Ukulele Window Shopping: German Electric Ukuleles, Pete Waterman

The Germans seem to be heading the field when it comes to great looking electric ukes. As well as RISA, there are these Rocktile FRAME ukuleles. They obviously take a few design cues from Eleuke, but end up looking more stylish. And on the subject or RISA, if you’re a fan of the ‘melted telecaster’ shape there’s this acoustic version. Which utilizes the Fluke headstock shape to have geared tuners without the ears.

Out of season it may be, but it’s not often you get a chance to pick up a Black Bear Christmas Bell ukulele.

A banjolele, “that once belonged to The famouse Pete Waterman.” He took it in to be repaired and never bothered picking it up again. Apparently.

Another new wood for the uke with Kanile’a using macassar wood. Certainly looks great.

A Spanish ukulele with an Isle of Man inlay*. You’d have to cover this on it.

If you’re bored of the standard ukulele hangers, check out this Tiki uke hanger set.

Kitsch-tastic hula girl print on this ukulele.

* According to Wikipedia, the same symbol is used in Galicia. But that’s the opposite end of Spain to Valencia – where the uke was made – so the mystery remains.

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  1. ronhale February 21st, 2009 4:48 am

    Bell uke fanciers can only dream (well, this one anyway). However…a bridge with pegs! Standard on guitars, so why not standard on ukes? Are there legitimate reasons why the SIMPLE ball-end strings & pegs-in-the-bridge system isn’t the default uke mode or is just tradition/aesthetics/cosmetics or some other silly -etics( definitely not user-friendlietics).

  2. byjimini February 21st, 2009 9:50 am

    Is it me or are most of the prices for custom ukes pulled out of someone’s arse?

    Those Rocktile Frame’s look incredible, but after my shoddy experience with Eleuke I’d want to see and play it before handing over any money.

  3. Woodshed February 21st, 2009 4:29 pm

    ronhale: I find the tying round the bridge method easiest myself.

    byjimini: They do sometimes appear that way. You can price them however you want, it’s what someone will buy them for that’s the real test.

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