Mike Chock: Ukulele Window Shopping

A couple of interesting ukes from Mike Chock: mango and papaya. How do you feel about the increasing number of weird ukulele shapes? Every time I see one I squee a little but it quickly becomes a bit of a novelty. The guitar-shape of the ukulele is more an accident of history than anything but it is classy.

And in a similar vein M’s Craft surf ukulele.

The Kala travel ukulele now comes as an electric.

Photos: Banjo and homemade ukulele, Swimsuit girls with ukuleles.

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  1. cardboardfrog May 22nd, 2010 1:55 am

    that surf ukulele would be lovely if it wasn’t for the headstock and soundhole decoration. Naff.

  2. Woodshed May 22nd, 2010 5:39 am

    cbf: I’m not sure about the wobbly cutaway either.

  3. plink freud May 22nd, 2010 6:51 am

    This is important: The Kala Tenor Electric is the best ukulele (of DOZENS in the mid-price range) I have owned. It is seriously undervalued by the “travel” tag. It should be marketed as a slimline tenor. I always liked the finger space of the tenor size, but generally found the sound a bit boomy. I was considering getting someone to build me a skinny body tenor for this reason, then Kala did it for me. I bought a spruce top and loved it, then the electric cedar turned up and I agonised for nearly 15 minutes before I clicked the button. When I plucked it for the first time the search was over. It sounds perfect, plays like a dream, looks great, and the electronics are OK too. (I also tried a concert spruce, not so exciting.) Al – GET ONE, REVIEW IT, and my work on this earth is done. (OK, maybe a bit over the top, but I love the damn thing.) One caveat – all the tenor slimlines seem to have very low saddles (technically something to do with the neck angle I think) so if the action gets higher there’s not much room for adjustment. Worth the gamble- Kalas seem to be solidly built.

  4. Bossarocker May 22nd, 2010 12:22 pm

    I’m very tempted by one of those Kala electric tenors – although wary of the high action warning. Quandary!

  5. Woodshed May 24th, 2010 2:41 pm

    plink: Thanks for the write-up.

    Bossa: I like high action. Easier to play cleanly.

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