October 30, 2013 by Tim
Its been a while, sorry about that.
Was not going to post this, but figured why not!!
Category: Outdoor Ukulele, Reviews, Soprano
| Tags: cheap, Full review, Plastic, posts, review, uke, ukulele
Thanks for the review. I was going to ask for one for Christmas. Now I’m rethinking that. I’ve seen other reviews and it seems that most people like it but don’t really seem over excited about it. I’ve got plenty of ukes and I don’t need another so-so one.
As you may or may not know I love the vintage Maccaferri Islander ukes. I like the sound of them better than the OU. I like the esthetics more. I would not leave them in my car like the OU stays in mine as they would melt. I know the OU’s shortcomings- the neck bugged me at first, but now I don’t even notice the shape. I got my OU with the grover tuners after I heard about the problems with the friction pegs. It has deeper frets that messes with the intonation if you play heavy handed. There is no doubt your Gill uke sounds better and is worth more than you paid for it- it’s not a fair comparison. We have our own personal joke about that with one of my own ukes.
I like the OU for what it does do and other ukes can’t do- namely be abused and be ready to play. BTW you didn’t mention what the soundhole smells like- haha!
Keep up the good reviews.
Tim, as always, a completely frank and unbiased review. I adore your style–funny, casual, just like speaking to an old friend. Conversational tone, as if a pal is giving advice. Thanks for that.
Hey, I have to say, I have heard at least a half dozen videos of people playing this outdoor uke, and although I have never touched one, I can tell that it’s a nose pincher. PU!
Superb review from Uke Central, Normal, IL. Cheers@!
Great video Tim. I got very excited when this went into production, and middle of last year got to play one of the first that arrived in the UK. I have exactly the same views as you do – cool in many ways, but where it counts it did nothing for me. Found the sound kind of echoey and very one dimensional. Also found the strings flapped around a lot and wondered how it would take a higher tuning? Neck – totally agreed also. I think its a shame as I suspect it could have been something more, but I thought it was a bit of a novelty.
Hey Steve, I would love to come visit lol
Thanks for the review I have one and it is what it is. There is a lot of snobbery in all music its a great uke for what it is. Dave
I got #20 and sold it a few weeks later. I mostly felt like you did. I didn’t mind the squared back, but I really disliked the lack of sustain. I believe they didn’t properly reenforce the headstock bend like the newest japanese maccaferri copies. I think this causes the flex which kills sustain and will probably be the part that breaks on people. And the hollow neck echo really, really annoyed me.
The guy who decided to build these wasn’t a ukulele player and I think the resulting outdoor ukulele product shows that. So instead of being an awesome great uke it’s just an okay uke and good if you have a very specific need for it.
Hello… Could you tell me the uke group continues to meet up for monthly jam…. And any names for ukulele lessons ?? I’m a beginner… Able to do chords but want to “learn” my instrument…. any help appreciated…. I live in Normal! Susan
I bought a tenor about 6 months ago, they have really improved for the version you have. The tuning pegs are drastically different, and the neck is rounded now. I enjoy mine and hope that you review the newer/updated version of this uke.
Maybe it is time for an updated review of the Outdoor Uke? It has been a long time since this one, and there have been many improvements based on customer feedback. I think they deserve a second look.
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