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NBD: Rondo Hadean Bass Uke

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Remyd, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Love a new bass day!

    I haven't been able to play any bass in a few weeks due to injury, and I won money at the casino, so I couldn't help myself. Turns out I am really beginning to like mahogany in my old age. The last four instruments in a row have been mahogany, and although this one has an unusual color, it rounds out the family quite nicely.

    I'm having a ball with this little box. It is really, really fun to shake knickknacks off shelves with an instrument smaller than a guitar. In the couple of hours that I have played with it, I've been nothing less than impressed. The only thing that I could complain about is that the preamp rattled out of the box. 15 seconds with a screwdriver set everything right.

    Love a nice ukulele as much as the next guy, but it feels good to be back in the low end.

    IMG_0016. IMG_0015. IMG_0019. IMG_0018. IMG_0017.
  2. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    First jam session yesterday - the folks were super impressed. It generated a flood of questions and not a few guest sit ins. This thing is awesome. Also much love for the TC-BG250, which really surprised me. It's a pretty Anything-as-long-as-it's-Fender-or-Gibson group.

    Sticky strings are getting to be a thing. Trying some powder tonight.

    Fit and finish are the only issues I have. The wood is a funny color, Finish is not 100% even over the body, there is a chip in one side of the fingerboard, and the neck shape isn't the most comfortable. I may do a little sanding on the back of the neck to even it out, but not yet.
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  3. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    The perfect family!
  4. I own that model (I think). Too much fun. Still waiting to ambush my band and audience at a gig with it. They will be stunned.

    Congrats and enjoy.
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    Do you own the fretless?
  6. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Sure do. I don’t know whether I would recommend it to someone else though. I seem to have intonation problems from time to time that might be better served by a fretted instrument. The tonal difference just isn’t as big as BG - there’s not much of a difference at all.
  7. that was me! I got a Hadean fretless uke last week.
    the intonation isn't bad. I think it's a keeper.
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  8. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Is yours Walnut?

    Also, pics or it didn’t happen.
  9. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    A few weeks ago I added to my collection of bass ukes a Hadean walnut cutaway. I'm partial to the black Road Toad Pahoehoe, but the Aquila Thunderguts will do for now. I use it with a Blackstar Fly3 Bass rig that I hang on me for a regular gig I do with other members of my uke group at UCLA/Mattel Children's Hospital as part of their music therapy program, and also give the kids a ukulele.

    Walnut me and Fly 3.
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  10. I own the exact same model in fretless. I would say it is the equal to Kala's Tumbler series. The tone is very upright-ish. There are some fit and finish peculiarities, but one must expect these with a $160 instrument. My folk band now demands I play it, and were much impressed. I have found the Aquila strings to be much more stable in tuning and intonation than the Pahoehoe strings that came with my ubass. Enjoy your new toy!

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