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    Hello all, Iíve been thinking about getting a tenor scale acoustic-electric and was looking for some recommendations. Iíve been going over the web and have seen many brands but our national music stores do not carry.

    Now I am interested in the Godin MultiUke, but at $1300 can it is expensive. That said I am looking for quality but would not be adverse to saving some money.

    I also do not buy used. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated...thanks.
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    I bought a used Multiuke here in the Marketplace for $400, one of the best purchases I ever made, it's pretty much perfect. You can't go wrong buying one, even at $1300. and I've seen used ones on Reverb and eBay for about $700. I also have a Kala KAATP-CTG-CE, solid cedar top, preamp/pickup, cutaway, recommended by Mim, my go to gig uke.


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    Are you looking for an acoustic-electric with a built-in active pickup and the controls built into the side? Or are you open to an acoustic tenor with the pickup added to it?

    The Godin is a great electric uke, but it is not an acoustic.

    Everyone I know who has bought an aNueNue Moon Bird tenor with an aNueNue Air pickup loves the instrument as both an acoustic and an electric. The pickup uses a piezo and a microphone to get the sound. Both are adjustable to get the best sound for the venue.

    I quite like my Martin T1 IZ acoustic with a Baggs 5.0 active pickup.
    But I also really like my Pono RTC(S)-PC with a Pono passive pickup.

    You can hunt for an acoustic that you really like. And then add a pickup to it. Or you can buy one that has the electronics built in at the factory. Both approaches work.
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    The Kala cedar top is a great sounding uke in its own right, so one fitted with a pick up will give you what you want, & not too expensive.
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    Looking for a very nice tenor, an exceptional buy? Check out the Donner Deal tenor with electrics. Got one and if someone stole it, I would get a replacement. Not as great a tone as some, but a good one nevertheless

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I also have a Kala KAATP-CTG-CE, solid cedar top, preamp/pickup, cutaway, recommended by Mim, my go to gig uke.
    I also have a Kala tenor uke with preamp/pickup and it does fine.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
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    Apart from the Godin and (I suppose) the solid Pono and Ko'olau - i would rarely if ever recommend a pre installed electro setup. The pickups they use are fitted to a budget and add a lot of unnecessary wiring, batteries and the like that you just don't need. And that includes all the obvious names.

    I know of very very few professionals who plug in on stage that use the pre-installed systems. The usual pro way to go (and this isn't 'pro only' - anyone can do this - it's what I do) - is to find an acoustic tenor you like the sound of, and then fit (or have fitted) a reasonable simple passive pickup strip to it. Single pickup, single wire, single socket. Clean tone that you shape off the uke without adding a load of wires and batteries.

    In short - pretty much ANY acoustic you like can be electrified. Most uke specialist dealers will do it for you too.
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    The Godin is not an acoustic electric, it is a semi hollow body. I use to own one and it is quiet when played unplugged. If you want an acoustic tenor ukulele that you can plug in to an amplifier fhen buy any tenor that you like and have a pick up installed. Budget about $150 for a LR Baggs 5.0 or MISI installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    The Godin is not an acoustic electric, it is a semi hollow body.
    Yeah, I know that. It’s still one of the only pre installed pickup systems I’d happily recommend. Any pre install in a Kala etc - nah - cheap junk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Yeah, I know that. It’s still one of the only pre installed pickup systems I’d happily recommend. Any pre install in a Kala etc - nah - cheap junk.
    I wasnt responding to your comment I was responding to the OP.

    Don't get me wrong the Godin has the best stock pick up system going. I love the amplified sound, much better then anything out there
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