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UkieOkie
11-02-2015, 04:54 AM
What are some famous individual Ukes? For example Willie Nelson has his famous guitar, "Trigger" with the hole worn into it. What are some famous actual ukes? Who or what made them famous?


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Trevor

ScooterD35
11-02-2015, 05:48 AM
Jim Beloff owns one of Tiny Tim's Ukes. He actually met him and got first hand confirmation that it was his.

Post #9:

http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/153394/Tiny-Tim-amp-amp-RIP-Tim-April-121932November-3


There's also the Konter Uke in the Martin museum. It traveled to the North Pole and is signed by many famous people.

http://www.si.edu/MCIImagingStudio/KonterUke

Scooter

hoosierhiver
11-02-2015, 06:04 AM
Bob Cuoco of Cincinnati has another one of Tiny Tim's sopranos, he brought it to UWC one year. It had been stolen and somehow Bob ended up buying it and then found out it was Tiny Tim's uke, at one point he met Tiny Tim and tried to give it back. Tim confirmed it was his, but Tim told him to keep it.

RichM
11-02-2015, 06:32 AM
George Formby was known for playing Abbott and Ludwig banjo ukes, but it's hard to peg one specific uke to him. George kept several ukes on hand on different tunings for different songs. And despite having his name on a line of Dallas ukes, he rarely actually played one.

Scrub forward to 7 minutes, 8 seconds. :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EKrlx3cGic?t=7m8s

UkieOkie
11-02-2015, 10:27 AM
Those are very cool so far guys. Keep em coming.

I'll throw out Eddie Vedder's Uke "Clarence". Although it kinda got a head start by 1. Having a name inlaid into the top, and 2. Being owned and played by a rock icon.

gyosh
11-02-2015, 10:51 AM
What about the distinctive ukes of UU members?


Sukie's Flamingo Rosette MB for instance. Very beautiful and very disntinctive.

hoosierhiver
11-02-2015, 10:54 AM
I'd say Iz's tenor is probably one of the best known ukes of the current age.

Jake's Kamaka also has some renown.

NatalieS
11-02-2015, 10:55 AM
Even though he's gone through several tenors, the style of Jake's uke always stays very similar. I would say it's pretty iconic with the slotted headstock and "JS" on the fretboard.

And I really liked Iz's mahogany Martin.

Camsuke
11-02-2015, 10:56 AM
http://youtu.be/-AGtfq0ermo

gyosh
11-02-2015, 11:00 AM
What about the distinctive ukes of UU members?


Sukie's Flamingo Rosette MB for instance. Very beautiful and very disntinctive.

I'm trying to see if she'll post a pic here.

Camsuke
11-02-2015, 11:01 AM
The famous Martin 5K.


http://youtu.be/vpmTVC31eFI

ukuleleden
11-02-2015, 12:02 PM
Lyle Ritz's Ukes' should be renowned, most notably as a Ukulele player as part of the famous "Wrecking Crew".

ukuleleden
11-02-2015, 12:05 PM
Can't forget about the Roy Smeck Vita Ukulele...



http://youtu.be/O1VmTVY-QMc

RichM
11-02-2015, 12:13 PM
Can't forget about the Roy Smeck Vita Ukulele...



http://youtu.be/O1VmTVY-QMc

Has anyone actually seen Roy Smeck playing a Vita Uke? I can't remember ever seeing a photo...

ukuleleden
11-02-2015, 12:22 PM
Has anyone actually seen Roy Smeck playing a Vita Uke? I can't remember ever seeing a photo...


Here is an ad photo of him at least holding one. I'm certain finding video footage would be more difficult, but it may be out there...

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ukuleleden
11-02-2015, 12:34 PM
The Martin used by Cliff Edwards for the song "I did it with my little Ukulele" from the movie Take a Chance 1933:

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http://youtu.be/YVKBUfVgT8U

RichM
11-02-2015, 12:37 PM
And speaking of Martins, and Roy Smeck, when I think of Roy, I always think of him with his Martin.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcQYt7xvA8M

chefuke
11-02-2015, 05:02 PM
Johnny Marvin

http://youtu.be/zDE0Bx_L4Ns

And May Singhi Breens Custom 5k

Here's a soundclip of her ukulele lesson - pure gold.

http://youtu.be/BfVQ2uXiiSI

joekulele
11-02-2015, 06:39 PM
What about Bette Midler's Swaravski encrusted Pineapple Flea?
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kohanmike
11-02-2015, 07:59 PM
What about the distinctive ukes of UU members?

Following that thought, this is a custom gloss black mandolele I had made that's kinda distinctive.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Mandolele chrome.jpg

ukulelekarcsi
11-02-2015, 09:59 PM
I've never seen one artist exclusely dedicated to one single ukulele. One brand or even one model yes, but just one ukulele? Nope. Formby had several, Smeck had several, even Hill and Shimabukuro had several. It must be different than with guitars - even more modern artists like Glenn Hansard stick to one single favourite instrument.

The Konter uke: I've seen newspaper clippings stating it was a Gretsch he actually took up to the Northpole, but the signed copy at the Nazareth Pa. museum is of course a Martin.

The vita uke: that's a classic example of endorsement. Smeck most certainly didn't design it himself, he never played on on stage (mostly Martin style-0s of different vintages), but at the time of his death he did possess one vita uke, and he never kept any instruments he didn't play.

Tiny Tim ukes: the Beltona onehe dropped when he had a stroke on stage, is now property of Tim Smithies who plays it in the Anything Goes Orchestra, and in the appropriately called duet with his son Jake, Dead Man's Uke. But Tiny Tim had many, and even had a reputation for handing them out.

George Formby ukes: the man has an arsenal of ukuleles he played, and signed hunderds if not thousands of banjo ukulele vellums in his lifetime.

UkieOkie
11-03-2015, 03:40 AM
What about Bette Midler's Swaravski encrusted Pineapple Flea?
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I may be completely wrong but I'm betting that doesn't sound so great. Has anyone heard it?

Mim
11-03-2015, 04:06 AM
What about the distinctive ukes of UU members?


Sukie's Flamingo Rosette MB for instance. Very beautiful and very disntinctive.

Yes! This. It is amazing.

All Moore Bettahs are famous in my eyes!

Debby
11-03-2015, 05:01 AM
Yes! This. It is amazing.

All Moore Bettahs are famous in my eyes!

I seen Sukie's MB on someone's Pinterest board before I even knew what UU was!

turtledrum
11-03-2015, 05:32 AM
Taimane' s black Kamaka is distinctive to me.

turtledrum
11-03-2015, 05:38 AM
And that Rusty resonator Jon's got is singular in my mind.

ScooterD35
11-03-2015, 06:11 AM
I'd say Iz's tenor is probably one of the best known ukes of the current age.




Unfortunately, Iz's tenor Martin was cremated with him.



Scooter

hoosierhiver
11-03-2015, 06:15 AM
Unfortunately, Iz's tenor Martin was cremated with him.



Scooter

I didn't know that. It is kind of sad.

sukie
11-03-2015, 08:54 AM
What about the distinctive ukes of UU members?


Sukie's Flamingo Rosette MB for instance. Very beautiful and very disntinctive.You mean this? Chuck makes a mean ukulele. I have had people tell me how fabulous it is -- people I just met have seen it on-line.
http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n627/sukie2709/92ca43f571e94ec1c300923f8261a5e4_zpsardho2xt.jpg

Tigeralum2001
11-03-2015, 04:54 PM
I'll try to find the link, but there was a story about a special Kamaka ukulele that has been passed around a lot of famous people before they were big names.

ukuleleden
11-03-2015, 10:01 PM
The Flamingo is indeed a real looker!

UkieOkie
11-04-2015, 04:17 AM
I'll try to find the link, but there was a story about a special Kamaka ukulele that has been passed around a lot of famous people before they were big names.

That sounds like a good story.

Also Sukie that is a stunning Uke.

Nickie
11-04-2015, 02:35 PM
I have actually held and strummed Sukie's fabulous flamingo.
A smattering of my ashes shall be placed inside each of my ukes, so that when they are played, maybe I'll still hear them. Will that make them famous, or does it just make me eccentric?