Zach Condon of Beirut’s Ukuleles

The second in the ‘What ukulele do they play?’ series. The good news: if you want to play the same ukuleles as Zach Condon, you won’t have to spend anywhere near as much as if you wanted Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele. They’re actually fairly bog-standard ukuleles, not that expensive and would be a good choice for beginners.

He seems to have two main stage ukuleles:

Bushman Jenny

Irrefutable evidence. Looks to me like a BU7TV.

Lanikai

Irrefutable evidence. Looks to me like an LU-21T.

Other ukuleles he’s been spotted with:

Fluke: On the set of the video for Elephant Gun he Postcards from Italy on the Fluke that’s featured in the video.

Samick: In this photoshoot. It’s the only time I’ve seen him with a Samick, so I don’t think it’s a regular player of his. It looks like a UK70.

Beirut Ukulele Tab and Chords

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  1. LonnaB June 18th, 2008 8:48 pm

    I noticed the photograph of him with the Samick when I had the album out from the library.

    We have a Greg Bennett guitar, so when I saw that photograph, I decided that I must have the matching ukulele. I’ll let you know when I get my way!

  2. Woodshed June 18th, 2008 9:45 pm

    Do let us know what you think. I’d be interested to know.

    Matching ukuleles and guitars look so cute together.

  3. Arik August 15th, 2008 4:07 pm

    does he use a tenor fluke?

  4. RAul DIegues September 23rd, 2009 3:41 am

    By the way Beirut come to Brazil this year, and last friday 18.09.2009 Zach was using a ukelele from PONO….

  5. Woodshed September 23rd, 2009 2:50 pm

    Raul: Thanks for the info. I’d heard he’d has his uke stolen. Good to see he’s got a quality replacement.

  6. christin October 1st, 2009 3:34 am

    hey i was just wondering if the lu 21t that he’s using is just a plain tenor or if it’s the rosewood fret one? i’m about to order my first one and i’d really like it to be the spot on one he uses. i’m sure he uses both of them but it’d be really helpful to know that first. thanks!

  7. Joel Jr. February 11th, 2010 12:03 am

    The bushman jenny that he uses isn’t a Tenor. It’s concert :)

    That’s the ukulele ->http://www.jumpingflea.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_5&products_id=8&zenid=17j2bn5k50s79mceg6lklqr930

  8. Woodshed February 11th, 2010 8:58 pm

    Joel: Thanks for the info.

  9. Lauren May 22nd, 2010 7:18 pm

    are the two with “irrefutable evidence” tenor ukuleles?

    what i mean to ask is if zach condon uses tenor or soprano ukulele’s in most of his songs (primarily the penalty and postcards from italy)

    a reply would be greatly appreciated please and thanks
    :)

  10. Woodshed May 24th, 2010 2:12 pm

    Lauren: The Lanikai is a tenor. I think the Bushman is a concert.

  11. EDWARD July 13th, 2010 11:58 am

    The Bushman Jenny he uses must be a Cut-Away Concert.
    Click on the photo. See the 10th spots on the fingerboard of his uku? It’s the same with a Concert, but not a Tenor.

    If it’s a Tenor, there would be the 9th spots, but not the 10th.

  12. Woodshed July 13th, 2010 8:52 pm

    EDWARD: Good knowledge. You’re absolutely right.

  13. Mathieu October 6th, 2010 10:49 am

    I saw Beirut this summer and Zach was playing on a TENOR 6-STRING (HF-36) from KAMAKA !
    http://www.kamakahawaii.com/instruments.html

    Here’s a photography, playing an Oscar schmitt ukulele, looks like a concert uke but I don’t know which model : http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Beirut/+images/3040071

    And there, a photgraphy of the pono uke previously mentioned : http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Beirut/+images/36148509

  14. Woodshed October 6th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Mathieu: Thanks very much for the update. Very good info. I remember Zach had one of his ukes stolen – I think it was the Lanikai.

  15. Mathieu December 26th, 2010 9:28 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ8_L7RjYV4

    You can see the kamaka uke here. :)

  16. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 12:35 pm

    Mathieu: Thanks very much for that. Excellent detective work!

  17. BASSDA February 7th, 2011 4:59 am

    What brass instruments are used in March of the Zapotec, particularly the one on the cover

  18. Davy March 20th, 2011 4:00 am

    Heyall
    i really want to get zachs fluke but i was curious does he have a rosewood fretboard in the video Elephant Gun? btw Woodshed <3 the site

  19. Davy March 20th, 2011 4:03 am

    can someone answer arik i am so curious!

  20. Woodshed March 21st, 2011 7:30 am

    Davy: It’s a plastic fretboard (which I wouldn’t really recommend).

  21. Adriatic September 19th, 2011 6:11 pm

    can someone tell me what ukulele is he playing in this video

    http://youtu.be/zJvTCc9IS7A

  22. Gus October 17th, 2011 11:34 pm

    In a whoke bunch of videos, in in a lot of live performances, I see him with a Six-String Uke.. Any info about this?

  23. Woodshed October 18th, 2011 3:15 pm

    Gus: It’s a Kamaka. See Mathieu’s comment above.

  24. Gus October 23rd, 2011 1:35 am

    Thanks! That comment must’ve passed me by.

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