eBay Ukulele Window Shopping

Purple is obviously this season’s colour. Kanile’a are producing a range called ‘Exotic ukuleles’ and a purple heart wood tenor ukulele has cropped up on eBay. This purple SG-alike is described as a ‘four string guitar’, but with a scale length of 19.5″ it’s fair to call it baritone ukulele.

A couple of nice, vintage Hawaiian ukes: 1927 Kumalae and a Nunes Taropatch.

If this banjolele looks like it’s been through the wars, that’s because it has. According to the etching on the uke, it was at the Somme during WW1. As much as I love the uke, I think lugging that thing around the trenches would be a hassle I wouldn’t need. But obviously this is my lack of battle experience talking as this photo from WW2 features a very similar 8 string banjolele.

Prize for most kitsch item I have ever seen goes to this Marilyn Monroe ukulele strumming figurine.

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  1. Minamin August 2nd, 2008 3:43 am

    The only way Marilyn could be more kitsch is if she was playing a Gretsch “Camp” uke.

    I crack myself up.

  2. Mary-Anne August 2nd, 2008 11:31 pm

    My husband has a Kanile’a purple heart concert ukulele- the colour is incredible; can’t be accurately reproduced in photos by a long shot!

  3. Woodshed August 3rd, 2008 4:35 pm

    Minamin: :))

    Mary-Anne: Thanks for letting us know. It looks pretty good in the picture, must be great in the flesh.

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