View Full Version : Electric Uke

03-23-2012, 11:21 AM
So for a while I've been toying with the idea of getting a cheap pickup to put on my Mitchell MU100 so I could then hook it up to the kala roundabout ukulele amp.

Currently, my wife and I are down at Disney and whatever money I don't spend down here, is going to buy an electric uke. I figured it would be well worth buying an electric uke than sticking crap on my uke that I currently love.

I eventually want to hook it up to the kala amp and even to my mac and iPad for garageband.

So...with all that useless to you background information....

any suggestions on a pretty nice electric uke? Preferably for less than $100...give or take very very little?

buying my first uke was a little difficult, but I went with the MU100 and couldn't b happier. It's awesome. Just wanted other's opinions on the electric uke market. Haven't really looked into them much.

03-23-2012, 11:56 AM
Sorry, but "pretty nice electric uke for under $100" is an oxymoron IMHO. You will be lucky to find one at all under that price, but if there are any, you have come to the right place! I truly wish you luck and will take a look for you.

Best I can find under $100 is a Lanika LU21-CE. Guy at my uke club has one and they sound pretty decent plugged in....ok unplugged.

03-23-2012, 01:15 PM
Eleuke Peanut. Ric

03-23-2012, 07:26 PM
I think you can get an Oscar Schmidt OU-2E for well under $100, concert size and they sound pretty good plugged in, although a bit muffled to my ears acoustically. I lent mine to my niece and she uses it in her band and quite likes it. The Eleuke Peanuts are just a bit over the $100 mark but are quite nice if you prefer a soprano.

03-23-2012, 07:45 PM
I saw this one earlier http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Acoustic-Electric-Concert-Ukulele-Outfit-106503329-i1689585.gc

03-23-2012, 08:38 PM
the epi's have passive pickups and IMO are not very good, sort of the 'toy-guitar-for-a-guitar-player' thing.
I used to have an Oscar Schmidt elec, active PU with EQ, very nice fretwork, neck, tuners, etc.

03-23-2012, 11:30 PM
My feeling on ukes and equipment in general is that if you save diligently, the entry point for a better, playable and enjoyable thing is not that much more than the attractive $100 point that most of us are comfy with. (This is why, btw, electronics cost around $200. This is a known impulsive price point for goodies.)

Two suggestions: MIM around here sells Eleukes. You can get a Eleuke Peanut (http://amzn.to/GOOEW9)which is a soprano and it's just around $120 and very good. It won an award when it debuted and Eleukes have an excellent sound for the money. They are highly popular. This is a good knock around plugged in uke.

If you are going the route of adding a pickup, you can spend almost as much on a Mi-Si pickup, which is generally thought to be the best kind, and have it or install it yourself in the uke. There are vids on the web about how to install a pickup. This is what I've garnered about electrifying ukes so far. I wished I'd had a pickup installed at manufacture with my Mainland but I wasn't aware when I bought it that I'd like to amp it. So I got a used Eleuke to play plugged in and I'm actually happier than if I tried to retro fit my better uke. But if I were installing a pickup, I'd have a luthier put in a MiSi for me, as there is a local guy right in town who is a guitar specialist.

03-24-2012, 01:06 PM
Does the eleuke peanut come in concert? If not, would any electric eleuke be ok? It doesn't have to be exact. I could get up to 120-130.

03-24-2012, 01:47 PM
I would contact MIM, Uke Republic, MGM or any of the uke sellers active on UU. They probably would be most aware of ukes that meet your needs. I have MiSi pickups in a couple of ukes. I'm very happy with the amplified sound.

03-24-2012, 05:36 PM
I just got a peanut from Mim. It only comes in soprano. Very fun to play. I prefer concerts and tenors but I will be using the peanut as a travel uke. I can easily take it as carry-on and it is sturdy.