What an amazing instrument!
We here at Electric Ukulele Land are a bit disappointed that when Mehdi Sadaghdar tries to be all ‘sciency’ on youtube, he accidentally invents the greatest home made electric ukulele, but for some strange reason mis-identifies it as a guitar. Your science is of piste, Mehdi Sadaghdar!
So we just heard of this company, Loog, that make kits for Electric 3 string guitars. If you have never built an instrument, or played one for that matter, these kits are a great way to start.
Driven by a passion for music and design, Rafael Atijas created the Loog Guitar for his NYU Master’s thesis. Rafael then turned to Kickstarter to raise $15,000 for the project but was surprised with a whopping $65,618 in funding from people all over the world who believed in the concept of an elegant, top-quality, real instrument made from sustainable wood that makes it fun and easy for kids –and kids at heart- to play music.
The Loog ships unassembled so that parents and kids can bond over (and with) the instrument before playing. Building it only takes 15 minutes and a Phillips screwdriver, and because this is a real guitar, kids and parents can play real chords and learn real songs.
The Electric Loog
The electric Loog is a solid-body, 3-string guitar kit that comes in different colors and has a rocking Danelectro pickup. As with the original Loog, we are starting a Kickstarter campaign to enter production and hopefully make it a reality.
If you want one, there’s more info on the Kickstarter project page. If you like it, please help us spread the word. Thanks so much for your support!
Ever wanted to build your own U-Bass but don’t know where to start? Well Kala now sell 4 and 5 string U-BASS Kits that include all the parts need to build your own custom U-BASS. You can even choose between fretted or fretless versions.
Add your own unique finish, and assemble. This is a very cost effective way to build a custom, one of a kind instrument with your own hands.
Includes Deluxe U-BASS Gig Bag. Custom Hipshot Tuners, Maple neck with rosewood fretboard and Swamp Ash Body
If you only play ukulele (and never play guitar) you might not have heard of ubisoft’s guitar game ‘rocksmith’. Apparently it is a bit like ‘guitar hero’ or ‘rock band’ but instead of spending nearly £100 on a fake plastic instrument, you play along with an actual guitar and it helps you learn to play properly.
I guess you think that’s no use for us electric ukulele folks though, right? Wrong.
Rocksmiths 2014 edition has a new feature called Session Mode which turns your gaming console or computer into a virtual jam band that listens to and adapts to how you play. And the big news for us? Session Mode can work with electric stringed instruments other than a guitar, even if it wasn’t intentionally designed to. The interface on the screen would still reflect the frets and strings of a guitar (which are very different from a ukulele’s), but the virtual band will still listen to your notes and play along appropriately. Of course, you can’t play the main game with instruments other than a guitar, but being able to jam with a virtual band still rocks!
This weekend, myself (julesd) and the one and only King Uke are set to sound clash with Ukes for the first time at the THE UKULELE FESTIVAL OF GREAT BRITAIN 2013!
We have never met before, and so it will truly be a first. Both of us with be tooled up, but the weapons of choice remain secret for now. All we really know is, we will sound better than this guy does :-
We first met Strange Ukulele recently on google+. We quickly found his amazing musical work on Soundcloud page and spawned some conversation with him. It turned out that he had one of the Risa Electric Uke’s we have been lusting after for a very long time. We asked him to tell us some more about it, and he did :-
I bought my kidney bean in London about 4 years ago. I was mooching around Petticoat and Brick Lane retracing my steps when I used to work there many years ago and I came across this lovely ukulele shop The Duke of Uke
I had never picked up a ukulele let alone played one but when I saw the Risa I had to give it a go. Underneath it’s good looks is a mighty fine instrument with a unique tone which is enhanced by the sound chamber, and those lipstick pick-ups gives it a lovely chime. I think these ukes are made in the Czech Republic but don’t let that put you off because these kidney beans are well made from quality woods and components and finished beautifully.The kidney bean’s shape is a clever design and sits on the lap very comfortably.
I have played this uke with some seasoned bad boy rockers, I was expecting sniggers and little willy jokes but they were all over it like a rash, when I plugged it in and cranked up the gain their jaws hit the floor, Played along with guitars and synths the kidney bean finds it’s own space in the mix with it’s own unique tone and bite.
Our good friends and London’s most amazing punk ukulele band The pUKEs have received Arts Council England funding to deliver a series of punk rock uke workshops for beginners at festivals and community events this summer.
The fun and friendly workshops, based on the theme Here’s 3 Chords…now form a band, are guaranteed to get complete beginners strumming along to a classic punk song in less than an hour.
Festivals confirmed so far include Brighton’s Paddle Round the Pier, Rebellion in Blackpool, Deer Shed in Yorkshire and the aptly named 3 Chords in Cornwall. The band are producing a cut’n’paste style fanzine to hand out at workshops which will include chord charts, song sheets and playing tips.
Clara Wiseman from the pUKEs said: ”Playing punk rock on the ukulele is a lot of fun and we’re stupidly excited about this project. It’s a relatively simple instrument to learn, so we’re going to have people of all ages strumming along to punk classics in no time. We believe in the DIY punk ethos that making music is for anyone who wants to have a go and that’s what this project is all about.”
The 21strong group, who are mainly women, play quirky covers of well known and more obscure punk songs. Around half the band were ‘non musicians’ before they learned the uke two years ago, the others have been in bands such as UK Subs, Extreme Noise Terror and Lost Cherrees. Their massive stage presence and raucous live show has landed them support slots with many of the bands who inspired them, including Sham 69, Bad Manners, Peter & the Test Tube Babies, Menace and Subhumans. Their debut EP is set for release on Damaged Goods records in May.
The original ‘3 chords’ illustration featuring drawings of three guitar chord shapes, captioned, ‘this is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band’ is often incorrectly credited to Mark Perry’s fanzine ‘Sniffin’ Glue’, but it first appeared in another fanzine ‘Sideburns’ in January 1977 and was later reproduced in The Stranglers’ fanzine ‘Strangled’.
The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
July 7 Paddle Round the Pier Brighton
July 13 Music in the Park Wanstead, London
July 21&22 Deer Shed North Yorkshire
August 10&11 Rebellion Blackpool
August 24 3 Chords Cornwall
October 12 Sound & Vision Norwich
We have been talking to David Iriguchi at iriguchiukuleles.com and he has kindly allowed us to tell you some more about this amazing bass ukulele, the Cthukulele… The words and pictures that follow are his, but we are sure you will agree, this is an amazing looking instrument. The Chtukulele will make her public debut at the 2013 Reno Ukulele Festival in Sparks Nevada, April 11-14, 2013.
Hewn from a single split piece of spalted maple the Chtukulele’s body is an ergonomic masterpiece (how’s that for some nice hyperbole!). The semi-hollow body is extremely rigid and gives the Padauk soundboard a solid foundation to vibrate off of.
The Cthukulele gets her name from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu, another creature not of this Earth.
From the top you can see that the body is just two inches deep and it is nothing but smooth curves. The top edge where your right arm rests is part of the body and not part of the soundboard so your arm does not rest on the soundboard.
The spalted Maple has a wonderful ‘dirty’ patina. The small port in the lower bout is to insert the strings. The strings pass through the soundboard and easily fit through this port.
The Chtukulele uses dual “Jet Intake” soundholes. These ports are carved into the upper bout. With this design we don’t have to cut a hole in the soundboard. Because of this, the soundboard is suported all the way around which allows us to lighten up the bracing. Plus it looks wicked cool, right? It is this view that gives the Chtukulele it’s name.
The ports are quite deep and there is also a channel below the end of the fretboard. We are currently designing an acoustic semi-hollow ukulele with these Jet Ports.
There is a cutout in the body to give access to the highest frets. The Maple neck is inset into the body about 9mm.
As with our other ukuleles we used a zero fret on the Chtukulele. This allows us to make a much lower profile nut.
The Chtukulele is fretless and has white styrene fret markers. There are also side markers at 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12.
In this view you can see that the arm rest is part of the body and not the soundboard. The bridge adjusters attach to the edge of the bridge and can slide horizontally.
We use standard Hipshot Ultralight tuners instead of the spooled style. A ziptie is used to secure the string in the tuner because those polyurethane strings are slippery little buggers. The zipties work just great though and we like the standard tuners a lot better than the spool style.
Type: Semi-hollow, electric bass
Body: Hand-carved, Spalted Maple
Neck: Maple – medium “comfort” profile
Scale length: 20″
Total # fret markers: 16
Fret markers to the body: 12
Semi-hollow back and sides are hand-carved from a single block of Spalted Maple
Includes K&K Sound Big Twin internal pickup
Dual “Jet Intake” soundholes
Custom adjustable bridge
Hipshot Ultralight tuners
Pahoehoe polyurethane strings
Smile when you play that!™
Just spotted this video of a very different kind of electric ukulele. This one is electric in it’s method of playing. Well, possibly more electronic. It is built using an arduino, a mobile phone vibration motor, and a servo. Pretty clever, huh?