View Poll Results: Do you like rope binding?

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  • Yes, love it!

    24 24.49%
  • I dislike rope binding.

    44 44.90%
  • I am neutral towards rope binding. I neither lover or hate it.

    30 30.61%
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Thread: Am I the only one who dislikes rope binding?

  1. #11

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    I don't really like the look of it, but since I love the feel of my Mainland uke in my hand I can overlook it.

  2. #12
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    Hate the look of it.....

    (It stopped me from even considering Mainland ukes.)

    I like a nice plain looking uke, it can have a simple rosette & a bit of binding, as long as it doesn't 'shout' it out - & I personally don't like figured woods either - let me see the nice straight grain pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Not a huge fan, but it sometimes looks ok to my eye, depending on colors, and how thick it is. The more subtle, the better. Here's a Mainland on the left, Ohana on the right. The Ohana looks much more subtle and natural to me. YMMV. Plus, a bright white binding really makes the rope purfling seem to pop out more.

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    The white binding on the Mainland pictured is what puts me off.
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    I'm seeing a surprising amount of hate towards the rope binding but I do have to agree that it doesn't suit all ukes. Especially with darker coloured wood it tends to create too much contrast, whereas on lighter coloured ukes it looks really good in my opinion. Something like cedar or lighter coloured koa goes really well with rope binding. Kamaka Deluxe models and the Nunes ukulele both are excellent examples, whereas it doesn't go that well with something like mahogany.

    However, as a soundhole rosette, I think it's really nice looking, regardless of the colour/wood of the soundboard. As an example, I really like how Pono ukuleles use it as the rosette.

  5. #15
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    I kind of like it IF it's not overdone/overpowering. As much as I like Mainland ukes, the heavy rope binding turns me off. On the other hand, my Pono ATD-CR has a nice subtle binding that I think is very attractive and fits in well with the overall design and color palette.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    I kind of like it IF it's not overdone/overpowering. As much as I like Mainland ukes, the heavy rope binding turns me off. On the other hand, my Pono ATD-CR has a nice subtle binding that I think is very attractive and fits in well with the overall design and color palette.
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    Yes, that looks great to my eye, blends well.
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    Add me to that list.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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  8. #18
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    I tend to steer away from bling in general so I'd say no. Having said that, I owned an Islander SAT-4 once with subtle rope binding and I was okay with it. But I bought it despite the rope binding rather than because of it. Definitely can be overdone though.

    But everyone's got their own style. I'm sure a lot of people would consider my ukes boring looking!
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  9. #19
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    Give a uke enough rope and it will...um...what will it do?
    John

  10. #20
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    Love it...
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