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Thread: S&J Craft (Emil Bader) Milo Pineapple

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    Default S&J Craft (Emil Bader) Milo Pineapple

    Custom S&J Super Concert Milo Wood Pineapple

    Features

    * What year was it made? Where was is made? (Hawaii, Japan, China etc...)
    HAWAI'I 2009 JUST COMPLETED 12/09
    * How many frets?
    14 TO BODY
    * Solid-Top? Laminated top?
    SOLID EVERYTHING
    * Any pickups or electronics?
    NO WAY JOSE'
    * Body and neck woods? ( Koa, Plywood, etc...)
    MILO (which I personally harvested on Maui 8 years ago)
    * Finish (Satin, transparent, quilted top, flamed top, etc...)
    HIGH GLOSS
    * Body style (Soprano, Tenor, Concert, Cutaway, etc...)
    SUPER CONCERT PINEAPPLE
    * Bridge style ( String-thru body, stop tailpiece, etc...)
    PHEASANTWOOD BRIDGE STRING THRU BODY
    * Tuners (Locking? Non-locking? brand of tuners - Sperzel, Gotoh, Grover, Schaller, etc...)
    LIGHT WEIGHT OPEN GEARED TUNERS (not sure of brand)
    * Neck/Scale (Fat, Thin, Jumbo Frets, Rosewood, Maple, etc...)
    STANDARD SIZE FRET WIRE IN EBONY FRETBOARD
    * Any included accessories? (Case, gig bag, strap, cable, tools, humidifier, etc...)
    TON OF ALOHA

    Sound

    * How does it suit your music style (and what is that style)?
    PERFECTLY, STRUM/PICK
    * What amps and effects are you using it with?
    NONE
    * Is it noisy? On what settings?
    N/A
    * Rich/Full sound? Bright sound?
    VERY BRIGHT LIKE KOA
    * What kind of sounds can the guitar make? How much variety?
    VERY VERSATILE WITH LONG TENOR NECK
    * Likes and dislikes?
    LIKE THE TENOR NECK, DON'T LIKE GHS STRINGS THOUGH THIS WOUND LOW G DOES SOUNDS PRETTY DECENT


    Action, Fit & Finish

    * How well was the ukulele set-up at the factory? (How was the action?)
    ACTION HEIGHT PERFECT, INTONATION SPOT ON
    * Properly bookmatched top?
    PERFECTLY, ALMOST INVISIBLE
    * Properly routed bridge?
    PERFECTLY ROUTED, AND NICE SHAPE. CORIAN SADDLE & NUT
    * Did the ukulele contain any flaws? (misaligned bracing, poorly filed fretwire, finish flaws, poor quality wood, rusted or oxidized hardware, loose tuning pegs, poorly cut nut, poorly fit saddle, noisy pickup selector, loose controls, etc...)
    VERY MINOR FINISH FLAWS (dust in the clear in small area) WHICH GIVES IT CHARACTER AND SOUL


    Reliability/Durability

    * Will this ukulele withstand live playing?
    YES, VERY WELL MADE BY MASTER LUTHIER
    * Does the hardware seem like it will last?
    SMALLER GEARED TUNERS MADE FOR 'UKULELE SO NOT SURE BUT LOOKS SOLID ENOUGH
    * Is the finish good enough to last, or does it seem thin and easy to wear off with lots of playing?
    LOOKS MORE THEN THICK ENOUGH BUT NOT ENOUGH TO MUTE THE SOUND
    * Can you depend on it?
    YES, 100% AND SELLER BACKS UP HIS PRODUCTS
    * Would you use it on a gig without a backup?
    WITHOUT HESITATION THOUGH I USUALLY BY HABIT CARRY AT LEAST 2 'UKULELES ANYWAYS


    Customer Support

    * If you've dealt with the company, how helpful/friendly were they?
    ALWAYS FRIENDLY, ALWAYS HELPFUL, A FRIEND AND A GENTLEMAN
    * Ever try and get it repaired?
    NO YET
    * Was it under warranty?
    YES
    * How long is the warranty
    LIFETIME WITH NORMAL USE (not used as a weapon, his words)

    Overall Rating
    10 OUT OF 10

    * How long have you been playing?
    OFF AND ON 40 YEARS
    * What other gear do you own?
    SEVERAL OTHER 'UKULELES FROM VARIOUS MAKERS MOSTLY PINEAPPLES
    * Is there something you wish you had asked before buying this ukulele?
    NOPE, EVERYTHING CAME OUT BETTER THAN EXPECTED
    * If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else?
    I WOULD REPLACE IT EXACTLY
    * What do you love about it?
    MY FIRST CUSTOM, AND MADE WITH ALLOT OF ALOHA BY A FRIEND
    * What do you hate?
    NOT HATE (TOO STRONG) BUT IT CAME WITH GHS STRINGS WOUND LOW g, AND WOULD PREFER WORTHS OR D'ADARRIO
    * What is your favorite feature?
    MILO WOOD CONSTRUCTION
    * Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones?
    NO, THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND CUSTOM
    * Why did you choose this one?
    I AM A SATISFIED REPEAT CUSTOMER WITH S&J ALREADY OWNING 2 'UKULELE HE MADE A MANGO CONCERT PINEAPPLE, AND A GUAVA SOPRANO, AND HE WAS WILLING TO MAKE IT TO MY SPECS AT A PRICE i COULD AFFORD
    * Anything you wish it had?
    NOT REALLY, PRETTY MUCH JUST THE WAY I DREAMED IT WOULD BE ONLY BETTER
    * Anything else you'd like to share?
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS LUTHIER IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GENUINE HAWAIIAN MADE 'UKULELE AT A REASONABLE PRICE.

    PICTURES POSTED IN UKE TALK SECTION
    Last edited by Ahnko Honu; 12-29-2009 at 10:04 AM.
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