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indigo_dave
11-18-2011, 01:45 PM
I'm a recent baritone uke player (long time piano player). I have a Koloa acoustic. I just became aware of the eleuke line. I'm disappointed that none of their ukes seem to be baritone's. Their prices seem good and I love their jazz style sunburst solidbodies.

Anyone know why ?

TCK
11-18-2011, 03:08 PM
Unfortunately, I think all manufacturers make a limited (and low) number of Baritones. It seems Eleuke has made Baritones in the past, and perhaps has discontinued them. First Call would be to Mim's Ukes to see if she can get her hands on one (704) 238-3555 or http://stores.ebay.com/Mims-Ukes.
Next stop is here
http://www.brindleysmusic.com/p-2057-eleuke-bcj100-fmh-baritone-flamed-mahogany-ukulele.aspx
This is the only one I found for sale online anywhere.
Last ditch, not too much difference between a tenor and a Baritone, and standard tenor tuning was once G rather than C- should not be too hard to find strings that will give a G tuned tenor Eleuke, and I am fairly certain you would not feel the difference in the fretboard after long (I switch back and forth all the time).
Good luck, and welcome to the addiction, and our little forum

jackwhale
11-18-2011, 03:28 PM
I agree with TCK's suggestion to contact Mim. I bought a Eleuke baritone from her 6 months ago.

indigo_dave
11-19-2011, 12:47 AM
Thanks for the advice guys. I'm a little puzzled why there aren't more renegade guitar players playing baritone uke since it's tuned the same as a guitar. But I saved Mim's and Brindley's in my favorites. I won't have the money available until the dust has settled from Christmas, but I think I'll call Mim to inquire. I'd really like one of those Eleuke sunburst's in a bari.

FiL
11-19-2011, 09:56 AM
Elderly carries the Blue Star Konablaster in a baritone variety, but it uses steel strings: http://elderly.com/search/elderly?terms=konablaster.

- FiL

PhilUSAFRet
11-19-2011, 10:44 AM
Wow, that Eleuke Baritone is nice! Eleukes have awesome pickups and a distinctive sound that I love. If I was going on stage with it, I'd have to put a tortoise pick guard on it, need it or not....but that's just me.

kissing
11-20-2011, 02:46 AM
Elderly carries the Blue Star Konablaster in a baritone variety, but it uses steel strings: http://elderly.com/search/elderly?terms=konablaster.

- FiL

I've read some negative reviews about them. I especially don't like it from one review I read saying that the magnetic poles on the pickup doesn't match up with the strings accurately, so some strings are amplified louder than others.
As good as they look, I think that's quite shoddy for an instrument...




For indigo_dave, are you looking for a "baritone" electric for the DGBE tuning?
If you can't find an Eleuke baritone (I would like one myself too - I really like Eleukes), you can modify a Risa tenor steel-string electric (either their semi-hollow one or the Les Paul version) to DGBE tuning using the EADG strings of a light-gauge electric guitar string set.

It does require some setting up - I took mine to a guitar shop to get it done (they widen the nut, adjust intonation).

But the results are lovely.

Here's my Risa semi-hollow electric in DGBE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gI068j20-Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gI068j20-Q



and my Risa Les Paul electric in DGBE (which I sold earlier this year :( )


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DmfEv8G-VM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DmfEv8G-VM

Casey
01-28-2012, 12:26 PM
I own a baritone Eleuke and played it a lot untill I got me a baritone Konablaster which I can't get out of my uke blues playing hands. Makes it hard to eat!

Casey