Saturday, January 24, 2009

Moana UK-70 Solid Spruce Top Soprano Ukulele

Seems like everyones getting new ukes these days. I fancied something a little different to the couple of Mahogany ones I have and something dirt cheap that I wouldn't mind drilling some holes in to fit a pickup.

I decided to try out one of Moana's new ukes, I plumbed for the solid spruce top with laminated mahogany back and sides, it cost me £42.50 including postage (they're running 15% off for January)

Out of the box it looked good, but it also had those cheap black GHS strings, the action was way too high at the nut and the intonation was poor. The tuners are also pretty cheap.

Using my trusty needle file I deepened the slots and replaced the strings with concert aquilla's. I'm now loving the sound, completely different tone to the Mahogany's. Its quite bright and doesn't sound as subtle as my other two. Here's a sound sample I did to give an idea :-

and a couple of pics, notice the picture of the nut how deep the slots are, before adjusting the strings were practically sitting on the top.

Here's how it now intonates

If you're willing to put some time in to fix the action and intonation I'd recommend one of these as a great value uke, otherwise pay extra on say an Ohana and get one ready to play on arrival.

New Ukulele Club in the Newcastle / Gateshead area

For those of you who got a new ukulele for Christmas and fancy joining up with a few fellow enthusiasts get yourself down to the Tune Army Ukulele Club, details below.

The Tune Army Ukulele club, is a club based in the North East of England, meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at the Whickham Social Club.
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, all abilities welcome.

Address :
Whickham & District Social Club. Simonside View, Whickham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 4AQ.
Click for map.

For further information contact Jeff on