View Full Version : Carbon fiber Ukus?

04-02-2016, 01:29 PM
I live by the beach and would like to find a carbon fiber ukulele to play at the beach without worrying about water, sand, etc.

I know of Blackbird, but are there any other makers?



04-02-2016, 01:40 PM
Not sure about the material, but the Outdoor Uke is worth looking into. Had mixed reviews when they were first released, but I hear they are much better now and fit your criteria.

04-02-2016, 03:09 PM
I have the Outdoor Ukulele tenor and really enjoy using it. I keep it in my car and take it everywhere. It is a polycarbonate, not carbon fiber. The tenor is $145 and the soprano is $95.

Still Water Weapons
04-02-2016, 03:19 PM
Just received my Outdoor Uke tenor yesterday, really like it. Would be perfect for the beach unless you are set on spending big bucks on carbon fiber.

Bill Potter
04-02-2016, 05:24 PM
+1 for Martin. Their 0XK is a lovely little instrument. It's the perfect uke for travel and conditions that I wouldn't think of taking my "nicer" instruments to. I'd never get rid of mine.

Ukulele Eddie
04-02-2016, 05:51 PM
I've not played any other carbon ukulele as none of the other carbon instruments makers -- to my knowledge -- offer ukes or do them in any volume.

Not sure if you're leaning tenor or concert, but I owned a Clara and it is a lovely instrument. They not offer an eKoa tenor, but eKoa is not quite a sturdy as the carbon fiber BTU if that's any concern. The latest BTU tenors are coming out really nice as they continued to refine them. Check out the sound samples on HMS if you don't have access to a local dealer.

Inksplosive AL
04-02-2016, 06:01 PM
They seem to be a bit of a secret round these parts but I would buy a Bonanza ukulele before an outdoor uke or a Martin OXK. Still not carbon fiber but also made from HPL laminate with much more selection than fake koa or fake bamboo.





There are quite a few videos of people rocking out on the Bonanza ukes this guy is quite informative. Why the hell dont I own one of these yet?

04-02-2016, 06:13 PM
Great, thanks for all the suggestions! I will check them out.

04-03-2016, 01:43 AM
I dont know if these guys make ukes yet but they put out some stunning carbon fiber guitars!


04-03-2016, 05:30 AM
I think Carbon fiber leans on the expensive side of the beach-proof ukulele market.

If you're simply looking for a cheap beater to take to the beach, you can get a plastic ukulele, such as the Keealoha plastic uke, Kala Waterman or the Bugsgear Aqulele.

Ironically enough, as great as Carbon fiber ukes, such as the Blackbird is... at that price, I would:

1. Not be willing to take it along to a beach as a beater.. that's thing's expensive!
2. Probably get a high-end koa uke

04-03-2016, 05:42 AM
Korala makes a plastic concert that is surprisingly good. It also costs around 25 bucks, which is a huge bonus.

04-03-2016, 01:17 PM
Just to specify looking for a tenor.

I'd really like it to sound good (Im coming from a guitar and violin background), so carbon is hard to beat for sound/durability ratio, even if its expensive.