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    Timely thread. I've just bought an Eastwood Airline Solid Body Electric - I think it's great but have no experience with any thing else electric.
    Anyone else played one? How does it compare to the RISA et al?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie44 View Post
    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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    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...
    I didn't mention the Godin because I don't put it in the same category as mentioned, nylon string piezo pup vs steel string magnetic pup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I didn't mention the Godin because I don't put it in the same category as mentioned, nylon string piezo pup vs steel string magnetic pup.

    Maybe I'm in the wrong thread too. The airline is nylon string/piezo.

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    If you look hard enough you will find lots of ukulele makers like the South African maker in the OP. Probably there at least three within 1/2 days drive of most UU members. I seriously doubt they are going to threaten the Risa company for sales.
    Steel string electric ukuleles are a lot of fun, I have a Jupiter Creek Hoop Pine Tele model made near Adelaide around 2011. It uses standard Fender Tele hardware for the pick-ups and bridge and tuning. Sadly, Rob the maker died and you can't get them anymore. He built the ukes in his home workshop, which requires some skill and knowledge, but is not as complicated as making acoustic ukuleles. No bending is usually required, the body is routed into shape and finished and a neck is bolted on. And there are some electronics to solder into place.
    I would not be surprised to find that you can go to most local larger music shops which sell a lot of electric guitars and find a maker who will make you an excellent steel string electric uke, based on Fender or Gibson parts. They all seem to support repair guys and guys who put together "custom" guitars from standard components. If they seem confused by a request for a uke, ask them for a four string guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    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. ...
    in your opinion, which produces a more "uke-ish"sound"--- piezo or magnetic? (all other things being equal, and as *general rule*)

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    A 'nylon' string electric will sound more like a traditional uke than a steel string, however, using certain amps, there are settings to make a steel string sound more traditional sounding, likewise, there are settings to make a 'nylon' string sound more electric guitar like.

    It is like the difference you get between an acoustic & an electric guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    in your opinion, which produces a more "uke-ish"sound"--- piezo or magnetic? (all other things being equal, and as *general rule*)
    Hard to answer, defining "uke-ish"sound" is highly subjective and slippery slope.

    IMHO, both are "uke-ish", but completely different, and both piezo pups and mag pups, sound nothing like a Martin, Kamaka or other acoustic uke.

    Too many variables involved to make a blanket statement, and I do not wish to derail the tread into a debate about pickup technologies, differences in amplifiers, PA systems and recording interfaces...suffice it to say that no pickup will match exactly the acoustic resonance in the air that you hear with your ears, but they can only approximate the sound (piezos) and magnetic pickups do not primarily use acoustic resonance but rather disturbance of a magnetic field to create sound.

    To me, the sound of an acoustic uke vs. uke with piezo vs. uke with steel-string magnetic is like comparing a dog vs. cat vs. fox...they are all furry critters, but not the same.

    Imagine if you will, the sound of a classical guitar, and then compare it to the sound of a Les Paul or Stratocaster....

    now ask yourself which is more 'guitar-ish'....

    same problem = how YOU define the sound...

    Still in doubt? - a YT search will reveal wonders and you can decide which sound it has:

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ectric+ukulele

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    Mahalo used to make a solid body steel string electric, but I haven't seen it advertised lately, but I think it was a concert scale, of lower quality.
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    The Mahalo offering:
    http://www.themusicianshop.com/produ...le-ue-30s.html

    Model UE-30s

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    There's this Epiphone Mandobird IV, a Four-String Electric Mandolin which I've converted to Ukulele GCEA tuning, and now known as the UkeBird.
    IMG_0321 (2).jpg
    I did a video review on this one, with a few playing demonstrations included.
    It's essentially like a Soprano scale Electric Uke now.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg-311pfLM

    Also there's a Written Review with some images and a bit of discussion in the UU Review Forum, a few other UU Members mention their Electric Ukes in the discussion also ... http://http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?127902-Epiphone-UkeBird-(Mandobird-IV-Conversion)-Electric-Ukulele


    Manufactured in 2000, now Out of Production, but there's a few around, I bought this one second hand for a good price, an opportunity I came across and took it.
    Good Project ...
    Last edited by Dean Beaver; 09-14-2017 at 01:34 AM.
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    Happy Ukeing

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