Tangi Violin Uke: Ukulele Window Shopping

I think Tangi have stopped making their distinctive violin ukuleles and they didn’t make many of them when they did. But you can pick one up here.

Beansprout and Mya-Moe hook up to make a banjo ukulele.

Uker of OZ banjolele.

Lightnin’ Bug resonator.

Felix the Cat ukulele (via Ukulelia).

I feel the need to point out that it wasn’t my idea to include picks in the Ukulele Starter Pack for Dummies. By the way, the book included that is a shortened version of the full Ukulele for Dummies book.

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  1. Dan October 28th, 2011 10:33 pm

    Picks in a Uke starter kit, eh? That doesn’t seem like a good way to start to me.

  2. Ambient Doughnut October 28th, 2011 11:18 pm

    Damn that was close! So nearly impulso bought that Tangi but then reminded myself that I’ve already bought 3 ukes and a guitar this month so maybe I should take a deep breath and make a cup of tea before doing anyhting too hasty…

  3. Ron Hale October 29th, 2011 1:00 am

    Picks are good, Al. Look at Langley. Those talented young people are taught and are adept with both fingers and picks.
    Talilele use both fingers and picks. UOGB use
    picks as well as fingers.

    I wasted ages trying to use my fingers. Never could transfer guitar fingerpicking to the uke.
    Can’t even do simple index finger strumming without bashing it on the uke. Got tired of it being sore so I tried picks.

    First tried the old school big thick ones. No go. Just no go. Tried rubber ones. Nope. Then tried some thin ones shaped like guitar picks.
    Made of some sort of composite felt. Flexible,
    capable of being used for good strumming. Finally.

    Only place I find carrying them is Ukulele World. If they stop selling them – uh oh. Only drawback is that, unlike guitar picks, these have a limited life. They wear out.

    Haven’t tried leather ones yet. And lots of uke starter packs include a couple of picks.

  4. Woodshed October 29th, 2011 9:17 am

    Ambient: Three ukes and a guitar in one month? Nice going!

  5. Pete Hummers October 29th, 2011 11:20 am

    I was thinking just yesterday of a Hofner mandolin I once had (which was a teardrop shape–not like Paul McC.’s “violin” bass) and thinking a uke in the shape of a violin would be a nice thing, and Presto!

    As an old guitar player (in both senses of the word) I’m collecting (pictures, for now, of) guitar-shaped ukes. (I bought a Fender uke for the marque and the headstock–it sounds fine to me.) Through this ‘blog I’ve found ukes that look like Les Pauls, Ricks, Teles and more. Thanks for the “Hofner” Tangi!

    PS: I’m with you on picks; even on electric guitar, you can get much more control using your fingers in various ways.

  6. Ambient Doughnut October 29th, 2011 12:34 pm

    Firefly Banjo uke, TV Pal, Kala Acacia Tenor and a Breedlove travel guitar…I need help really!

  7. freackykit October 31st, 2011 11:39 am

    Not reso fan, thank god as my UAS is way beyond what I can afford – but the Lightening Bug looks one of the best sounding I have seen..Of course only seen them on YT so not a good guide!

    I remember Felix the cat in my childhood innocence…a pity now my eye was instantly drawn to the girl at the side of her..That’s childhood gone then!

    Always liked ‘the idea’ of a banjo uke…If I was going to be tempted by any iot would probably be the Mya Moe


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