Kala Round-About Amps, Rickenbacker: Ukulele Window Shopping

Kala’s roundabout ukulele amps are now up for sale. They’re only 10 Watts so you’re not going to be playing Carnegie Hall with them. But it’s certainly plenty for a practice amp, making yourself heard with a guitarist, or letting the flash Harry louder than the rest of the ukulele group.

Most interesting uke this week is this 1930s electric Rickenbacker ukulele. It has to be a one off. The price and rarity makes it collectors only, but you have to read the eBay description. Interesting, informative and with a yarn in there.

If you happen to be in Honolulu this weekend, the ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawai’i are having their annual exhibition at the Hawaii All-Collectors Show. Sure to have a number of weird and wonderful ukes. Also present: Imperial Storm Troopers.

Beltona resonator – I shall watch and despair as the price on that one rises.

Nice unmarked 20s ukulele.

Not exactly ukulele related but Aardvark Manifesto.

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  1. Lukey July 30th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Those amps do look awesome but are super over-priced for only 10 watts. You could get a Marshall or an Orange 10 watt for half that price.
    But you know people are still gonna buy it because it’s apparently a Ukulele specific amp.

  2. Jimmy July 30th, 2010 6:47 pm

    I very much want a ukulele shaped like a Rickenbacker 325. I’m pretty jealous of Jacob Borshard, he’s got one and it is awesome.
    May skip out on the roundabouts, but they are funky enough.

  3. Lindy Danny July 30th, 2010 7:03 pm

    Wow. Back together after 70 years for one show. The chances are so much a long shot that you have to wonder if there aren’t more cases around with the stencil on it. Or at least some guy out there stenciling everything he can find with some band name he made up.


  4. muz July 31st, 2010 8:22 am

    that Rickenbacker is like the coolest thing ever!

    I wish i had a disposable income like that…

  5. cardboardfrog July 31st, 2010 12:09 pm

    i think when it comes to uke’s i may actually prefer a ricky to a fender but in other competition my loyalties lie elsewhere.

  6. Rob NY July 31st, 2010 10:39 pm

    Given a choice Al,Would you rather have a Beltona or a National?

  7. Woodshed August 3rd, 2010 5:17 pm

    Lukey: Yeah, the looks might be worth the extra (I’m not sure what about it makes it uke specific).

    Jimmy: Jacob’s uke is ace.

    Lindy: You old cynic!

    muz: Me too.

    cbf: I prefer the looks of Rickenbacker guitars.

    Rob: Depends. Are we talking about a vintage National? If not, a Beltona.

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