Ukulele Window Shopping

I hope you all got a ukulele for Christmas. I bought myself an Ohana TK-35G (full review coming up). And it’s lucky I bought my own present as my brother bought me a Mahalo Flying-V. Bless him, but it’s the worst ukulele I’ve ever laid hands on. So right now I’m purely window shopping. Here’s a few ukes that caught my eye.

Ohana have brought out a plastic backed ukulele which MGM describes as sounding like a, “Fluke on steroids.”

Another gorgeous vintage uke laying in the ‘Hula’ category currently massively undervalued.

What the jumping-Jehoshaphats is this thing? Quite possibly the weirdest ukulele I’ve ever seen. And what’s going on with the frets?

It’s not often you see a Tahitian ukulele on eBay, but right now there’s a Cook Island ukulele listed.

“Alright mate, do you fancy buying one of those stickers from a Swagerty ukulele?” “Cool, yeah!” “Great. That’ll be $150.” “Fu…”

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  1. Hello Jodi January 16th, 2009 7:12 pm

    1. A friend of mine has your Ohana and I really like it: it sounds so bright and happy.
    2. What is the point of the plastic back/spruce top?
    3. I guarantee there are at least 3 collectors watching that auction
    4. Normally I’m into ukulele oddities, but I’m with you. What the hell IS that thing?
    5. Why is the sound hole on the back?
    6. A $150 sticker? You know, sometimes it’s just really depressing that there are people in this world that happily buy that stuff and others that can’t afford their prescriptions (me, at least until my new job starts) and others who can’t even afford to eat. Ok, I’m over it. Let’s shop some more! Can you recommend a loop pedal?
    7. I’m so glad Ukulele Dick got some love!

  2. Beth January 16th, 2009 8:37 pm

    I miss my daily ukulele hunt emails! When are you coming back??

    PS – loved the Christmas song posts – learned lots of them to the unending joy of my family

  3. Woodshed January 16th, 2009 9:16 pm


    1. I’m definitely happy with mine.
    2. Apparently, the material the back is made of has very little impact on the sound.
    3. But we can still dream.
    4. That doesn’t stop me wanting it.
    5. I really like the sound of Tahitian ukes. Whatever the reason, it’s fine by me.
    6. I can’t personally. I’ve heard good things about the Headrush. I’m sure krabbers would be happy to share his thoughts.
    7. Particularly after the rough time he must have had at school.

    Beth: This is it, I’m back. Emails should commence tomorrow.

  4. James January 16th, 2009 10:13 pm

    That Cook Island uke looks lovely.

  5. Zakulele January 16th, 2009 11:58 pm

    I guessing based on the writing on the inside and the appearance, that weird instrument appears to be a 4-string Domra, a Ukrainian/Russian instrument related to the balalaika, tuned GDAE, but it’s just a guess.

  6. Woodshed January 18th, 2009 11:54 am

    James: Definitely. Just a shame about the price tag.

    Zakulele: Thanks, that’s a good shout. But I don’t think even domras have that strange fret layout.

  7. Zakulele January 18th, 2009 2:18 pm

    That is true Woodshed.

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