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It is what it is, a bit of fun (Mahalo - MC~1~AL~ggn creative series Alien)

By Lardy Fatboy, 07/02/2019
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This is one of Mahalo's 2018 "specials", it's part of the new creative series that have come out along with the latest art series and a new designer series. The Alien is the only new model to have a distinctly non traditional body shape, (there is another "skull" one that is a standard Ukulele body shape but put on the wrong way around, so the neck connects to the larger bout ), and though it comes in 4 colours, this is the only fluorescent one. You have to leave it under the lights for a bit before it glows (and turn the lights out once it is "charged"). Not glowing it is off white under normal lights and it plays nicely enough but it does miss a proper fretboard; as it comes, it is just some "ebonising" on the neck. OK its a reasonable job but it does look cheap and will probably wear through after a bit of use. Speaking of cheap, the whole thing looks a little cheap, well more feels than looks, the finish is a little rough and uneven. However it plays nicely enough and what did I expect for the money? It is what it is, a bit of fun and...
It Glows!
The soundboard glows, the headstock glows even the back and sides glow!
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If you need a "Strat" Ukulele... (Stagg - EUK S)

By Lardy Fatboy, 18/02/2019
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They are Concert size and come in either Black or Sunburst, (I got the Black one). They have active under saddle pickups, volume, bass and treble slider controls a quarter inch main jacksocker on the side and a 3.5mm input and output jack socket on the back (this is not a good design feature because if you use them the plug digs into you when you play).

I think the build quality, (apart from the rear sockets), is excellent with the whole neck assembly being particularly good. I also think this is the most "Stratocaster" looking Ukulele commercially available, though I don't think the Les Paul version looks particularly Les Paulish

As the publicity shots show they come with fairly heavy black strings. I have replaced the strings on mine with lighter Ko'Aloha Golds, partly because I prefer the lighter string and partly because I think the gold on black looks good.

Tone wise its an electric Ukulele so a lot depends on how you amplify it but remember its not going to sound like a "Strat" (without a lot of effects). It isn't entirely silent when un-amplified but it only makes enough noise to annoy the person sitting next to you
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a good first Ukulele if you like the animals pictured (Stagg - Safari Ukulele)

By Lardy Fatboy, 19/02/2019
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It has a nato neck and a basswood body and, apart from the bold graphics is the standard budget fair. What I particularly like about mine though is the bright green saddle, nut and tuning buttons. (In case you are wondering about the Eyes, it is a label in the sound hole that you have to line up to get the eye effect)

It comes in quite high for budget pricing and does have that little bit of extra quality to justify that. The decal finish is good, the neck is straight and the action is quite low. It sounds ok, is quite nice to play and would be a good first Ukulele if you like the animals pictured
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[MUSIKMESSE] Martin & Co 0X Uke Bamboo

Published on 04/07/16
Martin & Co presents the 0X Uke Bamboo, a new soprano ukulele.

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How to Get the Best Results When Recording Acoustic Instruments

Published on 05/28/14
How to Get the Best Results When Recording Acoustic Instruments
If you’ve ever recorded an acoustic instrument, you already know that there’s more involved than just sticking a mic in front of it. Factors that influence how the recording will come out — besides t…

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