Eleuke Acoustic-Electric, Harp Ukes: Ukulele Window Shopping

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.

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  1. todd October 8th, 2010 6:56 pm

    did ibanez buy eleuke?…that’s what i heard…

    i need another gosh damn banjo uke…i sold mine…but not for these prices…i’ll check here…these guys always have a nutty inventory
    http://www.thefolkshop.com

  2. Craig Robertson October 8th, 2010 7:12 pm

    The Eleuke catalog is interesting. They are actually offering an acoustic/electric model in solid EBONY. WTF? They show all these exotic woods and then have holes drilled everywhere and preamp controls and an MP3 input, fercrissakes.

    Oh, and don’t forget that important headphone input. Why? It’s acoustic-electric. If you put on headphones and strum, yer mum will STILL HEAR IT.

  3. Ian Emmerson October 8th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Good point Craig. But who wouldn’t want a uke with big, rubber nipples, and a wonky soundhole?

    Oh, me.

  4. J-Hob October 8th, 2010 9:38 pm

    Those acoustic electric eleukes look really gawky, not impressed at all.

    Ukulelezaza’s Knutsen on the other hand is a little beauty!

  5. Phredd October 9th, 2010 10:24 am

    I’m not sure any of the acoustic electrics could knock you out as effectively as the solid body could.

  6. Woodshed October 12th, 2010 9:24 pm

    todd: I haven’t heard the Ibanez rumours. I heard they were working with Kala.

    Craig: I think the headphones might be for the ‘plug in and play play along’ thing they have on the solids.

    Ian: You don’t want rubber nipples?

    J-Hob: Yeah, I have a Knutsen crush.

    Phredd: I’m not too keen on my solid body Eleuke. Although they have reputedly improved a lot since then.

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