The guys in our setup department would probably take a pay cut if I agreed to not carry anything with this style of electronics. The side mounted preamp or wires running through the body buzz at certain frequencies. Not all the time, but 90% of the time, and it can take an extra 15 minutes or more to troubleshoot and fix the issue. So that was my first observation was buzz from electronics. Next I felt the string height at the nut, way too high and the action I measured at almost 4mm at the 12th fret. So I packed it up and it sat for the last month or more.
The other day I looked again, made a few quick adjustments. I played, listened, and thought, ya know, it sounds pretty good! Lots of volume and a full bodied tone. I thought, maybe I wasn’t being fair to dismiss this uke.
This Riptide tenor sells for under $300. Everything in this price range needs final work. After giving it the time of day, I realized that this has a tone that will compete quite well with others in it’s price range. The electronics sound pretty good and the overall look is cool and unique. The intonation is correct, the sustain is great, and the neck is set correct so improvements are possible in final setup. All in all, the Riptide EUS 11NS is a valid contender for an electric tenor under 300.
Boulder Creek Guitars design around a different concept and structure. This model had the offset soundhole which gives more soundboard to sustain and less support needed without the large hole in the middle. The side port is another great aspect of the design. Most of us play to ourselves, for our own enjoyment. This port is positioned on the lower bout and angles right at you. The sound comes through clean and clear.It’s positioning makes perfect sense.
Have you tried these ukes? Give us your take on them if you have. I gotta say, after giving it a shot, I was kind of impressed.
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