KoAloha Gumbalele: Ukulele Window Shopping

I couldn’t find much information on KoAloha’s Gumbalele other than this video (thanks to Mark). Looks like it’s part of KoAloha’s efforts towards helping the Japanese Red Cross. On the subject of which, KoAloha are giving away an MP3 including Alvin Okami and Herb Ohta Jr to help raise money.

Eddie Vedder’s ukulele sold for over $17,000 last week, and now Jack Johnson is getting in on the act with a signed KoAloha.

I can’t imagine wanting something this big and gaudy myself but these Fusion ukulele back packs are an interesting development. I’m not sure if I like or hate the idea of strapping multiple gig bags together and lugging them on your back.

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  1. byjimini June 17th, 2011 7:07 pm

    Just bought three of the Fusion bags – absolutely hate the standard cases, always swinging away on your bag. Should be really comfy when you’re wandering around town looking for busking spots etc.

    Thanks for the tip. :)

  2. cardboardfrog June 17th, 2011 11:50 pm

    the fusion system seems bulkier than a HUGE backpack and a reasonable uke padded case,
    Seriously i’ve flown on holiday with a uke case with 1.5inch padding that cost me £20 at my local music shop and been just fine.
    for the price they are absolutely fashion proof too.

  3. Ron Hale June 18th, 2011 6:59 am

    I don’t get it, Al. What’s a gumbalele?
    Whats gumba? Looks like the rising sun in the soundhole, to me. Looks good. Now, a Gumbylele would be great.

    Let’s see Eddie’s videos go head-to-head with the the Ukulele Kid’s for view supremacy. We’ll give Eddie five hundred years to catch-up. And spot him five million views.

    Keep my Kiwi in a demim Flea bag. Not much protection, I suppose, but I’ve never seen a bag or a case that appealed to me more. The fusion bags look good to me though if you want serious protection.

  4. Woodshed June 18th, 2011 8:25 am

    byjimini: Great! Let us know how they work out.

    cbf: They do look bigger than anything I’d need, but I can see them being useful for some people.

    Ron: You know as much about the gumbalele as I do. I’m sure Eddie Vedder is devastated that his career doesn’t match up to that of Ukulele Boy.

  5. Barbara June 18th, 2011 8:57 am

    I really like the fusion bags. They seem quite practical if you travel a lot with your ukulele. The backpack seems a great addition especially if you’re riding on a train or plane, you can put in your tickets, a book water bottle…

    Hope to be buying one if I should start to travel again, or when I have a really nice ukulele and some money to spend. For the moment, my Uke Crazy case is more than perfect!
    But thanks for the link!

  6. byjimini June 20th, 2011 6:05 pm

    Got an email back from Fusion regarding the limited-edition bags; they arrive in September, and prices begin from a whopping £129.99 for the concert/soprano size, another fiver on top for the tenor.

    Can’t see myself buying that.

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