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    Default Good quality solid wood tenor?

    Hi,
    I'm guitarist looking to buy my first ukulele soon. I know I want a tenor, and I would like a solid wood not a laminate. I don't have a huge budget, so I was wondering what you would recommend? Thanks

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    Firstly, what is your budget, and secondly, get a Mainland.
    Brian
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    I agree, mainland or Ohana.
    Last edited by cb56; 05-24-2011 at 01:49 PM.
    Mainland Red Cedar Tenor
    DS Gill Tenor Pineapple spruce/mahogany
    Goldtone Concert Banjo Uke (BUC)
    Blueridge BR-40T Tenor guitar tuned DGBE
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    I like the Kala Solid Mahogany and the Kanilea Islander solid mahogany tenor - they look like twins except for headstock. Here's one to beat, Pono MTD E

    http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukulel...tenor-mahogany
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    Epiphone LP vintage burst; Asmus solid maple/spruce; Alida Jazz electric
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    If you want new, I would try for either the Mainland Solid Mahogany or the Ohana TK-20CE from UkeReuplic here. Both just a bit over $200.

    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/category/tenor-size-ukes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetWaterBlue View Post
    If you want new, I would try for either the Mainland Solid Mahogany or the Ohana TK-20CE from UkeReuplic here. Both just a bit over $200.

    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/category/tenor-size-ukes
    I think the TK-20ce is laminate back and sides
    Mainland Red Cedar Tenor
    DS Gill Tenor Pineapple spruce/mahogany
    Goldtone Concert Banjo Uke (BUC)
    Blueridge BR-40T Tenor guitar tuned DGBE
    Kala U-Bass
    Gold Tone CC-OT 5 string banjo
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb56 View Post
    I think the TK-20ce is laminate back and sides
    Ooops. Yeah he did say he wanted all solid, so the TK-20ce doesn't meet his criteria. Guess that leaves the Mainland.

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    Never heard anybody say they were sorry they got a Mainland.......Ever!
    Soooooo many ukes, sooooooo little time

    Soprano: Pre-war Martin "O"; 81-82 Kamaka White Label; Grizzly kit;
    Concert: Pono MCD-E; Kala Reso-burst; Rally banjo; Bruce Wei Acacia teardrop; KPK acacia Cutaway; Mele Solid Mahogany 6 string; Ohana CM35-8 Taropatch; Goldtone Metal Resouke;
    Epiphone LP vintage burst; Asmus solid maple/spruce; Alida Jazz electric
    Tenor: Risa semi-hollowbody electric (red one); Mele Koa; Kala solid mahogany A/E cutaway

    Bass: Oscar Schmidt Curley Maple;

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    Default Solid Wood Tenor

    In my searching I found that for under about 500$ will probably not get you a very good new solid wood instrument. That said, you can get several brands of decent instruments for under 500$ for solid wood but be aware you are going to get factory assembly line built instruments that will lack the fit and finish of "hand made" instruments. You will also get a range of quality of tone that runs from not bad at all to yikes. At the very least I would try to get one locally so you have a chance to play before you buy if that is possible. What you save on shipping and hassle will usually make up for the savings of shopping online.
    I was headed the same rout as you and after trying a few instruments decided it was worth saving up for longer to get a proper hand made instrument. I did start with a very cheap plastic makala and then the extra 10$ for good strings to get a feel for it before shelling out for a nice one.

    Hope that info helps?

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    If I wanted a solid tenor I might want a Kala Solid Acacia Tenor.
    Love playing ukulele

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