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    Default Pineapple Sundays from the team in Thailand?!

    I follow Mim on Instagram, and just saw her post about some incoming Pineapple Sundays that are built by the luthier team in Thailand, with final inspection by Pops, thus putting their price point closer to a “regular” Hawaiian built KoAloha koa ukulele.

    If I was in the market for them, I’d be all over this. Cool design from Pops built by one of my favorite overseas shops? Heck yes!
    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — 1918-19 Martin 2M Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Darn it. I need to figure out how to block your posts

    I absolutely fell in love with the Pineapple Sundays when I got to play a few in Hawaii last year, but they're comfortably enough out of budget that they're not a real temptation. Still out of budget, but not so far that I can't start thinking about math to make it work....

    Amazon tells me that I ordered my first uke (a Fender Venice) a year ago today. This would certainly be a big step up!

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    Can't help but wonder if they will be acacia or koa?
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    I had heard rumors about these earlier this year, but it is neat to seem them actually happening.

    More great ukes in the hands of more players is a good thing!

    (I'm still happy I bought a Pop's made Pineapple Sunday last week, mind you. I have zero regrets on it!)
    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)

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    Here is the info that I know about the different ukes (KoAloha vs UkeSA):

    The following are the differences in features for the KoAloha Pineapple Sunday and the UkeSA Pineapple Sunday.

    Let's begin at the top:

    KoAloha Headstock features the five point crown and the KoAloha logo.
    UkeSA headstock has five sharp pointed tips that represent the leaves of a pineapple. The logo just below the five pointed leaves is a pineapple colored yellow for the body and green leaves at the top.


    The difference with the fretboard is:

    KoAloha's present fretboard is ebony with paua abalone dots for fret markers.
    UkeSA's fretboard is a departure from utilizing fret dots and instead employs "fret bands" that covers the entire fret
    surface. The hardwoods utilized are maple, koa and any other hardwood that would be appropriate.


    The differences in the body are:

    KoAloha's former debossed grid on the face has been discontinued. In it's place, a much simpler debossed grid makes it much easier for anyone to be able to see the beauty of the Koa grain on the face instead of having the grain muddled by the elaborate debossing texture.

    UkeSA's body has no debossing at all. The choice was made to keep the face pure and simple but choosing the best
    curly and and other figured textures that would stand out and be immediately recognized as a high quality ukulele.

    In fact, besides this standard koa wood version, Pops is embarking on a new direction with the Pineapple Sunday. This new PIneapple Sunday series will be called Pops "One of a Pine" Pineapple Sundays. The Pineapple Sunday ukulele
    by far is the most popular, the most sought after ukulele Pops has made and because of this, he is taking the bold step
    of introducing as many variations of pineapple sunday shaped ukulele that his mind can conjure up.

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    Not to disagree with you @efiscella, but there are some differences in what Mim posted about and what you’re describing.

    See the screenshot I took of Mim’s post:
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    Edit: here’s a link to her post https://www.instagram.com/p/BzyrbpCn...d=qf68c3urcclw

    This batch of UkeSA pineapples appear to have fret “dots” in the form of a trapezoidal shape, not the fret bands. And the faces are very clearly debossed(?) in the photo. (Assuming that’s the grid pattern)

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the constant changes in design at KoAloha and with the ukes Pops makes are both neat and insanely infuriating for anyone who wants to be “in the know” about what they are doing.
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    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — 1918-19 Martin 2M Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    i fully understand what you are saying. The info I wrote above is directly from Pops. He ended his email to me with, "Hope I've explained it clear enough but it's getting hard to remember especially when I'm about to introduce so many other variations of the PIneapple Sunday." So, to your point, even Pops can't keep it straight. I guess every PS will be a one-off. Kinda cool.

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    I always thought the subtle debossed grid was a great touch. It was a classy look without being in your face or fighting with the rest of the design.

    Every Pops uke will be unique. That is fantastic! I'm sure it will a lot more fun for him. And keep his creativity sharp.
    There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing.
    You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

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    Just curious is UkeSA what they call the factory that makes Rebel but also produces the solid wood KoAloha uke imports?

    The MIM Instagram pics look great. These should be another great option for Uke players

    Did I miss which woods these would be make in from UkeSA?

    Thanks

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    I've always liked the kitschy look of the PS. I wonder what price point the UkeSA versions will come in at? Probably still 4 figures.
    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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