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Original Post By: Iuke Date: 12/15/2016 2:01:46 PM   (Updated: 12/17/2016 4:47:15 PM)
Anyone else owning a ISLANDER MSS-4 solid mahogany soprano? I'd love to have your input.
IMO the Kalas (I've owned many) have superior workmanship. Fit as well as finish on all of them is tops. The MSS-4 on the other hand is a disappointment. Its fit and finish is rough and sloppy. The frets are sharp and feel like nails on both sides of the fingerboard. A huge minus. Looking at the inside underneath the bridge, where the holes are, I noticed that the ”reinforcement’ piece of wood has been chipped and half broken. Sloppy workmanship. And I wish there are slits in the holes to help keep the strings in place or more secure. What this instrument has going for it is the wider (1.5") nut width and the pin-bridge system (which makes it easier to experiment with strings of different gauges/thickness). Also, the pin bridge system makes for a nicer/cleaner look. Personal taste. All in all, this uke is not an easy and smooth player because of poor workmanship in general. Action by the way is okay and enough saddle is left to make adjustment should one wants to. Smoother fret ends and improvements in the bridge area would certainly move this Islander a few grades up. As it stands now, next time I want a lower end uke I'll be looking elsewhere.

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