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thiefwannabe08
06-01-2008, 06:53 AM
I watched the Total Ukulele Live show (it was awesome, btw!), and I heard mention of Ukulele Underground ukuleles that will be for sale soon. Now, I may have heard wrong or something, but is this true? That would be very awesome, I've been wanting to get a new uke, and this would be perfect. So please, if you have any info about it (dates that they will be sold, prices, even telling me it is really happening) please let me know and it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Rubbertoe
06-01-2008, 07:03 AM
so far the mods have filed all the info under super top secret but check out this thread. It will give you some hints at least.

idea for Ukulele Underground ukulele (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1841)

Kanaka916
06-01-2008, 07:04 AM
See this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1841) . . . and btw, you currently have just as much info as the rest of us.

deach
06-01-2008, 07:08 AM
During the show, he said there would be news soon. If I remember correctly, he said it would be in the $400 range.

Kanaka916
06-01-2008, 09:06 AM
deach, was there any mention of a manufacturer? I gonna assume it's Kala . . . I guess we're gonna have to wait it out.

JackT
06-01-2008, 09:10 AM
Pretty excited, would be expected if it was a Kala, although I wouldn't be suprised if the Rayan and Aldrine and everyone else involved came through with something suprising. Hell if it is $400 I will buy that instead of my new amp. Whatever the outcome, we can all expect it to be good considering the effort these guys give for us.

Footnote: oooeee I'm a senior member now eh? Hmmm should probably contribute something now. Maybe a video when I get a camera/mac

deach
06-01-2008, 09:14 AM
deach, was there any mention of a manufacturer? I gonna assume it's Kala . . . I guess we're gonna have to wait it out.

I don't remember him saying anything during the broadcast.

Plainsong
06-01-2008, 09:16 AM
Wouldn't 400 bucks be a might bit pricey for a Kala??

deach
06-01-2008, 09:22 AM
Wouldn't 400 bucks be a might bit pricey for a Kala??

If you remember the thread, people wanted a solid wood ukulele with a slotted head. $400 is a pretty good deal for basically a custom uke no matter who the builder might be.

JackT
06-01-2008, 09:28 AM
If you remember the thread, people wanted a solid wood ukulele with a slotted head. $400 is a pretty good deal for basically a custom uke no matter who the builder might be.

Don't remember seeing anything about a slotted head, thats awesome and all solid. Can't wait.

deach
06-01-2008, 09:33 AM
Don't remember seeing anything about a slotted head, thats awesome and all solid. Can't wait.

Whoa whoa whoa! I'm not saying it's going to be all solid or have a slotted head. I know as much about this as anyone who reads this forum everyday. I'm just going off what people said they would like in a custom uke.

Plainsong
06-01-2008, 09:35 AM
Well we've heard what people want, but not what the actual product is, which is why I was curious about the price point and the brand everyone thinks it will be. Basically it's like talking about something that doesn't exist, so I apologize if my question seemed somehow insulting. Without knowing what the actual uke will be, I thought it was a fair question.

deach
06-01-2008, 09:39 AM
Well we've heard what people want, but not what the actual product is, which is why I was curious about the price point and the brand everyone thinks it will be. Basically it's like talking about something that doesn't exist, so I apologize if my question seemed somehow insulting. Without knowing what the actual uke will be, I thought it was a fair question.

Your question was not insulting and I hope you didn't feel my response was defensive.

JackT
06-01-2008, 09:46 AM
Whoa whoa whoa! I'm not saying it's going to be all solid or have a slotted head. I know as much about this as anyone who reads this forum everyday. I'm just going off what people said they would like in a custom uke.

Ah sorry read it wrong :D Gotta stop jumpin to conclusions

Ukulele_Junkie
06-01-2008, 09:47 AM
jus a guess tho its gonna be a kala becuz they sponsor UU in a way. Then maybe not slotted head. Slotted head work is around $200 set aside from the uke body. But most likely if not all solid body a solid top. and price ranged around $150-200. Anything else more is not gonna be wallet friendly to the beginner uke player IMO. But my question is, do u guys think it'll come in different size?!

deach
06-01-2008, 09:51 AM
But my question is, do u guys think it'll come in different size?!

I hope so but if they're having a bunch custom made, I don't know how cost effective it would be to have 2 or 3 sizes. If it's a model currently in production with a few tweaks for UU, there's probably a better chance of it.

HumbleSounds
06-01-2008, 10:53 AM
So far I have been able to fight of the UAS. But the thought of an ukulele underground uke is making my clicking finger twitch, and my imagination is rumbling with the possibilities.

JackT
06-01-2008, 11:00 AM
Its a pretty special uke to acquire, a Tenor will be nice, but I would of course be satified with any other size. Super Soprano would be cool.

tripl3thr33
06-01-2008, 01:57 PM
So far I have been able to fight of the UAS. But the thought of an ukulele underground uke is making my clicking finger twitch, and my imagination is rumbling with the possibilities.

same here... i'm at the edge already with UAS... this UU uke might just push me over lol

GX9901
06-01-2008, 02:12 PM
Regarding the slotted headstock, remember Lanikai makes 6-string & 8-string ukes with slotted headstocks that sells for right around $200, so I'm guessing it would not be a problem for Kala (or another company building imported ukes) to offer an affordable uke with it.


During the show, he said there would be news soon. If I remember correctly, he said it would be in the $400 range.

$400 seem pretty high, at least if it was meant to be affordable to most of the members here. I guess we'll find out when it's announced.

deach
06-01-2008, 02:25 PM
$400 seem pretty high, at least if it was meant to be affordable to most of the members here. I guess we'll find out when it's announced.

I kinda thought so too which lead me to believe that if $400 was a great price for a ukulele, it would have to be solid wood with a slotted headstock, a case, a back scratcher, extra strings and a bag of Skittles.

Consider this, you can get a Concert Koa Pili Koko for $259. It's solid wood but no slotted headstock. Same with the Ohanas.

We'll see....

Kanaka916
06-01-2008, 04:25 PM
Since we're speculating, let's try this one . . . Ryan is in the 50th state. Maybe he's negotiating or cutting a deal with one of the local uke makers. As everyone knows, there are several on the island of Oahu. Hmmm? Just throwin' out the possibilities.

tripl3thr33
06-01-2008, 08:12 PM
Since we're speculating, let's try this one . . . Ryan is in the 50th state. Maybe he's negotiating or cutting a deal with one of the local uke makers. As everyone knows, there are several on the island of Oahu. Hmmm? Just throwin' out the possibilities.

hopefully... let's not get too hasty though. last time that happened, our opportunity for a really good offer flew out of the window. patience is a virtue :D

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-01-2008, 08:33 PM
I kinda thought so too which lead me to believe that if $400 was a great price for a ukulele, it would have to be solid wood with a slotted headstock, a case, a back scratcher, extra strings and a bag of Skittles.

Consider this, you can get a Concert Koa Pili Koko for $259. It's solid wood but no slotted headstock. Same with the Ohanas.

We'll see....

have they announced what size? :S im loving the skittles idea..

Plainsong
06-02-2008, 10:50 AM
Your question was not insulting and I hope you didn't feel my response was defensive.

I just didn't want anyone to think I was insulting Kala or something like that because it wasn't the case, it's just I was thinking of what the average price is for one, and thinking 400 bucks is way North of that. But, it depends on the specs of the instrument and all, so I guess we'll wait and see.

I've seen these forum specials collapse into big piles of nothing on other forums , after waiting years for a product that was to take months, dealing with flakey business partners that seemed so trustworthy at the time, having group buys for products that end up defective, "experts" leaving us high and dry when their designs failed to work.... I'm all a bit cynical when it comes to these deals. I've been on the internet too long. :uhoh:

NotoriousMOK
06-02-2008, 01:41 PM
skittles?? really?? I'm SO in!!

polynesianpop
06-02-2008, 03:25 PM
The suspense is killing me! I hope there will be enough to go around. I'm really looking forward to getting one. :cool:

Plainsong
06-02-2008, 03:32 PM
skittles?? really?? I'm SO in!!


When I got my two of my watches from Bathys Hawaii (http://www.bathyshawaii.com/) (watch the flash intro for uke goodness), they both came with chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Yummy!

davoomac
06-02-2008, 07:01 PM
you think an ukulele manufacturer would be willing to co-brand a special edition ukulele? Like kala brand 'ukuleleunderground' edition ukes with the UU logo etched into the wood? or is that a bit much?

tripl3thr33
06-02-2008, 09:42 PM
you think an ukulele manufacturer would be willing to co-brand a special edition ukulele? Like kala brand 'ukuleleunderground' edition ukes with the UU logo etched into the wood? or is that a bit much?

i dont know but that sounds awesome. it's like a collectible... 1st edition kala ukulele underground uke.

deach
07-13-2008, 03:02 AM
AHA!!!!!


...The trio also worked with Kala Ukuleles on the design of the ukulele, which is now in development in China.

“What we tried to do is create the perfect starter ukulele and a price point that’s good for them,"says Esaki......

source - http://www.midweek.com/content/columns/thelowdown_article/ukulele_underground/

Kanaka916
07-13-2008, 03:06 AM
Yea, I read that - but I don't want a starter uke, if you know what I mean.

uke142464
07-13-2008, 03:15 AM
Yea, I read that - but I don't want a starter uke, if you know what I mean.

well to me a starter uke might be really good

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-13-2008, 03:52 AM
well to me a starter uke might be really good

ditto

we're talking about the UU starter uke or something?

idc what it is... im gonig to save as much as quick as possible and buy it. Unless its $450 for a soprano.. then no haha

14twelve
07-13-2008, 04:17 AM
I think whatever it is, whether it's a starter uke or not, the UU guys are going to make sure it's as good as it can be for the price, and it's going to be something that will sound good. I guess they'll have to go for the price range that will appeal to the most people (and that survey that they ran a couple of weeks ago could have something to do with it!) I can't wait to see what it is!!

polynesianpop
07-13-2008, 04:42 AM
Starter uke or not I'm sure its still going to be a quality piece since the UU name is going to be on it. BTW, all this waiting is driving my UAS up the wall -- gotta have one NOW! :D

Nurdaben
07-13-2008, 09:30 AM
WOOOT the UU ukulele prototype has been leaked here is the vid

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ltgfDkQl67A














(yes a joke and yes it has been posted before)

freedive135
07-13-2008, 09:54 AM
Will this be uke #4 for me???? Can I wait that long?????

I don't care if it is a starter or not I wan't it cuz it's a UU uke!!!

Not all of us that have UAS care if it is a high end uke or want a high end, after seeing my second cracked new uke that was still in the store I don't know if I will ever own one!!!!!

david98116
07-14-2008, 12:58 AM
If she's pretty.....I'll date her.