View Full Version : ID this Uke? No head & pegs at the wrong end.

Ground Loop
01-21-2012, 09:32 PM
I saw this ukulele in a YouTube video, and it stands out as a wacky one:

Her grip goes totally over the top of the 'head' and the strings seem to be tuned from the bridge side? The camera is pointed too high to see the whole thing..

So much for trimming fingernails, eh?

Dan Uke
01-21-2012, 09:40 PM
It's a Risa Ukulele Solid

01-22-2012, 04:33 AM
They have their quirks, but these ukuleles are very high quality instruments. You might be interested in the review I wrote here for UU.


Ground Loop
01-22-2012, 07:42 AM
Thanks! That's just too cool. Looks like it would be great for late-night practice without bothering anyone.

Now I want one. :)

I like the wood of the Concert, but the size of the Soprano... hmm...

mm stan
01-22-2012, 10:43 AM
they have excellent electronics, however they are too quiet to play unplugged..a captain backpacker it much
better in tone and volume yet quiet enough to play at night, excellent...just right.. however plugged in, it is not that good, but the honeytone would
solve that problem...http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/danelectro-honeytone-n-10-guitar-mini-amp

Ground Loop
01-22-2012, 01:59 PM
I have some little mini-amps, and an iRig Jam for the iPad, and some nice headphones.. an electric uke that makes almost no audible sound would be just the ticket.

Ground Loop
01-22-2012, 09:21 PM
I have a HeadRoom Total BitHead that might work. Similar idea.

Anyway, thanks for all the pointers -- I have a RISA Concert Solid (geared tuners) on the way from Germany! Whoooooo!!

mm stan
01-23-2012, 02:11 AM
There was on one here on the marketplace for 150.. not too long ago.... that was a good deal...

01-23-2012, 09:07 AM
I had a RISA stick and sold it eventually due to the shape. No problem with the neck nor lack of headstock, but there's nowhere to rest the right pinkie (as I often do), nor anything to grip under the right forearm. There's virtually nothing beyond the bridge at the bottom end.

They are difficult to fine-tune, as the strings wrap around in those grooves in that chrome bar under the bridge. They "stick" a bit. It takes some finagling, even if you get one with the geared tuners.

It was the best quality electric I've owned, however. YMMV.

01-23-2012, 12:13 PM
Ground Loop,

I noted after my post that you'd ordered a RISA. As I mentioned, they're of excellent quality. The best action setup, and perfect intonation. They make good use of the zero fret.

If you loosen the strings and sprinkle some powdered graphite into those chrome bar grooves, the tuning is much improved, in my experience.

Enjoy that stick! :D



01-23-2012, 05:13 PM
I have a HeadRoom Total BitHead that might work. Similar idea.

Anyway, thanks for all the pointers -- I have a RISA Concert Solid (geared tuners) on the way from Germany! Whoooooo!!

I've got a TBH and I don't think it's an audio in. I wouldn't want to destroy it trying that out! The walnut on the tenor uke solid is pretty awesome. :)

I use a tascam ixz in place of the irig. It's got a small preamp and gain control, although the xlr in is quieter than the guitar in. Also the Vox Amplugs are awesome. Yeah the Eleuke has a headphone out, but they're pretty horrible. I love Eleuke, but wouldn't buy one of those for the headphone out, would end up with an Amplug anyway. I mention that in case Eleuke owners say that their uke has a headphone out already. If you have a tbh, you probably care about the quality of your headphone outs.

If you're recording with an iPad, have a look at StudioTrack.

Ground Loop
01-28-2012, 06:17 PM
Thanks Plainsong! I checked my TBH and it has a "Line In" 3.5mm stereo jack (in addition to the two headphone outs). I will take a look at the signal coming out of the RISA before I plug it in. I'll figure something out.

Interesting point about the audio quality of the Eleuke built-in amp; I was wondering about that. I do love my clean sound, so having a lousy built-in preamp wouldn't be so useful. I'm checking the Amplug and Pocket Rock-it now. No hurry.. I'll wire something up for couch practice.

I was originally going to get the RISA soprano (small! portable!), but the whitewash maple look just didn't do it for me. The natural stain on the concert, and just a little longer -- nice. The walnut was indeed choice, but I don't think I'm up for a Tenor.

I am really curious to see if it's comfortable to play. I figure if it's not, the resale on them seems to be very high -- based on eBay listings and local US offerings.

My RISA is somewhere in international transit right now.. can't wait. I think I've watched every one on YouTube ten times over.