa (beautiful wood) but for soundboard I prefer cedar or redwood.

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    Intonation.
    Action/Feel.
    Tone.
    Dynamic range.
    Tuners.
    Looks.

    The higher it is on the list, the more likely a flaw in a particular ukeulele attribute will be a dealbreaker for me. Lower on the list, I can be much more forgiving.

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    I do not give a scat about appearance or other's opinions. As a paid performing musician, it's totally about sound, playabilty and price.

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    A pale fretboard. They just don't work for me.
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    KoAloha KCM-00 (koa concert)
    KoAloha KCO-10 (acacia concert Opio)
    Ohana TK-35CG (mahogany tenor w/cutaway)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Snail SUC (solid top mahogany concert)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    I can't get past rope binding. I just don't care for it no matter the sound.

    Well, sound is always first, but if there's an equivalent sounding uke with no rope binding then I'll go for it.

    Like others have said, I don't care for bling either.
    Last edited by mikhou; 05-29-2019 at 08:49 PM.

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    "What specific "feature" on a ukulele would make you wrinkle your nose and say "No, thanks!" more than anything else?"

    I like a ukulele to look like a ukulele. Too many of today's products are wannabe guitars, but smaller.

    John Colter.

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    Bling (especially that ugly rope binding) - bridge pegs - string through bridge - skinny neck - slotted head heavy neck (I've got one on a bari, & don't like its weight) - fancy pattern woods, I like quality plain finishes (not keen on gloss finishes either).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    Okay, I'll start a topic.

    We all like to talk about what things we love the most about our instruments. But being the diverse group that all humanity falls into, we also know that what one person loves, another may hate just as passionately.

    Without getting personal (please, let's not bash any brands or makers here), and assuming the hypothetical instrument is your preferred size, already sounds as great as you'd hoped, and price is no object (don't hate something because you can't afford it!), what specific "feature" on a ukulele would make you wrinkle your nose and say "No, thanks!" more than anything else?

    bratsche
    Too much bling.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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