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Old 05-08-2013, 16:33   #16
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Re: Who's got a Ukulele on Board?

I recently found an old Yamaha like my very first acoustic guitar and it sounds great as I remember it. I too once had an Ovation, and it sounded really good if you were in the audience, but it didn't sound good to me playing it, and for me, I want the sound too.
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How does that backpacker guitar sound?
Sounds pretty good in a confined space, walk into a good guitar shop and try one, they are relatively cheap for a Martin.........
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Old 05-08-2013, 21:24   #18
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Re: Who's got a Ukulele on Board?

Coincidentally I bought one today after two of my sons brought theirs to our summer sailboat vacation, a Kala KA-SEM from Sweetwater. Free two day shipping! Ukes are very inexpensive, decent starter models begin at $60. The Makala Dolphin may be a good boat choice as it is disposably cheap and sturdy.

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Yep - got it for Father's Day! Just strumming in the sunshine!
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You can't bet an old Yamaha fg180 red label, if you can find one for around cheap enough.
Grandpa bought one new in 1969 and left it to me when he died in '72. Been playing it ever since and your right, it plays and sounds just as good as any Martin I've ever played.

Friend of mine has a carbon fiber mandolin he plays while inner tubing down the river. Things completely waterproof. Almost bought a guitar like it once but couldn't stand the tone.
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Don't let that old red label get away from you! If you ever decide to sell it, you call me up!
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I have my old Hawyee Uke, been playin it since I was 10 yrs old ! still sounds good and the salt air has never seemed to hurt it ! I also carry a couple of blues harps which I keep in jars with whiskey in them!" no rust and a great sound" great way to keep awake on those mid watchs !!
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We carried a Martin Soprano Ukulele on board for five years of cruising w/ no ill effects. Sold the Martin because someone offered me a lot of cash for it and I wanted a concert size ukulele. There is a company that makes an outdoor ukulele, appropriately named 'Outdoor Ukulele', it is molded from glass fiber polycarbonate. It's pretty cool.
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Re: Who's got a Ukulele on Board?

I don't cruise much, but I own several ukes and often take one out on the boat to strum whilst relaxing at anchor. After playing a cheap soprano for many years I moved to a mahogany tenor. It fits my fat fingers better. I also have a concert banjo uke...sounds like a uke, but much louder and more obnoxious!

That 'Outdoor Ukulele' looks interesting...maybe that will be my next toy!

Keep on strumming!

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I'm not a musician but I do rise to the challenge of playing. Currently I'm learning to play Dooley on the mandolin. I have the keys right but I need to work on speed. Hard to do with work encrusted fat fingers. My brother got me a beginner uke which I am learning. I've tuned it to "taro patch" (G major tuning). I'm still learning.
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Friend of mine has a carbon fiber mandolin he plays while inner tubing down the river. Things completely waterproof. Almost bought a guitar like it once but couldn't stand the tone.
Wouldn't a Banjo be more appropriate? - as well as a fun way of scaring Tourists

At school I was encouraged to learn the Violin!......and then encouraged not to .......as am tone deaf and fingers un-coordinated, and that even before damaging a couple of finger nerves in a motorbike incident later .
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I think just about anyone can identify "Dueling banjos" from the first 2 notes.
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Wouldn't a Banjo be more appropriate? - as well as a fun way of scaring Tourists
That's his most requested tune and he can saw it off pretty good going down a smallish rapid
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I think just about anyone can identify "Dueling banjos" from the first 2 notes.
It is generally bad form to vocalize acknowledgement to those hicks from the sticks until after the song is complete. Mostly even not then.
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