View Poll Results: Which finition do you prefer?

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  • Tattoo

    9 10.34%
  • Satin

    31 35.63%
  • Gloss

    47 54.02%
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Thread: Satin, Gloss or Tattoo?

  1. #1
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    Default Satin, Gloss or Tattoo?

    Hello guys, I just wanted to know which finition do you like the most on a Kanile'a Tenor?

    I will get one soon and I really cant decide between those 3, because the sound is the same (correct me if I'm wrong).

    Which one will last the most? I've heard Gloss finition is more durable than satin, but I dont know if thats true etc ..

    Some pictures of those finitions:
    Tattoo: http://www.exquisite.fr/img/p/414-733-thickbox.jpg
    Satin: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sSYtSeA3O4...0/DSC_5735.JPG
    Gloss: http://www.ukulele.fr/forum/index.ph...ch=10088;image

    Thanks all

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    I am a satin man.

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    When it comes to Kanilea, I really prefer their gloss, as the UV finish is beautiful.
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    I have both satin and gloss, and both are beautiful in different ways, but in my heart I prefer satin.
    Kathryn

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    I'll vote if you agree to abide by the results, even if the final vote is for a finish other than the one you want.

    But seriously, I really think that nobody but you can decide which one is the most aesthetically pleasing to you. If your decision is based solely on the plusses and minuses of the different finishes, then it would be helpful to know what those plusses and minuses are. I don't know if this is true for Kanile'a, but I've heard that gloss shows fingerprints more, and there have been intermittent discussions at UU about whether gloss on the soundboard mutes the sound. I would also guess that gloss would protect the soundboard better from strumming scratches. Kanile'a's gloss is somewhat unique, and I've heard people say that if you're going to get a Kanile'a, you should get the gloss because it's so special and it's one of the selling points of Kanile'as. My hope would be that people don't just say "I like satin" or "I like gloss" but instead actually share their experiences with satin in gloss concerning such issues as wear, sound, maintenance, etc.

    For what it's worth, I think both the satin and gloss look terrific. I'm not a big fan of the tattoo.
    Last edited by mds725; 10-26-2012 at 11:31 AM. Reason: added a sentence.

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    I prefer satin finishes. I have spent hours on some of my guitars to get that high gloss poly finish done to a nice (richer looking in my opinion) satin finish.

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    Personal i dont like gloss finish. IT looks great and has a stunning 3d effect, especially on curly Koa. But I dont like the feeling! Too cold, too much external material between my fingers and the wood. Also i dont like fingerprints. And little scratches look much worse on gloss. All just imho.

    So for me: Satin. For the feeling.

    Tatoo or Not? You have to know what looks better in your eyes. I just bought a Tatoo since it just amazed me when i happened to play one live. It looks and feels very high class. Simply fell in Love with.

    Satin plain also looks great, but the Tatoo gives it a spezial and extraordinary note...
    Last edited by Linho; 10-26-2012 at 11:44 AM.

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    The answer is gloss.

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    I've got to add my vote for the tattoo. I'd be making them if Joe hadn't beaten me to it. Although I've never played one it's outstanding, unique look.
    Chuck Moore
    Moore Bettah Ukuleles
    http://www.moorebettahukes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul December View Post
    The answer is gloss.
    Agree, wholeheartedly.

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