Aloha , New to Ukulele , New to Gretsch

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by rosa_m, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. J Bird

    J Bird Synchromatic

    If I didn't already have a uke, I probably would have got one at the Aloha Stadium swap meet when I was there a couple of years ago. It could be worth the drive/bus ride.
     
  2. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT Rosa!
     
  3. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    The Aloha Stadium dealer I know also has a booth at Ohana Hale Marketplace , 333 Ward Ave . (former Sports Authority location)
     
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  4. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    Aloha
     
  5. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    Mahalo for your feedback . I'm intrigued by this uke .
    I'm also considering the Ohana CK-35 concert .
     
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  6. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    UK
    I actually had a Mainland concert a few years ago which I believe is the the Ohana, albeit under a different name.
    It was a very good uke, well made with a nice gloss finish. Was good to play.
    The Gretsch being just a stained finish doesn't look as nice, pretty much just basic, but as far as I remember, it resonates a lot better, louder, and I love the tone.
    I'm sure you will be happy with either. Good luck.
     
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  7. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    AFAIK , Mainland is it's own brand .

    Mahalo & Aloha
     
  8. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    UK
    Yes, you're right of course, but the general opinion on ukulele forums is that they're both made in the same Chinese factory.
    Anyway, let us know what you decide to buy, and send a photo.
     
  9. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Stupid Deal of the Day - D'Aangelico concert uke. I bought one of these a couple of years ago in mahogany, when I started dabbling with stringed instruments. I like it and it sounds great imho, though I didn't have a passion for it and switched to guitar. Great bang for the buck, though I've never compared it with anything else.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/stupid
     
  10. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    SoCal
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  11. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

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    Here are my performing/recording ukuleles. All 3 sport PhD strings, pickups (K&K in Kamaka, and Baggs in the others), and purchased through Anacapa Ukulele in Ventura, CA (plug for my pals!).

    Kanile’a Custom Tenor (my main instrument these days)
    Kamaka Lili VI
    Ohana BK-70 Baritone
     
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, @rosa_m !
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  13. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Hawaii
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  14. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

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    Aloha
    I haven’t played a lot of ukes but this one sounds good and looks pretty cool. It’s all solid koa, made in Hawaii and was under $200 . Lanikai ckcgc
     
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  15. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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  16. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    UK
    Congratulations.
    So you went for the Gretsch in the end!
    I tough decision, but I think you made the right one.
    I hope you're as happy with it as I am with mine.
     
  17. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    It does indeed have a lovely tone ! , (and look) .
    But I find it a bit boomy , a booming C string , even with a string change ; .
    Also , I knew going in the nut is considered a bit narrow , and I do find it a bit narrow .
    I was , and am , intrigued by this uke , so no regrets .
    I still may get the Ohana CK-35 as it's solid wood Mahogany , top , back and sides .
    And I think the nut may be just enough wider .
     
  18. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I have 3 ukes. An Ohana baritone (BK20 I think), which has a nice mellow sound and made a nice alternative when I played in a uke group.
    Also 2 tenors, both Kala, an acacia model, solid top back and sides, that was expensive as ukes go, and also a solid spruce top model. The spruce top one is fabulous, the best sounding uke in our group by a long way, it has a wonderful sweet sound. The acacia one is gorgeous to look at but a little bit lacking in depth.
    If I had to recommend a uke to anyone it would be one of the Kala spruce top series.
     
  19. rosa_m

    rosa_m Electromatic

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    Oct 26, 2021
    Hawaii
    "The Ohanas have a nice light construction that makes it very resonant."
    Kalas are overbuilt bricks .
    And I like my Gretsch !
     
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  20. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

    591
    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    OK fair enough. I don't consider my spruce top Kala an 'overbuilt brick' but I'll defer to your expert opinion.
     
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