View Full Version : Over Drive + Ukulele = ?

10-17-2010, 04:20 PM
Will it work?

10-17-2010, 05:32 PM
If you have an acoustic-electric it'll probably feed back. Solid body ukes are great for playing around with distortion and other effects.

Brad Bordessa
10-17-2010, 05:47 PM
Yes. I find overdrive and fuzz sound the best with my SBT pickup. Distortion is pretty fizzy, but maybe with a different pickup things would change. Feedback will be harder to fight, but I haven't found it THAT much harder to fight. An anti-feeedback notch keeps things under control for me. Try it. You're not going to break anything unless you push a nice acoustic amp super hard and blow out the tweeters (at least I've heard you can do that).

10-17-2010, 09:36 PM
It is awesome!! But like the guys above said solid body wont feed back as much. Eleuke is quite cheap and will be perfect to play around with distortion.

10-18-2010, 01:23 AM
It's been attempted many times;


Just search "electric ukulele" on Youtube :)

Works best with a solid-body uke. However, you can pull it off with an acoustic electric if you mess around with the knobs (but you may get some feedback issues)

10-18-2010, 02:59 AM
I have a Jupiter Creek baritone and Risa tenor, both solid-body steel-string ukes. I play them through a couple of amps - a JS8 eBand for one - and often crank the drive up, or use an amp sim that has fuzz or distortion built in. Reverb, echo, chorus, flange, delay - use all the effects. Sounds great. Not at all uke-ish, though, sounds just like an electric guitar. But when you want to play the blues, there's nothing like a bit of overdrive to make it dirty.

10-18-2010, 03:18 AM
if you get feedback - stick a drinks coaster or beer mat (or even a playing card) over the sound hole

10-18-2010, 03:36 AM
if you get feedback - stick a drinks coaster or beer mat (or even a playing card) over the sound hole
I like that idea - the precursor most of all (having to drink the beer first...).

10-18-2010, 07:37 AM
We've collected a bunch of videos (http://www.eleukeusa.com/videos.html) on our site of people using all kinds of pedals with EleUkes. One of my favorites is distortion + wah wah as shown by Pedro Da Silva (jump to 0:50 to skip his intro, 1:40 for wah wah, 2:26 for shredding, 3:00 for left hand only...)