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Now as well as Ukulele Corner it's officially...

posted 26 Feb 2017, 09:22 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 03:24 ]
Epiphone WildKat Royale
KTone 5 string hollowbosy Bass
Incorporating the Pony Guitar Sanctuary. After all they may be "Pony" but so is my Guitar playing so I love them, and I know I always said I invite Ukuleles, "partly because they are much smaller than Guitars" well now Ukulele Corner has expanded in size, so has the opportunity to invite Guitars. Unfortunately my bank balance has not expanded suitably so I don't really have the opportunity to invite many "good" ones, but I do like the idea of having representative examples that are like "good" ones hence the selection of Pony Guitars that are here; - and of course I do like a big hollow body too.

Speaking of Hollow bodies I have invited one of my all time favorites, the Epiphone WildKat Royale.
Bumbling around ebay last night waiting to see if my current invitations are accepted and not finding any good newly listed Ukuleles I ran a search on WildKats, as it is one of my favorite Guitars and I have always said I will get one one day. The search turned up a few that were "collection only" and nowhere near Ukulele Corner and a lovely Royale that was "buy it now or make an offer" and the seller was willing to post. It was also very near the end of the buy it now listing and clearly up to now had not had a lot of interest shown in it so I thought I would put in a very low offer, (what did I say a couple of posts ago about steering clear of buy it nows?!), just for fun. My first offer was automatically rejected so I thought "what the heck" and put in a second offer, a few quid more. This time it didn't get rejected out of hand, but I was still quite a bit lower than the price. When I logging in today to see the status of my invitations, this offer had been accepted along with one of my auction bids. 
hat I won at auction  was a 5 string semi-hollow Bass made in China and branded KTone. Now I hadn't come across KTone before bidding on this one but it turns out that its one of those Chinese brands that don't have a website or anything like that and sell internationally through eBay and Amazon, (I have a number of Ukuleles branded like that and I have generally been very happy with them but KTone don't do Ukuleles just Guitars and Basses) I didn't get it direct from the maker though mine is second hand and was being sold with a buy it now price as well as an auction. Though the buy in now price was pretty good there wasn't long left on the auction and up until me no one had bid on it so I thought that it was worth the risk of bidding the auction start price and hoping I got it cheap. After all I wasn't that sold on it because of the branding and, for a change not that excited by the hollow body, (whilst I luv big ol' hollow body Guitars I'm less keen on Basses), it was because it was a 5 string and if I didn't get this, there would be others coming up in much the same circumstance. (I also thought about going to collect it too as it was only an hour, hour and a quarter away, but the seller would post and shipping wasn't that high) Anyway, like I suspected no one else bid on it so in the end I got it for the start auction price which was a lot less than the buy it now price. So now a 5 string Bass is coming to Ukulele Corner, incorporating the Pony Guitar Sanctuary, I've never played a 5 string Bass before but as I'm not much cop on a 4 string one i don't think the extra string will make me worse.

They're here!

and that low B has a mighty rumble!!
The WildKat came first in a spectacular guitar shaped cardboard box, (which I have kept), but it's not a 3 year olds Christmas the contents were even more spectacular. The WildKat looks like new, brilliant white with shiny gold metalwork and some fancy gold sparkle binding and it plays and sounds great too. Not sure about the whammy bar, I love the look of a Bigsby but I don't really know how to use it to enhance the playing? Whenever I use it I just sound even more crap! Still practice makes...
A racket?!
The KTone came in a slightly less spectacular guitar shaped box, (I haven't kept that), is not so shiny and clean and doesn't look as new; though it does look very fine (and will look even better once cleaned). Luckily for the little Fender amp I am borrowing, (with an option to purchase), a Peavey Microbass combo, because that low B would have seriously "upset" the Fender. It did upset my tuner, if the B string was a bit flat, (and it was to start with) the tuner wouldn't register so I had to use octaves, but once it was close I could tune it open, (this was good because I had heard after inviting it that the wooden bridge of the KTone in not great for intonation, especially on the B string. I've not checked this out yet but if it is a problem it looks like a very straightforward job to change the saddle for an adjustable one)

Anyway they are both here now and they are both Gorgeous and very welcome at Ukulele Corner incorporating The Pony Guitar Sanctuary