Devine, Spalted Mango: Ukulele Window Shopping

Nice bit of floral soundhole work on this Divine ukulele. And the listing refers to both Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam playing Divine ukuleles. I wasn’t aware that McCready was a uker. If anyone knows of any video or photo of him ukeing – I’d love to know.

Spalted mango seems to be the crazy grain of choice for ukes at the moment with Lanikai’s SM range. Seems a bit hit and miss to me. Sometimes looks great, sometimes looks a complete mess.

Gorgeous taropatch, horrible listing. Pick a colour (I hear black has worked pretty well for the last few hundred years) and stick with it.

Also some layout and font issues on this listing. But it’s worth the effort because the story of the Duncan Sisters is fascinating (quick tip: after, “performers can only dream of” read the press cutting).

I’m not a fan of picks on ukes but picks this sexy could defintely change my mind.

Ukulele kitsch of the week: Orca whale, ukulele playing, ship’s captain.

Either I’m hopelessly naive or the person who listed this photo has an over-active imagination because I can’t work out why a girl playing a ukulele on her own would be of particular interest to lesbians.

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  1. Teek June 28th, 2009 1:54 am

    “Lesbian” is the new “L@@K!” regarding eBay titles designed to draw attention. Doesn’t seem to matter how big a stretch it might be for the semi scrupulous seller, and it’s got 250 peeps so far, that’s a lot for a photo of a uke, so it’s working. ;)

  2. cardboardfrog June 28th, 2009 12:18 pm

    i asked my housemate whom both plays the uke and likes girls and she’s as confused as we are, so if its a lesbian sub culture thing its still pretty underground, lol.

  3. Rukuleleth June 29th, 2009 7:44 am

    RE picks: Thick felt specialist ukulele picks can work pretty well for heavy quick strums etc, and its good sometimes for playing loudly (with guitars or something).
    So yeah, I wouldn’t normally use one but I think they have their uses.

  4. Woodshed June 29th, 2009 11:30 am

    Teek: Good to know it’s not just me.

    cbf: It’s only a matter of time before we see a band called Ukulesbians. I think they’d get featured on Boing Boing.

    Rukuleleth: They definitely have their uses. Particularly in group situations.

  5. cardboardfrog June 29th, 2009 2:25 pm

    okay, i bagsy that band name!

    thanks woodshed

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