The Mountain Fruit Folklore storefront will be closed from December 24th Through January 1st. Open for business again on Tuesday January 2nd.
The top is solid spruce, neck is Spanish cedar with a hard “V”-shape, the back and sides appear to be birch. It recently had a refret, and a neck set done (not by us) as well as a new rosewood bridge made.
We were very lucky to come across this instrument at a decent price and found that just a bit more work could bring it to the next level.
Mountain Fruit Folklore is proud to announce that we are now carrying Backstar amplifiers.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about this little 1W tube amp. (Isn’t bigger better??)
But the tone on this amp is definitely nothing to sneeze at. Volume-wise it would be more geared towards practice and recording, although it would work for live performance if you mic’d it up and put it through the mains.
One thing I do love about this amp is the simplicity. Clean Channel/Dirty Channel, Volume, Gain, and Tone. No bells, no whistles, no reverb or other effects. Just pure, crisp, warm tube tone. Still nothing compares to good old, dependable tubes. While there have been leaps and bounds made in the realm of digital amps, you have to spend a lot more money for a comparable tone, And they almost always have that digital edge to them, which can sometimes be dialled down with some knob-twiddling. In my experience tube amplifiers tend to sound good no matter where you set the dials. Don’t take my word for it! Come on down and test them out.
Definitely the most well thought out and sturdy design we have come across. The Hercules Auto Grip System closes securely by the weight of the instrument being placed in the stand. Easily adjustable for everything from acoustic, electric, tenor guitar, and bass. Foam protection at all contact points with the instrument. It folds up fairly compactly. There are more portable stands out there but nothing is as stable as the tripod with auto grip yoke, at least not that we have found yet.
We also carry this stand in the two-instrument model and have access to all Hercules products, which can be ordered in for you at no additional cost!
Not all Ukuleles are created equally. Many of us have encountered the all-plastic toys that sit on top of the piano, impossible to tune, sounds like playing a wet noodle attached to a cardboard box.
The builders over at Cordoba are putting out some very musical ukes, aesthetically pleasing, easy to play, they intonate properly, hold their tuning.
This is their very beautiful 25C, Concert Ukulele in solid Acacia Wood. A very warm, clear, and inviting tone. With the great diversity of each specimen of Acacia, every one of these ukes is uniquely beautiful.
Bone Nut and Saddle
Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
Aquila Nylgut strings
Can’t you just imagine yourself on stage with this beauty?
Here are a few examples of pick up installs that required some problem solving.
In the photo above we see a K&K pure mini installed in a 12 string guitar that has a JLD bridge doctor attached. K&K does make a 12 string p/u but the transducers are so large that it’s not feasible to install correctly in this scenario. Chamfering the edge of the bridge doctor block where it contacts the bridge plate allows the installation of the middle transducer of the pure mini to be fully on the bridge plate. The pure mini is a totally acceptable substitution for pure 12 when this obstacle is present.