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juliaann
04-19-2015, 06:25 AM
Anyone put a tiny strong of led lights in theirs? Does it effect the sound considerably? Melt the plastic?

I have the clear-ish outdoor uke and keep thinking it would be super fun for campfires and parties but haven't but the bullet yet.

:) j

DownUpDave
04-19-2015, 07:16 AM
Anyone put a tiny strong of led lights in theirs? Does it effect the sound considerably? Melt the plastic?

I have the clear-ish outdoor uke and keep thinking it would be super fun for campfires and parties but haven't but the bullet yet.

:) j

Someone is always the first to do anything..............here is your chance to be a trend setter. I love the idea, might have to buy one.

ksiegel
04-19-2015, 07:20 AM
LEDs won't get hot enough to damage the plastic. I say go for it... and post before and after photos!



-Kurt

katysax
04-19-2015, 07:58 AM
Anyone put a tiny strong of led lights in theirs? Does it effect the sound considerably? Melt the plastic?

I have the clear-ish outdoor uke and keep thinking it would be super fun for campfires and parties but haven't but the bullet yet.

:) j

Go for it. I don't think there's much that could make the Outdoor uke sound worse than it already does.

deschutestrout
04-19-2015, 08:09 AM
Go for it. I don't think there's much that could make the Outdoor uke sound worse than it already does.

Took the words right out of my mouth ;). If you're lucky, it will melt.

sukie
04-19-2015, 09:47 AM
I would think the light strand might rattle around and make weird noises. But I could be wrong.

BUT, I love the idea. Try it. You can always take them out.

juliaann
04-19-2015, 10:05 AM
Go for it. I don't think there's much that could make the Outdoor uke sound worse than it already does.

Well that's very unkind. :(

Debby
04-19-2015, 11:47 AM
You could get the kind that are encased in a clear tube. Not sure if you can find battery operated ones. I was just suggesting those because they are stiff. They wouldn't jiggle around. If you could get about 3 feet and curl it wound the inside of the uke, it might work good.

mailman
04-19-2015, 12:31 PM
Well that's very unkind. :(

I agree. That particular uke does not have the world's best reputation with some, but to have said so that way was unnecessary.

Enjoy your uke, regardless of what others may say. If you want lights in it, do that, too. The idea is to have fun (and to allow others to do the same)....

Doc_J
04-19-2015, 02:20 PM
The new Makala Waterman clear plastic ukes sound better than the ODU from what little I have heard.

Nickie
04-19-2015, 02:23 PM
LOL, this reminded me of the Christmas I strung Christmas lights all over my Hog....I couldn't ride it, but it sure looked purty to my party guests!
Oops, I highjacked this thread......

stevepetergal
04-19-2015, 05:10 PM
Back on topic, I think it's a great idea. LED lights won't melt your plastic. I think the problem will be to keep them from rattling when you play.

mm stan
04-19-2015, 06:41 PM
What I would really like is fret board with led lights going from top to bottom with the sound.....maybe a rosette and headstock lights as well...

Phluffy the Destroyer
04-20-2015, 01:07 AM
Lighting up an LED is about the easiest thing in the world. I make LED battery packs for jack-o-lanterns every Halloween.

The absolute simplest way to do it would be to use electrical tape, and LED, and a 3 volt watch battery to light up the inside of your uke. + to +, - to -, tape, and the LED lights up. Tape the pack inside the uke body when you play and you have a light-up ukulele. Take it out when you're done and disconnect the LED from the battery so you can use it repeatedly until the battery drains. You can literally light up your uke in about 30 seconds this way.

[EDITED to add] Now that I think of it, you could use a little velcro dot attached to the uke and one to the battery pack and not have to fuss with trying to tape it inside every time...

From there you can make it as complex as you like if you want to do a little research. You can add a bigger battery pack to power several LEDs, wire a hundred or so LEDs into a 120 volt system and plug your uke into the wall when you want to blind the audience, add an on/off switch, wire in arduino or pi boards for different effects and light patterns... whatever you want to do.

Just keep in mind that the more crap you put inside the ukulele the more your sound quality will deteriorate.

If it were me, I'd use a color LED (probably green. I like green) and solder it directly to a piezo disc, then glue the piezo under the bridge with rubber cement where it wouldn't be as noticeable. (Just like you would attach a piezo pick up.) Every time I caused enough vibration from strumming the LED would light up in color (Did I mention I like green?), and I'd never have to change a battery.

Debby
04-20-2015, 02:54 AM
What I would really like is fret board with led lights going from top to bottom with the sound.....maybe a rosette and headstock lights as well...

Strobing fret markers would be fun.

RAB11
04-20-2015, 02:58 AM
If it were me, I'd use a color LED (probably green. I like green) and solder it directly to a piezo disc, then glue the piezo under the bridge with rubber cement where it wouldn't be as noticeable. (Just like you would attach a piezo pick up.) Every time I caused enough vibration from strumming the LED would light up in color (Did I mention I like green?), and I'd never have to change a battery.

That's an awesome idea.

RichM
04-20-2015, 03:26 AM
It's a great idea. The Rickenbacker Lightshow guitar from the sixties did much the same thing, and now it's a highly valued collectable!

http://www.rickbeat.com/modelslibrary/331ls/331lson.jpg

pigpen
04-20-2015, 05:22 AM
First post.

Bought the OU for my youngest daughter and got the "natural" version with the idea of adding lights.
My wife bought the lights at Brookstone but I have found them in other places online also.
The 3AA battery pack is heavy. Taped battery pack to back.

Does it change the sound? A little. It sounds like a plastic ukulele, wait...it is a plastic ukulele. Fun, Fun, Fun.

Q. How do you upload pics directly to reply?

Jim Yates
04-20-2015, 06:46 AM
78657

Mason Williams played Classical Gas on a plexiglass guitar with a goldfish in it on the Smothers Brothers show.

hoosierhiver
04-20-2015, 06:57 AM
fireflies!

bbycrts
04-20-2015, 06:58 AM
I think the idea is a winner - please do it and post the pictures!

Debby
04-20-2015, 07:38 AM
fireflies!

Haha!! Good one!

spookelele
04-20-2015, 07:39 AM
You could try EL Wire.
It's wire that you connect to a battery pack, and it just lights up.

acmespaceship
04-20-2015, 08:55 AM
Speaking of Fireflies...

78660

Accomplished with advanced hi-tech tools: a string of battery-powered LED lights, masking tape, and a circle cut from a cardboard box. This assembly, taped to the back of the pot as if it were a resonator, prevented the lights from touching the head and affecting the sound.

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This was (obviously) a last-minute kludge before the holiday party and not a long-term solution. ;-) Now I have my eye on a clear Waterman...

spookelele
04-20-2015, 09:03 AM
wow... that looks sweet

juliaann
04-20-2015, 04:10 PM
78657

Mason Williams played Classical Gas on a plexiglass guitar with a goldfish in it on the Smothers Brothers show.

Hmm, I wonder if goldfish prefer guitar or uke?

juliaann
04-20-2015, 04:14 PM
Lighting up an LED is about the easiest thing in the world. I make LED battery packs for jack-o-lanterns every Halloween.

The absolute simplest way to do it would be to use electrical tape, and LED, and a 3 volt watch battery to light up the inside of your uke. + to +, - to -, tape, and the LED lights up. Tape the pack inside the uke body when you play and you have a light-up ukulele. Take it out when you're done and disconnect the LED from the battery so you can use it repeatedly until the battery drains. You can literally light up your uke in about 30 seconds this way.

[EDITED to add] Now that I think of it, you could use a little velcro dot attached to the uke and one to the battery pack and not have to fuss with trying to tape it inside every time...

From there you can make it as complex as you like if you want to do a little research. You can add a bigger battery pack to power several LEDs, wire a hundred or so LEDs into a 120 volt system and plug your uke into the wall when you want to blind the audience, add an on/off switch, wire in arduino or pi boards for different effects and light patterns... whatever you want to do.

Just keep in mind that the more crap you put inside the ukulele the more your sound quality will deteriorate.

If it were me, I'd use a color LED (probably green. I like green) and solder it directly to a piezo disc, then glue the piezo under the bridge with rubber cement where it wouldn't be as noticeable. (Just like you would attach a piezo pick up.) Every time I caused enough vibration from strumming the LED would light up in color (Did I mention I like green?), and I'd never have to change a battery.

This sounds amazing. I've never tried soldering. I just need my mom to tell me there is no way I can learn to soder so I'm forced to prove her wrong. (I'm 35 btw this is just our "thing". She says I can't so I do. ;) )