Friday, 20 February 2015

Custom DaSilva Concert

"I got it at a ukulele conference in Portland from Mike DaSilva. He custom made it: I ordered it, and we went over and got it.

I have 7 or 8, but this is the one I play. I had him inlay a hummingbird, because I love hummingbirds. They're my spirit animal."

Monday, 16 February 2015

Lanikai K-T

Continuing the stories of our individual ukuleles with this Lanikai, which appears to be a model that is no longer made. It was bought around 10 years ago in San Francisco.

"I purchased the Lanikai at the music store at Haight & Ashbury. I was asked to play ukulele for a I ran and bought an uke and started playing it that day on the streets in San Francisco...and that's how my ukulele days began.

I got this one because I just loved the sound. Because I've been playing guitar, the size I felt was better for my fingers at the time. It's just got a lovely sound. I bought special strings for it. Nice, fine, lightweight. This stays in tune like nobody's business."

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Kohala K3-C

from Kohala's website:
  • Construction: Set neck
  • Body: Java Koa
  • Top: Koa
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 19
  • Scale: 382 mm
  • Inlay: Pearloid dot
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Die cast chrome
  • Binding: ABS Ivory Body Binding and ABS Ivory/ABS Black/Pearl Headstock Binding
  • Strings: Aquila Concert 

"They were selling them at Costco: a case, a tuner, a strap and a book for $99.99—so a hundred bucks. And I just fell in love with it. I thought it was a great-sounding uke when I picked it up. I put new strings on it, and it's just a great bumming-around/hanging-out ukulele."

A few chords played by YouTube user gtmcfar:

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Makala MK-C

from Kala's website:
  • concert scale
  • agathis body
  • 18 brass frets
  • rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • mahogany neck
  • satin finish
  • geared tuners 

"This is my first ukulele. It was a gift from my daughter, so I have no provenance—I don't know where it's from. I did change the strings on it—it has a low g. Some day I'm going to get an even better one, but this is a very good first ukulele."

A review and demo from Zen Ukes (playing starts around 0:45)