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wayward
05-26-2015, 08:10 AM
The lead ukulele player in our band also picks up an acoustic guitar, a banjo or an electric guitar for some songs. When he plays lead electric guitar I usually use my baritone (a Pono Mango electro-acoustic) to play rhythm, but am I missing a trick here - is this an excuse to get another ukulele? If so, what would you choose to play with an electric guitar? A Risa maybe..?

SteveZ
05-26-2015, 09:06 AM
Have you ever considered an 8-string tenor? I took an inexpensive Oscar Schmidt OU28T, added an as-inexpensive pickup/preamp to it and that gave a lot of versatility. Sound sample (unamped) of the OU28T (tuned cCgGDDAA) )is at https://soundcloud.com/steveztv/oscar-schmidt-ou28t-heart-of.

There are a lot of good choices for 8-string, including the Pono MT-8.

Icelander53
05-26-2015, 09:46 AM
My Risa steel string Black Beauty electric uke. It's really a fun uke to play and sounds amazing amped.

turtledrum
05-26-2015, 11:19 AM
Depending on how much you have to spend, check out the Epiphone Les Paul (vintage sunburst or cherry burst). $99 and a whole lot of fun.The setup it comes with is quite good.

Cornfield
05-26-2015, 11:23 AM
Have you ever considered an 8-string tenor? I took an inexpensive Oscar Schmidt OU28T, added an as-inexpensive pickup/preamp to it and that gave a lot of versatility. Sound sample (unamped) of the OU28T (tuned cCgGDDAA) )is at https://soundcloud.com/steveztv/oscar-schmidt-ou28t-heart-of.

There are a lot of good choices for 8-string, including the Pono MT-8.

Yes, an 8 string Tenor. With this, you can sound like a 12 string guitar, a mandolin or a pair of ukes. They are extremely versatile.

I had a Risa, they are very good but you will just sound like a higher pitched electric guitar. Another option would be a banjo uke (think Mumfors and Sons)

Uncle Leroy
05-26-2015, 12:09 PM
The Godin Multiuke is a great option or a Pono or Koolau solidbody tenor are a great choices too.

Booli
05-26-2015, 12:55 PM
I'd buy Dayne's MIDI/piezo upgraded Risa LP, seen here:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?106019-Risa-Les-Paul-Tenor-uke-%28CUSTOM-3-voice-humbuckers-piezo-saddles-plus-MIDI-pickup%29

You've got the magnetic pickups, the piezo pickups and then the MIDI capability which lets you connect to a synth module or iPad even (with the right convertor box) and PLAY ukulele but trigger the sounds of an infinite number of possibilities of synthesizer sounds...

Icelander53
05-26-2015, 01:13 PM
Yeah, that Risa is sweet.

PhilUSAFRet
05-26-2015, 03:38 PM
In an 8 string, it's tough to beat the new, all solid Ohana with solid spruce top and mahogany body. Sounds amazing for that kind of money.

kohanmike
05-26-2015, 07:40 PM
All of my ukes, past and present came with or I've added preamps, ready for any occasion. Oops, have held of adding one to my black mandolele, but sooner or later...

wayward
05-26-2015, 09:11 PM
Ah, so I "need" an 8 string, a banjolele and a Risa: I won't argue with that ;) but, I should have explained that I'll have to save up first. In the meantime, I have a 5 string Kala ATP which I'm getting a pickup fitted to soon & I'm tempted to try some South Coast metal strings on it to see if that fits the bill; haven't worked out where the 5th high G string would come from yet). Yay (give it a go) or nay (are you mad woman?)?

Cornfield
05-27-2015, 01:19 AM
Ah, so I "need" an 8 string, a banjolele and a Risa: I won't argue with that ;) but, I should have explained that I'll have to save up first. In the meantime, I have a 5 string Kala ATP which I'm getting a pickup fitted to soon & I'm tempted to try some South Coast metal strings on it to see if that fits the bill; haven't worked out where the 5th high G string would come from yet). Yay (give it a go) or nay (are you mad woman?)?

Try it, Yay!
Also try some different strumming or picking techniques, like clawhammer, chunking, slapping etc. You can get a lot of sounds out of one instrument by approaching it in alternative ways.

Adrian Ortiga
05-27-2015, 03:20 AM
the awesome looking les paul style electric ukulele :) or a godin multiuke

wayward
05-27-2015, 07:23 AM
Try it, Yay!
Also try some different strumming or picking techniques, like clawhammer, chunking, slapping etc. You can get a lot of sounds out of one instrument by approaching it in alternative ways.

We've been learning so many songs I haven't taken enough time to experiment with them lately; I'm definitely going to be taking this advice :cheers:

wayward
05-27-2015, 07:24 AM
the awesome looking les paul style electric ukulele :) or a godin multiuke

Yes, I'd love a Risa Les Paul :drool:

Cornfield
05-27-2015, 08:16 AM
Yes, I'd love a Risa Les Paul :drool:

I had one. It's pretty, no doubt. It could do most of the things that you can do with an electric guitar that is missing its two lowest strings and has a capo on the 5th fret.
It is fine but a pretty big investment for what is essentially a novelty item

wayward
05-27-2015, 09:43 AM
I had one. It's pretty, no doubt. It could do most of the things that you can do with an electric guitar that is missing its two lowest strings and has a capo on the 5th fret.
It is fine but a pretty big investment for what is essentially a novelty item

I think (unlike most other ukuleles) the Risa's are cheaper in some parts of Europe than they are in the USA, but as I'm in the UK it would make more sense to order something from Rob Collins at Tinguitar if that's the kind of sound I'd decided to opt for... I'm more taken with the idea of spending time on my playing to get the right sound though: while I do use different strums, chucking and picking in a gig, I rarely mix them up within a song. So, that's what I'm going for next.

I am hoping to try metal strings on my ATP5 too, but I'm not sure Southcoast sell these for tenors (I couldn't find any on their site) and I'm not sure if I can get them here in the UK. If anyone knows the answer to these questions please let me know; if not I'll run the idea past the very helpful folk at The Southern Ukulele Store. Thanks people.

SteveZ
05-27-2015, 10:52 AM
There's also the steel-stringed KonaBlaster. They are fun!

CeeJay
05-27-2015, 11:43 AM
I had one. It's pretty, no doubt. It could do most of the things that you can do with an electric guitar that is missing its two lowest strings and has a capo on the 5th fret.
It is fine but a pretty big investment for what is essentially a novelty item

Why is it a "novelty" item ? :)

No , sorry don't see that John ....it's only about as "Novelty" as playing Classical music on a Uke...or Clawhammer....or Blues ...or etc etc..
all "big boy" instrument derivatives .

I think it just depends on what you like to play....I don't have one ...but I think I would like one.:drool::biglaugh::uhoh:

blue_knight_usa
05-27-2015, 12:26 PM
Mic any instrument and you can play it with a guitar. Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Bari, they all work. Put in a pickup and they'll all work better on a live stage. I have played with guitars just fine with acoustic ukes mic'd. You don't need to match the size at all. Are you wanting a more guitar sound? (you say baritone so I am not sure if one can assume that's why you play baritone with the guitar) but any uke works, so whatever sound your striving for would steer me toward the particular instrument. If you play bari because you want that tuning, then that would be the best, but if there is no particular reason, I'd grab whatever fits for that style of music and tone you are looking for.

Nickie
05-27-2015, 12:41 PM
This is a good thread. I tried this once, with my loudest uke, and could not be heard except for the notes between the guitar notes. I won't try that again.

SteveZ
05-27-2015, 01:28 PM
There's another truism. When all else fails (being heard, that is), get a banjo. Now, a banjo uke can really blast, especially the new Deering banjo uke with the eleven-inch head with or without a resonator. Tried the EZ-resonator on mine (borrowed it off my tenor banjo) and it was impressive.

CeeJay
05-27-2015, 02:10 PM
There's another truism. When all else fails (being heard, that is), get a banjo. Now, a banjo uke can really blast, especially the new Deering banjo uke with the eleven-inch head with or without a resonator. Tried the EZ-resonator on mine (borrowed it off my tenor banjo) and it was impressive.

Yup...you could take the neck of the Banjo Uke , groin the electric geetar feller from behind ...and as he sinks silently and slowly to his knees, lips moving in something akin to prayer take advantage of the lull and rip off a blinding solo that will bring the house down ....Banjo Ukes will be best for that ...Heavy, see ? With a good pendulum upswing motion..........

Or not.:o:rolleyes:

Maybe better not eh?

blue_knight_usa
05-27-2015, 02:56 PM
I have a resonator uke (not a banjo) and it will keep up with any guitar acoustically without an amp. It's a tenor Mya Moe with a National cone.

wayward
05-27-2015, 07:20 PM
Ah, I should have said that my ukuleles do have pickups: my concerns weren't about volume so much as tone. When we play 2 ukuleles, a ukulele & a banjo or even my ukulele + an acoustic guitar with double bass all sounds good to me; when the lead player picks up his electric guitar & the double bass is exchanged for an electric one, on songs these 2 guys have been playing since they first came out in the sixties, I'm not sure my ukulele sounds right in the mix. I think it's partly because the 2 guys I play with are doing the same things they would be if they were in a band with a drummer & another guitarist... maybe. I guess I could try a pedal for some different effects but I liked John's suggestion that I try different techniques - more percussive stuff etc So I'm going to try that first. :)

CeeJay
05-28-2015, 03:25 AM
A uke will need beefing up in the tone department ...or just play to its strengths and emphasise the treble nature that is where it lives.......
I think that you need to look at arranging the music so that the guitars are just maybe comping on the bass strings while the uke soars above doing the lead.

Or maybe let the 'leccie git's just have their head and maybe don't play or just take a back seat . You don't have to have everybody playing everything , everytime , every song .....

wayward
05-28-2015, 04:43 AM
A uke will need beefing up in the tone department ...or just play to its strengths and emphasise the treble nature that is where it lives.......
I think that you need to look at arranging the music so that the guitars are just maybe comping on the bass strings while the uke soars above doing the lead.

Or maybe let the 'leccie git's just have their head and maybe don't play or just take a back seat . You don't have to have everybody playing everything , everytime , every song .....
Thanks CeeJay. If all else fails I'll give your banjo uke neck suggestion some serious consideration ;)

CeeJay
05-29-2015, 06:06 AM
Thanks CeeJay. If all else fails I'll give your banjo uke neck suggestion some serious consideration ;)


See Suggested Diagram fig A.

http://i1335.photobucket.com/albums/w664/cjarvis01/Groinalele%20001_zpsrq9yc5e9.jpg (http://s1335.photobucket.com/user/cjarvis01/media/Groinalele%20001_zpsrq9yc5e9.jpg.html)

AJ Hill
05-29-2015, 06:29 PM
My Deering Goodtime banjo uke seems work well when playing with my friends that play electric guitars , I have ordered a Taropatch with Pick up that will arrive here in Australia in late July ,,,,that should do the job

Tootler
05-29-2015, 10:17 PM
A solid body uke, steel or nylon strung would fit the bill. There's a variety available from good makers. Use effects pedals to get a tone that will complement the leccy guitar and you can either play rhythm or take your turn as lead.

Loved your cartoon CJ. Getting them in the goolys is the way to go :rofl:

Oh! I forgot, don't forget to turn it up to 11 - at least. :rulez:

k0k0peli
05-30-2015, 06:07 PM
I just today bought a 1920's vintage tiple, maybe by Regal. That's a 10-steel-string tenor uke with courses tuned gG-cCc-eEe-aa. The sucker is resonant and LOUD, certainly rather louder than the Martin Backpacker guitar I brought along on this long road trip. When I get home I'll clip a contact mike onto it, plug it into my 250-watt amp, and wake up the neighborhood. Yes, I am evil. :p Anyway, you might look into letting UAS lead you to a tiple.

Cornfield
06-01-2015, 09:26 AM
Here's a cheap steel string electric guitar style of uke on Amazon "Vorson Electric Ukulele " a black one is $120.