Riptide: Ukulele Window Shopping

Hard to find much to get excited about amongst the hundreds of Kala ukuleles that are hoping to be someone’s Christmas present. But one interesting newbie is the Riptide ukulele (made by Boulder Creek Guitars). It looks like the strangely placed soundholes that the more experimental ukulele makers have been using has filtered down to the cheaper ukes.

I thought Pono was one of the classier makes until I saw the Pono PSO-H.

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  1. Mcnilly December 4th, 2009 9:14 pm

    God that pono is rough! looks like a £20 uke not $360

  2. todd December 4th, 2009 11:34 pm

    I’d actually love some more ukes with cheezy designs such as the pono has, but ain’t nooooo way i’d shell out that sorta dough for such a design……i think as McNilly said, i’d look for ones in the 20 to 50 buck range that sound o.k. ha ha….

    scant uke window shopping this week eh?

    i noticed the Lanikai LU-C’s are being pushed at our ‘guitar centers’ here in the states…..looks like a few more upgrades (at least sorta) for a 99.00 dollar uke….gold machine tuners and some more white trim etc…..G.C. is finally conceding that ukes are seriously growing in popularity judging from one of their last mailers i got….hmmmmfff, slow pokes!

  3. Ron Hale December 5th, 2009 12:20 am

    Amazon has carried Riptide for a while now. I like the idea
    of a hole on top of the instrument. Why shouldn’t some of the
    sound come up to the player, why should all of it go away from
    the player? That’s never made any sense to me, for any instrument.

  4. Mcnilly December 5th, 2009 10:48 am

    Todd: I suppose i would like a nice painted Uke, but im sorry, that pono is just vile!
    However these are quite nice (im not so sure about the second one, plus i doubt i would drop $100 for it)

  5. J-Hob December 5th, 2009 11:27 am

    That pono really is quite hideous. The tuners on it look just like mahalo used to put on their ukes too, i.e. they’re shit.

  6. Nick B-C. December 5th, 2009 11:58 am

    …PONO…shouldn’t that have read…OHNO…

    …as for decorated ukes…D.I.Y!!!…scalpel…card…duck…tape…Big ass cans of spray paint…Bit of BANKSY for inspiration…But remember kids, the paints not nice, so mask up…

  7. todd December 5th, 2009 3:34 pm


    you mean no ‘huffing?’ :)

    c’mon, what’s a few brain cells

  8. Nick B-C. December 5th, 2009 8:20 pm


    …Historicaly I wouldn’t have been so health and safety minded…BUT…Unfortunatley I’ve reached a time in my life that I need to take care of the remaining few brain cells I have left…But at least I’m still coherent enough to appreciate the full horror of the PSO-H…

  9. Mcnilly December 5th, 2009 8:43 pm

    “But at least I’m still coherent enough to appreciate the full horror of the PSO-H…”
    Well thank god for that!

  10. Ian Emmerson December 6th, 2009 9:09 am

    I have to admit, I quite like the look of that Pono. Quite.

  11. Dan December 7th, 2009 6:58 am

    They should mount a little mirror next to the top soundhole on the Riptide so I can watch myself playing too.

  12. BHS March 18th, 2010 3:04 am

    Just got a Riptide Tenor. This is a toy. Not a serious instrument. The tone is annoyingly shrill. Will try other strings, but not hopeful this will ever be a nice sounding instrument. Buyer beware.

  13. Woodshed March 18th, 2010 9:40 pm

    BHS: Thanks for the review. Good to know.

  14. Brent December 8th, 2010 11:25 pm

    My dDaughter has a Riptide, it is a nice sounding instrument and well built.

    check out the review in the link below

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