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Thread: comparing soprano weight list

  1. #1
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    Oct 2009

    Default comparing soprano weight list

    Thought this might be interesting - anything interesting you can add I'll include in the list and update after a while.. can anyone beat the Kumalae??

    225g - Kumalae Style A - 1940s wooden pegs

    235g - 1920s Koa Hawaiian

    240g - 1920s Regal, cuban mahogany

    245g - Tom Pocket (travel sopranino)

    253g - 1920s Regal-made SS Stewart, cuban mahogany

    260g - Kiwaya KTS-4 mahogany (I've found this elsewhere listed at 290g - can anyone check?)

    260g - Martin-20's Style O-Mahogany

    261g - Rob Collins meranti soprano with wooden pegs

    275g - Argapa soprano with wooden pegs

    275g - Japanese 1970s plywood/cheap plastic friction tuners (slightly short scale length)

    277g - Lyra Island Style

    280g - Kala Travel mk.II with friction tuners

    283g - Martin-50's Style O-Mahogany

    285g - Martin early-1930s Mahogany

    285g - Roy Smeck mahogany; plastic fretboard

    292g - La Foley 1920s Soprano (13" scale length)

    293g - Timms 2014 Honduran Mahogany/Pegheds

    294g - Pete Howlett Helsinki

    297g - Martin 1920s Style 0

    297g - Style 3 Martin with heavy Grover champion tuners (w/originals nearer 277g?)

    299g - Kala KA-SEM

    302g - Martin 60s Style 0

    303g - late 1930s sunburst Gibson uke-1

    304g - Kepasa Madeira

    304g - Kiwaya KTS-7

    306g - Ohana SK28 Hawaiian style, recessed fingerboard, mahogany

    306g - vintage Martin Style 0

    308g - Gibson Style 2

    312g - Loprinzi cedar/mahogany (11 oz)

    312g - G-String matte koa

    312g - Favilla mahogany

    316g - 1948 Gibson uke-2

    320g - Howlett Mahogany

    321g - Timms mahogany (11.25 oz)

    323g - 1970s no-name made in japan plywood ukulele

    327g - plastic 50s Islander

    333g - early 1930s Gibson uke-1

    340g - Kala Travel Soprano (geared tuners?)

    340g - Imua koa (12 oz)

    340g - VanPelt redwood/walnut (12 oz)

    341g - 2014 Timms Honduran Mahogany with friction tuners

    348g - Ohana SK35 (no gloss)

    354g - Ken Timms 2009 Fireplace Special ( style 0 copy)

    355g - Stuart Longridge (solid yew body, walnut neck)

    358g - Bruko ( solid mahogany type body, maple neck)

    360g - Ohana SK35G

    361g - Ken Timms 2008 style 0

    374g - Martin 2014 Cherry 3 (13.2oz)

    376g - Black bear koa (13.25 oz)

    397g - Kamaka (w/strap button) (14 oz)

    397g - Wm King cedar/koa (w/oversize tuners) (14 oz)

    406g - KoAloha Pineapple

    408g - Kala (solid acacia body, mahogany type neck)

    408g - Risa Uke Solid

    419g - AnueNue Re-entrants Signature

    425g - Kala KA-KIWI

    429g - Flea

    430g - Simon Bush Native soprano

    450g - Makala Dolphin

    475g - Makala Dolphin

    495g - Applause UA-10

    554g - Applause UAE-20

    600g - Ken Smith Uukleles mahogany top/ serpentwood sides/back/fretboard an exploratory quest... and some chords for Formby solos
    1925 Regal, 5 string Makala Dolphin, 4 string Makala Dolphin, Tom Pocket, Cole and Dunas Olympian banjo uke

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Brown County Indiana


    The same model soprano ukes from the same manufacturers won't weigh the same. Each piece of wood has it's own density, some necks are noticeable lighter or heavier than others made from the same wood.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009


    Partly the reason I posted...

    It's just a bit of fun.. Ukulele gradgrindery, as someone intelligently suggested.

    But I'd say that in general makers have lost the early emphasis on v.simple superlight builds. (Not saying that is either good or bad) Unless can be proved otherwise? an exploratory quest... and some chords for Formby solos
    1925 Regal, 5 string Makala Dolphin, 4 string Makala Dolphin, Tom Pocket, Cole and Dunas Olympian banjo uke

  4. #4
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    Sep 2012


    Out of curiosity, what is a "Ken Timms 2009 Fireplace Special"?

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    Feb 2014
    confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, New York


    The Kala KA-15S soprano weighed in at 390 grams. (Mahogany laminate, brass frets)

    Mainland Red Cedar Concert, Mango Tenor
    Boulder Creek RipTides: UB-2N spruce-top baritone, UT-5NS tenor, UT-11NS acacia-top tenor, UC-5NS concert

  6. #6
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    Aug 2011
    Breda, The Netherlands


    My 2012 Kiwaya KTS-4 was 291g

    Kiwaya KS-1 (Soprano)
    Brüko (soprano)
    Covered Bridge mahogany and curly koa pineapple (concert)
    Kanile'a K1 deluxe (concert)
    Rob Collins / Tin Guitar walnut five string (tenor)
    Brüko no.16 (baritone)
    Pono Nui BN-10D (pro classic "big baritone")
    Kala Ubass

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    Favilla Marca Aquila (c.1890-1910), mahogany: 255g

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    Jan 2010


    What is the number needed to change from ounces to grams?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Clarkston, MI


    Quote Originally Posted by TheCraftedCow View Post
    What is the number needed to change from ounces to grams?
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Flyover country


    This is a really old thread, but since it may provide a useful long-term database:

    Favilla U-2, mahogany, 1930s-'40s, 279g. After two weeks of humidifying at 46 to 51 percent, 281g on same digital postal/kitchen scale.

    Brüko recent No. 2 all maple except rosewood bridge and nut, standard depth arch back, 345g.

    Outdoor recent Version 2 brown polycarbonate plastic, standard tuners, 420g.

    Martin 0X recent blue "bamboo" synthetic laminate with dark brown non-rosewood bridge & fingerboard, 413g.

    Famous/Kiwaya 2017 FS-5G koa-veneered thin plywood with rosewood fingerboard, 380g.

    Makala Shark, white plywood & plastic, 530g.

    Makala Shark, black plywood & plastic, 464g.

    All with stock tuners. All without electronics or strap buttons. All with high-G string sets.
    Last edited by Wombat3; 01-29-2018 at 11:33 AM. Reason: clarifying

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