NBD: Rondo Hadean Bass Uke

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  1. Remyd

    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.

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  2. Remyd

    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

    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

    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.

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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!
     
  11. bordinco90

    bordinco90

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Zombie thread I know, but I just won money at the Casino as well and ordered one of these Hadean Uke basses. I've always wanted one and I can't wait to get mine in. I bought the one made of Zebrawood with a case. I really hope it's nice. I've read great reviews on these uke basses.
     
  12. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    The pickup on these basses are notorious for having unbalanced volume from string to string. That's because the pickup assembly has a design flaw. The ceramic saddle (beige part) is solid even though there are slots cut in it. The metal tray it sits in has four individual pickup elements that the saddle is supposed to press against, but because the saddle is solid, it does not always put even pressure on the four pickups.

    I read about this fix on the Talk Bass forum and did it to four of my bass ukes with that pickup assembly (I have 13 with that pickup), worked perfectly. It's really not too complicated.

    First undo the strings, then disconnect the pickup cable from the preamp by unscrewing the preamp to get to the where it's plugged in. If you have a solid body bass, open the back plate to get to the pickup cable plug. Remove the assembly from the bridge. Next pull off the two black caps and slide out the saddle. I used an Xacto thin saw blade to cut apart the four sections and carefully set them back in the metal tray. Slide in the black caps and put the assembly back in the bridge, plug it into the preamp and reset the strings.

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  13. El Thumpo

    El Thumpo Four strings, no waiting Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area

    kohanmike, I’m really interested in how you turned that Fly3 Bass amp duo into a walkaround item. I have the same speakers and would appreciate any insights on converting them into a wearable unit.
     
  14. Remyd

    Remyd

    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    This has been a big problem for me - I replaced the element with a new one and still have it. Have been even-ing this out at the pre-amp, but I'm gonna try this fix at the next opportunity. Thanks!!!
     
  15. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    I put Velcro between them, then screwed in two small D-rings on both sides and used a shoulder strap I had in a drawer.
     
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  16. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    I don't know why I didn't notice this before, but if I'm not mistaken, the Hadean looks like the walnut version, not mahogany.
     
  17. Remyd

    Remyd

    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Hog-Hog-Goose!
     

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