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Recording King RU-998 Metal Body Resonator Ukulele, Nickel-Plated


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  • Nickel-Plated Bell Brass Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 6 Hand-Spun Continental Cone
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Includes Featherweight Case
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 7.6 x 2.5 inches ; 5.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001ECQBQ0
  • Item model number: RU-998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,489 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 15, 2008

Product Description

Made from an entirely European bell brass body and featuring a 6" hand-spun Continental cone, this resonator ukulele adds a unique twist to the classic Hawaiian instrument. This rare model features a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Champion-style friction tuners, pearloid headstock overlay and a bell brass coverplate. These excellent features give this traditional instrument fantastic projection and a bark that is uncommon yet very appealing for a ukulele. Includes featherweight case.

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Customer Reviews

This is a well made decent sounding instrument.
Ukulele Larry
It has the solid weight of quality, with terrific plating and smooth fit and finish everywhere.
William Bain
Concert size (a bit bigger than the standard soprano) Fun!
C. Cariaga

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William Bain on April 26, 2011
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For a long time, the only review for this outsanding little resonator uke has been the one-star review, which said awful things about it. So, as much as I wanted a resonator uke, and especially at this amazing price, the little thing sat on my wish list, unpurchased for a very long time. But I never quite gave up on it, and I looked at the listing every so often, trying to make up my mind.

Then recently, somebody with "Ukulele" in their screen name posted a vindicating review, and it tipped the scales for me. I clicked "Add to Cart", and I'm really, really glad I did.

This instrument is everything I wanted. It looks great, sounds great, and feels great in your hands. It has the solid weight of quality, with terrific plating and smooth fit and finish everywhere. The intonation on mine is just fine, and the little beast roars with a classic room-filling resonator sound. I just couldn't be happier.

I honestly don't know how the one-star review guy could have had such a bad reaction to anything like the same Ukulele I received. It's a shame how many people his review might have scared off. Making the problem worse was that until now, there was only one pitiful little picture, so prospective buyers couldn't judge for themselves if the item looked "cheap". I just posted a few of my own pictures, highlighting what I think are some of its nicer features.

If you're in the mood for a resonator Uke with lots of great sound and character, and at a bargain-basement price, don't waste as much time as I did deciding to buy this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Cariaga on August 4, 2011
I acquired this Recording King reso uke at a local store here in CA. It intonates very well -- based on my ear -- and a Korg tuner. And I am still breaking in the new strings. I plan to change the strings to Aquilla Nyglut. Keep in mind that a National reso uke is in the $1200 range. I collect an play standard koa and mahogany ukes. I was not sure I wanted a reso uke. So, for $299 I can actually play some ragtime and blues -- and make up my mind in case I come across a used National reso uke. Ohana and a few other companies are coming out with other high end ukes -- mahogany with reso cones etc. This uke is a great way to get your feet wet in the resonator sound. Not a beginner uke at all. This is a uke for experienced players who want to try out an old timey barky uke. Looks flashy. It has 13 frets to the body and 20 total. Mother of pearloid dot fingerboard markers at 3,5,7,10 & 12, 17 and 20th frets. Concert size (a bit bigger than the standard soprano) Fun! Treat yourself!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ukulele Larry on April 10, 2011
This is a well made decent sounding instrument. Materials are very good and plating is excellent. Tuners work well and frets are pretty much spot on. The case is very nice. I don't know why this has gotten bad reviews.

This instrument gives you the essence of resonator technology in a concert size soprano uke form. I like playing the blues and this uke seems perfect for that type of music.

I have been very critical of some ukes I've purchased; most of them returned because they were just terrible sounding instruments. This is a keeper.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Robbie on May 16, 2012
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Budget-priced metal-bodied resonator ukes are tough to find, and you don't have many options. It should also be noted that the description is not quite correct. This is a CONCERT-sized ukulele, not soprano as the description suggests. The Recording King brand, which at one time was the store brand for the now-defunct Montgomery Ward, is not exactly known for high quality. The resonator is a National-style biscuit cone. That being said, this ukulele is a bit of a disappointment out of the box. The sound was very tinny and the factory-standard strings are awful. Do not buy this instrument unless you're willing to do some work on it.

I replaced the strings with Aquilas (AQUILA Ukulele Strings, Concert Regular, CRC, All Nylgut, 7U, Regular, High G), but since they are thicker than the factory strings, they didn't sit quite right on the saddle on the biscuit. Removing the faceplate on the resonator wasn't difficult with the right sized screwdriver. The screws are very small and rather delicate. The cone lifted out easily, the biscuit unscrewed readily. Removing the saddle took some work, but wasn't too difficult. It feels like a relatively cheap wood, similar to a balsa wood. Using a small file, I opened the slots a bit until the strings fit nicely. I put it all back together, and the sound improved immensely.

The second biggest problem with it are the tuners. They are extremely imprecise, and an instrument is useless if not in tune, which when combined with new, still-stretching strings proved to be a more-difficult-than-necessary process. The heads of the tuners face straight back, which to me is another drawback (although others prefer this style).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Wilson on January 5, 2014
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I bought this ukulele over a year ago, and I wanted to let folks know how much i love it. I own several ukes, some vintage, some home made, and this uke has become my favorite. Out of the box, you may be unhappy with the sound. You'll need to upgrade the strings. I changed the strings to Worth browns ( do a search) and the tone is great. Some people on uke forums have swapped out the cone (I think it's a Continental) for a National (around $60), but I'm happy with my sound. The uke is very well made and fun to play. And It has a nicely padded gig bag.
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