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Diamond Head DU-106 Rainbow Soprano Ukulele - Light Blue
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- Soprano ukulele in bright, fun rainbow colors for everyone to enjoy!
- Quick to learn with easy to play 3 chord chart
- Strong maple body and neck in addition to a clear, high gloss finish make for long-lasting durability
- Equipped with geared guitar style tuners to ensure your uke stays in tune
- Includes color matching gigbag for easy storage and transport
- For more fantastic features, please see Product Description below
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Diamond Head Ukuleles are Easy to Play and Popular All Around the World
Whether you’re laying on the beach in Waikiki or freezing in Fairbanks, a Diamond Head Ukulele will always put a smile on your face! The ukulele craze started at the Hawaiian Pavilion at the Pan Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California in 1915. The San Francisco/Hawaii connection has remained intact until today. San Francisco-based Saga Musical Instruments produces the world famous Diamond Head Ukulele lines! Just as Diamond Head Mountain towers above Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, Diamond Head Ukes rise above others–in both quality and value. Strum a Diamond Head Uke and put a little island vacation in your day!
- Top Material: Maple
- Back & Sides Material: Maple
- Body Shape: Soprano
- Scale Length: 13 5/8”
- Tuners: Nickel-plated Guitar Style
Geared guitar style tuners with 15:1 gear ratio make tuning quick and easy.
Clear, high gloss finish is attractive and makes for long-lasting durability.
Comfortably shaped mahogany neck and polished frets for fast, easy playability.
Simple Tie-On bridge makes changing strings a breeze and minimizes breaking.
Greetings and congratulations on the purchase of your new Ukulele.
Now that you have acquainted yourself with the instrument, the first thing we want to do is tune it up.
It's simple as 1 – 2 – 3!
Step 1: Tune your ukulele
To aide in tuning process, we recommend using a Golden Gate PT-1 Posi-Tune Compact Tuner or similar.
Begin by bringing each string as close to pitch as possible. The notes we will be tuning each string to, starting from Top to Bottom are:
G – C – E – A
Step 2: Stretch each string
In order to your new ukulele in tune, it will be necessary to stretch each string until it stabilizes. This is due to the material that typical ukulele strings are manufactured from.
Once each string is tuned up close to pitch – firmly, but gently – pull along the entire length on each string (while carefully supporting the instrument.) Pay particular attention to where each string wraps around the tuning peg posts, as well as where they are knotted at the bridge. It is normal for new ukulele strings to stretch considerably, so be patient. Also, be careful not to pull too hard on each string while stretching to avoid damaging the strings or your instrument.
Step 3: Repeat Previous Steps and Tune it again
You are almost there; just repeat the process of tuning and stretching until each string stabilizes to the correct note. You’ve probably noticed that after having repeated the process several times, your ukulele will hold its tune better and better.
Depending on how often you play your ukulele, it could take a few days – even up to a few weeks for your strings to settle in – but once that happens you will be ready to play at all times!
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The manufacturer recommends pulling on the strings as per the tutorial in the product description. I tried a little of this, but it was making me crazy thinking with my luck I'd break it. Anyway my advice is, be patient with the strings and a few days later, mine at least seems to be holding it's tuning just fine. I fine tune it a bit right before practicing with it but the stock strings seem to hold the tuning while I play now. The tuning pegs on mine aren't slipping or anything.
Other thoughts: These little ukuleles don't appear to have any bracing in them like you would see in guitars. The coating on the one I got is pretty and smooth. Mine is the dark purple. The purple color is very dark. If you are in a dim room it looks almost black. If you want an obviously purple uke you might want to consider the violet. The coating seems thicker than what you'd see on an average acoustic guitar. In my non expert opinion it seems like this will help the wood hold up even without bracing. When it's in tune it has a pretty sound, and the body has nice resonance.
My ukulele 's bridge is screwed down to the body. I'm guessing it's also glued but I haven't wanted to mess with it. One screw applied at the factory damaged my bridge a little bit from being applied off center. It gouged the wood and left a bit of natural wood color exposed where the screw went down. This doesn't bother me THAT much. I'm going to probably just take a sharpie marker and touch it up. It doesn't seem to affect the sound. It's just a little ugly. The so called gig bag is just a zippered dust cover with a handle. It's nice to have as a dust cover or to keep spiders out though, but it is NOT a proper gig bag. If you want something to protect your uke, look into a separate case with some padding at least, maybe a pocket too for picks or a tuner etc.
Overall I'm happy with the ukulele. If I get another ukulele for myself or a gift, I'd probably get another one of these. It's seems like a nice little instrument for the price. I read on a couple guitar forums that nail polish has the same ingredients as the coating on electric guitars. I am considering painting on my uke with it to make it more unique. Nail polish has nothing to do with the review but I wanted to toss it out there for anyone who might want to do the same.
Update to original review: After playing with this every day my review lost a couple stars. I'm still liking this little guy but it has some issues.
First: When you hold the ukulele against your body with a proper holding technique the ukulele becomes very muted and dead sounding. This however is super in the wee hours of the morning when you don't wish to disturb anyone but you loose any kind of pretty resonance plucking strings may give you. It also makes recording your progress sound like complete garbage. If you keep the back from touching your body it sounds pretty nice. Because of this issue I am scared to try the nail polish design I had planned.
Second: I found some frets are dead in the middle of the neck on the A string, and other frets produce an odd reverb like sound instead of a clear tone. The reverb-like sound is kind of neat in my opinion but the dead frets just make a plunky noise with little to no sustain compared to frets higher or lower. I didn't notice at first, but this could be because my bridge doesn't connect smoothly to the body. There is a semi large gap on one side.
Third: Hearing myself on this ukulele compared to others on different brands (and yes some people are worse then me that i'm comparing myself to, just an fyi.) The uke just kinda sounds sub par.
Regardless of its issues it has been a good starter ukulele for me. The fact I grew out of it so quickly and am hunting for one that sounds better already is depressing but it wasn't very much money either which adds to it's value as an instrument I don't mind the 3 year old playing with too.
I am going to try to contact the mfg. and see if I just got a dud.
This is good enough for her purposes.
I did what some other reviewer suggested and changed out the factory strings for Aquila New Nylgut AQ-4 Soprano Ukulele Strings - High G - Set of 4 . Whoa! Wasn't bad before, but sure is louder now; perhaps even a better sound.
As an experienced amateur musician (brass, nothing with strings,) changing out the strings confirmed for me this: this model is *not* for anyone past -- perhaps even *at* -- an intermediate skill level.
- quality of construction & assembly seems good all around
- frets & body-end of string hardware all seem fine.
- tuning pins are t.r.o.u.b.l.e. Each one's got it's own idiosyncratic behavior. 2 of them are mostly good; the other 2 have something elliptical (instead of circular) in how their components were formed. They've got some very uneven tensioning behavior.
With the price of these things, I'm sure it would be better to upgrade than to replace the tuning pins.
I've heard China has a "Button City," where most of the world's buttons are made. I think they must have a "Ukulele Village," too. My daughter received loaner uke of a different brand (same price range, avail on Amazon) until the one I bought arrived. While both instruments were in the house, I compared them and -- aside from paint differences -- found only cosmetic differences in the shape of the head. Otherwise were very similar. I wager all other ukes in this price range compare similarly.
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I chose this one because of the colour, price and the accompanying gig bag. I had a few issues with the shipping (it didn't come with a gig bag and the box it arrived in had NO tape holding it shut) I talked to Amazon customer service and we got it all rectified so I'm quite satisfied in that regard.
As for the instrument itself, it's not top of the line (which I wasn't going for anyway) but for the price, it's a great value. Another reviewer mentioned it didn't come tuned, and while this is my first online instrument order, I don't think it would be possible to have it shipped tuned due to weather and humidity changes etc... I downloaded a uke tuner app on my phone, free of charge so there's no real need to have one bundled with the uke or buy one separately.
As for tuning, I don't play mine every day, and I do have to tune it up and it could be a half note out. BUT the tuning pegs are like what you see on a guitar and while it may take a bit to tune up the tuning pegs do a good job of not turning the other way and loosening the string on you. I've never played a nylon string instrument before so I can't really say if the amount of tuning needed is typical or due to the fact that they are nylon strings. I do know for my steel string guitar, when I put new strings on, it does take a while before the strings are stretched enough that I don't have to tune it as often. I think part of the tuning "issues" others are having could very well be due to it having new strings on it.
All in all, I am happy with my purchase, the product and Amazon's level of customer service.
Obviamente no es el mejor pero por el precio vale mucho la pena.
Además es bastante fácil aprende aunque nunca hayas tocado otro instrumento. Vale la pena para principiantes.
Esta versión es la más pequeña. Así que si eres muy grande de cuerpo es preferible que subas al que sigue.
En relación al color morado que compré es fuerte, como una berenjena, casi negro según como le de la luz.
El problema con este ukelele al igual que todos los baratos es que se desafina muuuy fácilmente. Sobretodo al principio o después de un tiempo de no usarlo. Así que es casi indispensable si eres principiante comprar un afinador digital.
la afinacion No es la mejor cuando las cuerdas estan nuevas, le sacas unos 30 mins afinado cuando ya se estiran las cuerdas... la verdad si lo recomendaria, se lo regale a mi novia y le encanto.