The snow was lightly falling, I had just ditched my Subaru WRX in the woods having seen a deer get hit by a car and we were starving. I dragged the carcass into the woods and started hacking it up when a girl with big blue eyes and long curly hair exploded onto the scene. She was wearing runners with no socks, Dolphin shorts and a thin tank top, her neck wrapped in a scarf and a stocking cap. We were instantly a couple and would spend the next few months bouncing around between our snow cave and the car as we were both homeless.
Hiding from the cold we stopped into a music shop to look at native flutes, we both played them and it seemed like a good way to pass a few snowy hours. I picked up a uke and started to play when the shop keeper asked me if I had ever heard of a low G string. Sure I replied, I invented it. I pulled up a stool, started to plink at the strings and told him my story.
Back before the turn of the century I had been trying to play somewhere over the rainbow, Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole’s version. My G string was driving me nuts as I couldn’t get the sound I wanted. I kept basing off my C string as the G wouldn’t work. I switched from my Kamaka soprano to a new Fluke concert but I still couldn’t find the sound. One day I was bitching to my uke instructor and asked if he would help me replace my G with a wound guitar string, eventually we fell on a D string and I had found my sound.
Life was again perfect and I was back to hours a day trying to perfect my tunes. One day I noticed that the all plastic fret board on my uke was wearing out due to the wound G string. I called the fluke company and asked if they would replace the fret board and of course the answer was yes but followed with a how could you wear out the fret board, they are nearly indestructible. I told him about my new low G but words would explain so I set down the phone and picked up the uke and played him a song. He immediatly put Seal Beach on his list to come check out what we were up to. Within a few months the fluke uke company had added an option of a wood fret board with metal frets just for the new Low G and again my uke world was in harmony.
When I ordered my new Concert Opio from the guys at the uke site I had them set it up for a Low G but string it with a high G. They went through all thier Ukes and found the sweetest tone and best head angle and then went to work perfecting my new little gem for me. One of the greatest things about having your uke professionally set up is that a master uker has set the bar for your new uke and it will never forget the first hands that played it. Mine is already coaxing better music out of me.
There’s something about guitars, they’re just so big, you know what I mean? You’re just like, ‘Ugh!’ It just seems so overwhelming. And the ukulele is, like, the opposite of overwhelming. Zooey Deschanel