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Ukeffect
08-18-2009, 10:23 AM
Hi ya'll! I finally got a fluke about 2-3 weeks ago, just a concert mango...nothing special, but now I know why people love their flukes and fleas! The action, sound and intonation are an eye opener. Not one to be satisfied with anything I buy (got to pimp it out, ya know?) I started looking for something to make it mine...rosettes?( no, I'm no luthier)...rosette sitckers, waterslide, decals etc? More up my alley, and I didn't want to risk ruining it with a bad paint job...so I decided on these japanese inlay stickers from Evil-Bay. My question to ya'll...do you like it, or did I go to far? By the way, didn't affect the sound one little bit.
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke4.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke3.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Fluke1.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke2.jpg

ukerazy
08-18-2009, 10:27 AM
Thats some funky pimped out uke! I love it!!

Skrik
08-18-2009, 11:01 AM
Yeah, you went too far. There is only one remedy: pack the thing up in a cozy box, and ship it to northern Norway, where it'll be safe from any more pimping.

wfwhitson
08-18-2009, 11:03 AM
The big question is do you like it, that is all that matters.

Yes it is pretty cool, been thinking of some of those stickers myself.

AnnaUK
08-18-2009, 11:04 AM
What kind of stickers are those? Are they vinyl or similar?

I like the idea of what you've done there. Might have to do some Flea pimping myself :)

WhenDogsSing
08-18-2009, 11:21 AM
What kind of stickers are those? Are they vinyl or similar?

I like the idea of what you've done there. Might have to do some Flea pimping myself :)

Here is a link to some folks in Japan who sell instrument inlay stickers:

http://inlaystickers.ocnk.net/product-list/2

They have a great selection, very diversified.

I just bought some from them and the service was excellent...Quick delivery...:D

uke142464
08-18-2009, 12:58 PM
I think it looks AWESOME

pigwig
08-18-2009, 01:20 PM
That looks amazing. Pretty awesome design.

Ronnie Aloha
08-18-2009, 01:23 PM
Is the sticker fairly smooth? I was wondering if it bothered your arm when you strummed.

Jim X-S
08-18-2009, 01:28 PM
That looks very good! I'm closing in on senior citizen status. But have given serious consideration to painting my Oscar Schmidt OU-2 purple with lime green polka dots. But alas. I should probably act my age.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

wfwhitson
08-18-2009, 01:44 PM
That looks very good! I'm closing in on senior citizen status. But have given serious consideration to painting my Oscar Schmidt OU-2 purple with lime green polka dots. But alas. I should probably act my age.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

Will Jim I think if you like purple, green polka dots, if you like it who cares what others think. I do think you may need a good set of sun glasses when you play tho.

Oh by the way I am a senior citizen, and I have no intenshion of growing up or act my age:old:

Ukeffect
08-18-2009, 01:54 PM
What kind of stickers are those? Are they vinyl or similar?

I like the idea of what you've done there. Might have to do some Flea pimping myself :)

They are made of PET and can be found here http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Jockomo-InlayStickers
He ships them from Japan @ a flat fee of $5 per shipment. Do check it out he has some really decent stuff. It's not quite like the real thing, but for budget minded pimp'n it works! :D

Ukeffect
08-18-2009, 02:01 PM
Is the sticker fairly smooth? I was wondering if it bothered your arm when you strummed.
They are extremely smooth, super thin, and go down tight...so make sure you have it right the first time! LOL...I had a devils own time shifting them! They also have some designed just for ukes as well as guitars etc. Apparently this is all the rage in Japan, for young musicians.
:old:

fatfingers75
08-18-2009, 02:57 PM
i like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dave alexander
08-18-2009, 03:18 PM
It looks good. :shaka:

I've been looking for stuff like this in craft stores. Thanks for the link.

psiheartuke
08-18-2009, 03:31 PM
wow, the stickers sound really cool and they look rather smashing. I've got stickers on my ukulele but they aren't nearly so nice. great find.

micromue
08-18-2009, 08:41 PM
Verrry niiiiccce! Ia also like the sakura decals on their website.

austin1
08-19-2009, 07:42 AM
wow, way sweet! hmmm, methinks my ukulele wants to be pimped too...

AnnaUK
08-25-2009, 01:23 PM
Here is a link to some folks in Japan who sell instrument inlay stickers:

http://inlaystickers.ocnk.net/product-list/2

They have a great selection, very diversified.

I just bought some from them and the service was excellent...Quick delivery...:D

THANK YOU for the link. I looked about and found some vinyl car stickers which looked appropriate. Nothing too snazzy, but I like it. Thanks for the suggestion, that was great.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3857629348_8f100e15a9.jpg

OberstVonGatow
09-08-2009, 02:29 PM
Been thinkin bout adding a fake moustache to mine. Strange? Yes. unecessary?... Yes.

franulele
09-08-2009, 03:08 PM
Love the hibiscus flowers!

austin1
09-08-2009, 04:21 PM
Been thinkin bout adding a fake moustache to mine. Strange? Yes. unecessary?... Yes.

But awesome? TOTALLY.

I just bought a couple stickers from the people in japan, I'm way excited for them to get here. thanks for the link!

--Tina

eleuke
09-08-2009, 06:02 PM
While I admire your sense of symmetry and design, I gotta say it's over the edge. Reminds me of the time when I was a little kid my grandma made me a shirt with a giant embroidered rose on it and my parents forced me to wear it to schoool and I got the crap beat out of me. Bad memories...

RevWill
09-09-2009, 03:59 AM
THANK YOU for the link. I looked about and found some vinyl car stickers which looked appropriate. Nothing too snazzy, but I like it. Thanks for the suggestion, that was great.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3857629348_8f100e15a9.jpg

That looks great!

Interstella
09-09-2009, 05:46 AM
I saw that website which made me realise I should probably find some fret inlays for my own cheap uke as I am still getting used to chord changes...

However a complete lack of funds led me to a stationary shop and the round coloured stickers for about 20p!

it didn't help that I didn't have my glasses on and so laid the stickers slightly wonky! oh well! I am loving the moustache idea though!

I guess I am lucky as it was such a cheap uke I can ruin it with any stickers I want.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v350/Bigfourskin/Photo0198.jpg

Blrfl
09-09-2009, 05:51 AM
What kind of uke is that? Cheap or not, I really like the green. It reminds me of one of my favorite motorcycle paint schemes (http://www.koups.com/sales/kawasaki/images/1999%20models/Nomad-static.jpg).

--Mark

ukuleG
09-09-2009, 06:03 AM
this is about as pimped as my ukuleles get.

RevWill
09-09-2009, 06:16 AM
Ukeffect, I like it. I'm all for customizing Flukes and Fleas, and I think your DIY job is unique and attractive. Yes, it's a bit gaudy. I like gaudy.

Interstella
09-09-2009, 07:06 AM
What kind of uke is that? Cheap or not, I really like the green. It reminds me of one of my favorite motorcycle paint schemes (http://www.koups.com/sales/kawasaki/images/1999%20models/Nomad-static.jpg).

--Mark


I bought it from a shop in Broadstairs, UK. Its made by Blue Moon ukes but their terrible to google so just have a look on amazon. I saw a green one on there for the same price as mine (20) so i assume it is actually the same uke!

I put some Aquila strings on it and it sounds pretty nice...apart from the vibrations and other little things...but hey its cheap!

bnicholas26
09-09-2009, 10:39 AM
is that yuor home? or does your boss know that you uke all day in your cubicle?

Ahnko Honu
09-09-2009, 09:42 PM
I just bought a couple stickers from the people in japan, I'm way excited for them to get here. thanks for the link!

--Tina

I just pimped my "Doane Clone" 'ukulele with stickers from the same shop "honufying" an otherwise plain looking 'ukulele. I think you'll be happy with your purchase. ;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010220-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010230.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/mini-P1010227.jpg

OberstVonGatow
09-09-2009, 10:03 PM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg

biscuit
09-09-2009, 10:28 PM
:rofl::rofl::rofl: That is sick! I love it! :D

austin1
09-10-2009, 03:54 AM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg

YES. AWESOME.


I just pimped my "Doane Clone" 'ukulele with stickers from the same shop "honufying" an otherwise plain looking 'ukulele. I think you'll be happy with your purchase.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010220-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010230.jpg


lol, those are the exact same stickers I got! It looks awesome, well done, now i know I made a good choice :)

JIKvig
09-26-2009, 07:10 AM
I got some of the same thing on my sopran, just on the fretboard. I got them from http://inlaystickers.ocnk.net/product-list/2 really good product and fast shipping. I recomend them if you wanna "pimp" your uke:agree:

Rainhill
10-11-2009, 08:28 AM
Anhko

Why not just go straight for the custom Turtle uke (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Traditional-Soprano-Ukulele-with-Turtle-Graphic_W0QQitemZ370116861602QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _Musical_Instruments_Sting_Instruments?hash=item56 2caf1ea2&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14)

A snip under $50!

pamelamama
10-11-2009, 08:49 AM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg


ha ha ha! I don't know what it is about moustaches, but they are darn funny.

ChamorroDT
10-11-2009, 10:32 AM
My question to ya'll...do you like it, or did I go to far? By the way, didn't affect the sound one little bit.
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Fluke1.jpg

I don't like it BUT you didn't go too far. I don't like it because the design isn't really MY style, but I also don't think you went too far because it is something I probably would want to do just with my own style, so...simply put, it is a good idea - just another way to add your own flavor to it :cool:

UkeTubeUK
10-11-2009, 11:07 AM
Love the pimping!

koko
10-11-2009, 11:23 AM
Is there anyone else who does these inlay stickers? I love the ones from the suggested link, but some of the designs are too big for my little uke, and some designs I'd like aren't there... I've done some google searching for inlay stickers, but it keeps coming back to that same guy...

Also, can you buy/make custom inlay stickers? Can you buy that PET material to print on yourself? Or is that just a messy complicated idea....?

AnnaUK
10-11-2009, 11:28 AM
Those ones I put on my Flea are really supposed to be car stickers. I got them off eBay.

They're vinyl and so are fairly shiny. There are 100s of designs, I only went for hibiscus because my Flea is "Hibiscus Red" and they looked vaguely Hawaiian.

koko
10-11-2009, 12:11 PM
Great idea! My uke is only a cheap thing, so I don't know why I'm so worried about ruining it!!

Routing through ebay as we speak...

AnnaUK
10-11-2009, 12:19 PM
I started on a red Mahalo. I stuck green vinyl stars on it, so it looked a bit Christmassy. They just peeled off again without causing any harm, probably because those cheapo ukes are glossy painted.

I certainly am NOT going to be sticking things on my Makapili :D

koko
10-12-2009, 02:33 AM
So whilst we're on the subject of pimping your uke, are there any other ways to do it other than or as well as covering it in stickers? Is there such a thing as Uke-Bling?

RevWill
10-12-2009, 04:19 AM
There is cell phone bling, little costume jewels with sticky backs. Paint is fun if you have talent.

UkeNukem
10-12-2009, 05:33 AM
THANK YOU for the link. I looked about and found some vinyl car stickers which looked appropriate. Nothing too snazzy, but I like it. Thanks for the suggestion, that was great.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3857629348_8f100e15a9.jpg

Now THAT is tasteful!

bunnyflower
10-12-2009, 05:35 AM
Those are adorable! I really, really love it.

And the moustache uke. lol, for real.

Ahnko Honu
10-12-2009, 06:16 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010208.jpg

Ukeffect
10-13-2009, 04:55 AM
Well Ok, for my next submission...*drum roll*...my tenor Koa Pili Koko (named Beyonce for her voice and figure). I'm getting better at choices and will put more up as I bring them to the office. Let me know if I done good!
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture11.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture13.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture12.jpg

Sambient
10-13-2009, 05:15 AM
Anyone know if I can sand or steel wool a little of the gloss off of laminate without compromising structure or sound?

Ukeffect
10-13-2009, 06:51 AM
Actually, if you use a very mild auto paint abrasive (think swirl remover) that should take a little gloss off the "apple" cleanup with alcohol to enhance the effect. This should give you a low shine/ clear finish...at least it has for me. Any Luthiers want to chime in?:2cents:

austin1
10-13-2009, 08:55 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010208.jpg

sweet! did you get those from the same guy in Japan?

Ukeffect
10-14-2009, 04:59 AM
Yeppirs! I like his stuff alot and especially the new fret markers he has, both the brown shell on white shell background, and also white on brown. I think this is an easy way to personalize your uke without making permanent changes. Here's some more you might like Ahnko,(I got this baritone on your recommendation...Surpisingly good sound for the low price!) and I love the honu you put on your fluke!
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture14.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture15.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture16.jpg

bunnyflower
10-14-2009, 05:48 AM
They are extremely smooth, super thin, and go down tight...so make sure you have it right the first time! LOL...I had a devils own time shifting them! They also have some designed just for ukes as well as guitars etc. Apparently this is all the rage in Japan, for young musicians.
:old:

If they're hard to shift once they're on, does that pretty much make them permanent? Or are they removable if I decided I wanted to change it up once in a while? Would an adhesive-remover be necessary, do you think? (And would that mess up a uke's finish?)

I like the idea, but my decor tastes change rapidly, so I'd like something I can switch. ;)

Ahnko Honu
10-14-2009, 09:57 AM
If they're hard to shift once they're on, does that pretty much make them permanent? NO
Or are they removable if I decided I wanted to change it up once in a while? Would an adhesive-remover be necessary, do you think? (And would that mess up a uke's finish?) NO

I like the idea, but my decor tastes change rapidly, so I'd like something I can switch. ;) YES

...........................

Ahnko Honu
10-14-2009, 10:00 AM
Yeppirs! I like his stuff alot and especially the new fret markers he has, both the brown shell on white shell background, and also white on brown. I think this is an easy way to personalize your uke without making permanent changes. Here's some more you might like Ahnko,(I got this baritone on your recommendation...Surpisingly good sound for the low price!) and I love the honu you put on your fluke!
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture14.jpg

Best 25 bucks I ever spent. :D I especially like that headstock decal, awesome match. :shaka:

Ahnko Honu
10-14-2009, 10:02 AM
sweet! did you get those from the same guy in Japan?

I got these at a local fishing supply store but I think you can find them on eBay too. ;)

bunnyflower
10-15-2009, 05:50 AM
Cool, thank you Ahnko Honu!

Ukeffect
10-15-2009, 08:18 AM
Ok, this was actually my first attempt at "uke pimpage"... the first uke I ever bought, an Santini mahogany tenor "f" hole that I put some honu on and also changed out the single size fishing line for Aquila strings. Now Stella almost sound presentable! LOL!
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture17.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Picture18.jpg

meletui
10-15-2009, 01:46 PM
isnt the moustache meant to be in the middle of the uke ....way down there it looks more like ..ummmmm never mind


http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg

thisnthat
11-02-2009, 12:43 PM
I love everyone's pimped out ukes. I've just got a keyring hanging from mine.

Has anyone tried these stickers on a more matt finish uke? They look great in the pictures but my ukulele isn't super shiny and has a grain effect going on so I think it would look obvious that they were stickers.

CountryMouse
11-04-2009, 10:06 AM
Hi ya'll! I finally got a fluke about 2-3 weeks ago, just a concert mango...nothing special, but now I know why people love their flukes and fleas! The action, sound and intonation are an eye opener. Not one to be satisfied with anything I buy (got to pimp it out, ya know?) I started looking for something to make it mine...rosettes?( no, I'm no luthier)...rosette sitckers, waterslide, decals etc? More up my alley, and I didn't want to risk ruining it with a bad paint job...so I decided on these japanese inlay stickers from Evil-Bay. My question to ya'll...do you like it, or did I go to far? By the way, didn't affect the sound one little bit.
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke4.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke3.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Fluke1.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke2.jpg

OMG, it's just so beautiful! You did great!!

CountryMouse

Sambient
02-01-2010, 12:53 PM
Thread bumping/contribution time!

Kala Red Concert with Kala Red strings and dice stickers on fret board.
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0075.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0076.jpg
It did go by the name Little Tomato. Now it's Diced Tomato.

Makala White Sparkle Dolphin. Rub-on notebook transfer on headstock. Dice stickers at fifth and tenth.
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0070.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0062.jpg
The Dolphin is usually kept as bedside uke, so "Dreamer" as a banner on the headstock just seemed to work.

Sambient
02-01-2010, 12:54 PM
Schmidtty OU3 with rub-on transfer that reads "Her Majesty" beneath the regal skull and crossbones. Tiny crown transfers covering twelfth fret markers didn't come out so great. The dark outline doesn't show much on the dark fretboard.
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0088.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0085.jpg

Sambient
02-01-2010, 12:56 PM
Sorry my photos are a little sub-par, still getting used to this camera.

CountryMouse
02-01-2010, 01:42 PM
Thread bumping/contribution time!

Kala Red Concert with Kala Red strings and dice stickers on fret board.
It did go by the name Little Tomato. Now it's Diced Tomato.

Makala White Sparkle Dolphin. Rub-on notebook transfer on headstock. Dice stickers at fifth and tenth.
The Dolphin is usually kept as bedside uke, so "Dreamer" as a banner on the headstock just seemed to work.

My favourite is the Diced Tomato!! Love it!

CountryMouse, who needs to bling up her ukes more

pithaya9
02-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Nice touches to the Red Kala Sambient.

Sambient
03-04-2010, 04:02 AM
Meanwhile, I'm stillll pimpin'

Schmidty and the Dolphin both got some additional love and adornment via some rub on transfers from the craft store.
So here they are again, in their latest finery.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0318.jpg

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w297/Sambient/DSCN0306.jpg

austin1
03-04-2010, 04:24 AM
are those little crowns I see on the fretboard on the first one?

Sambient
03-04-2010, 04:28 AM
Yeah. I didn't continue with them because I didn't think they "read" as effectively as I wanted. I guess I'm wrong.

CountryMouse
03-04-2010, 04:34 AM
Meanwhile, I'm stillll pimpin'

Schmidty and the Dolphin both got some additional love and adornment via some rub on transfers from the craft store.
So here they are again, in their latest finery.


Very beautiful!!!

CountryMouse

austin1
03-04-2010, 06:46 AM
Yeah. I didn't continue with them because I didn't think they "read" as effectively as I wanted. I guess I'm wrong.

Very cool looking!

dparrothead1
03-13-2010, 12:35 PM
I have been looking at the Turtle fret markers on ebay.....My question is, how do they feel when you are playing??? Can you feel them and how do they hold up under playing???

Scooterrev
03-13-2010, 03:48 PM
Hi ya'll! I finally got a fluke about 2-3 weeks ago, just a concert mango...nothing special, but now I know why people love their flukes and fleas! The action, sound and intonation are an eye opener. Not one to be satisfied with anything I buy (got to pimp it out, ya know?) I started looking for something to make it mine...rosettes?( no, I'm no luthier)...rosette sitckers, waterslide, decals etc? More up my alley, and I didn't want to risk ruining it with a bad paint job...so I decided on these japanese inlay stickers from Evil-Bay. My question to ya'll...do you like it, or did I go to far? By the way, didn't affect the sound one little bit.
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke4.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke3.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/Fluke1.jpghttp://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/fluke2.jpg

Sooooweeeet!

ukefett
03-14-2010, 11:18 PM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg


you sir, are a genius.

and I'm copying taht idea except just in sticker form.

seriously that is great!

nobby8126
03-15-2010, 03:28 AM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i21/vonmalmsteen/2009-08-02000709.jpg
That it my dolphin is getting sideburns and a goatie

Keef
05-31-2010, 12:00 PM
http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/396364d8.jpg

cletus
05-31-2010, 04:31 PM
Keef, that is so pretty it kinda gives me some pain.

Keef
05-31-2010, 04:47 PM
Thank you I was very hesitant I felt like I was messing up someone elses work but I like it it gives it a vintage surfboard look.
I am puzzled by your pain comment I hope it is a good pain if their is such a thing

Kauai808
06-01-2010, 08:33 AM
Keef, those aren't stickers right? That is actual wood inlay?
Hotness!!

Keef
06-01-2010, 08:55 AM
for some reason my camera would not show the stripes in their correct tone
.
I know when I tell you this you might think less of me but it is goldleaf in sticker form one of the stripes is hiding a micro tiny ding i put in it that really upset me
.
now with that said do you like it less?
I tried to find someone to do inlay but it didnt work out
this cost me nothing
.
now that you mention it it would be cool if that was inlayed wood i feel it gives it that 1950's runabout boat look or vintage surfboard look
perhaps one day i will make contact with someone who can do inlay work its not like i cant peel the stickers off :)
but for now im happy with it

leftovermagic84
06-01-2010, 09:01 AM
I am puzzled by your pain comment I hope it is a good pain if their is such a thing
I had the pain too...it was a good pain, one of longing. That looks awesome.

Keef
06-01-2010, 09:04 AM
your all welcome to stop by and play it no real music has been made with it yet
bring snacks and ill supply the beverages :)

Chris Tarman
06-01-2010, 01:53 PM
Keef, I think that looks great even if they ARE stickers. It's not like you turned it into a NASCAR racer or anything (that's what CASES are for!). You're right, it does have that sort of 1940s Chris Craft boat feel to it. And like you said, you can always peel them off. I know the feeling of that first ding. Not fun. They get easier as you get more of them!

StereoJoker
06-28-2010, 12:54 PM
To revive an oldish thread...

I finally caved and decided to dress up my favorite uke:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc27/reversedink/DSC_0009.jpg

Even though it's matte-finished, it still works since it matches the real inlay in the headstock. (It's only noticeably "not-inlay" if you brush your hand over the decals, since there are a whole bunch of different surface feelings going on there. I used the fret marker decals because the sopranino's body is particularly small (well, obviously), and I just chose the markers I saw fit. There was a feather-inlay one that came with the pack, designed for the twelfth fret of a guitar, and I tried using an X-Acto knife to cut out the feather from its black background so I could add it to the headstock, but... uh... yeah, that didn't work out.

The only problem is that when I'm playing, my birds look like they're a little drunk, flying in an awkwardly diagonal pattern :D.

Sambient
06-28-2010, 12:58 PM
Naw, they don't look drunk. Just startled.
That looks ultra-fantastic.

Ahnko Honu
06-28-2010, 01:48 PM
I made my plain vanilla Flea look a tad less vanilla.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010043.jpg

I made my $25.00 Doane Clone Baritone (I'm a poet... and I don't even know it) looks like $35.00 baritone ;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/mini-P1010220.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/mini-P1010227.jpg

happyslappysoong
06-28-2010, 01:52 PM
Heres mine i did the other day!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a144/AnarchyCampSoong/P220610_230501.jpg
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a144/AnarchyCampSoong/P220610_2307.jpg

Chris Tarman
06-28-2010, 02:00 PM
To revive an oldish thread...

I finally caved and decided to dress up my favorite uke:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc27/reversedink/DSC_0004.jpg

Even though it's matte-finished, it still works since it matches the real inlay in the headstock. (It's only noticeably "not-inlay" if you brush your hand over the decals, since there are a whole bunch of different surface feelings going on there. I used the fret marker decals because the sopranino's body is particularly small (well, obviously), and I just chose the markers I saw fit. There was a feather-inlay one that came with the pack, designed for the twelfth fret of a guitar, and I tried using an X-Acto knife to cut out the feather from its black background, but... uh... yeah, that didn't work out. (I think I'm going to modify a sticker to add to the top portion of the birds in the flight because it looks a little weird, aesthetically. I gotta figure out what I'm gonna do first.)

The only problem is that my birds look like they're a little drunk, flying in an awkwardly diagonal pattern :D.

That looks great! I don't think they look drunk at all. This is going to sound strange, but it reminds me of a Haiku poem. A VISUAL Haiku.
Speaking of Haiku, I composed one at work one Saturday last year when myself and two coworkers were goofing around making them up. I think this may well be the single greatest Haiku of all time:

That's not a haiku.
It's too many syllables.
Jesus, you moron!

Chris Tarman
06-28-2010, 02:00 PM
Heres mine i did the other day!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a144/AnarchyCampSoong/P220610_230501.jpg
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a144/AnarchyCampSoong/P220610_2307.jpg

Yours ALSO reminds me of Haiku poetry.

Chris Tarman
06-28-2010, 02:05 PM
I made my plain vanilla Flea look a tad less vanilla.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010043.jpg

I made my $25.00 Doane Clone Baritone (I'm a poet... and I don't even know it) looks like $35.00 baritone ;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/mini-P1010220.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/mini-P1010227.jpg

I like them. I can't believe that was a $25 baritone. It looks great with those stickers. It even looks like WAY more than $35!. I have the exact same Flea, and yeah, it is a little boring to me. I have been trying to think of something to do with it. I need to look at those sticker listings on eBay more closely to see if I can find some I like. I hadn't thought of using the position marker stickers across the body (like StereoJoker's Ohana), but that might be the way to go. I would have LIKED to get a more colorful Flea, but I bought it at the semi-local store and didn't want to wait for them to order me one. Although that would have given me an excuse to visit with the cute salesgirl AGAIN, lol.

nikolo727
06-28-2010, 02:11 PM
I love it. I loves ukes with bling! The more the merrier!

Ahnko Honu
06-28-2010, 02:35 PM
I like them. I can't believe that was a $25 baritone. It looks great with those stickers. It even looks like WAY more than $35!.
They're a laminate but with Aquila strings sound pretty darn decent (not super loud though) belying their low price, and the build quality is actually very decent with fancy bindings all around looking darn stiffy.
Don't know why they sell as "Heavy Metal" 'ukuleles. Here's a couple. The one that costs more has cheaper shipping so better deal:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Heavy-Metal-UKULELE-Uke-Baritone-4-STRING-NEW-/190408392600?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c55397f98
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Heavy-Metal-UKULELE-Uke-Baritone-4-STRING-NEW-/280527384442?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4150bc2f7a
Here's our very own Anna UK (she's awesome) performing on her's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGTFtUJBcwo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM4A5Bf7fQA

mm stan
06-28-2010, 03:57 PM
Aloha Ahnko Honu,
Much Mahalo's, that was way tooo cool......
MM Stan....

CountryMouse
06-28-2010, 04:51 PM
To revive an oldish thread...

I finally caved and decided to dress up my favorite uke:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc27/reversedink/DSC_0004.jpg

Even though it's matte-finished, it still works since it matches the real inlay in the headstock. (It's only noticeably "not-inlay" if you brush your hand over the decals, since there are a whole bunch of different surface feelings going on there. I used the fret marker decals because the sopranino's body is particularly small (well, obviously), and I just chose the markers I saw fit. There was a feather-inlay one that came with the pack, designed for the twelfth fret of a guitar, and I tried using an X-Acto knife to cut out the feather from its black background, but... uh... yeah, that didn't work out. (I think I'm going to modify a sticker to add to the top portion of the birds in the flight because it looks a little weird, aesthetically. I gotta figure out what I'm gonna do first.)

The only problem is that my birds look like they're a little drunk, flying in an awkwardly diagonal pattern :D.

They're beautiful! Your UKE is beautiful!!

CountryMouse

Chris Tarman
06-28-2010, 04:56 PM
They're a laminate but with Aquila strings sound pretty darn decent (not super loud though) belying their low price, and the build quality is actually very decent with fancy bindings all around looking darn stiffy.
Don't know why they sell as "Heavy Metal" 'ukuleles. Here's a couple. The one that costs more has cheaper shipping so better deal:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Heavy-Metal-UKULELE-Uke-Baritone-4-STRING-NEW-/190408392600?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c55397f98
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Heavy-Metal-UKULELE-Uke-Baritone-4-STRING-NEW-/280527384442?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4150bc2f7a
Here's our very own Anna UK (she's awesome) performing on her's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGTFtUJBcwo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM4A5Bf7fQA

That Star Wars Imperial March is too cool! I have a coworker who has that as the ringtone assigned to his ex-wife's number. Is that tuned to gCEA?

Ahnko Honu
06-28-2010, 10:04 PM
That Star Wars Imperial March is too cool! I have a coworker who has that as the ringtone assigned to his ex-wife's number. Is that tuned to gCEA?

My kid sis also has the same ringtone for her deadbeat ex.
Mine is gCEA using Aquila strings and if I'm not mistaken so is Anna's, ain't she GREAT. ;)

Ukeffect
06-29-2010, 09:39 AM
http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/396364d8.jpg
Man you KNOW how to give a guy UAS fits...dontcha !? LOL..Sweeeeet!

AnnaUK
06-29-2010, 10:54 AM
Hello, hello, how did my videos get into this thread????

Yes, my triangle uke has Aquilas and is tuned gCEA, too. I don't have the cool stickers that Ahnko's got, I painted on the fret markers with white paint. Massively high-tech...

I got mine from Skylark Guitars here in the UK, but I see they're not importing them anymore. It's a cool uke, but as a baritone with big fret spacing, I don't play it as often as I'd like - it's a big of a stretch for my girl hands.

RevWill
06-29-2010, 11:00 AM
Somehow the Imperial March sounds like a Greek folk song when played that way.

Which is really, really stinkin' COOL!

Tudorp
06-29-2010, 11:04 AM
I love those sea turtle decals, and plan to get a couple sets of those for IZ. I like the big one, and the set to put them on the fretboard. I'm also thinking about the humming bird for Ku`poki`i.

I've always been a huge turtle fan, and those are right up my alley..

Fio1999
06-29-2010, 11:30 AM
Props to you sir. It looks like that the inlays came with the flukes. Awesome!!!! Just a sidebar y you do not mind ... Since you have the guts to pimp out your ukes, I myself do not ... yet. I am thinking of changing my Concert flea's original standard high g to low g strings but still unsure. I know that the low G will bring in more depth and a different sound but still unsure. Do I have to modify my Flea to fit in the new strings? Please advise. Thank you sir and folks.

Have a ukulele day !!!!

Sambient
06-29-2010, 04:19 PM
I am thinking of changing my Concert flea's original standard high g to low g strings but still unsure. I know that the low G will bring in more depth and a different sound but still unsure. Do I have to modify my Flea to fit in the new strings? Please advise. Thank you sir and folks.

Have a ukulele day !!!!

Not likely. But please be aware that if you have a plastic fretboard Flea, you don't want to use a wound g-string as these wear out the fretboard.

Fio1999
06-29-2010, 07:54 PM
Not likely. But please be aware that if you have a plastic fretboard Flea, you don't want to use a wound g-string as these wear out the fretboard.

i thank you most sincerely. I certainly did not even think about the wound g-strings. Thank you again.

Much mahalos. :)

Ahnko Honu
06-29-2010, 10:52 PM
I have a Worth clear medium low g set on my soprano Flea, and I love it. I do have other sopranos strung high G so nice to have both. When adding the thicker low g string if you get a buzz you may need the file the nut groove just a tad. Usually not needed in my limited experience with them.