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nikolo727
03-16-2008, 07:22 AM
RISA ukulele.

I am so in love with the look and sound of the RISA ukes.

first question:

does anyone here have a RISA ukulele?

nikolo727
03-16-2008, 07:57 AM
ok more questions.

do you always have to use metal strings??


does it have to be plugged into an amp to play??

where is a good website where I can get one?

any helpers??

k0konutz
03-16-2008, 08:48 AM
ok more questions.

do you always have to use metal strings??


does it have to be plugged into an amp to play??

where is a good website where I can get one?

any helpers??

To answer the very first question in the OP, No, I don't have one.

I'm assuming metal strings are necessary because of the way pick ups work. To put it in it's simplest terms, the pickup is a magnet, and has a magnetic field, and the magnetic strings disturb that field. The rate at which the string vibrates (frequency) is perceived as the pitch/note of the string.

Are you asking that if you don't plug it into an amp, the uke just won't work? Of course you can play it without an amp, but, as the name implies, without an amp it won't be amplified. Have you ever heard/played an electric guitar without it being plugged in?

As far as a good website to find them, This one might be a good place to start (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=RISA+ukulele&btnG=Search)

bof
03-16-2008, 09:46 AM
For the Solids and Ellies: No, metal strings are not necessary. They work wth a passive piezo pickup.
If you don't amplify the Solids, they still have 30% of the sound of a "normal" ukulele, which is amazing as they don't really have any body. But that is still very low, as the normal ukulele isn'T the loudest instrument around ...

For the Electrics: They do have a humbucker pickup. I think for that, you need metal strings, but I'm not sure.

bof
03-16-2008, 09:50 AM
Oh by the way, RISA is currently working on a new Electric-Ukulele. This is a photo taken at the namm by www.tikiking.com
http://www.tikiking.com/namm_2008/images/namm_2008_pic29.jpg
The beauty next to the Risa Acoustic Koa and the Electrics..

nikolo727
03-16-2008, 10:56 AM
thank you guys.

i appreciate it.

nikolo727
03-16-2008, 11:24 AM
do you think this amplifier will work for the RISA ukulele Solid:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Amp-U-Plug-N-Play-Mini-Amp-Practice-Guitar-Amplifier_W0QQitemZ290214320776QQihZ019QQcategoryZ 10171QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebaypho tohosting


(meh i dont know how to make links so if you can just copy and paste and look at this thing that would be cool)

(if not just type this in on ebay: Amp-U-Plug-N-Play-Mini-Amp-Practice-Guitar-Amplifier)


cheers.

HypodermicMD
03-16-2008, 11:42 AM
Yep it'll work. Just don't expect really amazing sound from it. The Danelectro Honeypots are also another option.

nikolo727
03-16-2008, 11:57 AM
if i get this ukulele i need an amplifier.


preferably one that i can bring anywhere with not much baggage to carrry around.


the amplifier i previously wanted that is listed above is pretty much what i want lol.

are there any others like this that are good to use?

btw what is a Danelectro Honeypot




i even looked on google and i couldnt find it lol.

what is it?

Bruce_B
03-16-2008, 12:27 PM
You might want to check out the Pignose amps too.

bof
03-16-2008, 12:44 PM
I started a thread abouzt this.. I'm currently using the Danelectro Honeytone as a very mobile amp. However planning to buy the Roland Microcube.

bof
03-16-2008, 12:48 PM
By the way, the man who can give you the best advice about the risas is RIgk SAuer, the luthier of the Risas. Go to www.ukulele.de (the site is also available in english) there you can certainly find his email adress.

nikolo727
03-18-2008, 05:17 AM
im lookin into the honey ones now.

thanks guys.

i have one more question though


are there any other amps that plug right into the ukulele and hang from it like the one that i put the link up too?


one of those would reallly work for me

thanks

nikolo727
03-18-2008, 05:25 AM
wow every time i say one more question, another one pops into my head. lol


i saw a black risa soprano ukulele solid, but it was over in europe.


are there any risa sellers here in the us that have the black uke stick??

Bruce_B
03-18-2008, 06:02 AM
im lookin into the honey ones now.

thanks guys.

i have one more question though


are there any other amps that plug right into the ukulele and hang from it like the one that i put the link up too?


one of those would reallly work for me

thanks

I'm not sure about those, but there are some headphone amps that are about walkman size and hang from your belt etc. With that you get the added benefit of playing loud without disturbing those around you.

bof
03-18-2008, 06:15 AM
wow every time i say one more question, another one pops into my head. lol


i saw a black risa soprano ukulele solid, but it was over in europe.


are there any risa sellers here in the us that have the black uke stick??

They are a byproduct of the RISA production. If the pattern of the wood does not look perfect in its natural way, RISA uses black wood stain and sells these special black solids for less money.
Again contact Risa directly for that special model.

nikolo727
03-18-2008, 02:00 PM
so i should just contact that guy you talked about?

ookcrayZ
03-18-2008, 04:39 PM
RISA ukulele.

I am so in love with the look and sound of the RISA ukes.

first question:

does anyone here have a RISA ukulele?
yes.. i have a Risa Ellie Electric. LOVE IT!

ookcrayZ
03-18-2008, 04:41 PM
I have a Risa Ellie electric and use a Rolland mini cube. Risa has such good electronics that it sounds good even thru a mini cube.

bof
03-18-2008, 11:01 PM
so i should just contact that guy you talked about?

just go to their website www.ukulele.de, turn the language to English, then look for their email adress. I think Risa has a very good customers service and they will answer your mail promptly.