View Poll Results: Which Magic Fluke Company instruments do you own?

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  • Fluke ukulele

    111 49.33%
  • Flea ukulele

    139 61.78%
  • Firefly banjo ukulele

    50 22.22%
  • Fluke SB solid-body electric ukulele

    5 2.22%
  • Cricket Violin

    3 1.33%
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Thread: The Magic Fluke Company Appreciation thread

  1. #261
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weebeastie View Post
    Anybody have the side sound port and how do they like it? would love to hear the difference between the 2. A dremel would certainly make short work of the DIY method.
    Yes! I ordered a Fluke with the Ford Woodie print on the top, wooden fretboard, and side hole. I suppose there is more sound coming toward the player, but aside from appearance, I doubt there is a major difference. It was available, so I got it. As for a DIY project, I've been tempted to try it on a cheap uke, but I wouldn't use a Dremel. I'd probably drill some holes and then use a hand saw and a file to finish it.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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  2. #262
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    Came to show some Fluke appreciation! Bought this fluke off use ichadwick back in 2008 I believe. This thing is absolutely incredible. Its always just sat on a coffee table within reach for the past 11 years so its been through some serious shenanigans and thousands of hours of use. Its never sat for any real length of time and its always gotten play. If anyones ever in doubt about getting a plastic fretboard its been 11 years and mine only has tiny grooves where the strings press down and they dont change the sound at all. Also you dont notice them unless you look super close. Its gotten pretty discoloured over the years hence the stickers. This uke still sounds incredible even after taking an incredible beating. Much love for the Fluke!!
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  3. #263
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    A followup on my Fluke experience. I added a strap button to the end of the fluke and the heal of the neck, as I do with all my ukes when necessary, but I placed it near the upper edge (when in playing position), which exacerbated the rotating problem. In analyzing, I realized I should have put the button on the lower side of the bottom, which works much better now.




    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 8 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 33)

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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    A Tale of 2 Fleas:

    I recently compared my walnut concert Flea to a standard concert Flea with hardwood fingerboard and metal frets.

    To me, the differences were:

    Walnut Flea top is a different laminate than the standard hoop pine top, I assume it's a laminate of walnut instead . The walnut top is slightly thinner at 2mm, while the standard hoop pine is about 2.5mm.

    The frets on the walnut Flea with standard plastic fingerboard are lower, .6mm, the metal frets on the hardwood fingerboard are slightly higher at .9mm. The metal frets are obviously easier to see (which I like), and feel more like a standard wooden uke than the plastic frets, a more familiar feel to me.

    They also sound slightly different, both with Martin M600 strings. The walnut with plastic fingerboard seems slightly warmer/richer, with more mids, while the other with hoop pine top and wooden fingerboard sounds clearer, had more jangle and bark, more soprano sounding. The added mids on the walnut sound slightly louder, but I think volumes are about equal, just slightly different tones. Both good, just different. I'm not sure if the difference in sound is mostly due to the top material/thickness, or possibly also the different fingerboard materials, flouro on plastic vs flouro on metal. I hope this is helpful to someone here considering a Flea or Fluke.
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    Captured my Flea in the redwoods the other week.
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    https://www.instagram.com/13_to_13/

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    Just an FYI in case you all had not seen it yet - fellow UU brother BazMaz has a review on the Fluke SB solid body electric uke with the full write-up on his web site and video demo as well...

    Review (don't miss the video, at the end of the written review):
    https://www.gotaukulele.com/2019/07/...c-ukulele.html

    UU thread:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Tenor-REVIEWED
    Guinea proverb: "A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies."

  7. #267
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Just an FYI in case you all had not seen it yet - fellow UU brother BazMaz has a review on the Fluke SB solid body electric uke with the full write-up on his web site and video demo as well...

    Review (don't miss the video, at the end of the written review):
    https://www.gotaukulele.com/2019/07/...c-ukulele.html

    UU thread:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Tenor-REVIEWED
    Good to see you posting again Booli!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Good to see you posting again Booli!
    Thanks for the kind words brother Steve
    Guinea proverb: "A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies."

  9. #269
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Thanks for the kind words brother Steve
    Yes, me too, nice to hear from you.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Just an FYI in case you all had not seen it yet - fellow UU brother BazMaz has a review on the Fluke SB solid body electric uke with the full write-up on his web site and video demo as well...

    Review (don't miss the video, at the end of the written review):
    https://www.gotaukulele.com/2019/07/...c-ukulele.html

    UU thread:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Tenor-REVIEWED
    I wish I had the money to buy one, it's beautiful and sounds gorgeous.

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