Eleuke’s move into acoustic-electric ukuleles might have caused ructions with distributors but their preliminary 2011 catalogue (PDF link) makes for interesting perusing. New models include two cigar-box ukuleles, oddly placed soundholes (similar to this solidbody) and some stylish looking ukes in ebony and ash.
Ukulelezaza has been showing off his Knutsen harp ukulele. And describes its appeal thusly: “The advantage is added coolness. :-)?” I would have thought another maker would have stolen that idea by now. I suspect they’re difficult to mass-manufacture. But Pete Howlett wasn’t daunted, he’s been perfecting his prototype. Be sure to check out this gallery of harp instruments. And who would spent five grand on this harp guitar.
aNueNue are another one moving into banjoleles. While Aaron Keim goes in the other direction and has a Brazilian Rosewood uke for sale.