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FromTheWayside
06-03-2010, 10:10 AM
Hi Everyone -

So I recently stumbled on this picture:

http://www.ukuleleporn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/normal_Zooey_Deschanel_006_large.jpg

I'm not terribly familiar with the artist, but I am drooling over the uke. A little research confirmed that the uke was a Kiwaya K-Wave Tele, but that finding left me with more questions that my research was unable to answer.

- Are these ukes any good?
- Do they come in tenor size (I only found references to soprano and concert size)?
- How hard are these to come by? (eBay turned up nothing and a quick Google Shopping search turned up bupkis.)
- How does everyone feel about guitar-shaped ukes? Does it propagate the stereotype that the uke is just a, "toy guitar?"

Thanks everyone, and happy strumming! :cool:

rasputinsghost
06-03-2010, 10:26 AM
I saw that on ukuleleporn.com. I love that blog!

Additionally, I shy away from the ukes that specifically ape guitars. It doesn't jive with my philosophy of the uke being a different instrument, and presenting it in such a fashion.

Ukulele Jim
06-03-2010, 11:04 AM
I used to own one of those. I found the acoustic tone to be rather "meh". Plugged in was okay. I think they're more of a novelty than a quality instrument.

musicmonsterw
06-03-2010, 01:35 PM
I own one of these. Mine looks like a Les Paul. It's been a real boost to my music activities. The look and the sound of the uke helped me get a gig where I played 11 shows at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I've attached a video that shows the uke fed through a Fender can amp with distortion turned on.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VegCK630Xg

If you look through my Youtube channel, you'll find many videos where I'm playing this uke both amplified and by itself. Hopefully, that might give you an idea of the sound of it and whether or not it's to your liking.

As to the sound, I would have to say that it's not bad but not great. However, you can definitely work with it. There's a surprising variety of textures you can get out of it. When amplified, it's pretty solid but a little tricky to manage. If you have the wrong amp, it may sound very trebly or mid-rangy. It takes distortion very well but can easily feedback if the volume is pushed too far.

I still like the uke a lot because it has really enhanced my performance and it has gotten me some very nice gigs. It depends on what you want to use the uke for. As an accompanying uke, it's a fine uke just as long as you know how to work with it. If your primary interest is in playing solo uke pieces, I would probably get a different uke.

I bought my uke from an ebay seller almost two years ago now. I can't remember their name off hand. I was led to the uke by a friend of mine who had bought one of the Strat models.

EDW
06-03-2010, 01:55 PM
If you have the money, you would really love Joel Eckhaus' Les Paul and Telecaster models

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles.html

They are really fine instruments and play surprisingly well acoustically

mailman
06-03-2010, 01:57 PM
As you can see in my signature, I own a Kiwaya K-Wave Tele uke. Mine is a concert size, and I bought it used on eBay several months ago.

I absolutely love mine! I've never tried it plugged in, as I don't yet have an amp. I have mine tuned low G, and I think it sounds great acoustically. Apparently other posters were unimpressed with the ones they tried, but I'm more than satisfied. Mine is wine red with a black pick guard, and came to me in a cool tweed hard-shell case.

Perhaps the folks that didn't like theirs actually tried a Mahalo Telecaster-style uke. I've heard they're not as good as the Kiwaya.

I think you can still find these, if you look hard enough. Have you tried Elderly Instruments online?

Good luck with your search!

cletus
06-03-2010, 02:02 PM
Meh.

Not into the Tele looking uke, despite my admiration of the Fender guitar, especially in paisley.

AC Baltimore
06-03-2010, 02:15 PM
I have played Telecasters for about 15 years, and these have no appeal to me. Like someone said, the uke is a different instrument.

StereoJoker
06-03-2010, 03:11 PM
If I was going to grab a Tele or Les Paul-esque ukulele, I'd make sure it was electric, like my dream uke (http://ukulele.de/shop/popup_image.php?pID=330&imgID=0&XTCsid=vu05ot0i45koeeagqqmfkhq3u7). Otherwise, they just look kind of odd.

musicmonsterw
06-03-2010, 05:55 PM
I did more thinking on the issue of whether or not this makes the uke seem like a toy guitar. In practice, that's not what I've encountered. It quite went the other way. I've had many comments from formerly skeptical people that told me they now realized the ukulele is a real instrument. I've even gotten some guitar players to learn to play the ukulele.

I play both the guitar and the uke in my gigs, switching depending on the song. I found that I'm starting to borrow techniques learned from one instrument and transferring them to the other. I guess, in the end, I care only about the song and the music, and whichever instrument delivers that in a better and more fun way is the one I'd choose for any given performance.

FromTheWayside
06-03-2010, 06:38 PM
I saw that on ukuleleporn.com. I love that blog!

Additionally, I shy away from the ukes that specifically ape guitars. It doesn't jive with my philosophy of the uke being a different instrument, and presenting it in such a fashion.

I could see that. I think it looks cute, but it doesn't really do much for the, "uke is its own instrument," argument.


I used to own one of those. I found the acoustic tone to be rather "meh". Plugged in was okay. I think they're more of a novelty than a quality instrument.

Did you have a K-Wave? Or a Mahalo? I have heard pretty good things about the K-Wave, but not so much about the Mahalo.


If you have the money, you would really love Joel Eckhaus' Les Paul and Telecaster models

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles.html

They are really fine instruments and play surprisingly well acoustically

Those look amazing, but I don't have $600 floating around. If someone wants to donate one to me, I would be eternally grateful, though. Also, it looks like they are only available in concert size, which is a bummer to me (I would prefer tenor).


As you can see in my signature, I own a Kiwaya K-Wave Tele uke. Mine is a concert size, and I bought it used on eBay several months ago.

I absolutely love mine! I've never tried it plugged in, as I don't yet have an amp. I have mine tuned low G, and I think it sounds great acoustically. Apparently other posters were unimpressed with the ones they tried, but I'm more than satisfied. Mine is wine red with a black pick guard, and came to me in a cool tweed hard-shell case.

Perhaps the folks that didn't like theirs actually tried a Mahalo Telecaster-style uke. I've heard they're not as good as the Kiwaya.

I think you can still find these, if you look hard enough. Have you tried Elderly Instruments online?

Good luck with your search!

Hmm...good to know. This makes me that much more determined to find one...as I recall, a guitar shop near my house had one for sale. Road trip time! Sadly, a search of Elderly Instruments turned up nothing. Where have all of these ukes gone?


Meh.

Not into the Tele looking uke, despite my admiration of the Fender guitar, especially in paisley.

Yeah, not everyone's cup of tea.


I have played Telecasters for about 15 years, and these have no appeal to me. Like someone said, the uke is a different instrument.

I could definitely understand that mentality.


If I was going to grab a Tele or Les Paul-esque ukulele, I'd make sure it was electric, like my dream uke (http://ukulele.de/shop/popup_image.php?pID=330&imgID=0&XTCsid=vu05ot0i45koeeagqqmfkhq3u7). Otherwise, they just look kind of odd.

That does seem like a cool uke. The only thing that would bug me about it is that it probably wouldn't sound like a uke. It seems logical that as the ukes have equipment like steel strings and solid bodies they become more like guitars (especially in their tone). I wouldn't mind having one, but as a uke player it's not my first priority to get one. Does anyone have a sound sample of that particular uke?


I did more thinking on the issue of whether or not this makes the uke seem like a toy guitar. In practice, that's not what I've encountered. It quite went the other way. I've had many comments from formerly skeptical people that told me they now realized the ukulele is a real instrument. I've even gotten some guitar players to learn to play the ukulele.

I play both the guitar and the uke in my gigs, switching depending on the song. I found that I'm starting to borrow techniques learned from one instrument and transferring them to the other. I guess, in the end, I care only about the song and the music, and whichever instrument delivers that in a better and more fun way is the one I'd choose for any given performance.

That's a good insight. I could definitely see how playing guitar would feed into playing the uke and vice versa. Out of curiosity, what sort of uke do you play?

FromTheWayside
06-03-2010, 07:03 PM
I own one of these. Mine looks like a Les Paul. It's been a real boost to my music activities. The look and the sound of the uke helped me get a gig where I played 11 shows at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I've attached a video that shows the uke fed through a Fender can amp with distortion turned on.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VegCK630Xg

If you look through my Youtube channel, you'll find many videos where I'm playing this uke both amplified and by itself. Hopefully, that might give you an idea of the sound of it and whether or not it's to your liking.

As to the sound, I would have to say that it's not bad but not great. However, you can definitely work with it. There's a surprising variety of textures you can get out of it. When amplified, it's pretty solid but a little tricky to manage. If you have the wrong amp, it may sound very trebly or mid-rangy. It takes distortion very well but can easily feedback if the volume is pushed too far.

I still like the uke a lot because it has really enhanced my performance and it has gotten me some very nice gigs. It depends on what you want to use the uke for. As an accompanying uke, it's a fine uke just as long as you know how to work with it. If your primary interest is in playing solo uke pieces, I would probably get a different uke.

I bought my uke from an ebay seller almost two years ago now. I can't remember their name off hand. I was led to the uke by a friend of mine who had bought one of the Strat models.

Cool vid! The uke isn't exactly as crunchy as an electric guitar, but I wasn't expecting it to be.

When you say the uke can be hard to manage, what do you mean? Out of curiosity, does the uke have any on-board volume / tone controls? I don't see any in the vid. When you say solo uke pieces, do you mean playing just the uke? No singing or any other instruments?

Thanks again for your input!

FromTheWayside
06-03-2010, 07:05 PM
I own one of these. Mine looks like a Les Paul. It's been a real boost to my music activities. The look and the sound of the uke helped me get a gig where I played 11 shows at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I've attached a video that shows the uke fed through a Fender can amp with distortion turned on.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VegCK630Xg

If you look through my Youtube channel, you'll find many videos where I'm playing this uke both amplified and by itself. Hopefully, that might give you an idea of the sound of it and whether or not it's to your liking.

As to the sound, I would have to say that it's not bad but not great. However, you can definitely work with it. There's a surprising variety of textures you can get out of it. When amplified, it's pretty solid but a little tricky to manage. If you have the wrong amp, it may sound very trebly or mid-rangy. It takes distortion very well but can easily feedback if the volume is pushed too far.

I still like the uke a lot because it has really enhanced my performance and it has gotten me some very nice gigs. It depends on what you want to use the uke for. As an accompanying uke, it's a fine uke just as long as you know how to work with it. If your primary interest is in playing solo uke pieces, I would probably get a different uke.

I bought my uke from an ebay seller almost two years ago now. I can't remember their name off hand. I was led to the uke by a friend of mine who had bought one of the Strat models.

Cool vid! The ukes doesn't sound as crunchy or full as an electric, but I didn't expect it too. Out of curiosity, what do you mean, "hard to handle?" Also, what do you mean by "solo pieces?" Are we talking songs that call for uke alone, or uke and other instruments? Thanks again for your insight.

musicmonsterw
06-03-2010, 07:38 PM
Cool vid! The ukes doesn't sound as crunchy or full as an electric, but I didn't expect it too. Out of curiosity, what do you mean, "hard to handle?" Also, what do you mean by "solo pieces?" Are we talking songs that call for uke alone, or uke and other instruments? Thanks again for your insight.

This K-Wave Les Paul concert-size model is the main one I play. By hard to handle,...well, I'll give you some examples.

As an acoustic instrument, it can have kind of a plunky tone. It doesn't have the warmth and beauty of tone as some of the finer ukes. However, I found that over time and lots of playing the sound really opened up well. Also, if you vary your touch and play very sensitively, you can get quite a variety of tones out of it. Sometimes I play this with a pick and sometimes with fingers. By varying how you play it, you can get a very aggressive crunch sound to a delicate fingerpicking sound and many places in between.

As an amplified instrument, it's tricky. First of all, as you observed, it has no separate volume and tone control. The signal basically goes into an amp "hot." Many amps and Dis too will make this uke sound very mid-rangey or trebly, to the point of being annoying. Sometimes i found I had to turn the highs and the mids all the way down and turn the lows all the way up. This produces a warm tone. Oddly enough, I found that the Fender portable Can Amp actually takes the uke very well. I usually have to keep volume low, around 4 or 5, and keep the tone at minimum. The Fender also has a high gain / distortion button. That's what you heard on my video. I keep the volume low here around 2 to 3. At 3, it will feed back. This can enhance the sound when you're playing. When you're not playing though, this may result in annoying feed back coming from the amp. So, if I use distortion, I'll turn it off in between songs.

By solo pieces, I meant instrumental pieces where the uke is played alone. Like, if you were to play a complex solo piece, you might want to use a different uke. My K-Wave can sound pretty good but you really have to work for it. For a tough instrumental, I'd rather play something that responded easily to the touch. Since I don't play these kind of pieces, I'm all right with my K-Wave.

Stosh
06-04-2010, 09:43 AM
I have a K-Wave that looks exactly like the one in the first picture. I love it. It has a buttery smooth action and the tone is surprisingly good for the size of the body unplugged. It is a concert scale. It is the uke my wife would gravitate towards when she wanted to try a song. She liked the ease of playing and the feel of the neck. I moved to Europe this year and left it behind and it is missed.

StereoJoker
06-04-2010, 11:01 AM
That does seem like a cool uke. The only thing that would bug me about it is that it probably wouldn't sound like a uke. It seems logical that as the ukes have equipment like steel strings and solid bodies they become more like guitars (especially in their tone). I wouldn't mind having one, but as a uke player it's not my first priority to get one. Does anyone have a sound sample of that particular uke?

Well, it doesn't really sound uke-ish. It sounds how it looks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrTto-UimHg), really, but I'm good with that -- I'd like having extremes, from plain ol' acoustic and full-on electric. On the other hand, there is always the EleUke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u1gbUQoZwg), which sounds more like a ukulele.

oldrookie
06-04-2010, 11:20 AM
As you can see in my signature, I own a Kiwaya K-Wave Tele uke. Mine is a concert size, and I bought it used on eBay several months ago.

I absolutely love mine! I've never tried it plugged in, as I don't yet have an amp. I have mine tuned low G, and I think it sounds great acoustically. Apparently other posters were unimpressed with the ones they tried, but I'm more than satisfied. Mine is wine red with a black pick guard, and came to me in a cool tweed hard-shell case.

Perhaps the folks that didn't like theirs actually tried a Mahalo Telecaster-style uke. I've heard they're not as good as the Kiwaya.

I think you can still find these, if you look hard enough. Have you tried Elderly Instruments online?

Good luck with your search!


Got to play Mailman's at the UWC today. Very, very nice uke. Beautiful to look at as well.

He has now played it amplified (I had my Honeytone amp with me) and it sounded really good either way.

musicmonsterw
06-04-2010, 11:24 AM
Got to play Mailman's at the UWC today. Very, very nice uke. Beautiful to look at as well.

He has now played it amplified (I had my Honeytone amp with me) and it sounded really good either way.

Oh man I was I was at the UWC. Trying out each other's ukes. Sounds like great fun!

FromTheWayside
06-04-2010, 12:03 PM
This K-Wave Les Paul concert-size model is the main one I play. By hard to handle,...well, I'll give you some examples.

As an acoustic instrument, it can have kind of a plunky tone. It doesn't have the warmth and beauty of tone as some of the finer ukes. However, I found that over time and lots of playing the sound really opened up well. Also, if you vary your touch and play very sensitively, you can get quite a variety of tones out of it. Sometimes I play this with a pick and sometimes with fingers. By varying how you play it, you can get a very aggressive crunch sound to a delicate fingerpicking sound and many places in between.

As an amplified instrument, it's tricky. First of all, as you observed, it has no separate volume and tone control. The signal basically goes into an amp "hot." Many amps and Dis too will make this uke sound very mid-rangey or trebly, to the point of being annoying. Sometimes i found I had to turn the highs and the mids all the way down and turn the lows all the way up. This produces a warm tone. Oddly enough, I found that the Fender portable Can Amp actually takes the uke very well. I usually have to keep volume low, around 4 or 5, and keep the tone at minimum. The Fender also has a high gain / distortion button. That's what you heard on my video. I keep the volume low here around 2 to 3. At 3, it will feed back. This can enhance the sound when you're playing. When you're not playing though, this may result in annoying feed back coming from the amp. So, if I use distortion, I'll turn it off in between songs.

By solo pieces, I meant instrumental pieces where the uke is played alone. Like, if you were to play a complex solo piece, you might want to use a different uke. My K-Wave can sound pretty good but you really have to work for it. For a tough instrumental, I'd rather play something that responded easily to the touch. Since I don't play these kind of pieces, I'm all right with my K-Wave.

Do you happen to know if it's a solid body or a laminate? Or what it's made out of? If I had to guess, I would assume that the uke is probably a laminate, no? I do like the prospect of getting a bunch of different sounds from it. Then again, I dunno if I'm even good enough to be able to pull that many sounds out of the uke. More practice, I suppose?

I think the fact that it goes well with a portable can amp is just peachy. A portable instrument with a portable amp is a great combination. I guess the take home message is that you need an amp with a tone control? As someone who dabbles in guitar playing, I know what it's like to have gnarly feedback, and it's not fun.

I see what you mean; thanks for explaining what you meant by solo pieces. I wonder if a tululele (by Earnest ukuleles) would have the same problem?

FromTheWayside
06-04-2010, 12:11 PM
Oh man I was I was at the UWC. Trying out each other's ukes. Sounds like great fun!

I totally agree!


Got to play Mailman's at the UWC today. Very, very nice uke. Beautiful to look at as well.

He has now played it amplified (I had my Honeytone amp with me) and it sounded really good either way.

Cool beans. Now I'm even more motivated to try one of these out.


Well, it doesn't really sound uke-ish. It sounds how it looks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrTto-UimHg), really, but I'm good with that -- I'd like having extremes, from plain ol' acoustic and full-on electric. On the other hand, there is always the EleUke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u1gbUQoZwg), which sounds more like a ukulele.

I guess if you slap steel strings on a piece of wood and use electronics that like that of a guitar...you're going to end up with something a lot like a guitar. The uke in that video looks bad ass, but honestly if I had the $800 it would cost to get a uke that like, I would probably get a solid-body acoustic electric. The possibilities with effects and everything else are great, but I dunno...I have a guitar, so at that point, why not just play that?


I have a K-Wave that looks exactly like the one in the first picture. I love it. It has a buttery smooth action and the tone is surprisingly good for the size of the body unplugged. It is a concert scale. It is the uke my wife would gravitate towards when she wanted to try a song. She liked the ease of playing and the feel of the neck. I moved to Europe this year and left it behind and it is missed.

Aww! What a shame! Why leave such a great instrument behind?

StereoJoker
06-04-2010, 12:34 PM
I guess if you slap steel strings on a piece of wood and use electronics that like that of a guitar...you're going to end up with something a lot like a guitar. The uke in that video looks bad ass, but honestly if I had the $800 it would cost to get a uke that like, I would probably get a solid-body acoustic electric. The possibilities with effects and everything else are great, but I dunno...I have a guitar, so at that point, why not just play that?

Makes sense. I'd probably feel that way if I had an electric guitar (but since I don't...). At any rate, that Tele shape is just thowing me off. I think it's the proportions? I dunno. I like the Kiwaya's LP shape better.

Stosh
06-04-2010, 07:28 PM
It's very expensive to ship things here so I was trying to be good. I did manage to bring three with me but I do really miss two I left behind. The K-Wave is one. UAS is calling me again and I am slowly on the hunt for a new uke.

musicmonsterw
06-05-2010, 05:37 AM
Do you happen to know if it's a solid body or a laminate? Or what it's made out of? If I had to guess, I would assume that the uke is probably a laminate, no? I do like the prospect of getting a bunch of different sounds from it. Then again, I dunno if I'm even good enough to be able to pull that many sounds out of the uke. More practice, I suppose?



It's a solid mahogany body. I think if you had one, it would be easier to practice. Maybe I'm just a sucker for visual appeal but my uke (I named him Big Red - i know he's only concert-sized but don't tell him that) is a lot of fun to play. I have a strap attached so I can even sit at the computer and strum as I'm waiting for downloads/ uploads and that sort of thing.

As a result of your post, I searched online for info about the K-Wave and was surprised to find how hard it was to get. Two years ago, the manufacturer's website: Kiwaya had a full explanation of the K-Wave series. I guess they don't support the line much anymore but I'm not sure.

My uke cost me $350 US, it came with a soft leather gigbag. For $350, the uke sounds great. I hope this info is helpful.

FromTheWayside
06-05-2010, 09:38 AM
Makes sense. I'd probably feel that way if I had an electric guitar (but since I don't...). At any rate, that Tele shape is just thowing me off. I think it's the proportions? I dunno. I like the Kiwaya's LP shape better.

Ah. I have two electric guitars (one of which I'm trying to sell!), so I don't really feel the need to get a uke that's so similar to an electric guitar. I really resonate with the tele shape for some reason, but as with many things it's probably just a matter of personal perference. I really like the LP too, but for the K-Wave series, the tele is the one I gravitate towards. To each their own, as the saying goes.


It's very expensive to ship things here so I was trying to be good. I did manage to bring three with me but I do really miss two I left behind. The K-Wave is one. UAS is calling me again and I am slowly on the hunt for a new uke.

Oh, that stinks! Hopefully your search will turn up something good!


It's a solid mahogany body. I think if you had one, it would be easier to practice. Maybe I'm just a sucker for visual appeal but my uke (I named him Big Red - i know he's only concert-sized but don't tell him that) is a lot of fun to play. I have a strap attached so I can even sit at the computer and strum as I'm waiting for downloads/ uploads and that sort of thing.

As a result of your post, I searched online for info about the K-Wave and was surprised to find how hard it was to get. Two years ago, the manufacturer's website: Kiwaya had a full explanation of the K-Wave series. I guess they don't support the line much anymore but I'm not sure.

My uke cost me $350 US, it came with a soft leather gigbag. For $350, the uke sounds great. I hope this info is helpful.

That is helpful. It looks like it might be an uphill battle to find a uke like ths, but I suppose that would make the ultimate catch that much more exciting. Thanks again!

the52blues
06-05-2010, 11:44 AM
If you really like the Tele head stock why don't you just get a Fender tenor uke? The solid mahogany electric tenor is only around $250.

http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/fenderEuke1.jpg

musicmonsterw
06-05-2010, 12:10 PM
[QUOTE=the52blues;385935]If you really like the Tele head stock why don't you just get a Fender tenor uke? The solid mahogany electric tenor is only around $250./QUOTE]

Looks great! Do you know how it sounds?

FromTheWayside
06-05-2010, 01:09 PM
If you really like the Tele head stock why don't you just get a Fender tenor uke? The solid mahogany electric tenor is only around $250.

Well, I like the headstock and the body combo. Having one or the other doesn't really do it for me, lol. Good find, though. I would also be curious to hear how this uke sounds.

the52blues
06-05-2010, 04:09 PM
I have not played one. This was the first uke I tried to buy and Fender ran out of them they sold so quickly but they probably have more made by now. They have this model and 2 cheaper laminate ones - one Koa and one mahogany - both non-electric. They start at just over $100. I've seen some testimonials - some say good - some say bad. You really have to find one and play it. I would have had one if they hadn't ran out back in March. That's when I discovered Kala ukes and bought the Jazz arch top and am extremely pleased. Most music stores that sell guitars, especially Fender, should be able to bring one in to let you try it out. Check out Youtube and a guy named Ukulele Ray. He swears by them and uses one in his videos. That might give you some idea.

musicmonsterw
06-05-2010, 04:11 PM
I have not played one. This was the first uke I tried to buy and Fender ran out of them they sold so quickly but they probably have more made by now. They have this model and 2 cheaper laminate ones - one Koa and one mahogany - both non-electric. They start at just over $100. I've seen some testimonials - some say good - some say bad. You really have to find one and play it. I would have had one if they hadn't ran out back in March. That's when I discovered Kala ukes and bought the Jazz arch top and am extremely pleased. Most music stores that sell guitars, especially Fender, should be able to bring one in to let you try it out. Check out Youtube and a guy named Ukulele Ray. He swears by them and uses one in his videos. That might give you some idea.

Thanks for your info!

mailman
06-07-2010, 08:59 AM
I have not played one. This was the first uke I tried to buy and Fender ran out of them they sold so quickly but they probably have more made by now. They have this model and 2 cheaper laminate ones - one Koa and one mahogany - both non-electric. They start at just over $100. I've seen some testimonials - some say good - some say bad. You really have to find one and play it. I would have had one if they hadn't ran out back in March. That's when I discovered Kala ukes and bought the Jazz arch top and am extremely pleased. Most music stores that sell guitars, especially Fender, should be able to bring one in to let you try it out. Check out Youtube and a guy named Ukulele Ray. He swears by them and uses one in his videos. That might give you some idea.

I believe Ukulele Ray may be sponsored by Fender. He's being compensated for "swearing by them". Most of the more objective reviews I've read have been less enthusiastic. Everyone wanted to love a Fender uke when they were first being introduced, and thus the initial short supply, but once they were out there you also started seeing lots of used ones for sale....cheap.

Keep in mind that I have not owned one or played one. These are my impressions from what I've read....

musicmonsterw
06-07-2010, 09:35 AM
I believe Ukulele Ray may be sponsored by Fender. He's being compensated for "swearing by them". Most of the more objective reviews I've read have been less enthusiastic. Everyone wanted to love a Fender uke when they were first being introduced, and thus the initial short supply, but once they were out there you also started seeing lots of used ones for sale....cheap.

Keep in mind that I have not owned one or played one. These are my impressions from what I've read....

Thanks for this info, as well.

So, I hear you got to try your K-Wave plugged in. If we ever get the chance, how'd you like to jam with me and my K-Wave Les Paul Rock Uke?

mailman
06-07-2010, 09:46 AM
I'd love it! How about a tentative date for UWC2011? By then I might actually have an amp! :D

musicmonsterw
06-07-2010, 10:27 AM
I'd love it! How about a tentative date for UWC2011? By then I might actually have an amp! :D

Sounds Great! I missed UWC 2010. I'm not going to miss UWC 2011. Awesome! :)

misterpk
06-07-2010, 01:08 PM
You know you're on an awesome uke forum when people spend more time talking about ukes than the pretty girl holding the uke. ;)

I'm 99% sure that is Zooey Deschanel. She's an actress and she's also a vocalist in the group She & Him.

I have nothing useful to add about ukes though. :(

kraaazyugs
11-21-2010, 12:05 PM
I agree, that it takes away from the fact that it's a different instrument... But I love the telecaster shape, and I hardly play my electric guitar(so its not like I'm gonna get the fender telecaster), so why not get the ukulele version??

Dane
11-21-2010, 12:19 PM
This is an old thread, but I don't care much for the fender one, it looks too toyish for me. I don't need anything flashy, but I don't want anything toy-ish either. If it's beat up but sounds great and plays nice, thats ok with me.

And yeah, I'm pretty sure it's Zooey Deschanel.

PhilUSAFRet
02-10-2011, 04:35 PM
Here's a guy playing a rebranded Kiwaya (K-wave). Sounds amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyh3814F5DY&feature=related

musicmonsterw
02-10-2011, 04:46 PM
Wow, I've forgotten about this thread. It's been a while. If anyone's still interested, I've used the K-Wave Kiwaya Les Paul in many of my videos. I used it for the Christmas Collab I organized last Fall. I plugged it right into Garage Band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=272HvdsI8jQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=272HvdsI8jQ

musicmonsterw
02-10-2011, 04:50 PM
Also, this other video really put the K-Wave through it's paces. Here, I plugged it straight into Garage Band, and I used 4 different effects. One was a clean tone, another had a bit of a crunch to it on the power chords, a 3rd one was a bit twangy like a country Fender, and the 4th sound was heavily distorted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwPavYMIqZA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwPavYMIqZA

The uke was tuned to a high A on the 4th string: so it was tuned A C E A.

kevkwak
02-10-2011, 07:24 PM
Yeah that's definitely Zooey Deschanel. I've seen her play live with that exact uke. I couldn't comment on how it sounded due to the live acoustics/gig.

My next uke will be electric so I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

PDXJFK
10-16-2011, 06:00 PM
Hi, so this uke is no longer made but does anyone know where I can buy the Kiwaya K. Wave Tele style uke in Butterscotch?
I've been looking for this for a long time and can't seem to find one.

Thanks!

kissing
10-16-2011, 09:55 PM
Buying one second hand from someone willing to sell is probably the only way.
But it would be difficult to find one..



(I suppose you can pray that Fender does what Gibson/Epiphone did. Actually release an official uke version branded as a Telecaster lol)

wolfybau
10-17-2011, 02:54 AM
thanks for bumping this thread , some realy interesting persepctive on electric ukes and great videos.


@musicmonsterw awsome dream on video! I also have the Fender ampcan , its great!


as far as these instrument making the uke look and sound like a little guitar, being a guitar player of 20 years , i dont agree with that, except for in a very superficial way. But you are going to have comparisons and similarities of course, they are both stringed fretted instruments and share part of the same note and tonal range. I can emagine when the acoustic guitar was first amplified long ago and guitars had distortion and other effects added there were guitar purists that said "that doesnt even sound like a guitar" its all a matter of style perseption an a label innit? all variations on the same thing realy IMHO.

I also agree with musicmonster that it would go more to proving to guitarists that it is a real instrument and not a toy. At least that is what i am hoping once i get a uke i can play with my metal band. as far as why not just use a guitar then? That is a good point too, but I can't physicaly. So the electric uke does have its place for certain things and people, even if to some it sounds and looks like a little guitar. But as its not, so its going to be a real challenge for me to fit it into my music and a metal sound becasue it is a uke ,so we will still are going to have to still have a guitar.

mik55
10-17-2011, 06:12 AM
I never understood why Fender didn't use their very own historic signature shape & jumped on the uke train with something like this.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff281/n6kvH938z67Rg/Telele2a_small.jpg

In the pic you see a "Billy Ray" which is a "factory 2nd" K-Wave. Due to partly poor workmanship a lot of K-Waves did not make it through Kiwaya's QC and where sold under the "Billy Ray" brand. After a neck reset plus cosmetical buffing on the fretboard & parts of the body it's very fine, well playing instrument.

uke4ia
10-17-2011, 02:19 PM
I've got one of the burgundy Telecaster K-Waves. It's a great little uke, but it didn't take well to a low G and I think I'm going to have to switch it back to high G. Even after the music store worked on the nut, the open G string is still booming with a low G.

quantummechanic
07-12-2012, 11:37 AM
That's Zooey Deschanel (of She & Him fame) playing her K-Wave Tele-Uke. Here's a sample of that artist and instrument if you're interested in tonal qualities... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-rlSJ_39g0