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    Default Electric Solid Body Ukuleles

    Risa is getting some competition:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/4885813...-scale-ukulele

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    Vorzon has very similar ones that have been out for a few years for under $150, I had one but never found a valid use for it and sold it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenDogsSing View Post
    Looks cool. Different styles too...

    ...but if they are re-using standard strat/tele electric guitar saddles, then the string-to-string spacing is only going to be about 10mm, whereas most acoustic tenor ukes (such as the ones I have) the strings are about 13mm apart, and for fingerstyle, this makes a significant difference to me.

    If you are playing with a flatpick or wailing away like Eddie Van Halen on one of these, then the string spacing will matter less...

    Some luthiers making these will actually make the strings about 13mm apart on-center with a new bridge plate with the 4 holes to accept the strat/tele style saddles wide enough to be closer to most acoustic tenors' string spacing...

    However for a custom, small-shop-made uke, that is a very nice price.

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    kohanmike - I am a little disappointed in you for not bringing up the Godin Multi-Uke, which we both have. Both Mike and I had solid body electric ukes, and I know that I found that the Godin gave me everything the solid body did and more. And they are around the same price and beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Vorzon has very similar ones that have been out for a few years for under $150, I had one but never found a valid use for it and sold it.
    I had a similar problem with the LP style Vorson that I got from AMS, until I put nickel electric guitars strings similar in gage to 'octave mandolin' strings on it, and due to the shorter scale have it in CGDA tenor guitar tuning, but the 'candlewood' neck still has terrible flex, no matter how I adjust the truss rod. I bough a blemished model for $75 so I wont complain to much, and I keep it as a reminder of how some things should not be bought on price alone...and as a lesson...

    Would that I could, get a better model later, and it is nice to see other luthiers making these besides Risa...

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    There's also Blue Star Guitar. The electronics on the Konablaster line are typically "less" than what I see with this etsy seller but can be special ordered and would be in about the same price ranges as here. Mo options is mo better. :-)
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    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
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    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
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    -Gold Tone BUT


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    I've been dying for a solid body electric baritone for about a year - I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Pono BE last week. Very impatiently awaiting its arrival at my local shop.

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    FYI:

    The Pono and the Godin are BOTH not steel-string solid-body electric ukes with MAGNETIC pickups.

    However...

    The Pono and the Godin, and the RISA stick and RISA Uke'Elle all use piezo pickups and have nylon-type strings.

    so...

    The steel-string solid-body electric uke with MAGNETIC pickups, linked by the OP for sale on etsy, is only similar to the Konablaster, the RISA LP, Kamoa E5S/Alida, and Vorson mentioned by Mike and myself, are in fact steel-string solid-body electric ukes with MAGNETIC pickups.

    Amplification is achieved by two completely different methods as nylon-type strings will not react to the magnetic field created by magnetic pickups, and thus be VERY quiet if you tried this and your amp at best would be producing either silence or a 50/60 hz hum.

    Whereas, piezo pickups react to vibration, pressure or flexion, or some combination of any or all of these, and as such can work with any kinds of strings...

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    Don't forget the RISA Telecaster & Stratocaster lookalikes.
    Keith M --> likes a long neck - & being different.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenDogsSing View Post

    warndt just shared on the Uke list I put up "MP Ukulele", not sure if you've seen their electric Ukes;

    https://www.mpukulele.com/electrics
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