Kahiko, Luna: Ukulele Window Shopping

Prettiest ukulele this week has to be the Kahiko Concert Flyer.

And ugliest ukes this week have to be the Luna Ukuleles. You have to question the design sensibilities of any company that would use the papyrus font in their logo.

And ukulele I haven’t made my mind up about yet of the week is the Kala Acacia. I haven’t quite come to terms with the open-headstock look and the twirly fret markers are a bit much.

The Kala/EleUke marriage looks to be working well. The new look EleUkes aren’t a whole lot different from the old look but they’re definitely more elegant.

Since I seem to be obsessed with looks this week, cute guy plays ukulele 4 fun.

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  1. Sebi November 14th, 2009 7:58 am

    The Kahiko uke is really a beauty, which is also reflected in its price. Have you ever played one, Al? It the sound worth the money?

    I find the open-headstock look of the Kala to be irritating. It reminds me of an acoustic guitar right away. Nonetheless, if the instrument sounds great, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.

    I’m not very familiar with Luna ukes, but I agree with you. Papyrus font in a logo is a no-go!

  2. Ron Hale November 14th, 2009 10:19 am

    Contrarian that I am, I love the Luna logo, one of the very
    best ukulele company logos around in my view. There aren’t many uke logos that impress me. I get the Hawaiian ukulele makers’ various “K” logos confused (and I’ll bet I’m not the only one) & using just a company name makes for a very bland design. The more I think
    about it, the better Luna looks to me in a landscape of rather
    unimpressive, unimaginative uke logos (I’m not familiar with custom ukulele logos). A readers poll on logos might be very interesting. And I find the ukes themselves to be quite distinctive design-wise, & if they sound as nice as the guitar sounded in the video…

  3. Nick Bardy-Chivor November 14th, 2009 1:05 pm

    …I think the slotted headstock on the Kala looks grand…very classy…I’m with you on the twiddly markers & the luna logo though…no make that logos in general actualy…Whats wrong with just having a nice label in the soundhole…maybe it’s just me but I prefer the old style EleUke, very ’80’s…

  4. Woodshed November 14th, 2009 3:47 pm

    Sebi: No, never played it.

    Ron: I would agree that their ukes are ‘distinctive’. Ks do make for good logos. I think Kamaka and KoAloha have great logos. Particularly Kamaka. Bold, memorable and it’s stayed the same for years without looking dated.

    Nick: Arrrgh! Not the 80s.

  5. Nick Bardy-Chivor November 14th, 2009 4:10 pm

    …HA HA…love it…Nowt wrong with the 80s…anyhow I’ve seen you playing your “Most excellent” Risa (Stienberg-alike) solid…now there’s 80s styling for you dude…you have changed my attitude towards the electrics though…I might have to add one to me UAS list…

  6. cardboardfrog November 14th, 2009 6:15 pm

    i quite like the whole slotted headstock look but mainly because it reminds me of jack bruces gibson EB-3 more than an acoustic guitar.
    the new eleukes are pretty damn swanky i have to say i’m very pleased with mine and they look so much cooler than the previous ones.

  7. Woodshed November 15th, 2009 5:21 pm

    Nick: Always happy to feed the addiction.

    cbf: No arguments here. The EB-3 is badass.

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