Ukulele Window Shopping

Blackbird have just released the Blackbird Clara ukulele made from plant fibre. One of the few ukuleles made from renewable materials.

Some spectacularly colourful ukulele gig bags and cases from Musical Miscellany.

Never seen one of these before: KoAloha Solid Body Tenor prototype.

Fender have finally got on the ukes-that-look-like-Fender-guitars bandwagon with the Fender ’52 ukulele.

Kala are continuing to add to their Ukadelic range including:
Swirls, cheesy beach night and cool decorated skulls and steampunk.

Lanikai LKS-TEU complete with USB connection and Gibson-style fret markers.

Swagerty Kook-A-La-Lee.

1930s The Egyptian Ukulele by Regal.

Mr Bones banjolele.

Eleuke Vox Ukulele.

Pictures
Ivan Petrovitch
Margaret Thompson (as seen on Boardwalk Empire)

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  1. Tom Parse November 23rd, 2013 8:49 am

    Blackbird have just released the Blackbird Clara ukulele made from plant fibre. One of the few ukuleles made from renewable materials.

    I find this statement to be some what confusing. I make my ukuleles out of plant fibre and the materials I use are renewable. I don’t use machines to tear up the fibre and then use some kind of resin to put it all back together again.
    I use wood from a tree, that is VERY renewable!
    Making these instruments appear to be more eco-friendly than the simple act of using a tree without CNC’s, epoxies who knows what else is offensive to me. I’m not against using these materials to make instruments that will produce an object that can also be used as a canoe paddle, just don’t pass them off as better saying they are one of the few that use renewable products.

    Regards

    Tom Parse
    Ulu Ukuleles
    Kealakekua Hawaii

  2. Kyle Frazer November 23rd, 2013 4:33 pm

    The Kala looks interesting. :)

  3. Kyle Frazer November 23rd, 2013 4:37 pm

    I’m not sure that “being one of the few” automatically means it’s better, Tom. Skoda’s used to be one of the few cars with a heated rear window, but that’s only to keep your hands warm because you ended up pushing it to the nearest garage to be fixed every time you went out.

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