Kala Ukadelic, New Flukes, New Martins: Ukulele Window Shopping

The Kala’s Ukedalic range has hit Amazon with the Plaid, Tiki and Paisley models.

Equally (*tries to think of a nice way of saying garish*) eye-catching new designs for the Flea and Fluke: Island Fluke, Atomic Fluke, Aloha Plum Flea. Plus the Firefly banjo ukulele.

Martin are releasing 6 new models. Full specs can be found here (via Ukulelia).

A rare chance to get your hands on a Lavender KoAloha Pineapple Sunday (this one is signed by Raiatea Helm and Alvin Okami).

Amy Crehore is raising money for Japan by auctioning an ema and a sketch.

All the design craziness this week has got me craving for something a little more classic like this Akai koa soprano and this Sam Chang soprano.

(Thanks to Ron Hale and pepamahina for their pointers this week.)

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  1. Emily April 8th, 2011 6:17 pm

    OMG that Pineapple Sunday is SO BEAUTIFUL.

  2. Ron Hale April 8th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Well, I like the Kala Tiki design, much superior
    to the Tiki King Flea design. Something else a bit more classic in appearance is the Heindel soprano being sold by
    Elderly Instruments. This is new to me.

  3. cardboardfrog April 8th, 2011 7:44 pm

    that paisley finish is absolutely pro but then i do like the paisley telecasters…
    shame it’s not a higher end model otherwise i’d of bought one.

  4. pepamahina April 8th, 2011 8:02 pm

    I’ve got my Firefly banjo flea ordered (they are back ordered 4-6 weeks), upgraded with Peghed tuners. I’ve always hated how heavy and finicky banjo ukes are, I’m hoping this one will be more to my liking…light, well be behaved, and fun!

  5. Dan April 8th, 2011 8:51 pm


    I bought Big Island Ukulele Tenor Cutaway w/ Pickup (BI-KE-TRC). I freaking love it!

    I am without a doubt not the best singer, but here is a video I shot last night:


    Thanks for getting me started on Ukes man!!!


  6. Dan April 8th, 2011 8:52 pm

    I should point out that I only have in comparison a $50 Lanikai soprano uke (which at $50 is a great value)… So I am not actually sure how the big island ukes compare to others in its price range.


  7. Woodshed April 9th, 2011 7:51 am

    Emily: You should definitely buy it.

    Ron: I can’t stand the Tiki look myself.

    cbf: The paisley is definitely too busy for my tastes.

    pepamahina: I hope you enjoy your Flea. Let me know what you think of it.

    Dan: Thanks for the demo. I’ll add the video to the Big Island page. (Having said that, I’m not sure if I’ve even set one up yet but I will do.)

  8. Rob NY April 9th, 2011 3:05 pm

    I love that plaid uke.

  9. charlie April 9th, 2011 3:44 pm

    I’d love it if you could locate a review of the banjo flea. It really caught my eye when Flea Market came out with one.

  10. Woodshed April 10th, 2011 8:39 am

    Rob: I do like plaid, but I’m not sure about a ukulele covered in it.

    charlie: Hopefully pepamahina will give us the lowdown when she gets hers.

  11. pepamahina April 10th, 2011 2:52 pm

    I’ll be sure to let you know what I think, although don’t expect a video (I’m still too scared to expose myself to world opinion of my uke playing), but I have some other internet friends that are expecting a Firefly soon also, and I’m sure one of them will post film. I’ll link you to it when it happens.

  12. Luke April 14th, 2011 9:08 pm

    the only thing I’m looking forward to Kala’s stuff is the solid UBASS… too expensive though

  13. Woodshed April 21st, 2011 11:53 am

    Luke: Yeah, I know what you mean. I quite fancy one but I don’t know if I could justify the layout.

  14. Cam June 17th, 2011 3:34 am

    Garish? That Aloha Plum Flea makes me happy just to look at it! Just like a happy Hawaiian shirt.
    Love it!

  15. Woodshed June 17th, 2011 10:32 am

    Cam: I don’t like Hawaiian shirts either. Each to their own.

  16. Cam June 17th, 2011 5:59 pm

    Woodshed: They are little pieces of pleasant memories of sitting near the beach, palm trees swaying overhead in a warm tropical breeze, sipping a Chi Chi, listening to the waves and the soft crooning of a Hawaiian band with their ukuleles and colorful shirts. Ahhhhh, happy, happy, happy!

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