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Uke fever!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:55 am
by wwpete52
Any of you play a ukulele? I've kind of got the hots for one. Any suggestions?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:38 am
by zhyla
Messed around on a friends... not a fan of the tuning (like my bass strings at the top). Though I was looking at those resonator ukes that Johnson makes. No good reason I can come up with to get one but they sure are shiny.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:04 am
by 1four5
I discovered ukes at about the same time my guitar frustration was at an all time high (about to give up). They are a dream to play, for me it was like taking all the stuff that frustrated me, throwing it out, and leaving all the fun. A baritone uke tuned to open G was my slide and finger picking primer. I noodled for 1000's of hours and spent the better part of 6 months playing uke exclusively. The stuff I developed then, is still the basis of my guitar and banjo style now. I've never tried a reso uke, but an acoustic uke, unless amped, cannot keep up in an acoustic jam. I had a Bushman Cutaway Jenny baritone. I've since sold it, but still have a kit built baritone I play if the urge hits me. They also make great travel instruments.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:42 pm
by leftyguitarman
I have been playing uke for about 4 or 5 months, and I love it.

Those johnson resonator ukes are the best reso ukes out there. Even better than the Nationals. Ive played a few National ukes, and the Johnson has way more projection. And the Johnson is well over $1000 cheaper.

My first uke, is one that you can buy through lark in the morning. It's about 29 bucks. Really cheaply made, but I bought it to see if I would like playing. And my little 29 dollar uke sounds better than most Lanikai ukes I've played. But Lanikai ukes are really nice. But the Lanikais are good too. IMO.

Heres the link for the uke that is alomost exactly the same as the one I have. I have played this one and its pretty nice for $28.

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp ... no+Uke+_E_

But if you have $300 or so, go for the Johnson. They're great. IMO.

Hope this helps.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:49 pm
by nizer
hey where's DF Duck and his Duckelele?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:05 pm
by wwpete52
That's great to know about the Johnson reso uke.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:47 pm
by jellyroll baker
I have a sorprano and a baritone. All I can say is that playing a uke is probably the most fun you can have while standing up. The uke loves old standards, ragtime, Bo Carter tunes, Beatles songs, '90s alt rock... A surprisingly versatile instrument and easy as pie to throw in the suitcase no matter where you go.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:01 am
by wwpete52
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I took the plunge. There was an Ebay store that has several new ones on a "make an offer" auction. I offered them $225 for the uke, case, shipping, and insurance and they took it!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:15 pm
by leftyguitarman
Hey wwpete, are you talkin about the Johnson reso uke?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:23 pm
by wwpete52
Correct, the Johnson reso uke.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:39 am
by leftyguitarman
I hope you enjoy it. When I played one, it was better than all of the National ukes I've played. I am thinking of buying one of those Johson ones. Enjoy it!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:57 am
by wwpete52
Here'a the guy I bought it from. He has another one listed with the "make an offer" option:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:58 am
by wwpete52
Here'a the guy I bought it from. He has another one listed with the "make an offer" option:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:46 am
by leftyguitarman
Tell us how you like it when you get it! I'd buy one, but I would rather have a new guitar. So that's coming first.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:50 am
by wwpete52
What guitar are you going to buy?