aNueNue 1879, Fretboard Decoration: Ukulele Window Shopping

I don’t mind a bit of decorative filigree on a uke, but I’m not so keen on decorated fretboards. If I’m looking at the fretboard I’m down to my business socks because it’s business time. I even find the swirls a bit distracting. So I’ll be staying away from the kabuki craziness on this M’s Craft and the Ohana CK-65D Milka Triolade fretboard. And if you’re planning to resell your ukulele don’t write your name across the fretboard.

I love the look of the aNueNue 1879. They’ve taken a design from a 1879 ukulele and remade it.

At last, a girl who looks as angry as I do whilst holding a uke. We should get together and make furious babies.

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  1. Jon October 15th, 2010 6:21 pm

    I think the real problem with that “Kelly Boy” uke is that it’s ugly as hell. And who, exactly, is Kelly Boy? I saw a picture of Merle Haggard playing one of Jimmie Rodgers’ guitars with Jimmie’s name inlaid in the fretboard. That was really cool. I wouldn’t mind owning an old National ukulele with Sol Hoopi’s name inlaid on the fretboard. I could live with that much coolness.

  2. Jimmy October 15th, 2010 10:44 pm

    I really, really want that Kelly Boy one. But yeah it’s been up for ages. I also want milka now, dang.

  3. todd October 16th, 2010 8:27 am

    cig uke gal…hot..;)
    reminds me of kim deal (of pixies/breeders fame)…
    i always kinda liked her…

  4. Woodshed October 17th, 2010 9:34 am

    Jon: “Ugly as hell,” is further than I’d go. I think even if it was someone I really admire, I wouldn’t want it all over the fretboard.

    Jimmy: I want Milka too.

    todd: Entirely agreed on Kim Deal.

  5. steve edwards January 4th, 2011 11:51 pm

    i live in england, where can i get me an anuenue 1879? can anyone help?

  6. karl April 22nd, 2012 8:56 pm

    Duke of Uke in London had them in the store, and you can probably get them through the Southern Ukulele Store or some french stores (Justecordes.fr) too.

    They’re modelled after a 1917 Nunes ukulele, nut named after the year of the Ravenscrag. The oldest surviving instrument probably dates back to 1884 (a Nunes, found after a Kamaka anniversary contest in 1956), the oldest photographs to 1886.

  7. Woodshed April 22nd, 2012 11:16 pm

    karl: Thanks for the info.

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