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    Default NUD, Aklot all bamboo tenor cutaway to replace a Fluke

    A few months ago I bought a tenor walnut Fluke from the Marketplace for $150. I was persuaded by the various posts here on UU, and by the leader of my uke group who is friends with Dale, Phyllis and Jim. I wanted a beater uke I could leave out of my humidified cabinet.

    After having to replace the wrong bridge, I found the shape of the neck to be very uncomfortable for me. I lived with it for while, but I also didn't really like the sound quality, even after changing the strings, flat and minimal sustain. I read a post here where a person sanded down the back of the neck and refinished, so I tried it. It helped a little but I didn't do a very good job, especially the finish.

    So I started looking around for a replacement. None of the "plastic" ones fit the bill of tenor and cutaway. I also read a post here about the Aklot all bamboo uke for about $125, which seemed interesting, but it also didn't have a cutaway.

    Then last night when I couldn't sleep, a did some surfing on eBay and found a new model Aklot tenor cutaway for $70 out-the-door from China. I looked up some reviews and videos, and it sounded really good to me, so I ordered it. It should be here in about 25 days, just before Chinese New Year. I'm going to add black fret markers, strap buttons, nut and saddle.




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    That's a great deal! I got a Cordoba bamboo soprano for $129 - very similar to the Aklot. I like the slotted headstock.

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    EDIT: Wow! It's available as a concert for $64 with gig bag, etc.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/193274198060?...BoCde4QAvD_BwE
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    Funny you mention this. I too have Walnut Fluke, I can’t get right. Neck is awful. I put pegheds and they work great. It’s just those squarish necks. I know lots of people love them but no t me. Found on you tube a random review on allot bambo tenor, non cutaway and was interested. I like the cutaway version you have pictured. The standard 8 shape has some tacky burned in engraving in lower bout saying “designed by Aklot”.

    Looking forward to you post on how it should.

    Can you post link on site you got your cutaway from! Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    Can you post link on site you got your cutaway from! Thanks for posting.
    Having absolutely no sales resistance, I ordered a concert from eBay. Aklot has gotten good reviews.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AKLOT-Conce...AAAOSwPwpeAIMy
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    Nice! I want a bamboo uke too!
    The crew...Giannini Baritone Uke, Washburn Rover "4-string tenor guitar", Yamaha G-85A classical guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    Can you post link on site you got your cutaway from! Thanks for posting.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AKLOT-Solid...53.m2749.l2649

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    I am looking forward to a description of this "Solid Bmaboo". All bamboo I have seen is hollow so I am not sure how they would cut tenor sized pieces out of a stalk. The pictures suggest that it was cut into thin strips that are glued together. Can't beat the price though. In comparison I just bought a "Hanohano" long neck soprano for $85 which is a great uke almost comparable to my KoAloha that cost ten times as much.

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    Congrats, Mike. Bamboo use is very sustainable, compared to wood. I think it's really cool looking uke, too. I played a bamboo uke once, don't remember the builder, but I almost bought it, I liked it so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Congrats, Mike. Bamboo use is very sustainable, compared to wood. I think it's really cool looking uke, too. I played a bamboo uke once, don't remember the builder, but I almost bought it, I liked it so much.
    That's one of the reasons I like the idea of bamboo, sustainable with a short growth period and very strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I am looking forward to a description of this "Solid Bmaboo". All bamboo I have seen is hollow so I am not sure how they would cut tenor sized pieces out of a stalk. The pictures suggest that it was cut into thin strips that are glued together.
    You got it. Bamboo planks are generally made by cutting the stalks into strips, acid washing them to get rid of the nasty parts, and then laminating then together. They’re highly processed and should end up quite hard. Calling them “solid” is a misnomer but in line with the rest of the marketing.

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