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    Default NUD: Bonanzalele Concert

    This is my third uke from Pete and Shelley Mai, aka Bonanza Ukuleles. I hadn't intended on getting this one so soon after the second, but these officially launched very shortly after I placed the order for the eggplant SLN, and I just had to get back in line for one of these.

    Specs:
    Concert scale
    Butterscotch retro laminate top
    Cherry+aspen body and head plate
    Cherry neck, arm rest, fingerboard
    Graphtec Ratio tuners
    Reentrant gCEA with Seaguar fluorocarbon leader line

    This is a hybrid instrument. It's not a banjo uke, but it goes in that direction with a wood back resonator, open body, and laminate top in lieu of a skin or drum head.

    The sound is kinda between a "real" uke and a banjo uke too. More attack and less sustain, though the sustain is more than I expected. That might have to do with my choice of fluorocarbon strings instead of the usual Aquilas which I've never really liked the feel of.

    The other change I requested was the funky top pattern instead of the standard white with "Lil Jo" graphic. Just too kitschy for me. I'm not worried about resale.

    As usual, the setup is great and the uke is very comfortable to play.

    I probably wouldn't recommend this as a first or only ukulele, but if you're looking for something distinctly different, look no further.

    Here are some pics on imgur:
    https://imgur.com/a/nPShANI

    And I'll post a few here:
    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Thanks for showing! I'm not allowed to bring a banjo into the house but this might be able to sneak by, its a round ukulele��. Saw the review that Baz did a while back......like your choice of head design better as well.

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    So appreciate you sharing Jim, so nicely crafted and I am excited to hear a sound sample if you get the opportunity to post one. As I have stated in past I own an Oreo and it will definitely not be my only Bonanza instrument.

    Thanks again,

    Steve.
    The Dude Abides.

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    I love the back side of these; the Bonanza oval is perfect there! Congrats on your new instrument!
    My ukulele blog: http://ukestuff.info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicysteve View Post
    So appreciate you sharing Jim, so nicely crafted and I am excited to hear a sound sample if you get the opportunity to post one.
    It's high on the list. Hopefully before the weekend is out
    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
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    I love the top on your Bonanzalele. Really fun! Can't wait for your sound sample.
    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.

    —Lou Churchill, Plane & Pilot Magazine

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    Thanks for sharing here - that one looks really neat!
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Very nice - and Ratio tuners! I could never get one of those ukes because I wouldn't be able to decide on a pattern.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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