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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2020

    Default New Member/Old Uke



    I received this as a Christmas present from my parents mid-1960s. It is a made in U.S.A. Harmony. Plastic fretboard. 13 1/4Ē scale. The decorative note detail is spray painted on, and if youíll notice, one of the note head stencils must have fallen off when finishing, and they just left it.

    I played it for a couple of years then got a guitar and played that for a couple of years. Moved to doublebass then bass guitar which has been my main instrument since. After years of playing bass in bands and jam situations, I have started playing music with my wife on guitarójust living room stuff. Lately Iíve been wanting to play a more harmony based instrument (as a vehicle to a better understanding music theory), but I have a difficult time fretting a guitar.

    We were watching the Ken Burns country music documentary and I saw a tenor guitar in a couple of scenes which piqued my interest, and read a bit about those. In the course of looking around I came upon the baritone ukulele and found that it is tuned like a guitarís top four strings. Completely on impulse, I ordered a baritone uke, but it will be a few weeks before I receive it.

    In the meantime I dug this out of storage (my momís garage) and found that the bridge had come unglued. I fashioned a clamp and glued it with Titebond hide glue and left it clamped overnight.
    I strung it up with DíAddario Nyltech strings EJ88S: G .0256, C .0362, E .0303, A .0236. (Package description: warm, punchy, gut-like tone.)

    Iíve been banging away on it for a couple of hours, continually retuning it as the strings stretch. It seems really loud.
    Iím so looking forward to getting the bari, as this neck is really tiny. Canít wait to learn how to play.

    Compared to some of the beautiful instruments I see available today, this is obviously closer to the toy end of the spectrum, but I dig that Iím playing something I had when I was a kid.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Ma., Ga., Fl.


    Welcome emkc!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Durham, UK


    Welcome to UU!
    It's fantastic indeed, to play on your old first uke. It will be so much pleasure when your baritone arrives.

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