1. I bought it used... musta been very gently used. 2. Came with a case from Lanikai. Good news: it also fits my tenor uke, so that when I go to a gig, since I use the tenor one live, I now have a sturdy case I like the velcro inside the case that holds the uke safely in place. 3. The koa is prettier than I expected at this price point. 4. Surprise #1: the previous owner changed the strings and it's tuned GCEA like my other one, so no need to learn new chords. Yay me. Although one of these days I will probably tune it normally for a Baritone so that I can see the difference in the way it sounds and rings in that tuning. 5. The neck size is perfect for me. Effortless and enough room for my fingers to find their righteous place on the fretboard. 6. Unlike my tenor uke, this one only has 4 strings - the other one features a double course of strings, therefore 8 in total. Surprise #2: I never finger picked the tenor uke, but with the baritone one it came naturally and yielded very cool tones that I can't wait to work on more. Fun things. 7. Tone difference between the two ukes: hard to compare an 8- and 4-strings, with different sizes and woods... I like both very much, but I really dig this one. 8. Only thing I "regret" no built-in pickup for live use like the tenor. But for the money invested I can't complain. And I am not.
I spent an hour strumming on the darn thing when it arrived. Just about every reggae song I know got involved. And I even wrote a new song with it already. Definitely a keeper!
I just can't play little things like that with these fence posts. I have a new, unplayed mando to prove it.
Very sharp looking uke. Music store in town here has one of those. I started to pick it up but knowing literally nothing about them (except they are originally from Lilliput) I didn't. I mighta choked its little neck with a loose grip.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2011 17:49:22 GMT -5 by melodeous