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Kala Acacia Tenor ukulele

Started by Paul Walters Nov 20, 2013.

Big Island Concert and Claw Hammer 3 Replies

Started by susi Lawson. Last reply by susi Lawson May 19, 2013.

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Comment by Jim Yates on October 22, 2014 at 5:55pm

Well, I spent the $25 and bought the little Harmony uke.  I've been playing it a lot.  I know it's not a high quality instrument, but it blows away the painted sopranos in our local music store.  I started out just playing simple cowboy chords on it, but I found I can play fancier chords and chord melodies that go up to the 8th and 9th frets.  Even with the old original strings on it, it sounds better than I thought it would.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 22, 2014 at 4:29pm

I saw this Harmony soprano in a local flea market on Sunday.  It seems to play all right, but not really loud.  The fretboard is molded plastic and I'd guess the body is plywood.  Can anyone tell me any more about this little uke?  Do you think it's worth getting?  I kinda like the looks of it.  They're asking $25.

Comment by David Susman on March 27, 2014 at 10:18am

Just saw Jake Shimabukuro last night ... man does that guy ROCK!   I talked with him after the show (briefly ... thanks Mister Security Dude) and told him he put the lie to the "use your index finger to strum rule" I've been trying to teach my son.  Jake said, "tell him to use his thumb and rock it!" ... I told my son that this morning (he's 8) and he told me "told you so."

LOL ... learning and strumming but completely unworthy after last night's show.  

Comment by Reg Hayes on March 22, 2014 at 9:24am

Well,  not bad with lots of volume for such a tiny thing.  I guess the hollow neck connected to the body does help with that. They are around $100.00 and, for more money,  you can get optional pickup installed with endpin jack and tuner or with a strap button alone.  I got none of those upgrades but did attach my own strap button using a small block of wood to anchor the screw in the body.  Too many years fixing my own guitars.  :-)

It is very light and easy enough to play but has a squared off neck.  That's not as big an issue as it might seem but it is weird after playing rounded necks.  Doesn't feel or sound like wood, not bad but different.  Not plastic sounding but not as warm as wood, especially my mahogany ukulele.

It does go anywhere and the weather, here in North-eastern Canada, doesn't seem to bother it as it bounces from hot to cold to dry to humid.  I keep a humidifier in my Ohana this time of year.  Nothing in the Outdoor.  No fear tossing it in the car and taking it to a party with happy revellers.  Does this count as a review?

Comment by Jim Yates on March 22, 2014 at 9:09am

Welcome Reg,

   You could start us off with a review of that Outdoor Ukulele.  How does it sound?

Comment by Reg Hayes on March 22, 2014 at 9:03am


Relatively new to the ukulele.  primarily a chord strummer to accompany singing.  These are my ukuleles.  A Ohana all solid mahogany concert size and a Outdoor Ukulele all resin (including the neck, which is hollow) soprano size.

Happy to be here.

Comment by Jim Yates on February 9, 2014 at 12:20pm

Paul Stoddard, You've probably already made a decision, but I use Aquila strings on wooden ukes and Worths on my reso uke. 
I have generic strings, whatever they had in the store, on my banjolele.

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on February 9, 2014 at 11:21am


Just found this soundtrack in you tube, thought it might be interesting...

Julio Pereira is the guest musician for this song in the album Santiago, by The Chieftains.

The song is a Portuguese traditional, played in the original rasgado technique...

Comment by Paul Stoddard on December 26, 2013 at 11:05pm

Hello everyone

What brand of strings do you folks use?  What do you think is the best brand?


Comment by Jim Yates on November 8, 2013 at 12:20am

I was watching TV and fooling with the uke a couple of nights ago.  I played a simple C chord and did a little finger style pattern and realised that I had just played the opening to Pete Seeger's Living In The Country.  I have played this in D on the guitar, so I went on to figure out the rest of the song.  I'm not sure if I'm doing the B part correctly, but I'm gonna check Pete's version on Youtube.
Give it a shot.  It seems to fall under the fingers pretty easily if you use re-entrant tuning.


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