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kissing
12-17-2012, 03:51 AM
I was just randomly browsing Etsy.com, and came up with this seller.
I did a search on UU, but it yielded no prior discussions of this "Sugbo" ukulele.

They seem quite fancy, especially that rounded back.
Anyone have any experience?
http://www.etsy.com/listing/117209394/premium-quality-soprano-ukulele?ref=pr_shop


There are videos of it here:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjbigZPY7nva0FME2KxlKg?feature=watch

ukeeku
12-17-2012, 04:26 AM
reminds me of the Akulele (http://akulele.com/)

Lalz
12-17-2012, 05:27 AM
The only info I could find was that they're handmade in the Philippines by experienced craftmen.
But seems the back of the uke had a massive crack and a bit of it broke off :confused: See here at 0:27: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o49N2s64aaA

OldePhart
12-17-2012, 12:48 PM
Hmmm, interesting that...not sure why they would include that in their promotional video especially as it puts the lie to the claim that the sides and back are carved out of a single piece of wood (the join down the back can be clearly seen in that broken piece).

I've handled other folk instruments where the back was carved from a big block of wood and not been very impressed - basically it requires a lot more weight to get the same strength you get from a much lighter built-up body. I guess that's good if you're using it as a weapon, but sonically it's never floated my boat.

Edit to add - just watched the first video (Pearly Shells) in the playlist kissing posted - oh my goodness - the intonation is pretty terrible on that thing. "Pro" ukulele indeed... :(

John