Cordoba, Kala Solid Electric: Ukulele Window Shopping

Cordoba‘s use of the term ‘Portuguese koa’ has long had me flummoxed. I noticed recently that they’ve stopped using the term and are now just using ‘koa’. So I contacted them to find out what up and this is what they said:

There has been a big debate over Koa throughout the entire industry over many years. In our efforts to free ourselves from the inquiries about our Koa used in the 25sk, 25ck, 25tk, and 25tk-ce we are marketing these ukuleles as just koa… Just to be clear, the models that are available today are still handmade in Portugal, but we would appreciate it if you would write about our ukuleles as koa ukuleles instead of using the terminology “Portuguese Koa”.

Make of that what you will.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the new Bugsgear EleUkes are being made by Kala. That’s the case in the UK at least. Looks like in the US the same ukulele is being branded as a Kala.

A not often seen Earnest Tululele (the one that looks like a Telecaster – as played by Eddie Vedder) on eBay UK.

MGM has a couple of KoAloha Sceptres for sale.

At first I thought Kamaka that someone had stuck tiki design on. But, no, they were actually sold that way.

This week Bosko’s selling Ohanas to raise cash for the Oz Safari.

Combining the themes of Australia, electric ukes and Tele-a-likes,

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  1. Hello Jodi November 6th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Speaking of Earnest, I would do just about anything for one of these:

  2. Nick Bardy-Chivor November 6th, 2009 7:33 pm

    …Tele shaped ukes…the earnests look tidy…I’m with Jodi on the Sputnik though, I’d love one of those…I don’t get the solid body/pick up ones though…surley they’ll just sound like an electric guitar!…

  3. Craig Robertson November 6th, 2009 8:48 pm

    I’ve played the Sputnik, and they have a remarkably lively sound. And, since Joel made it, it plays beautifully.

  4. andy November 7th, 2009 5:59 am

    Being a Yorkshireman living abroad (proper abroad; the USA), I’ve not heard “flummoxed” for a while now, and it was like a welcome visit from an old friend. Thanks Al, and not just for this.

  5. Woodshed November 7th, 2009 10:00 am

    Jodi and Craig: The Sputniks do look great. But I really like the look of his stradeleles.

    Nick: They definitely can sound like an electric guitar.

    andy: You’re welcome!

  6. Armelle November 7th, 2009 12:35 pm

    Note to self : add “flummoxed” to the Uke Hunt terminology glossary ;)

  7. cardboardfrog November 7th, 2009 1:14 pm

    being a big tele fan as well as owning the mahalo tele uke, i’m really impressed with the earnest tululele it looks seriously well put together (unlike the mahalo).
    the jupiter creek looks like a lot of fun, not sure how uke-y it would sound and play but it looks so cute.

  8. Woodshed November 8th, 2009 8:51 pm

    Armelle: I really like that word.

    cbf: If the Tululele is good enough for Eddie Vedder it’s good enough for me.

  9. WIUO November 10th, 2009 10:59 am

    Hey Al,
    We borrowed an EleUke for our last recording session, then didn’t know what to do with it beyond mucking around on it with headphones on… So we just kinda left it in the corner…
    Later on, alt-country legend Howe Gelb stopped (we were recording in Neil Finn’s studio which is pretty flash. Touring artists like to visit it.). He brought his magic blue pedal with him and an hour later we’d laid down a version of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ with Howe’s wiggy EleUke solo replacing the sax solo. That’s the story behind the track on our MySpace profile.

  10. Woodshed November 11th, 2009 12:29 pm

    WIUO: I’ve been messing with effects and ukuleles as well. I haven’t found a way to make it sound musical yet, though.

  11. J-Hob November 13th, 2009 3:09 pm

    I have seen and heard the stradele in the flesh thanks to a workshop that Rob MacKillop gave to the Monday Ukearist and I confirm that it truly is a wonderful instrument to both play and look at. Really is something quite special.

  12. Woodshed November 14th, 2009 3:35 pm

    John: I’ll have to try one out some time.

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