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DaleR
02-05-2013, 04:46 AM
Hey UUers!

What is your favorite shape of uke? I really love my pineapple!

Freeda
02-05-2013, 05:00 AM
Pineapple / round.

BlueLatitude
02-05-2013, 05:19 AM
I like the figure-8 shape. What's the official name of that shape, anyway? :confused:

Mandarb
02-05-2013, 05:21 AM
I like the figure-8 shape. What's the official name of that shape, anyway? :confused:

traditional

DaleR
02-05-2013, 05:27 AM
I was going to say guitar...actually I think it is dreadnought.

whatevershebringswesing
02-05-2013, 05:30 AM
Octagon........

Nicko
02-05-2013, 05:36 AM
Ukulele shaped.

weerpool
02-05-2013, 05:48 AM
bean shape or big and round bottom with smaller upper bout. i like em' thick ,petite and pretty.

DaleR
02-05-2013, 05:49 AM
LOL!:biglaugh:

Patrick Madsen
02-05-2013, 05:50 AM
Before yesterday, I would have said the figure 8 shape. I fixed a friend of mine's old Kamaka Pineapple Soprano and strung it up yesterday with a set of Southcoast strings I had laying around. Man, I can't stop playing that little guy. And the shape feels so natural holding it. It sure gave me a whole new appreciation for the Pinapple shape.

Pundabaya
02-05-2013, 06:18 AM
Tesseract, but they're hard to get past the dimensional customs office.

whatevershebringswesing
02-05-2013, 06:24 AM
Out of shape............ to match the owner!

Dan Uke
02-05-2013, 07:28 AM
Figure 8 w/ a cutaway

Ken Middleton
02-05-2013, 08:00 AM
In my opinion, ukuleles ought to be guitar-shaped. Anyway, that's my favourite shape. The banjo-shaped ones are of the Devil.

coolkayaker1
02-05-2013, 08:09 AM
I like them shaped like my face: round.

808boy
02-05-2013, 08:16 AM
Traditional but not Taro Patch or Dreadnaught with da beeg okole, nor Peanut shape. Have a Pineapple but not too crazy about it.................

ukeeku
02-05-2013, 08:20 AM
Pineapple is the bees knees

scothut
02-05-2013, 08:46 AM
Traditional for sure.

coolkayaker1
02-05-2013, 08:54 AM
Figure eight is the bees waist.

mds725
02-05-2013, 08:59 AM
In my opinion, ukuleles ought to be guitar-shaped. Anyway, that's my favourite shape. The banjo-shaped ones are of the Devil.

What he said. (I almost never disagree with Ken about things ukulele.) But I do like what Rick Turner is doing with his line of "jumbo" style Compass Rose ukuleles, with the rounder lower bout.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48483&d=1360094282


I may get myself one of those banjoleles someday.

UKISOCIETY
02-05-2013, 09:40 AM
What he said. (I almost never disagree with Ken about things ukulele.) But I do like what Rick Turner is doing with his line of "jumbo" style Compass Rose ukuleles, with the rounder lower bout.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48483&d=1360094282


I may get myself one of those banjoleles someday.

Wow, cool. Positively Rubenesque!

ChaosToo
02-05-2013, 11:13 AM
Traditional - but I do love the Les Paul cutaway shape too

Hippie Dribble
02-05-2013, 12:00 PM
I love the traditional peanut shape of the early model sopranos. John Cope is building stuff like this now out of Reno and they're beautiful. Here's a recent example of his work: http://copelele.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/vintage-style-maple-soprano.html

haole
02-05-2013, 12:13 PM
I like some of the oddballs, like the Fluke, Flea, Pineapple Sunday, and Tahitian ukes. But the pineapple is my favorite.

Traditional body shapes vary a lot, so it really depends on the brand for me. I like the rounded Kamaka look best. The Kanile'a soprano and super tenor shapes look somewhat off to me, but the concert and tenor look fine. Mya-Moe might have my favorite tenor shape overall because it's a small body with lots of curves. (:

Kevin B
02-05-2013, 12:39 PM
1. Banjo ukuleles
2. Pineapple

Gary Gill
02-05-2013, 12:44 PM
I like the pineapple shape best.

Linho
02-05-2013, 12:56 PM
I like my ukulele harp shaped ;)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zDe715O6XQg

RyanMFT
02-05-2013, 01:23 PM
I am strange, teardrop is my favorite shape.

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_2500.jpg

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 01:44 PM
I have many ukes - none of them pineapple.

Generally speaking, my favorite shape is the one I happen to be playing. I spent half of today playing a traditional shape Kala tenor, and the other half playing an Ohana Vita Uke.

Both were a joy.



-Kurt

pcspud
02-05-2013, 01:53 PM
What about the Boat Paddle M style - i'm not sure what the technical name for it is though ?atypical pineapple

rem50
02-05-2013, 03:17 PM
What about the Boat Paddle M style - i'm not sure what the technical name for it is though ?atypical pineapple
gotta say, I like that too! Basically a pinapple-ish shape. Favs for me are my sceptre and flea. Someday i will own a Boat paddle M series or Kayak :)

coolkayaker1
02-05-2013, 03:18 PM
I am strange, teardrop is my favorite shape.



that makes one of us

DaleR
02-05-2013, 03:20 PM
Pineapple fields...forever....:love:

foxisaac
02-05-2013, 04:21 PM
I'm a big fan of single cutaways on ukes, so groovy.

uke552
02-05-2013, 05:21 PM
Pineapple fields...forever....:love:

Amen brother!

RyanMFT
02-05-2013, 05:57 PM
that makes one of us

Ha!! I knew I was the only one out there

Koa Soprano
02-05-2013, 07:35 PM
Triangle!

http://i47.tinypic.com/30t76fm.jpg

tangimango
02-05-2013, 09:05 PM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc100/S13evo/2013-02-04193220.jpg

Skrik
02-05-2013, 10:04 PM
The classic Gibson shape. Nothing comes close to it in terms of beauty. IMHO, of course.

48501

Kyle23
02-06-2013, 12:47 AM
I guess the traditional? If that's what it is.

Louis0815
02-06-2013, 01:31 AM
Shouldn't we rather concentrate on the inner values like intonation, sound & feel, etc.?
Just like amongst humans, character is way more important than the looks......

As long as it feels & plays smooth with a beautiful sound I don't care much about the actual shape.

Skrik
02-06-2013, 02:15 AM
Shouldn't we rather concentrate on the inner values like intonation, sound & feel, etc.?
Just like amongst humans, character is way more important than the looks......

As long as it feels & plays smooth with a beautiful sound I don't care much about the actual shape.

But this thread is about appearance, not sound. If all shapes sounded and played the same way, which would you prefer?

Louis0815
02-06-2013, 02:33 AM
:)

In any case it should be round somehow and well-proportioned.....
And a nice wood grain...

DaleR
02-06-2013, 04:13 AM
Ooooo! Well Said!:agree:

SailQwest
02-06-2013, 04:24 AM
Traditional is probably my fave, but I like them all. :D

stevepetergal
02-06-2013, 06:26 AM
My favorite ukulele shape:

48505

Sorry, but true.

sukie
02-06-2013, 07:25 AM
I love the traditional peanut shape of the early model sopranos. John Cope is building stuff like this now out of Reno and they're beautiful. Here's a recent example of his work: http://copelele.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/vintage-style-maple-soprano.html

Yeah, that's a really cool shape. I think a sopranino in that shape would be awesome.

I do like the traditional shape.

OldePhart
02-06-2013, 08:32 AM
My favorite ukulele shape:

48505

Sorry, but true.

Oh...was there an ukulele in that picture? :)

OldePhart
02-06-2013, 08:33 AM
"Good" - yes, my favorite ukulele is any one that is in good shape. Excellent shape is okay, too, but then I worry about that first ding thing, so, yeah, I'd say "good shape" is my favorite...

John

coolkayaker1
02-06-2013, 08:33 AM
My favorite ukulele shape:

48505

Sorry, but true.

Me, I like them with more belly fur. That cowboy's pot belly is too tame.

Kamanaaloha
02-06-2013, 09:10 AM
traditional.

Anyone ever make/play a "big top...small bottom?" :drool:

:rotfl:

stevepetergal
02-06-2013, 11:14 AM
Oh, shape of the ukulele?! I like the Sceptre.

48777

bbycrts
02-06-2013, 03:00 PM
I have always disliked pineapples. I like traditional shape - Kumalae's shape is my favorite (which is why I have a Brad Donaldson "vintage" super soprano - based on Kumalae's shape!

molokinirum
02-07-2013, 04:43 AM
Traditional figure 8 shape.....but also love the pineapple!!

dbphil
03-02-2013, 03:29 PM
I think the keystone is way cool

hibiscus
03-02-2013, 03:35 PM
traditional & KoAloaha soprano pineapple~ toss up

kissing
03-03-2013, 12:25 AM
I really love cutaways, especially a fancy Florentine cutaway.

And I am quite fond of Archtop instruments, although I don't own an Archtop uke at the moment.

Kyle23
03-03-2013, 12:27 AM
I really love cutaways, especially a fancy Florentine cutaway.

And I am quite fond of Archtop instruments, although I don't own an Archtop uke at the moment.

Wouldn't have been able to tell judging by your sig :)

barefootgypsy
03-03-2013, 04:54 AM
In my opinion, ukuleles ought to be guitar-shaped. Anyway, that's my favourite shape. The banjo-shaped ones are of the Devil. yep figure-of-eight shape, never played a pineapple - but I do have the horns and a tail also..... :)

cigarfan
03-03-2013, 05:34 AM
I don't know. Certainly let you know once I've played a few.

Yup ... noob here!

cianoday
03-03-2013, 07:01 AM
Shouldn't we rather concentrate on the inner values like intonation, sound & feel, etc.?
Just like amongst humans, character is way more important than the looks......

Inner beauty and character?! P'shaw!

(I kid, I keeed.)

While looks should take a back seat to how an instrument sounds and how it feels in hand, aesthetics are not unimportant and are not inherently shallow. Great visual design is often a reflection of great design in many of the aspects that make an instrument sound good and feel good.

Put the most basic Kala soprano next to the most basic Ko'olau soprano and I'll tell you which one I find more visually appealing (then look the other way while I run off with the Ko'olau). Both are designed simply, even minimally you might say. But many of the aspects that make the Ko'olau more aesthetically pleasing are also the same aspects that make it sound better.

I didn't understand the appeal of pineapple shapes at all until I saw a vintage white-label Kamaka pineapple. Perhaps all the pineapples I saw in person before were cheaply made. I dunno. But it was clear gazing at that instrument that it was a serious bugger and it would sound beautifully.

Of course, relevant to this discussion, there are great sounding and horrible sounding pineapples. Great sounding and horrible sounding figure 8's. Great sounding and horrible sounding mini dreadnoughts. There aren't many triangles and sceptres so they might be an exception to the rule. The point is, that the designs of mini dreadnoughts, figure 8's, pineapples, et al. *can* produce proper and appealing and even transcendent sounds.

I think most people who play music are hearing that potential when they see the instrument shape they love. Great design, shapes that have held up for generations because they sound good, deserves some kudos.

I'm personally more for the guitar-shaped ukes. Can't mess with the roundness of a traditional Martin. Of the more modern styles, the slightly more dramatic swing of the Keli'i soprano is very nice. But my favorite shape is whatever you'd classify the Beltona Blue Uke (rounded mini dreadnought?) because I think they sound and look lovely and I want one and can't afford it in the least.

Nickie
03-03-2013, 01:21 PM
traditional, cutaway or not...

Finn Bjerke
09-07-2013, 02:20 AM
I like the ones with a neck. Apart from that METAL and resonator i really very nice to look at, they are expensive becouse resonators are complicated beasts. Try DONMO or KALA... fair price good quality, else Beltone/national, if you are rich I dont believe in FEnder anymore.

cigarfan
09-07-2013, 02:38 AM
Being relatively new to the ukulele I haven't tried enough different shapes for my opinion to be relevant but I will say I tried the recent Kinnard RTU which was more of a rounded 000 shape which really struck my fancy. Excellent sound in a simple design. Featherweight too!

Olarte
09-07-2013, 03:19 AM
I did not read through all the posts.but I did not see the sceptre mentioned...

I like most of the shapes, although I would say my least favorite are cutaways (which ironically was my first Uke purchase) or those that look,like an electric guitar.

Ukes are ukes.... Not guitars.

I did not think I would ever buy a sceptre, but I ended up getting one recently and I love it.

I have 20+ collection from pocket, to cigarbox, to a Pineapple Sunday, and sceptre... Fluke, flea, and firefly...I love them all...

But if I had choose only one Uke, I would have to go for my kiwaya which is the traditional shape and look of a vintage Martin....

Speaking of shapes, and scale sizes, it's probably the main reason I have so many.

My main instrument is classical guitar, yet I only use one particular make\model guitar. In classical guitar, being a standard size, and shape, and a lot more intricate than ukes, it's more important to master and get to know a particular instrument.

But with ukes, half the fun is the variety in sound, and size\shapes... So I love playing some of my favorite tunes on different ukuleles and appreciate the differences.

It's always fun to take one tune, and go down the wall of play it on different ukes.... From a pocket Uke to a baritone... It's amazing how many subtle and not so subtle differences you find between the various shapes and sizes...

Also for recording a particular piece will sound better to me on a particular Uke so part of the process is choosing the perfect Uke for the piece. Sort of like a chef choosing the correct knife...

JedSmith
09-07-2013, 06:15 AM
Before I would have said traditional, and I do like that shape. But I've had a chance to play a couple of pineapples lately and like how much sound they kick out for the size of the instrument. So, I guess I like both of those shapes now.

dnewton2
09-07-2013, 08:00 AM
I like mine in new or like new shape.

BIGDB
09-07-2013, 09:27 AM
Definitely traditional. In not a fan of the pineapples or anything like that

PereBourik
09-07-2013, 10:25 AM
Every 'ukulele player needs at least one pineapple; I have three.

My favorite 'uke to play is a traditional shape concert.