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    Default Farida Ukulele

    I’ve been looking at some different Ukes made in the style of Martin. I found Farida on Elderly’s site.

    Anyone here have one? Your thoughts on quality, sound and playability if you do.

    If you do please let me know which model you have.

    I am looking at sopranos.
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    Hi Vic, I have the KAT3 tenor, all solid mahogany, 12 fret with peg bridge, modeled after old Martin tenors. I like it a lot, sweet tone, plays very easily. I use it as my primary reentrant tenor. I think it plays and sounds better than many similarly priced Ohanas and Kalas I've owned.
    John

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    There was a recent thread about Farida ukes. I hope this is how to post a link to it: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...?133318-Farida

    ETA: Upon second look, the thread was not started recently, but there have been recent posts added.
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    As much as this line appealed to me (I was the one who made that other post), if you're going to buy a soprano I would just go for a vintage Martin.
    There's so many out there, for the money they are hard to beat. American made!
    And if you score a deal on a beat up one, the price will be similar.

    Top places to look are Ebay and Reverb. And Guitar Center has a slew of them right now, you'll find something under $500 for sure, and $300-$400 if you get lucky.

    And there's a fellow here who fixes them up, I'm spacing on who it is. I came so close to buying one from him a couple times...
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    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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    Oh, Vic. I didn't realize this was you.
    You have certainly already had vintage Martins come through your playing hands!
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Oh, Vic. I didn't realize this was you.
    You have certainly already had vintage Martins come through your playing hands!
    It’s me! I did have one I purchased off reverb. Sold it. I have an SK-38 that is an Ohana copy of a vintage Martin. I love everything about it. I may get something else that is similar. We’ll see.

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    I looked at the ones on Reverb. Good prices for solid mahogany Martin clones, and the cedar top ones are nice, too.

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