I for one, absolutely bond with mine. If I dont, they get sold. I think it also depends on your story. I spent 14 years searching for an instrument that "felt" right. When you spend that long searching and then strum a uke for the first time and feel like its a long lost family member, yup, bonded. Reasons for playing is another. For some, its just something to do and a uke is just a tool...thats great, everyone has their reasons. I tend to be a very high stress, high anxiety introvert. Just "adulting" is hard some days. The world is very peopley at times LOL. My uke is like a long lost friend when I get home. Playing knocks my blood pressure down and relaxes me. When something just does THAT MUCH for you as a person, bonding and naming ukes just goes with the territory. As a newbie I am just amazed at the instrument itself. When I can sit in front of my boyfriend who is playing his acoustic guitar and FEEL his music coming out of his instrument and then resonating within mine and making it vibrate right in my hands...that my friends is not an inanimate object to me. It was once a living breathing tree and its now a still living, wood instrument that screams to you that its alive. Yup...for me, I will always love them and hug them and call them George LOL!
SOPRANINO: Caramel 17" Zebrawood "Cecil"
SOPRANO: Ohana SK-35 (all-solid mahogany) "Clancy", Outdoor Ukulele (bottle brown polycarbonate) "George"
CONCERT: Gretsch G9110-SK (all-solid koa) "Pearl"
BANJO UKES: Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele, Magic Fluke Firefly
VINTAGE/ANTIQUE: 1920 Rolando banjo uke "Grace"