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Thread: NUD(very late): Fred Shields Soprano

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    Default NUD(very late): Fred Shields Soprano

    Itís taken me forever to post my newest acquisition from Fred Shields. It is a beautifully crafted mahogany soprano with a nod to Martin Style O but with a few Fred Shields upgrades.
    Specs:
    All Solid mahogany top/back/sides/neck
    Rosewood fretboard and bridge
    Ebony nut and saddle
    UPT tuners w/ black buttons.

    Itís light, resonant, warm with a lovely bark. I have it strung with Aquila Nylguts. It had Martin M600ís but for me they felt too thin under my fingers. Also a bit too bright. The Aquilas give it that old timey sound that suits its build and wood choice. I feel like Iím in the minority on loving the Nylguts. Mr. Shields is a real craftsman and a gentleman to work with. This one is a keeper. I feel honored to own it.

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    Congratulations Astien, that's a little beauty!
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Beautiful. The first I heard of Fred was in a Brett McQueen video. Fred made a uke for him.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    I have a Martin Style 0 clone soprano (Ken Timms variety), and I like Nylguts on it too. There is something about that fat, classic sound that makes Nylon an inescapable choice for me on that instrument.

    Enjoy your new uke!

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    I own two of Fred Shields Ukes. They are very well made, and I am very happy with them.
    A day without playing uke is a day not well lived.

    Joseph

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    Congrats Astein. what a sweetie!

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    Congratulations and welcome to the Fred Shields family. I have owned one for about a year now and really enjoy it.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Fred makes really nice ukuleles. While his designs are pretty basic, devoid of bling, his craftsmanship is first rate. I stumbled upon Fred’s work at Moze Guitars in La Mesa in 2010. Fred has made a few more for my wife and I over the last couple of years. He is also one of the nicest people out there.

    Congrats!

    John

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    I am probably responsible for promoting Fred Shields.
    I bought three during my first visit then ordered an all cherry pineapple!
    Mr Shields craftsmanship is impeccable!
    Congratulations and welcome to the FS family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    Itís taken me forever to post my newest acquisition from Fred Shields. It is a beautifully crafted mahogany soprano with a nod to Martin Style O but with a few Fred Shields upgrades.
    Specs:
    All Solid mahogany top/back/sides/neck
    Rosewood fretboard and bridge
    Ebony nut and saddle
    UPT tuners w/ black buttons.

    Itís light, resonant, warm with a lovely bark. I have it strung with Aquila Nylguts. It had Martin M600ís but for me they felt too thin under my fingers. Also a bit too bright. The Aquilas give it that old timey sound that suits its build and wood choice. I feel like Iím in the minority on loving the Nylguts. Mr. Shields is a real craftsman and a gentleman to work with. This one is a keeper. I feel honored to own it.
    Super nice. Did you have to contact him directly to have this custom made?
    Ukuleles:
    1960's Martin Style-0
    LoPrinzi Concert (Redwood & Mahogany)
    Fred Shields Style-0 Replica
    Kala Elite 1MHG-S
    Ohana SK-25S
    Kala Elite 1KOA-T << Letting this one go soon. PM if interested.

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