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Ahnko Honu
04-19-2009, 11:43 AM
I recently discovered the Blue Star Konablaster Electric Pineapple ukulele on Elderly'S website. Anyone here familiar with these? I already have a amp and this Konablaster can add a new dimension (dementia?) to my pineapple/UAS addiction. Anyone here familiar with these Konablasters?
http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/BSKB-GLDB.htm
http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/180N/BSKB-GLDB_front.jpg

bt93
04-19-2009, 11:46 AM
i dont hear the best things about this company:(

SailQwest
04-19-2009, 11:51 AM
It's pretty, but the steel strings make me cringe. My fingers hurt just thinking about it...

Jimmy
04-19-2009, 11:52 AM
i dont hear the best things about this company:(

Yeah, I haven't heard much positive praise of these things. Apparently they're poorly made and don't play well. If you've got a spare $300 you could do the world vastly better than one of these :)

carpekd
04-19-2009, 02:26 PM
is that a solid body?

cloudswinger
04-19-2009, 03:09 PM
Looks cool. Why do they put carpet on the sides and back?

ukeatan
04-19-2009, 04:06 PM
Looks cool. Why do they put carpet on the sides and back?

Ha! :D Good question, I didn't notice that till you mentioned it. And all the answers I can think of suggest it ain't a great uke.

geelinus
04-19-2009, 04:14 PM
It's cheaper - and less risky - to install a pick-up on a uke you already own.

ukeatan
04-19-2009, 04:17 PM
It's cheaper - and less risky - to install a pick-up on a uke you already own.

Well yes, but you see, I don't think Ahnko has a pineapple to spare... ;)

carpekd
04-19-2009, 04:18 PM
I wouldn't mind trying out the baritone either...
http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/180N/BSBK-CHRB-RSWD_front.jpg

Ahnko Honu
04-19-2009, 08:10 PM
It's cheaper - and less risky - to install a pick-up on a uke you already own.

I don't want to put new holes in my Koa wood pineapples, besides I view an acoustic as an acoustic, and an electric as an electric, never the twain shall meet. ;) I need an excuse to buy another pineapple anyways.

Ahnko Honu
04-19-2009, 08:12 PM
Looks cool. Why do they put carpet on the sides and back?

I thought that was wrinkle (texture) finish paint. :confused:

hoosierhiver
04-20-2009, 04:36 AM
So dare I ask, how many pineapples do you have?

UKISOCIETY
04-20-2009, 04:38 AM
I thought that was wrinkle (texture) finish paint. :confused:

Nope. It's carpet. Reminds me of my brother's van in the 1970's. Covered in shag.

ukeatan
04-20-2009, 04:43 AM
Nope. It's carpet. Reminds me of my brother's van in the 1970's. Covered in shag.

Right... "brother's" van... "1970's"... uh-huh, sure... :p

dominicfoundthemooon
04-20-2009, 06:48 AM
wow.. those are DOPE PEDAL!! i just love the uke world.. it kind of lends itself to UAS!! right.. i mean.. it does..

Ahnko Honu
04-20-2009, 09:48 AM
Nope. It's carpet. Reminds me of my brother's van in the 1970's. Covered in shag.

Is your brother's named Matt Foley?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcR7hr4LLQg&feature=PlayList&p=A94363FC071E2887&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2

cpatch
04-20-2009, 10:57 AM
Electric Pineapple...great name for a band!

1014
04-20-2009, 03:18 PM
ahnko, when you going hele santa cruz? there's a store in downtown that has a blue soprano one of them. after you try um we go fish....

Ahnko Honu
04-20-2009, 07:08 PM
ahnko, when you going hele santa cruz? there's a store in downtown that has a blue soprano one of them. after you try um we go fish....

How much they asking?

1014
04-21-2009, 08:08 AM
was thinking of hitting sc later this week for some windswell harbor. i'll check then. it's more music on front ave.

Ahnko Honu
04-21-2009, 08:26 AM
So dare I ask, how many pineapples do you have?

My collection is at it's infant stage- only have 5 with a new one on order arriving hopefully in May. I have 5 others besides my pineapples so just a mild case of UAS compared to many here. :D

HaileISela
04-21-2009, 09:41 AM
I don't want to put new holes in my Koa wood pineapples, besides I view an acoustic as an acoustic, and an electric as an electric, never the twain shall meet. ;) I need an excuse to buy another pineapple anyways.

you might check out one of these: Shadow Nanoflex with Endpin preamp (http://www.ukulele24.de/product_info.php/language/en/info/p785_Shadow-Nanoflex-mit-Endpin-preamp.html)

oh and by the way, what you think of this beautiful electric pineapple?

http://www.gumtree.com/posting_images/57/36371257__1237374164__1__1-2f1913bc7ce62b2d3dfb6d00a4526147.__big__.jpg

Ahnko Honu
04-21-2009, 02:43 PM
Yeah, I haven't heard much positive praise of these things. Apparently they're poorly made and don't play well. If you've got a spare $300 you could do the world vastly better than one of these :)

I did a google search but have not found anything negative on them, but have found several musicians that play the Konablaster and like them. Also I get the impression that Elderly Instruments if not the manufacturer is the sole distributor, and Elderly does not have a reputation for selling junk. The baritone is starting to appeal to me even more. Please find me the negative reviews as I can't find them, before I make a mistake and buy one. :D

UKISOCIETY
04-21-2009, 04:03 PM
Is your brother's named Matt Foley?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcR7hr4LLQg&feature=PlayList&p=A94363FC071E2887&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2

No, but you're close! :p

superfly
04-21-2009, 04:22 PM
I recently discovered the Blue Star Konablaster Electric Pineapple ukulele on Elderly'S website. Anyone here familiar with these? I already have a amp and this Konablaster can add a new dimension (dementia?) to my pineapple/UAS addiction. Anyone here familiar with these Konablasters?

yup, i bought one a while ago. they are made by a guy in Michigan who makes lap-steel guitars. he uses the carpet on the laps to keep them from sliding off of your lap. the ukes are made from scrap parts.
the only negative i have to say is that the pick-up poll pieces don't line up perfectly with the strings, so you might get a string that is a bit quieter than the others.
solution: lots of distortion, or change out the pick up for a "hot rails" style.

they aren't everyones cup-o-tea. it took me a while to get used to the steel strings. i love it (tho i must admit i did try to sell it last year. i'm glad i didn't). it great for punk or hardcore songs.

Ahnko Honu
04-21-2009, 04:34 PM
WOW, Mahalo for the great review. I think the 30-06 rifle casing for a bridge is cool. $335 for a baritone pineapple is tempting.

superfly
04-21-2009, 04:39 PM
WOW, Mahalo for the great review. I think the 30-06 rifle casing for a bridge is cool. $335 for a baritone pineapple is tempting.

when he originally made them they could still fire a round (and i think one or two of them did discharge) they had a recall and took out all the bad stuff. get the movie Rock That Uke they talk about this uku a little there.