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    Thumbs up NUD: Bruce Wei GUT11-2001 Pocket Unboxing

    Unboxing only. Will try to come back & add sound sample after string change has settled.


    Excellent, robust packaging, very fair shipping costs, shipped faster than expected (4 days via DHL from Ho Chi Min City to major city on west coast of USA; ordered March 7th w usual eBay name with 1st name abbreviated, got message March 12th requesting full name, arrived at my secure rental mailbox on March 16th). Arrived in a nice ~10mm padded gig bag with single adjustable built-in strap on back.

    Initial impression: elegantly & precisely *hand made, solidly built.
    This pocket uke is to the Ohana SK21 or O'Nino solids what my trusty Pono RTC-C-Pro is to my Kamaka HF3.
    *Hand made in that there are signs this instrument was crafted more by human hands (which all previously mentioned ukes all have) than computer programmed machines... More human hand crafted as opposed to for example, newer Collings, which at times to me seem extremely CNC machine-precise ("too"?) perfect. IMO human hand crafted-ness gives the instrument a more "living" feeling. I like that this uke's body is not gossamer-light so that the weight distribution isn't tilted towards the headstock as are some other sub-sopranos. I can balance this uke on my finger around the 9th fret. Headstock shape & size has enough space for D'addario micro tuner on top.

    Cool-to-me features: Arch (single piece)back AND arch top, wide bodied, rounded-off cutaway, with last 5 frets "floating" fretboard over the body. Wood patterns on every part of this uke, Vine pattern on fretboard. I'm pretty picky about bling and thought this had just the right amount. Eight sound holes in the shape of the Eight Islands of Hawaii, with most of the sound coming through Maui & especially the Big Island - fun & sort of nostalgic.

    From YT description:
    Bruce Wei GUT11-2001. Very pleased with first impressions. Will change out stock strings (needed for tension in shipping) to fluorocarbon fishing line which allows for normal GCEA tuning. After new strings settle, may post sound sample. See bridge info below for details on changing strings.
    ~~~~~~*Sopranissimo Ukulele~~~~~~
    HiG: SeaguarBlue60; 0.740mm 0.029"
    C: HiSeasQuattro80; 0.90mm 0.035"
    E: SeaguarBlue80; 0.810mm 0.032"
    A: SeagarBlue 50; 0.660mm 0.026"
    *based on trial/error with two Ohana sopranissimos:
    O'Nina ONINA-PL scale length 11" & Teeny Tiny Pineapple TTPK-25G scale length 11-1/16".
    ~~~~~~THIS Bruce Wei GUT11-2001 Specifications~~~~~~
    Scale Length: 11"
    Overall Length: 18 1/2" (470 mm)
    Body Width: 7" (177 mm)
    Fingerboard Width At Nut & 12th Fret: 34 mm & 39 mm
    Number of Frets Total: 17 (challenging for those with wide fingers)
    Top, Back & Sides Material: Carved Arch top Acacia
    Head Plate Material: Solid Rosewood
    Stock Strings: Italian Aquila Strings
    Neck Material: Solid Hard Maple
    Fretboard Material: Solid Rosewood
    Nut & Saddle Material: Real Buffalo Bone
    Finish: Polished Satin
    Bridge Material: Solid Macassar Ebony
    .... of note: thru bridge is my favorite style of bridge; may be tricky to change strings if one has wide fingers. I first pushed knotless string thru bridge until string was visible/palpable thru "Big Island" sound hole. Wide finger people may want to use minimum ~5" long tweezers, something like these plastic 4.5" https://ebay.us/TN1bcb​. For safest no-scratch results, protect uke with painter's tape before working on it.
    Last edited by Wukulele; 03-24-2021 at 12:30 PM. Reason: Edited last 5 frets part for clarification
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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    That's really cute!
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    Beautiful little uke! We'll look forward to hearing how you like it, and maybe some sound samples!

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    Beautiful little carved uke. I've had a few custom ukes made by Bruce, very happy with them. This is the latest also carved, a 22.75" scale bass uke, carved solid spruce top, carved solid walnut and flame maple back.




    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
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    Congrats, what a cool looking uke. I really love the thin body with the curved top and back. How does it sound?
    Mike, I showed that pic of your bass to my wife, a bassist. She drooled. Very unladylike.....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Beautiful little carved uke. I've had a few custom ukes made by Bruce, very happy with them. This is the latest also carved, a 22.75" scale bass uke, carved solid spruce top, carved solid walnut and flame maple back.




    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    8 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 38)

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
    I now name thee "Lord of the Ukes"
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    Vorson K Style Solid Body Electric Tenor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Congrats, what a cool looking uke. I really love the thin body with the curved top and back. How does it sound?
    Mike, I showed that pic of your bass to my wife, a bassist. She drooled. Very unladylike.....
    Neglected to mention it was only $800 including express shipping to Los Angeles.

    Quote Originally Posted by spirittoo View Post
    I now name thee "Lord of the Ukes"
    Thanks, I relish in Gear Acquisition Syndrome. I’m going to be on the a ukulele podcast OokTown Sunday at 12 noon Pacific time to talk about my bass uke collection. https://youtu.be/7AQRil5Dh-s. It will also be available on the web site after. https://www.ooktown.com/podcasts

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    Wow, classy yet striking...very unique, one-of-a-kind, un-cookie cutter, esp for a bass uke...

    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Beautiful little carved uke. I've had a few custom ukes made by Bruce, very happy with them. This is the latest also carved, a 22.75" scale bass uke, carved solid spruce top, carved solid walnut and flame maple back.




    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    8 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 38)

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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