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

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2019


    Gotta say friction tuners are a bridge burner for me too. Hate them with a passion. A distant second are graphical inlays on the soundboard like turtles, palm tree and the Hawaiian islands. Finally, not too pleased with pin bridges either albeit I'm willing to grin 'n bear if the instrument is great otherwise. Greatly prefer a simple tie block bridge.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Ma., Ga., Fl.


    Foam Hard Case or Gig Bag...……………….absolutely hate them!

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2019


    Neck feel, has to be comfortable.

    Narrow Nut width.


    QA, that passes a bent and twisted neck means a certain manufacturer will never get any business from me.

    Cheap tuning pegs.

    Cheap unfinished looking Bridge.

    Sharp fret edges.

    Bad intonation.

    Action to high/low.

    Fret buzz.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2019


    I don't go for slotted headstocks. I know lot's of folks love them, but they just aren't my jam. (I won't say never, but I avoid them.)
    Ukes include (but are not limited to)
    • Blackbird Clara
    • Kamaka HF-2A (Koa Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (Acacia Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (Spruce Top Concert)

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


    Mine would also be built in plastic looking electronics. I have some pickups installed (misi) and I'm not talking about those but rather the onboard inbuilt ones. Also over the top bling and decoration. I like striking ukuleles but ones where it is the wood and the sound that make you go "wow".
    ~ "Music washes away the dust of everyday life" ~

    Location: UK
    Soprano - 2002 Koa KoAloha
    Concert - Ziegenspeck mahogany Sunburst sunrise Kanile'a KSC-C
    Tenor - Anuenue UT200 Sumi Kobo sinker cedar + ziricote Kamaka 100th anniversary Kanile'a KSR-T LFDM ukaferri
    Baritone - Kala SMHB

    "Beater" no brand solid spruce + rosewood tenor

  6. #16
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Steamy Hilo, HI


    visible electronics, slotted headstock, etched designs on bodies, "hawaii theme" inlays or designs on bodies
    Last edited by bkrownd; 05-29-2019 at 10:13 AM.
    Cordoba guilele
    Rebel N.E.O. tenor
    Birger Huber Baritone

  7. #17


    I forgot to add having a sound I don't like. I have to like how it sounds.

    And inlay work with nude people or semi-nude. It has to be a ukulele I can show my grandson.

    I edited my post to add if I'm going directly to the builder and they don't respond to calls/emails then how can I even make a purchase or discuss a custom build?
    Last edited by keenonuke; 05-30-2019 at 04:48 PM.
    Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors including Baritone body at a Tenor Scale - 4 String, 5 String and 8 String :-)

  8. #18
    Join Date
    May 2015


    Cheap unbranded tuners.
    Kamaka HF-2LD - Kanile'a Custom 5 string Super Tenor - KoAloha Special Issue Tenor - Pono MGTDP - Pono ATDC-CR

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa


    No particular attribute that would be a deal breaker. Because if I don't like it there isn't going to be a deal to break. But if I do like a particular ukulele, not being able to communicate with someone. It takes me forever to buy something, and the more expensive the longer it takes. I don't need to get on the phone and talk directly to someone, but I need someone to at least answer emails or message me when I have questions. Sweetwater, Elderly, Mim, Mainland, those are places I have bought from and every one of them there is a person who I can communicate with. If I'm looking on a site and I go to the page to contact them and I just get an FAQ page and no way to actually get a response, I'm gone and I'm never going back. There's never anything I want that I can't go somewhere else to get it. That's a deal breaker for me. The second thing is waiting. Probably the reason I will never get a custom ukulele. As I said above, it take me a long time to pull the trigger, but when I do, I want it now. I don't want to wait. I hate waiting.

    Edit: After reading the posts before and after me, I guess that I didn't realize that "deal breakers" meant what you don't like. I don't like ukuleles that look like mandolins.
    Last edited by Rllink; 05-29-2019 at 11:14 AM.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Cleveland Ohio


    Intonation. Oh, you said it already sounds great.
    Then there is no deal breaker.
    Pretty? Ugly? I am OK.
    Tuner style? I have been replacing with Gotoh.
    So far, I have stayed away from electronics, but I am not against one.
    Last edited by bobhost; 05-29-2019 at 10:40 AM.
    Oscar-Schmidt Taropatch (1920)
    Cordoba Concert
    Oscar-Schmidt Soprano (1920)
    Cordoba Tenor (low G)

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