Win a Kala Pineapple – Competition Closed


I’m jumping on the ukulele giveaway bandwagon and starting up a competition. The prizes are:

First prize: A Kala Pineapple soprano courtesy of ukulele for sale.

Ten Runners Up: One of my ukulele ebooks (your choice).

Everyone Who Enters Gets: Tab for my solo arrangement of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up (yeah, you read right).

What you have to do: Review your ukulele.

You can write it, make a video, take pictures, record an mp3, whatever takes your fancy. I’ll put it up on the Buy a Ukulele section so everyone can benefit from your experience. The winner will be the one I find most interesting and enlightening (it doesn’t matter whether you give the ukulele a good review or a bad review; or if the uke cost $10 or $10,000).

Email me with your entry (or, if you make a video, upload it to a video sharing site and send me the url). If you want me to link to your website/blog/Facebook/MySpace when I put it on the site, include that too.

The Rules

The review has to be new and original.
You don’t mind me putting it on the site.
You can enter once per ukulele.

Competition Closes: Midnight (Hawaii time) 6th July.

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit June 2nd, 2008 2:21 am

    Hey! You’re coming back on my birthday.

    What a nice present!

    Enjoy your vacation.


  2. amber June 2nd, 2008 7:59 am

    I will be able to rickroll people with my uke??? I’m in.

  3. Bob June 2nd, 2008 5:19 pm

    W00T! i tried a pineapple uke in a shop in london and it was great so i’m in. just i’m not to keen on the pineapple finish

  4. n0s0ap June 2nd, 2008 6:12 pm

    Holy mackeral. I’m in, if only for the ricktab. This is an incredible contest. Are you going to choose the best review or pick randomly?

  5. n0s0ap June 2nd, 2008 6:14 pm

    Yes, I can read and I do feel stupid. Look for my entry, it will be the one you find most interesting and enlightening.

  6. Woodshed June 2nd, 2008 9:56 pm

    Hobbit: Happy Birthday for then. In case I forget.

    Amber: I had a feeling that would get your attention.

    Bob: Well done, first entry. Extra cool points for you.

    n0s0ap: Don’t worry about it. I barely read it when I’m writing it.

  7. Win a Kala Pineapple Uke at June 3rd, 2008 2:30 am

    […] My friend Al Woodshed who runs and is taking a little blogger’s  vacation and in his absence, he is running a very cool contest to win a Kala Pineapple ukulele. All you have to do for a chance at the prize is to review your uke. Learn all the details here. […]

  8. Emily June 3rd, 2008 4:22 am

    Oh good. I just bought a new (and incredibly inexpensive one) this afternoon!

  9. Woodshed June 3rd, 2008 7:06 pm

    I look forward to seeing it, Emily.

  10. cashew June 3rd, 2008 10:16 pm

    Awesome contest– Kala Kiwi review is in (its the Pineapple’s sister model) The Pineapple would be a welcome addition in my house. I love the tab as the booby prize!

    Once we all get the tabs, we have got to get a massive uke get-together and rickroll the world, Uke style!

  11. Member Video of the Week - UU Allstars - Elephant Town! : Ukulele Underground - Learn Ukulele Online with Aldrine Guerrero June 5th, 2008 10:08 am

    […] In other news, Forum member Woodshed from is giving away a Kala Pineapple uke to a lucky person who enters his contest. To enter you have to submit your review of your ukulele. For more details check out his website. […]

  12. Jack33 June 5th, 2008 9:28 pm

    Nice competition, nice prize.

    Of course I mis read the closing date, thought it was tomorrow and quickly sent in a below par entry on the off chance.

    Now have to spend the next month thinking of all the things I should have done…

    Have a nice break


  13. Chris L Campbell June 8th, 2008 11:51 pm

    My Mom’s got a gold label Kamaka, I was jealous and found a flying vee, not up to kamaka standards, went on to a mahalo pineapple – without a bridge or strngs. Once that was repaired – sounds like a million (but I pine for the faux pineapple finish that the kala has!)
    I guess you’ve figured out I’m an artistic/visual person!!

  14. Jenn McWhorter June 11th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Awesome contest, I sent you my review for my Fluke!

  15. JCMcGee June 12th, 2008 1:43 pm

    Wooohooo…finished review of my best friend “Escape Plan B” coming right up!

    Fingers crossed that he will have a new little buddy!


  16. Edd June 13th, 2008 2:20 am

    Hey! I love your blogg!
    It’s just amazing, congrats, I was looking for a pair of tabs of Beirut’s covers and I wasn’t found them; could you please add them to the list? just Hallelujah and Ederlezi. They’re on youtube in live performances if you hadn’t heard of them.
    Thanks you so much!
    And salutations from Mexico!

  17. Jack33 June 21st, 2008 3:46 pm


    Just finished a more polished review, hope you enjoy the results.

    Was worried about my pronunciation of You-ka-lay-lee but decided that if it didn’t matter about Toh-mah-toes then I might be ok.

    In the end I unclenched and stayed true to the way they pronounce it round here….complicated isn’t it?

    Take care


  18. jason June 22nd, 2008 2:46 am

    Great giveaway! Gonna send my review up the ol’ uke flag pole.

    Mahalo, a hui hou!

  19. 5 Days left to win a Kala Pineapple uke from July 1st, 2008 7:08 am

    […] Don’t forget to check out the contest at to win a Kala Pineapple ukulele. All you have to do for a chance at the prize is to review your uke. The contest closes on midnight Hawaii time on 7/6/08. Learn all the details here. […]

  20. Michelle July 4th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Here’s to hoping my rating was a success!!!
    Good luck to everyone who entered!
    This is a pretty nifty little contest!

  21. Zuma Tribe July 7th, 2008 12:36 am

    I realllly enjoy playing my Hilo, but I sure would like to win the better sounding Pineapple Kala! Thanx!

  22. Zuma Tribe July 7th, 2008 12:40 am

    The correct time of entry by Zuma Tribe is July 6-08 at 4.34pm California time.

  23. Joe July 15th, 2008 5:47 am

    Can i still get the Rick Tabs!!! I just missed it, got my first uke yesterday!

  24. Woodshed July 15th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Joe: Send me a decent review of your ukulele and I’ll get it to you.

  25. Joe July 17th, 2008 4:39 am

    Can you still post that Rick Roll Tabs….I missed the competition :( but i really want it!

  26. Joe July 17th, 2008 4:39 am

    oops OK will do! whats your email

  27. Woodshed July 18th, 2008 2:54 pm

    Joe: You can find it on the contact page.

  28. Iernon December 24th, 2008 12:52 am

    can we STILL somehow get the tabs?

    can i just send in a review and get it now or…?

  29. Woodshed December 27th, 2008 9:39 am

    lernon: Yes, if you write a review of your uke that’s good enough to go up in the Buy a Ukulele section. It doesn’t have to be fantastic, just more than, “My ukulele is gr8.”

  30. Ron Hale July 3rd, 2011 2:06 am

    I guess the contest is closed now, Al. I have a Kiwi, and perhaps objectively it’s not gr8, but it’s fine enough, really.

    I’ve no urge to replace it, unless I get consideraby better, and even then I’ll be sounding better on the little green thing and that’ll just make it a better sounding uke to me. Anyway, there is a point to this and here it is –

    You’d think that the Kiwi and the Pineapple (Watermelon, too) would be the same ukes with just different designs and headstocks. And
    basically they are, but there is one difference.

    The bridges are different. The Kiwi has a Martin or Flea/Fluke knot type bridge while the others each have a classical guitar tie type bridge. I’ve looked at the Kala site and as far as I can tell the Kiwi is the only one of their ukes with this type of bridge.

    Who knows why. An experiment Mike Upton didn’t think worked, perhaps. But I prefer this type of bridge for ease of string changing (not that I change strings very often). Yes, you can string the other type bridge without actually tying them guitar style, and Ukeeku had a recent entry on a sort of bead the required no knot tying at all that can make the guitar style bridge quicker and easier for string changes. But that just confused me.

    So, how about bringing contests back to the site?
    Win a signed book, perhaps…

  31. suzalele January 18th, 2012 3:55 am

    I have been playing an Oscar Schmidt OU-5 for the last three years. I got it for under a 125 dollars and it was a steal. I am not one to shred a uke, but this one stands up nicely. It has decent sound up and down the fret board. Nice longevity in the sound. Decently loud, but not terrifically so. The action is average. Nice decal work around the sound hole and body.. It looks like it should cost more. I am amazed with how long it can stay in tune. The sound is pleasing; kinda mellow but bright enough. It is an excellent first uke and can last me for a long time, but of course I have had my eye and my piggy bank on saving for something with a Hawaiian name.

  32. Woodshed January 18th, 2012 6:50 am

    suzalele: Thanks for the review! Glad you like it.

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