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    Default Bonanza Homestead Line

    Bonanza has just introduced a new line of ukes - Homestead - with an introductory price of $200.

    https://www.bonanzaukuleles.com/category-s/155.htm

    They look almost identical to the Oreo thinelines, but with fewer customization options.

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    They look great. I can't figure out the difference between those and say the Oreo or a Slimline?
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    Claims to be the same sound and playability, just fewer "frills"
    They were already the best bang-for-the-buck option for a made-by-hand uke
    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
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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    Are those tuners geared?

    The differences I can see between the Oreo and the Homestead is that the latter won't have the sandwiched contrasting wood in the body or on the headstock, it doesn't have a rosette and you don't have a tuner option.
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    Thanks. They look interesting.
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    For Sale: Seagull Nylon String
    For Sale: National Mahogany Resonator
    For Sale: Gold Tone Resonator

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    It looks like there is an option of Gotoh tuners for an additional fee.

    Are the Graphtec Tunalele tuners geared?
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    It looks like there is an option of Gotoh tuners for an additional fee.

    Are the Graphtec Tunalele tuners geared?
    Graphtecs are geared, 6:1 ratio. I have them on my last two Bonanzas. They don't look as good as the UPTs but work just as well and are a lot cheaper. We'll have to see how well they hold up but so far so good.
    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
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Graphtecs are geared, 6:1 ratio. I have them on my last two Bonanzas. They don't look as good as the UPTs but work just as well and are a lot cheaper. We'll have to see how well they hold up but so far so good.
    Hmmm.... if they were friction tuners it would have been a deal breaker but since these are geared, this has become very intriguing!
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Looks like there is a bug in the current page. There is no way to *not* add a case.

    But wow, this looks like an amazing deal for a good instrument!
    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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    Wow, very cool, solid wood ukes for 200 bucks!
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