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Iza
09-14-2017, 08:14 AM
And is the most common ukulele name "Lilly"? :p

strings
09-14-2017, 08:21 AM
Never thought of naming my ukulele. Sounds like a great idea.

:cheers:

Booli
09-14-2017, 08:56 AM
As a general rule, I tend not to anthropomorphize inanimate objects, so no I do not name my ukes.

I call them by make and model and scale length, or if more than one by wood or other specific features, i.e., Kala KA-T tenor, or Lava concert Fluke, Koa tenor Fluke with PegHeds, etc...

I do name pets, and when I was keeping aquarium fish, I named them too...:)

Some folks love naming things, and I say go for it if that is what brings you joy. :rock:

Ukecaster
09-14-2017, 09:50 AM
No, but when I get a vintage Martin soprano, I'm gonna name it Money, since it will be my most expensive uke! :D

mikelz777
09-14-2017, 10:17 AM
Just Ohana, Kala and Lanikai. They don't seem to mind.

Iza
09-14-2017, 10:34 AM
Actually mine doesn't have a name either, but I've heard many people name their instruments. I found it cute. xD

Rllink
09-14-2017, 10:37 AM
Nope, I don't name my ukuleles, other than to call them by their make. I call my Mainland, Mainland, and my Makala, Makala.

DownUpDave
09-14-2017, 10:47 AM
Actually mine doesn't have a name either, but I've heard many people name their instruments. I found it cute. xD

Yes I name my ukes, thanks for thinking I'm cute, lol.

Luis who builds LfdM ukuleles asks that you name the instrument that you commission him to build for you, it makes it more personal. I have named most of my others as well. Although I usually refer to most of my ukes by the manufactures brand name. Depends on my mood, some I call names that cannot be repeated here. It is more a reflection of my poor playing at the moment then the quality of the uke.

Rllink
09-14-2017, 10:55 AM
Yes I name my ukes, thanks for thinking I'm cute, lol.

Luis who builds LfdM ukuleles asks that you name the instrument that you commission him to build for you, it makes it more personal. Although I usually refer to most of my ukes by the manufactures brand name. Depends on my mood, some I call names that cannot be repeated here. It is more a reflection of my poor playing at the moment then the quality of the uke.It isn't the uke's fault Dave.;)

DownUpDave
09-14-2017, 11:08 AM
It isn't the uke's fault Dave.;)

I wish.....hahaha!!!!!

SoloRule
09-14-2017, 11:28 AM
Yes I name my ukes, thanks for thinking I'm cute, lol.

Luis who builds LfdM ukuleles asks that you name the instrument that you commission him to build for you, it makes it more personal. I have named most of my others as well. Although I usually refer to most of my ukes by the manufactures brand name. Depends on my mood, some I call names that cannot be repeated here. It is more a reflection of my poor playing at the moment then the quality of the uke.



Downupdave.... you have way too many children . You often forgot their names so you just call it whatever came to your head when you are about to hit yourself with it. :D

LucilleJustRocks
09-14-2017, 11:29 AM
Nice thread:)
my ukulele is called 'Lucille, my guitar 'Melynda' and my banjo is named after a great blues song'Divin' duck'.
I think there's nothing peculiar about naming your instruments:)

Patrick Madsen
09-14-2017, 11:43 AM
I name the one's I want to pass on to the certain members of the family and our family instrument library. I don't name them, they kind of name themselves.

Patrick: Koa/cedar Griffin. My name is carried on thru music played.

Two Feathers: Moore Bettah Bear claw spruce/Milo. In honor of a spiritual guide thru out my life. The woods were chosen to honor both our cultures and highly revered.
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Xander: Cedar/Maple Chennel archtop bass. For a grand nephew. He and his brother are showing signs of being a third generation picker. This is from Great uncle Pat.

Mica Patrick: Spruce/Maple Chennel archtop baritone. Same as above. Their names were inscribed inside when built. Right now they're 4 and almost 6 years old. So I get to play them a few years yet before giving them up.

I'm having a George Thomas parlor guitar starting up soon if not already. I'm sure this one will end up with a name; Perhaps "Uncle Pat's Guitar". It's the end of 50 plus years of searching for that perfect guitar. It'll incorporate everything I want in a guitar and one that'll be passed on to future generations of family pickers.

My other instruments aren't named; just played and enjoyed.

Jim Hanks
09-14-2017, 03:47 PM
Just one, the Iriguchi keystone named Weeble. David is another builder that likes you to name the uke he is building for you. Other than that one, no.

UkerDanno
09-14-2017, 06:41 PM
Lanikai, Kanile'a, Islander, Martin and Fender...:shaka:

Croaky Keith
09-14-2017, 09:44 PM
If I called out a name, it wouldn't come running to me, so no, no names from me.

I use the manufacturers description name for all except my Kala bari, which I just refer to as my cedar top bari, if you've seen what they call it, you'll understand. ;)

TopDog
09-14-2017, 10:42 PM
Mine are called 'The Makala', 'The Rob C' etc.They may be loved
and cherished.but they are not human!

sopher
09-15-2017, 12:40 AM
My Pono bari is "Baby"

One Man And His Uke
09-15-2017, 02:43 AM
I don't name my ukes, although yesterday at a gig I called my baritone Big Bad Bari...I don't know why apart from Big Bad Barry is a fish in the Ben And Holly cartoons. I have a young daughter. I have to know these things :D.

Also, I have a soprano, a concert and the aforementioned bari. If I get myself a tenor ( which I may well do in the not too distant future) I might call them John, George, Paul and Ringo. Then again, maybe not .....

stevepetergal
09-15-2017, 02:56 AM
Yes, in fact two of them have the same name. Oscar Schmidt.

bariukish
09-15-2017, 04:46 AM
My tenor is Twang and my bari is Thud.

RafterGirl
09-15-2017, 09:24 AM
Only one of mine has a name. My retro red Bonanza is named Hot Rod. It just seems to fit.

acmespaceship
09-15-2017, 09:32 AM
Some of my furniture has names, thanks to Ikea. It is easier to say "it's in the middle drawer of Varda" than to say "it's in the middle drawer of the birch table in the southwest corner of the kitchen under the window where the cat sits."

If you have a significant other who can understand "while you're up, could you please bring me the Kala KA-T?" then maybe your ukes don't need names. My ukes are named Carl, Felicia, Little Gatemouth (Gatemouth is a dulcimer; both have resonators), Broadway, archy, "the bari" and Clara. The last two I haven't owned long enough to learn their names.

A fresh-off-the-shelf production uke does not require a name. However, after it has been played and knocked around for a while, it becomes a unique thing and, IMHO, it deserves a name. It is no longer a generic Kala KA-T because you have a relationship and history with this particular uke.

Carl has been with me for 17 years. "Fluke concert, plum" does not even begin to cover it. :D

DPO
09-15-2017, 10:54 AM
All my instruments are called Southern Cross, boring I know!. My personal banjo uke which lives in the shed frequently covered in dust is called "whereisthebastard"

kvehe
09-16-2017, 02:59 AM
Some do, most don't. My LFdM is Karl Leroy, named after my father and grandfather. My Griffin is The McLaren, named after my mother's side of the family because I ordered it on my mother's birthday. My MyaMoe Port Orford cedar/pheasantwood concert is Emily, named after my grandmother who often wore hats with pheasant feathers on them. Sometimes, though, the name is just silly: my Pono baritone is Kibsgaard, because that's how it was listed on the Pono website for a short time, presumably due to some glitch. :D

Cornfield
09-16-2017, 03:37 AM
Except for "The Banjo of Death" , no.

quiltingshirley
09-16-2017, 06:45 AM
Interesting. I can't even remember peoples' names. I have 2 high end Kamakas and I say get my good Kamaka for the 1st one I bought all the rest go by brand name -- if I remember, like Blackbird, Kanila'e. The makalas do have to go by shark or dolphin. That's sort of like names. Right?

kitsunegarcia
10-19-2017, 09:13 AM
If it helps you to bond with your instrument and practice more, why not? :)

I have names:
My soprano is called "Spruce Bring-steen" (not after the band) but some people call him The Boss.
The pineapple is "Bunny" and the concert is "Coco"....

My newest ukulele tenor does not have a name yet... takes me a bit. As someone above said they have to earn the name.

My sister originally named her Kala soprano "Little Bastard" but to make it more family friendly the name that gets used is "Little B". People think the name is "Littleby" or some other such thing and remark how cute that is. As the older sister, I say nothing. :D

MopMan
10-19-2017, 09:33 AM
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl

JJFN
10-19-2017, 10:34 AM
Only my Kamaka Baritone has a name. The Big Kahuna. I know, not very original, but what can i say?

PereBourik
10-19-2017, 03:46 PM
Yes .

cyber3d
10-19-2017, 09:10 PM
Posted elsewhere but, I have names for all three of my ukes.

Finally got a chance to take a pic of my "little ones" hehe. I think I may be startin' a case of U.A.S. !!! My Kala ka-asov-s which required so much fine tuning and string changes to make it work. I think I'll name it "blood, sweat, & tears." My Islander AS-4 that I won recently. I'll call it "little bear" because the fret ends were sharp as bear claws. Spent a good hour and a half filing and polishing the frets. But, it sounds good and intonation excellent. Then there is my pride and joy. An all mahogany Tiny Tenor by Romero Creations. Perfection. I think it should be called "Lumière" because she reminds me of a British race horse by that name.

http://www.3dman.com/images/_MG_7138.jpg

JesterBlod
10-19-2017, 09:36 PM
Blue (Howlett Mahogany),
Spotty (Hamano Mahogany),
Peggy (My own Alder),
Gee (Howlett Spruce),
Sunny (Ziegenspeck Spruce),
Baby (Sopranino Acacia),
Smiler (Cigar Box)
and The Bat (WOU Acacia)....

Lillymo
07-08-2018, 12:32 AM
No, but their name tags have names.

I buy dog and cat tags for my ukulele cases engraved with a pet appropriate name and my phone number. It works. A couple of weeks ago I left my ukulele in a diner (who does that?!?) and got a phone call from the finder within an hour.

Jarmo_S
07-08-2018, 12:49 AM
The pets are very different to ukes. I would always name a pet, instead call him/her like fox terrier or siamese.
They respond to names and are personal beings dear to our hearts :)

I can understand names like Willie's Trigger for sure though. They can can get attached to a very special instrument when they get really special. I mean famous. Still they are inanimate objects. There is the difference.

Or late BB's Lucille. Though I quite sure there were many in that name lool.

Jerryc41
07-08-2018, 04:07 AM
Although I'm down to forty ukes, I'm not about to name them. I have enough trouble keeping the names of my three dogs and my sin straight. :o

Jerryc41
07-08-2018, 04:09 AM
The pets are very different to ukes. I would always name a pet, instead call him/her like fox terrier or siamese.
They respond to names and are personal beings dear to our hearts :)

I can understand names like Willie's Trigger for sure though. They can can get attached to a very special instrument when they get really special. I mean famous. Still they are inanimate objects. There is the difference.

Or late BB's Lucille. Though I quite sure there were many in that name lool.

It's always impressed me how dogs learn their names and realize that it refers to them. We got two puppies, sisters, and each learned her name right away, and each knew the name of the other dog.

dgame
07-08-2018, 05:27 AM
In order of appearance:
Ruby - Rogue Baritone
Citrine - Bugsgear Concert (Orange)
Jade - Outdoor Ukulele Tenor (Green)
Amber - Oudoor Ukulele Soprano (Brown)

Names make them more personal. There are other brown Outdoor Ukulele Sopranos but there is only one Amber.

Rllink
07-08-2018, 07:52 AM
I said before that I don't name my ukuleles, but now that isn't quite true. My friend decided that she wanted to learn to play the ukulele and she bought one. She immediately gave it a name. Then she asked me what I named mine. I told her that my ukulele was just a tool to make music, like a hammer is a tool to pound nails. I told her that I didn't name my hammers either. So she started referring to my Mainland as Hammer and now I've taken to calling it Hammer as well. Oh well.

dgame
07-08-2018, 01:58 PM
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I call them hatchets

Gillian
07-13-2018, 07:38 PM
I sat down with Rick Turner to design a custom ukulele for me. I said I wanted a cutaway with the reddest wood that exists and he suggested bloodwood but never made a uke using it because it is quite brittle. Well, being the superior luthier that he is, he succeeded. His longtime friend, office manager, musician, songwriter Jayme Kelly Curtis (RIP) called me to tell me the uke was ready and then said "Wowee...just wowee!". So here are a couple of pictures of Wowee.

kohanmike
07-13-2018, 09:00 PM
I thought I posted to this thread in the past, but seems not. The names I give to my ukes are from a description or style or manufacturer; two hole, Kala, gypsy jazz, spalted, mandolele, paddle, thinline and Godin.

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LimousinLil
07-13-2018, 11:44 PM
NO, NO and NO! (The only time my ukes are given names is when they refuse to co-operate with my fingers!)

Kenn2018
07-18-2018, 06:44 PM
No. I refer to them by Make and main woods. All but one are tenors.

SoCal Ukester 713
07-25-2018, 01:31 PM
Just one of them. My Kiwaya KTS-4 is "Katie" or "Yuki".

captain-janeway
07-25-2018, 01:43 PM
I sat down with Rick Turner to design a custom ukulele for me. I said I wanted a cutaway with the reddest wood that exists and he suggested bloodwood but never made a uke using it because it is quite brittle. Well, being the superior luthier that he is, he succeeded. His longtime friend, office manager, musician, songwriter Jayme Kelly Curtis (RIP) called me to tell me the uke was ready and then said "Wowee...just wowee!". So here are a couple of pictures of Wowee.

Really nice and a very ornate headstock. Spruce top?

plunker
07-25-2018, 06:03 PM
No but I have a guitar named Lucille, oh I just woke up, must have been dreaming.

realityguy
09-21-2018, 08:54 AM
Some of mine have their normal names like Gibson,Martin,or Kamaka..others are "One-of-my-Own",or "The-One-The-Wife-Doesn't-Know-About" ..The last couple names..have a LOT using those names...The one with the spider on the front below became "The Devil Made Me Do It"...don't know why...;)
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Jerryc41
09-22-2018, 12:09 AM
I know people who have given them names, but I'm not one of them. A friend has a black uke named Johnny (as in "Cash".) Sometimes I'll make up names for things: the teak on my sailboat was Ann, the Keel was Howard. Get the idea? :D

Jerryc41
09-22-2018, 12:32 AM
I thought I posted to this thread in the past, but seems not. The names I give to my ukes are from a description or style or manufacturer; two hole, Kala, gypsy jazz, spalted, mandolele, paddle, thinline and Godin.



I like that Kala cedar. I have the same model.

hollisdwyer
09-22-2018, 05:43 AM
As a general rule, I tend not to anthropomorphize inanimate objects, so no I do not name my ukes.

I call them by make and model and scale length, or if more than one by wood or other specific features, i.e., Kala KA-T tenor, or Lava concert Fluke, Koa tenor Fluke with PegHeds, etc...

I do name pets, and when I was keeping aquarium fish, I named them too...:)

Some folks love naming things, and I say go for it if that is what brings you joy. :rock:

Wise words as usual!