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Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele Nickel/Silver 

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The resonating tone of traditional Americana, in a 4-string bell brass ukulele.

Made from an entirely European bell brass body and featuring a 6" hand-spun Continental cone, this Recording King resonator ukulele adds a unique twist to the classic Hawaiian instrument. This rare ukulele model features a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Champion-style friction tuners, pearloid headstock overlay and a bell brass coverplate.

These excellent features give the traditional instrument fantastic projection and a bark that is uncommon yet very appealing among ukuleles. Includes featherweight case. Case sold separately.

  • Body: Nickel-plated bell brass
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Cone: Hand-spun aluminum
  • Cone: Continental, 6"
  • Coverplate: Roundhole
  • Headstock: Plated Recording King logo
  • Headstock overlay: Pearloid
  • Tailpiece: Bell brass
  • Bridge: Hard maple
  • Position markers: Mother-of-pearl dot
  • Tuners: Champion-style friction
  • Finish options: Nickel-plated bell brass (RU-998)
  • Case sold separately

RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele Specifications:

  • Nut width: 1-3/8"
  • Scale length: 15"
  • Depth: 2.5"
  • Upper bout: 5-7/8"
  • Lower bout: 7-5/8"
  • Body length: 10-5/8"
  • Total length: 23"
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Some March to a Different Drum- Some Strum to a Different Uke.


from Salem,Oregon

Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

The most mellow sound is when any uke is strummed at the joint of the neck and the body.When strummed with the pad of the finger rather than a fingernail, a resonator can be used for a love song or a lullaby. But, moving down toward the cone using a fingernail or a pick produces a much different sound. A reso has the widest range of sounds of any four string uke. Set up with a low G string makes it a "must have" for Blues and Jazz. Using an allen wrench under the strings at the neck will raise them so you have a slide blues uke..or Hawaiian. It quickly goes back to a standard GCEA tuning rather than GCEG slack key and regular strumming style. It will mix it up with the Bluegrass set and have a sound that says it belongs.

Being bell brass gives it some noticeable weight. A strap is highly suggested for stand up playing.
With no opening on the front bout, the sound seemed to be lacking the higher frequency sounds, By drawing a design on a piece of masking tape one inch square (round-heartshaped- your initials- ??) use a 3/ 32 bit which has never cut steel to drill a series of predetermined holes no closer than 3/ 16ths from each other to creat your own forward grilles.

There are many more expensive resonator ukes. There is a distinctive sound with brass that galvanised tin or wood do not have. Mine still gets played quite a bit. It would be my choice for an economical "only one reso" uke. It is an attention-getter, both for its looks and its sounds.

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