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    Default Flea market find!

    I bought this cool little Maccaferri Islander today at a local flea market! It was dirty and the fretboard was starting to separate towards the nut, but I cleaned it up, super glued the fretboard and clamped it for a while, and swapped out the strings for some new Martin fluorocarbons, and I'm loving this little guy.

    I'd never seen one of these in person before, and I love the swirl pattern on the sides, back, and neck. It really catches the light in interesting ways and adds to the uniqueness of these old plastic ukes.

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    I didn't know you could only attach five pics per post. Here's a closeup of the headstock.

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    Wow! Nice score.
    RoxHum

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    Great find. Love the headstock and back. Post some sound bites.

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    Gorgeous! Congratulations on a terrific find and kudos for restoring that beauty to playable condition. Three cheers for plastic ukuleles... Hip hip ... hurray! Hip hip ... hurray! Hip hip ...
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    Well done!! It looks terrific!! I found my uke in a 2nd hand shop & just love it to bits!

    Roberta
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    The back looks cool. But it reminds me of when I was a kid and left a box of crayons on the back window speaker shelf of my Mom's car in the Florida summer sun..
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    Great score! I have one myself, but mine came from eBay. Maccaferri ukes are surprisingly well-made, and they play and sound really nice. I saw one with a light blue back years ago in a big antique mall. It was just after I had bought my first really crappy ukulele, but a few years before I got serious about learning to play (and realized that my first uke was junk), so that one slipped away from me.
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    Thanks everybody. I was pretty excited. My wife was dubious but it cleaned up even better than I thought it would, and it sounds great. It seems like it will stay in tune once the strings are done stretching because it's already staying pretty stable. I'll be able to get some audio up in a day or two.

    It was pretty great because just a few minutes before I found that I told my wife I was going to go see if I could find an old uke! Haha.
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    That is sweet. Just soap and water to clean it up?
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