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bababing
07-20-2010, 04:03 PM
Hi everybody, im a new member, well relativly first post on forum, but i have been trolling the forums for a week or so. ANNNYYYYYWAYYYYY, down to my question. im gunna buy an Electric ukulele, and im talking solid body through amp ukulele. Im aware of Eleuke, and as far as i know Eleuke is the only supplier of solid body electric ukulele. i have done a site wide search and trolled the internet for awhile but i dont really know and i didnt come up with anything else. i just want to look at all of my options thank you all very much for your time.

allanr
07-20-2010, 04:24 PM
Welcome bababing.

There are other solid body electrics too. I have one from Vietnam made by Antoniotsai. His ukes are beautiful and inexpensive, but his non-solid ukes have a reputation for cracking and drying unevenly not log after shipment. I bought mine on Ebay for less than 20 bucks, plus 80 more for shipping, and I figure that there is not as much chance of problems occurring on the little solid body.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/20613767/aphotoalbum/1241685639856_DSC_0013.JPG

At the higher end you can find Risa ukes from Europe
http://ukulele.de/shop/images/product_images/info_images/11_0.jpg

And now Fluke makes a nice solid body electric in the US.
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/ProdImages/FLUKE%20SB-LRG.jpg
There are probably others too.

UkuleleHill
07-20-2010, 04:27 PM
Stagg makes a solid body Electric Ukulele, as well as Pete Howlett (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?3576-Pete-Howlett), I am not sure of who else but I am sure there are more...

allanr
07-20-2010, 04:31 PM
Airline Ukuleles
http://shop.myrareguitars.com/pictures/airline-guitars/thumbs/eastwood-airline-ukulele-electric-ukulele-natural.jpg
http://shop.myrareguitars.com/eastwood-airline-electric-ukulele

The Airline is not actually a pure solid body, they say it has a "KOA top and chambered mahogany body".

...and here is a link to a discussion in progress on these boards (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31730-Solid-body-Fluke) regarding the Fluke

arashi_nero
07-20-2010, 06:17 PM
that airline uke looks exactly like the jazz series eleuke. :rofl:

i haven't tried any of the other solid-body ukes, but most people who have had eleukes (including myself) absolutely love them. if you decide to seriously think about an eleuke, talk to mim (her username on this board) or go to her website http://www.mimsukes.com/, she can totally hook you up ;).

kissing
07-20-2010, 06:23 PM
You have also missed Stagg
http://www.imuso.co.uk/images/Legacy/Product/EG03690.jpg
You can find them on eBay for good prices, and I hear they're pretty good quality.

I really love electric ukuleles. If you have the spirit inside you that wants to jam on electric guitars, but you want to do it through ukuleles, electric ukes will do it.
I especially like the Risa electric ukes. I think they're a cut above the rest; though they cost a bit more. They're made in Germany and are made by a company that specialises in electric ukulele.

Here are videos of me using Risa electric ukes;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tqY6OPtJzQ

They also have steel-string electric ukuleles, which are the "true" electric ukulele equivalent to electric guitars.
Nylon string electrics are technically "acoustic", since piezo pickups are for amplifying acoustic instruments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqVkAGXmij0


if you want to get a Risa uke-stick, I advise getting the Concert and requesting for the one with geared tuners. They used to only come with friction tuners, but if you like geared they're available from ukulele.de

farmerboy
07-20-2010, 07:43 PM
I don't trust stagg. My experience with other instruments and accessories has not been good. Plus how do they get the prices so low without utilising small people to make them a la nike?

Ahnko Honu
07-21-2010, 06:07 AM
BLUE STAR KONABLASTER ELECTRIC UKULELE
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/BSKB.htm
http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/180N/BSKB-BLUB_front.jpg

djcoffman
07-21-2010, 06:44 AM
Joel Eckhaus (Ukulele Eck!) of Earnest Instruments makes some SWEET electric ukes... most notably he made Eddie Vedder's uke http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles.html

bryanperk
07-21-2010, 08:59 AM
Check out Pete Howlett, he does some beautiful work, and is a member here on UU!

Keonikapila
07-21-2010, 09:39 AM
Ko'olau Ukuleles (http://koolauukulele.com/ce2.html) also makes semi-hollow body electric ukes

bababing
07-22-2010, 02:08 PM
wow thanks all for the super quick replies. i see that there are alot more than just eleukes XD. (just another reason to hate bing, terible search results im goin back to google.) anyway i still think im gunna get the sunburst eleuke, although that airline ukue is awesome, the sunburst is just in a better price range for me.... a 14 yr old boy.... so basically CHEAP!!! XD thanks all

RKNNDY
07-27-2010, 08:18 AM
[QUOTE=allanr;421016]There are other solid body electrics too. I have one from Vietnam made by Antoniotsai. His ukes are beautiful and inexpensive, but his non-solid ukes have a reputation for cracking and drying unevenly not log after shipment. I bought mine on Ebay for less than 20 bucks, plus 80 more for shipping, and I figure that there is not as much chance of problems occurring on the little solid body.

I would never pay money for an Antoniotsai, solid body or otherwise. The guy is a notorious eBay scammer and his instruments are shoddy at best. Also, I've read that the electronics he installs in his ukelectrics are often little more than scrap, producing a loud hum and little else. Save yourself the outrageous shipping and buy a Eckhaus or Howlett uke. They play beautifully and will last a lifetime.

Edit: Sorry about the confusion, guys. Hope this quote helps add clarity.

arashi_nero
07-27-2010, 08:33 AM
I would never pay money for an Antoniotsai, solid body or otherwise. The guy is a notorious eBay scammer and his instruments are shoddy at best. Also, I've read that the electronics he installs in his eleukes are often little more than scrap, producing a loud hum and little else. Save yourself the outrageous shipping and buy a Eckhaus or Howlett uke. They play beautifully and will last a lifetime.

whachutalkinbout willis? eleuke isn't done by antoniotsai. my eleuke was made in china, not vietnam, and is indestructible. it sounds good and the electronics are great. so, unless you can come up with some kind of proof that eleuke is done by antoniotsai, i wouldn't say stuff like this.

fwiw, eleuke is a GREAT uke for the money.

Ahnko Honu
07-27-2010, 08:54 AM
I believe RKNNDY's reply was meant for allanr the first reply to OP.

arashi_nero
07-27-2010, 09:02 AM
I believe RKNNDY's reply was meant for allanr the first reply to OP.

ahahaha, i missed that reply. sorry. yeah, those ukes look like a total eleuke rip-off!

UncleElvis
07-27-2010, 09:05 AM
For the record, I covet Mr. Howlett's "Solid"bodies so much it should be a biblical sin.

One day... when I get good enough to warrant it, I WILL have one of them...

bbycrts
07-27-2010, 12:50 PM
I don't trust stagg. My experience with other instruments and accessories has not been good. Plus how do they get the prices so low without utilising small people to make them a la nike?

Speaking as someone with family who works for Nike - it is easy to pick on the largest sportswear company in the world and slam them. However, the fact is that the economy has pretty much demanded that manufacturing in industrialized nations be shifted to the third world. It's not just Nike, son, it's all of them.

mvinsel
08-03-2010, 07:54 AM
Back to the topic of ukes - there are plenty of high quality ukulele makers producing in the USA. My first was right from your Oregon neighborhood, a Bradford made in Cannon Beach and purchased in Astoria, at a price much lower than the ones from China sell for in my local Juneau store - and it's a much better sounding instrument.
-Vinnie in Juneau

Gster
08-03-2010, 10:10 AM
I am going on a Pete Howlett 'Extreme Build Course' in October to make a Tenor Uklectic......I am sooo very excited!