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Riptide UT-5 Tenor Ukulele  

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        Riptide

        Mahogany top, back, and sides for the traditional ukulele look and tonal characteristics but with the exclusive "Dual Port System."

        The Boulder Creek UT-5 Tenor Ukulele features laminated all-mahogany construction and the popular tenor size to produce a deeper and more robust tone than its little brothers, the soprano and concert. This is one of the best values in a tenor body style for tone, playability, and great looks.

        The exclusive "Dual Port System" projects the sound to both the audience and the player. Moving the front sound port away from the center of the soundboard helps to increase volume, tone, and sustain on all Boulder Creek ukuleles. Die cast tuning machines and perfect fret leveling make them stay in tune and play easier than ukes costing much more.

        Case sold separately.

        Features

        • Tenor Uke size
        • Laminated Mahogany body
        • Laminated Mahogany top
        • Glued neck joint
        • Mahogany neck
        • Rosewood fretboard
        • "C" neck shape
        • Rosewood bridge
        • Die-Cast tuners with brown pearloid buttons
        • Chrome hardware
        • Natural satin Mahogany finish
        • Case sold separately

        Enjoy innovation and tradition in one sweet uke. Order today.

         

        UT-5 Tenor Ukulele Specifications:

        • 17.2" scale length
        • 18 frets
        • 1-3/8" nut width
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        RiptideUT-5 Tenor Ukulele
         
        3.7

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        3.0

        Not so happy

        By Scrab54

        from Scott Depot, WV

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Riptide UT-5 Tenor Ukulele:

        Have had to return after less than 2 weeks use.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love my RipTide Tenor Ukulele

        By AnnieLou

        from Wimberley, Tx

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Learning
          • Practicing

          Comments about Riptide UT-5 Tenor Ukulele:

          I'm having lots of fun learning to play the ukulele. I love the tone of the RipTide. I hope that my next Uke purchase will be an instrument Made in the U.S.A. though.

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          3.0

          Probably not China's best effort

          By Frank Adam

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Riptide UT-5 Tenor Ukulele:

          For a tenor in this price range, the Rip Tide UT-5 is decent enough. Its voice makes the setup worth the effort. If you are an intermediate player, it will need some setup work. They all need little tweeks.
          Aquila Nylgut strings are a plus but strings are cheap. The big hole is a minus as are the low frets.
          The exclusive Dual Port System is a gimmick that contributes nothing to the overall sound. The uke has that mellow f-hole voice and projects well -- not because of the extra hole. Credit the Aquila Nylgut strings and a well-made laminate sound board system. That's the sound I was hoping for.
          If you are looking to open the box, tune and play this uke might not make you happy. The action was very high out of the box (4.6mm at 12th fret) and the frets are low (.38mm). Lower the action and it is a fast neck for finger-pickers.After a little saddle shaving, it works well, even though the low frets demand extra effort and exact finger placement for barre chords. The ends of the frets were a bit rough. Emory board fix. The uke is stained but not finished, which I appreciate. A heavy finish could dampen the already anemic projection. The unsealed sound board will pick up skin oil, coffee, spittle or anything else that drips on it. Not a problem to a slob like me but some folks care about that stuff. Oh, that big hole directly under my chin needs a screen over it. It won't let one brownie crumb hit the floor.

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