Friday, 10 February 2017

Demo Kala UBASS-FM-FSEW and Kalas New Metal Round Wound Bass Strings KA-BASS-4

Demo Kala UBASS-FM-FSEW with Kalas New Metal Round Wound Bass Strings KA-BASS-4

New stock arrived today and amongst the regular stuff I got the new to Australia Kala UBASS with the new Kala Round wound Metal Strings for that more traditional Bass sound.

What a fantastic piece of Kit, the nylon core metal round-wound strings brings the UBASS to life. 

Easy on the fingers, and now with a nice punchy tone that is way way louder than the Polyurethane strings.

Regular Bass players will feel much more "at home" with this new UBASS and its Round-wound metal strings.


The Tuner is built in, the German Brand Shadow pre-amp is built in, and nice flamed mahogany body wood. 

And 'Nice' is quite the understatement as the pictures do not do justice to how good this wood looks.

2017 Australian pricing is $915 with gigbag with Setup and includes Postage to your door in Australia.

Hit me up with a message and I can do better for you to hook you up with one.

I love to haggle, Have you seen a price from someone else here in Australia on a Stocked Item ... I will have a crack at seeing if I can do better.

The Strings are available as sets to retrofit your UBASS, they are $72.95 incl postage. Code: KA-BASS-4 and I have those in-stock too.


DESCRIPTION
The Exotic Mahogany Acoustic-Electric was introduced in 2012 and has quickly become Kala's best-selling U-Bass. 

Capturing the same upright bass sound as the Solid Mahogany U-Bass, look no further for enormous low end.

Exotic Mahogany back and sides with a Mahogany neck.  Featuring a well fretted Rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

SO EASY TO PLAY; EVEN FOR NON BASS PLAYERS
Made with a diminutive 21" scale for EASY playing regardless of your hand size, heck any tiny handed Donald  could whizz around this fretboard with ease.  
16 chunky profile quality nickle steel frets.

Custom Die-Cast Tuners and the star of the Show the NEW Kala UBASS Round-wound metal strings with Nylon core.

Custom Kala and Road Toad logo inlays, electronic system with an active EQ and built-in tuner.

Includes a Deluxe Custom U-BASS Embroidered Logo Gig Bag

And if you Travel around this Big Brown land by Plane the UBASS meets most airline carry-on requirements.

SPECS
TOP: Exotic Mahogany
BACK & SIDES: Exotic Mahogany
BINDING: Black
FINISH: Satin
NECK: Mahogany
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
BRIDGE: Rosewood
NUT: GraphTech TUSQ®
SADDLE: Composite
TUNERS: Custom Hipshot Ultralite™
HEADSTOCK: Standard UBASS
STRINGS: Kala Round Wounds nylon Core Metal Wound.
ELECTRONICS: Shadow® U-Bass NFX
SHORT SCALE: 20.375 in
OVERALL LENGTH: 29.375 in
INCLUDES: Deluxe Padded Bag


MEASUREMENTS
Scale Length: 20.375 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 29.375 inches, Body Length: 14 inches, Number of frets: 16, Width at upper bout: 7.75 inches, Width at lower bout: 10.25 inches, Width at waist: 6.625 inches, Body Depth: 3.25 inches, Fingerboard width at nut: 1.75 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 2.213 inches









Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ukulele Workshop: Beginners. Saturday 11th Feb, 2:30 - 4:30pm
























Been playing a while or brand new to uke ...This is your workshop.

- Tips n Tricks to get you playing better fast.
- How to Strum better.
- What Chords to Learn First.
- Small friendly supportive Group with personal attention.
- You will be playing songs by the end of the the day!
Old Spot Hotel.
1955 Main North Rd Salisbury.

$10 Includes;
Refreshments, Notes & Loaner Ukuleles.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

CK-28 Concert Size "Vintage Manuel Nunes' Style Solid Mahogany Ukulele.

'Historic Recreation' 
'Time Traveller Special'
'The Son of'
'Homage to the great Lutheirs of the past'


Great ways to describe Ohana Ukuleles very fine, all solid mahogany wood 'Manuel Nunes' Style CK-28 Concert ukulele.

$495 RRP In Australia
Includes;
FREE Hardcase,
FREE Tuner,
FREE Set-up
FREE Postage in Australia.

As per normal I bundle all my ukes with a full set-up with your choice of; either Low or High G 
and Right or Left handed. And YES you can tell the difference between an 'Off the Shelf Factory uke' and one that has undergone a proper setup. They just play and sound nicer!

The CK-28 Limited Edition Concert Ukulele is a crackingly good instrument.  As sweet a tone and great Playability as you will ever find.  And those Ultra Hip Retro Looks are fantastic, this Ukulele is really Rocking that centre racing stripe and rope binding.  Rope binding is time consuming and difficult to make and fit, but I'm glad they did.

And it is made fully of Solid Mahogany too boot.

A STAR SELLER OF MINE.  WHY?Because the CK-28 is one Seriously Good Quality Concert Ukulele, it comes with a really good Hardcase,  plus I include a FREE Tuner and FREE Setup and well ... because it's an Ohana Ukulele and players know that Ohana is synonymous with 'Quality' 

 "I play lots of different ukuleles every week; what with Personal Shoppers getting Demos and doing Ukulele Setups everyday. 

The Ohana CK-28 is becoming a favourite of mine, they are so damn sweet sounding, and they play great."   CHEERS CC

ABOUT 
The 'Figure 8' or 'Peanut' body shape is a true classic, it is the closest relative of the Portuguese instruments brought to the Hawaiian islands.

Manuel Nunes is where ukulele making in Hawaii all started, Nunes was at "Ground Zero" the Pioneer. Manuel Nunes crafted ukuleles for more than 40 years and they are legendary instruments amongst ukulele enthusiasts.

History tells that Samuel Kamaka and Nunes own son, Leonardo, were apprentices and continued making quality ukuleles.  In 1998, the Ukulele Hall of Fame inducted Manuel Nunes  into their honorees.

SOUNDS
One of the LOUDEST little ukuleles around,
the top back and side are 'vintage style' ultra thin and made of high grade stiff mahogany, perfect for extracting every ounce of volume.

Modern ukes err on conservative and generally have thicker tops, backs and sides. All well and good for "easy manufacture", but thick wood tops kill volume and tone.

Crafting a thin wood top is harder and more time consuming, you have to get them "just right". But the returns in Volume, Tone, Weight and Sound are HUGE.

Also note that unlike modern ukuleles where the fretboard extends over the top of the ukulele (and restricts volume and tone)  the CK-28 fretboard is completely flush with the body edge,  this leaves ALL of the top to vibrate, helping to shape the tone of the instrument.  Another vintage style feature that is hard to implement in production, but well worth the time invested to get it to work.

WELL DONE CREATING THIS UKULELE
Louis Wu of Ohana Music has come up with a fantastic homage to the 'original' ukulele, made in the traditional Portuguese / Hawaiian style.

The Ohana team gathered together great examples of vintage ukuleles made by Manuel Nunes, and the team set about working out what made these old timers sound so damn sweet.

Prototypes were made and lots of players tried out the Prototypes providing feedback to the design/engineering team.  It was a long journey from concept to production ... all the time and effort involved by all those prototype Luthiers, test pilot players and Production Engineers has paid off in spades with the Nunes Series.

SUMMARY
If you are serious about your ukulele playing and uke collecting then a 'Peanut' body style Concert is a must have for you.

This Concert has such a pleasing warm tone and easy playability that you soon realise that the old master Luthiers really were onto something good!

SPECS
Premium Solid Mahogany top, back and sides
Friction tuning heads
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Vintage Nunes Style Rope Binding
Bone nut and saddle
14 frets Aquila Nylgut strings (or Worth)
Limited edition
Vintage re-issue
Nunes/Dias style body shape
Solid Premium Mahogany top, back & sides
Rope binding
Vintage finish
Gotoh tuners

CK-28 Concert Size "Nunes' Style
Solid Mahogany Ukulele.














Friday, 27 January 2017

Low G Tuning Explained - AQ-72U $7 Including Postage in Australia

AQ-72U  $7 Including Postage in Australia
TENOR SINGLE LOW G STRING
RED SERIES®


BONUS
FREE Postage in Australia
FREE Online Ukulele Lesson

  • All ukuleles can be Tuned Low G.
  • Chords you know stay the same, no new chords to learn.
  • Scales stay the same (but I think they sound better in linear low g).
  • Rock Riffs now Sound "Proper".
  • No harder on your Finger tips.

LOW G TUNING EXPLAINED
Changing over from Standard Re-entrant Ukulele Tuning with its High G string to a Low G ukulele tuning is quite straight forward and easy to do.  There are no new chords to learn, your scales stay the same, and the low g Strings are no harder on your fingers. 

Low G is a Linear tuning, similar to guitars and bass in that the notes move in a "linear' fashion from highest note on your A string to lowest note on your G string.

ALL ukuleles can be tuned low G, no 'special' ukulele is needed.

What you get with Low G is more notes to play as the lowest note on your uke is now an octave below the standard high g. Imagine a piano keyboard, your high g is pitched above middle C, now with a low g you are pitched below middle C

You also be a much fuller Bass tone from your ukulele, and BEST OF ALL those wonderful Rock Single note riffs now sound authentic.

Aquila's revolutionary new approach — unique to Aquila — changes the specific weight of the material, increasing it progressively to leave the gauge almost unchanged.

A unique feeling and a strong, consistent sound. Until now, it was necessary to increase the gauge of a string for it to produce a lower-pitched note. But increasing the string’s diameter also increases internal dampening. That makes the string less bright, less responsive and more muffled; the thicker the string, the duller the sound.

The result is amazing: instruments sound brighter, more powerful and more responsive through the entire range of the fret board. The strings also maintain their intonation better, because thicker strings need to be fretted harder, pulling them further out of tune.

RED SERIES® sets provide superior performance over traditional strings for musicians who love bright sounds and powerful voicing across the full scale of the instrument.

You never heard a sound like this before, simply because before it did not exist.

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED? 
In the manufacturing process of our Red Series strings we use different percentages of metal powder to optimise each string’s performance within the set. Because of this, the colour varies slightly with each string in a set of Reds.

LOW G TUNING
Density is in fact the secret of quality sound in a low string and Aquila are happy to announce that they managed to overcome this difficult technological challenge (tried by many others but without success).

Now, with Aquilas RED SERIES® strings you can finally tune your ukulele to Low G with the certainty of powerful sound quality and a superior intonation across the frets that is fully integrated with that of the upper treble strings.

MAIN FEATURES
The technical solution adopted was firstly to make the Nylgut elastic and then add  red copper powder in order to increase the density to about twice that of standard white Nylgut.

  • Color: red-brown
  • Surface: slightly rough; this texture has eliminated the squeak that sometime occurs with the Nylgut strings.
  • Elasticity/Elongation: consistent with white Nylgut!
  • Performances: better than the first elastic version! They do not break under tension providing rapid, stable tuning!
  • Intonation: accurate past the 12th fret
  • Pressing the string firmly down on the frets does not cause the note to sharpen.
  • It is  not necessary to file the nut slot wider to accommodate our RED SERIES® string.
  • Density: about twice than standard white Nylgut.
AQ-72U  $7 Including Postage in Australia
TENOR SINGLE LOW G STRING
RED SERIES®

BONUS
FREE Postage in Australia
FREE Online Ukulele Lesson

Thursday, 26 January 2017

TENOR LOW G RED ukulele Strings a revolutionary string compound from Aquila Corde Amonchi

AQ-88U  $14.95 Including Postage in Australia
TENOR LOW G.
Set of 4 strings GCEA

RED SERIES®

BONUS
FREE Postage in Australia
FREE Online Ukulele Lesson


Changing over from Standard Re-entrant Ukulele Tuning with its High G string to a Low G ukulele tuning is quite straight forward and easy to do.  There are no new chords to learn, your scales stay the same, and the low g Strings are no harder on your fingers.

ALL ukuleles can be tuned low G, no 'special' ukulele is needed.

What you get with Low G is more notes to play as the lowest note on your uke is now an octave below the standard high g. Imagine a piano keyboard, your high g is pitched above middle C, now with a low g you are pitched below middle C

You also be a much fuller Bass tone from your ukulele, and BEST OF ALL those wonderful Rock Single note riffs now sound authentic.

Aquila's revolutionary new approach — unique to Aquila — changes the specific weight of the material, increasing it progressively to leave the gauge almost unchanged.

A unique feeling and a strong, consistent sound. Until now, it was necessary to increase the gauge of a string for it to produce a lower-pitched note. But increasing the string’s diameter also increases internal dampening. That makes the string less bright, less responsive and more muffled; the thicker the string, the duller the sound.

The result is amazing: instruments sound brighter, more powerful and more responsive through the entire range of the fret board. The strings also maintain their intonation better, because thicker strings need to be fretted harder, pulling them further out of tune.

RED SERIES® sets provide superior performance over traditional strings for musicians who love bright sounds and powerful voicing across the full scale of the instrument.

You never heard a sound like this before, simply because before it did not exist.

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED? 
In the manufacturing process of our Red Series strings we use different percentages of metal powder to optimise each string’s performance within the set. Because of this, the colour varies slightly with each string in a set of Reds.

LOW G TUNING
Density is in fact the secret of quality sound in a low string and Aquila are happy to announce that they managed to overcome this difficult technological challenge (tried by many others but without success).

Now, with Aquilas RED SERIES® strings you can finally tune your ukulele to Low G with the certainty of powerful sound quality and a superior intonation across the frets that is fully integrated with that of the upper treble strings.

MAIN FEATURES
The technical solution adopted was firstly to make the Nylgut elastic and then add  red copper powder in order to increase the density to about twice that of standard white Nylgut.

  • Color: red-brown
  • Surface: slightly rough; this texture has eliminated the squeak that sometime occurs with the Nylgut strings.
  • Elasticity/Elongation: consistent with white Nylgut!
  • Performances: better than the first elastic version! They do not break under tension providing rapid, stable tuning!
  • Intonation: accurate past the 12th fret
  • Pressing the string firmly down on the frets does not cause the note to sharpen.
  • It is  not necessary to file the nut slot wider to accommodate our RED SERIES® string.
  • Density: about twice than standard white Nylgut.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sore Finger tips? Try Worth Strings. Worth Tenor Brown Ukulele Strings - A great feel and tone BUT easy on your finger tips.

Who Likes Shredding their Fingertips?

NO - ONE including me! And that is why when people ask me about 'Sore Fingertips' I suggest they try out Worth Fluorocarbon strings.

Softer feeling, Lower tension and easier on your fingers. Happy Days

Worth BROWN Tenor Low G Ukulele Strings.
Fluorocarbon. 
$26.95 incl Postage in OZ + Free Ukulele Lesson



These BT-LG Strings are 'All the tone and volume you want without the Pain.'

SPECS:
63 inch Tenor
Brown
Low G
CODE: BT-LG

Enough string length for 2 re-strings per packet.

Postage included in OZ. 

BONUS FREE Ukulele Lesson via Skype with Hawaii based teacher Jeffrey Thomas

Beautiful Tone Starts With Beautiful Strings.


Worth Premium Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings are one of the most popular brands of strings among both professional and amateur ukulele musicians.  

Manufactured in Japan, Worth Creations make premium quality strings in Soprano/Concert, Tenor, Baritone, 6 and 8 string sets. Worth Strings is standard fitment to the prestige Hawaiian KoAloha ukuleles.


9 Benefits of Worth Premium Flurocarbon Ukulele Strings.

1. Easy On Your fingers - Softer Material and Lower Tension.
Worth is a softer, easier feeling string under your fingertips, this is due to their lower tension and being made of Flurocarbon.
Other brands/materials can 'shred' your fingertips, even after you have developed callouses on your fingertips, not Worth Strings.  

2. Bending Notes and Vibrato Easier – Smooth lead playing.
If you like to bend notes then try Worth strings. Flurocarbon strings will not 'roll under’ your fingertips like other materials do.
You can really 'dig in' and bend a note smoothly with great control of pitch and vibrato.

3. Brown or Clear Strings – Choose your tone Jazzy or Bright.
Worth ukulele strings come in Brown and Clear versions. The Brown produces a warmer rounder jazzy sound while the Clear strings are the brighter.

4. High or Low G sets – without finger squeak. 
The Worth low G ukulele strings are not wound, so they are less likely to give finger noise and do not have that annoying “Finger Squeak' of wound low G strings. 

5. Value for money with 2 sets per pack.
Worth ukulele strings come in double-length sets. Each package contains enough string length to restring your ukulele twice.

6. Rapid ‘Settling In’ with Stable Tuning.
When new strings are fitted they will (regardless of brand) take some time to stretch and settle in.
Unlike other strings Worth Ukulele Strings will stretch out and settle in just a few days, and will remain stable, with no further stretching due to unwanted elasticity of string material.

7. Volume Balance.
Comparing Worth strings with nylon strings of the same tension, Worth strings have a more consistent and even volume and tone balance between the strings, especially the Low G sets.

8. Long Lasting.
Worth Strings are less prone to breakage than strings manufactured from less durable and stable materials.

Worth Low g strings are solid Flurocarbon and unlike wound low g strings there is NO outer wrap to separate or wear away from an inner core, its this separation leads to string failure.

9. Stable Tuning.
You will find Worth Ukulele Strings have very stable tuning regardless of Temperature and Humidity changes.

A MESSAGE FROM Worth Strings Endorser HERB OHTA JR.


REVIEW OF WORTH STRINGS by liveukulele.com
"Worth – My favourite, hands down. These fluro-carbon strings pack more punch than most. They are bright sounding and pull very tight across the fretboard. These strings are used by Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, and Brittni Paiva.

There are two main kinds of strings that Worth makes: brown and clear. The brown strings are warmer sounding and the clears are brighter sounding. The clears are what I like. I’m usually a bass/middle frequency guy, I don’t like songs with treble boosted anything. But these strings work for me because my ukulele has such a warm sound, it all balances out. Both kinds of string comes with an optional unwound low G string (yay, no squeaks!) in normal, medium, or heavy tension"  liveukulele.com

ABOUT WORTH STRINGS FROM THE OWNER 
"I’m Masaya Takahashi producer of Worth Strings.“Worth Strings” has been selling well since we started to sale, first of September 2002. 

When I started playing the ukulele, I searched for strings I liked, but couldn't find them in existing products.

At last I found Fluoro Carbon, but to get the strings, I had to purchase a large amount,that I could never use in my lifetime. 

Thankfully many players liked it. First, there were just 3 types. But little by little our customer’s desire for more variations, and now we have many different strings, as you know. “Worth Strings” is made of an special material called Fuluoro carbon.  The specific gravity is about 1.78 (nylon:about 1.14).  The features are a clear sound and a good balance, so it can be adaptive not only for solo play but also for stroke(strumming) play.  

Therefore, despite “Worth Strings” is higher price many people choose them, because the length is longer than other company’s string, and you can get two from one of our strings sets as long as normal size ukulele. Many Japanese customer are particular about sounds and intonation, and they are very satisfied with Worth Strings."

Fat Strings Equal Big Fat Tone Worth Brown Tenor Code: BF-LG

Want a big tone? Then use a Big String.

Worth BROWN Tenor FAT Low G Ukulele Strings. Fluorocarbon. $26 incl Postage in OZ + Free Ukulele Lesson



These BF-LG Strings are 'Meaty Beaty Big N Bouncy' ...  Big Tone and Big Volume

SPECS:
63 inch Tenor
Brown
Low G
FAT
CODE: BF-LG

Enough string length for 2 re-strings per packet.

Postage included in OZ. 

BONUS FREE Ukulele Lesson via Skype with Hawaii based teacher Jeffrey Thomas

Beautiful Tone Starts With Beautiful Strings.

"Fat Gauge is my personal favourite Worth String set, and I use both the high g set and a set of low g sets on my two stage ukes.

Fat sets feel great under your fingers, big n meaty but still soft to touch and "they don't shred my finger tips like other brands have."  Cheers CC


Worth Premium Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings are one of the most popular brands of strings among both professional and amateur ukulele musicians.  

Manufactured in Japan, Worth Creations make premium quality strings in Soprano/Concert, Tenor, Baritone, 6 and 8 string sets. Worth Strings is standard fitment to the prestige Hawaiian KoAloha ukuleles.


9 Benefits of Worth Premium Flurocarbon Ukulele Strings.

1. Easy On Your fingers - Softer Material and Lower Tension.
Worth is a softer, easier feeling string under your fingertips, this is due to their lower tension and being made of Flurocarbon.
Other brands/materials can 'shred' your fingertips, even after you have developed callouses on your fingertips, not Worth Strings.  

2. Bending Notes and Vibrato Easier – Smooth lead playing.
If you like to bend notes then try Worth strings. Flurocarbon strings will not 'roll under’ your fingertips like other materials do.
You can really 'dig in' and bend a note smoothly with great control of pitch and vibrato.

3. Brown or Clear Strings – Choose your tone Jazzy or Bright.
Worth ukulele strings come in Brown and Clear versions. The Brown produces a warmer rounder jazzy sound while the Clear strings are the brighter.

4. High or Low G sets – without finger squeak. 
The Worth low G ukulele strings are not wound, so they are less likely to give finger noise and do not have that annoying “Finger Squeak' of wound low G strings. 

5. Value for money with 2 sets per pack.
Worth ukulele strings come in double-length sets. Each package contains enough string length to restring your ukulele twice.

6. Rapid ‘Settling In’ with Stable Tuning.
When new strings are fitted they will (regardless of brand) take some time to stretch and settle in.
Unlike other strings Worth Ukulele Strings will stretch out and settle in just a few days, and will remain stable, with no further stretching due to unwanted elasticity of string material.

7. Volume Balance.
Comparing Worth strings with nylon strings of the same tension, Worth strings have a more consistent and even volume and tone balance between the strings, especially the Low G sets.

8. Long Lasting.
Worth Strings are less prone to breakage than strings manufactured from less durable and stable materials.

Worth Low g strings are solid Flurocarbon and unlike wound low g strings there is NO outer wrap to separate or wear away from an inner core, its this separation leads to string failure.

9. Stable Tuning.
You will find Worth Ukulele Strings have very stable tuning regardless of Temperature and Humidity changes.

A MESSAGE FROM Worth Strings Endorser HERB OHTA JR.


REVIEW OF WORTH STRINGS by liveukulele.com
"Worth – My favourite, hands down. These fluro-carbon strings pack more punch than most. They are bright sounding and pull very tight across the fretboard. These strings are used by Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, and Brittni Paiva.

There are two main kinds of strings that Worth makes: brown and clear. The brown strings are warmer sounding and the clears are brighter sounding. The clears are what I like. I’m usually a bass/middle frequency guy, I don’t like songs with treble boosted anything. But these strings work for me because my ukulele has such a warm sound, it all balances out. Both kinds of string comes with an optional unwound low G string (yay, no squeaks!) in normal, medium, or heavy tension"  liveukulele.com

ABOUT WORTH STRINGS FROM THE OWNER 
"I’m Masaya Takahashi producer of Worth Strings.“Worth Strings” has been selling well since we started to sale, first of September 2002. 

When I started playing the ukulele, I searched for strings I liked, but couldn't find them in existing products.

At last I found Fluoro Carbon, but to get the strings, I had to purchase a large amount,that I could never use in my lifetime. 

Thankfully many players liked it. First, there were just 3 types. But little by little our customer’s desire for more variations, and now we have many different strings, as you know. “Worth Strings” is made of an special material called Fuluoro carbon.  The specific gravity is about 1.78 (nylon:about 1.14).  The features are a clear sound and a good balance, so it can be adaptive not only for solo play but also for stroke(strumming) play.  

Therefore, despite “Worth Strings” is higher price many people choose them, because the length is longer than other company’s string, and you can get two from one of our strings sets as long as normal size ukulele. Many Japanese customer are particular about sounds and intonation, and they are very satisfied with Worth Strings."