Category Archives: Ukuleles

Sputnik

sputnikFrom out of the blue comes Sputnik. The Russians didn’t tell us, when it took off back in 1957, that the first satellite to orbit the earth and launch the space race was actually a ukulele (which undoubtedly inspired Neal Armstrong to be the first ukulele player to walk on the moon)! Like any time capsule, Sputnik looks a little out of date. Fins were big in the ’50s, as were colors like Sea Foam Green and Fiesta Red, chrome trim, and, of course, that marvel of the plastics industry, Pearloid (aka Mother of Toilet Seat). But don’t let those looks fool you, Sputnik is a great sounding uke. With a poplar body, bolt-on neck, and a concert scale ebony fretboard, Sputnik pumps out a sound that’s out of this world – warm, loud, and full. There’s also a Schatten soundboard transducer so you can plug Sputnik into the stratosphere. Sputnik also travels nicely in a lightweight plush lined chipboard case. Whether you’re just sitting around the launch pad or on an enterprising starship, Sputnik can provide an otherworldly soundtrack to an otherwise down-to-earth day.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Body Length Maximum Width of Body Maximum Depth of Body Scale Length
24″ 11″ 7″ 1 7/8″ 14 7/8″

The Ipulele

ipuleleHawaii has it’s pineapples, but for size, color, texture, and taste, the king of the fruits here on the mainland has got to be the watermelon. An icon of folk art, plantation lore, and kitchen décor, the watermelon makes a perfect fit with another symbol of camp and kitsch, the ukulele. The Ipulele (Ipu means melon in Hawaiian) is hand painted with uncanny realism by NY artist and uke enthusiast, Kim Do. A concert size uke with a bolt-on maple neck and ash body, the Ipulele is a delicious feast for the eyes and the ears…too bad you can’t eat it!

Concert – $875

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Body Length Maximum Width of Body Maximum Depth of Body Scale Length
24 1/2″ 11″ 8″ 1 3/4″ 14 7/8″

Tululele

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The Tulelele

Rock ‘n Roll will never be the same with the Tululele, which combines the sound of an acoustic uke with the look of a classic electric guitar. With a hollow ash body, a bolt-on maple neck and a concert scale length (14 7/8″), the Tululele pumps out plenty of acoustic sound and also plugs in to your favorite amp for a hot acoustic/electric effect. The Tululele is available in “Ruby”, “Blondie”, or “Bluey” (custom colors and finishes also available – see below) and includes a standard piezo soundboard transducer, and a plush lined chipboard case.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Upper Bout Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
24″ 6″ 7″ 1 3/4″ 9 7/8″ 14 7/8″

STRETCH – The Electric Bass Uke

stretchThere is an inordinate number of bass players who double on ukulele. Something about the tiny, chordal instrument holds an irresistible attraction for people who often just pluck one note at a time and must fit their vehicles around their axe. So, at last there is an instrument not much bigger than a tenor uke, that not only plays in the bass octave, but sounds remarkably similar to an upright bass. STRETCH utilizes the same silicone rubber strings as the DeArmond Ashbory Bass. The fretless 18″ scale is inlaid with maple fret markers on a rosewood or ebony fingerboard. The body and neck are mahogany. An active piezo saddle transducer provides a signal for an on-board preamp with volume, treble, and bass controls. The sound is as big as the instrument is small, and it fits in an airline overhead compartment!

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Body Width Body Depth Body Length Scale Length
29″ 9″ 1 3/4″ 12″ 18″