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Spooner
06-17-2009, 10:52 AM
OK...just kidding but WTF is this thing and how much ganja was the guy smoking when he built this?

I think he was trying to make a bong.

http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/hogan334/cam0506090041.jpg

http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/hogan334/cam0506090043.jpg


If you want to see more of this train wreck...or BUY it...biting my tongue check it out: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Irie-Jamaica-Ukulele-Ukelele_W0QQitemZ400055245120QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5d25269940&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C 301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50

UkuleleHill
06-17-2009, 11:06 AM
Wow! A steel string ukulele!

Spooner
06-17-2009, 11:08 AM
Wow! A steel string ukulele!


They look more like solder wire to me. :rotfl:

UkuleleHill
06-17-2009, 11:10 AM
They look more like solder wire to me. :rotfl:

Or tie wire...

Spooner
06-17-2009, 11:17 AM
Or tie wire...

How about that "rosewood" fretboard or the "walnut" nut? :rofl:

UkuleleHill
06-17-2009, 12:37 PM
I want a set of tuners like that...

Spooner
06-17-2009, 12:47 PM
I want a set of tuners like that...

:biglaugh: Yeah but where can you find them these days?

Bratset
06-17-2009, 12:51 PM
:biglaugh: Yeah but where can you find them these days?

:rotfl::rotfl::wtf:

haole
06-17-2009, 01:26 PM
I have the same tuners on my Kamaka.

bbycrts
06-17-2009, 01:46 PM
:biglaugh: Yeah but where can you find them these days?

Home Depot....

seeso
06-17-2009, 02:07 PM
Why poke fun at Pete like that? Not cool.

Spooner
06-17-2009, 02:11 PM
Why poke fun at Pete like that? Not cool.


Pete makes rather high end stuff. The comparison is beyond absurd. Hence I thought it would be funny.

No insults were intended.

Jimmy
06-17-2009, 02:15 PM
Deal alert: No one has bid yet. Steal this deal!

ns

But seriously this is amazing. I'd pick it up for $10... Or maybe not.

It reminds me of when a friend of my brother's did a maths test drunk and just drew the Jamaican flag and wrote "come on the reggae boys" when they qualified for the world cup. He got some marks for it, I think.

Harold O.
06-17-2009, 02:15 PM
The comparison is beyond absurd. Hence I thought it would be funny.


Besides, how else would you get people to check the thread?


There's some ingenious people out there. This, uh, uke would make a good wall hanger. Probably sounds pretty good after a bottle of rum...

seeso
06-17-2009, 02:21 PM
Pete makes rather high end stuff. The comparison is beyond absurd. Hence I thought it would be funny.

No insults were intended.

Alright, I'm too sensitive maybe.

Witters
06-17-2009, 02:29 PM
It looks better than some of the rubbish I have bought in the past:D

dnewton2
06-17-2009, 02:35 PM
Alright, I'm too sensitive maybe.

I don't think so.

What if the guy or gal who built it is a member?

Have you built something better? If yes or no, real cool to put someone down for trying. They might have done the best with what they had to work with.

seeso
06-17-2009, 02:37 PM
I actually think that uke is all kinds of cool.

Pete Howlett
06-17-2009, 02:42 PM
I'm flattered - this is a pretty cool answer to a complex problem. Although I am not the author of this masterpiece I'd like to shake the hand of him who did it. Boy, this will do my business no end of good won't it?

pithaya9
06-17-2009, 02:44 PM
Certainly one of a kind. :eek:

Spooner
06-17-2009, 02:44 PM
I don't think so.

What if the guy or gal who built it is a member?

Have you built something better? If yes or no, real cool to put someone down for trying. They might have done the best with what they had to work with.

1) There's just WAY too many resources on this site for that uke to be built by someone here.

2) Isn't putting someone down for knocking this uke the same thing?

3) I'm trying to be a better person. Honest. I'll try harder.

allinfun
06-17-2009, 02:47 PM
Yeah.... sooooo...

I'm all for being sensitive, sure. But maybe that's being a bit too sensitive for me, and I'm a GIRL! We gotta be able to laugh at ourselves and life in general and not get so serious. If I made that instrument then you can be darn sure I'd get a chuckle at being able to find a buyer. If it was something I made and actually used? and people made comments about it, I'd let it roll right off my back, afterall I made it with scrap wood, had fun building it, had fun playing it, and by gosh I'll have fun with the 10$ if someone buys it from me.

Let's face it, humor is always found in ebay ads. It's the seller's job to make a pile of cat poop seem like a treasure that is almost impossible to part with. And it's the buyer's job to take everything with a large pinch of salt (sprinkled on the rim of a margarita of course)

The instrument as a whole could have been marketed as a "folk" instrument, then see everyone would stampede to outbid the next guy.

As to comparison, again I have a pretty good sense of humor and I'd laugh my tailfeathers off if I was as accomplished a luthier as Pete. Matter of fact I might jokingly go along with it, claiming it to be model # 0.5 from BoyScout camp when I was 10 and would the bidder like me to sign it?

dnewton2
06-17-2009, 03:12 PM
2) Isn't putting someone down for knocking this uke the same thing?




I don't think so. I see it more as sticking up for someone. I also don't believe I put anyone down for attempting to do something constructive and possibly good for them and others around them. Which would make it quite different then starting a thread poking fun at someone. But maybe I am to sensitive.

Sorry.:)

Harold O.
06-17-2009, 06:39 PM
Looking at the description, that "ukulele" has a 7.25 inch body with 1.125 inch thickness. No frets evident. Crude would be a polite way to describe it. A good wall hanger, yes!

It's been sold, but I'm not an eBay guy and don't know what it went for. But if one of you bought it, let me know and I'll come up with a couple of good stories you can tell about it. Or maybe I'll give you twice what you paid.

As to the sensitivity of folks on the forum, get over yourselves. Clearly this piece was made by someone who gave it an honest effort. That it finally found it's way to fame on eBay should be taken as a vote of acceptance. Do you honestly believe that the guy who made it thinks it is more than what it is? And face it, any kindergarten parent will secretly tell you that nearly all grand masterpieces their little artists bring home from school eventually finds its way to the landfill...Of course, I've saved every one of my little darling's artwork. yeah, right.

And my first ukulele build is destined for Antiques Roadshow, circa 2090. Value? $22.50, US, buyer pays shipping. yep, right again.

Pete Howlett
06-17-2009, 10:28 PM
It's a great piece. I have 2 folk art instrument hanging on my wall that are equally as crude and I'd have this one up there too...