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NatalieS
12-15-2008, 02:51 PM
Since haolejohn started a thread about a uniquely-designed uke, I thought I might do the same. I am obsessed with aquatic life (fish, marine mammals, you name it), and I'm always on the lookout for a unique uke with such animals incorporated into the design. So far I've found a few which I'll show below, but does anyone know of any more? I figured UU is about the only place I can ask this, because you guys definitely know your ukes.

Okay so far I know of:

G-String C1 Concert Dolphin
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/gstringc1dolphin.jpg

Makala MK-S
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/t_1092.jpg

Leolani brand
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/leolani.jpg


Pono PSO-H Soprano I'a
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Midas/Instruments/ponopso-hsopia.jpg

russ_buss
12-15-2008, 03:33 PM
mike dasilva made this fish one:

http://www.ukemaker.com/images/UkeGallery/134-CMSalmon01-525.jpg

Kekani
12-15-2008, 04:35 PM
Personally, for an aquatic theme (which my oldest son wants to do), Craig Lavin's work would be the inspiration for me.
http://www.handcraftinlay.com/inlaymarine.html

NatalieS
12-15-2008, 05:15 PM
Personally, for an aquatic theme (which my oldest son wants to do), Craig Lavin's work would be the inspiration for me.
http://www.handcraftinlay.com/inlaymarine.html

Wowwwwwwww that is awesome! Hmm, I wonder if he could do a dolphin inlay on my koa soprano's headstock? :love:

Kanaka916
12-15-2008, 06:02 PM
From Ukulele Friend . . .
Pahu Kani (http://web.me.com/syacavone/Site/Pahu_Kani_Ukulele_%28%E3%83%91%E3%83%95%E3%83%BB%E 3%82%AB%E3%83%8B%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A6%E3%82%AF%E3%83% AC%E3%83%AC%EF%BC%89.html)
Kyle Iwamoto (http://ukulelefriend.com/builder_KyleIwamoto.htm)
Les Rietfors (http://web.me.com/syacavone/Site/Les_Rietfors_Ukulele_%28%E3%83%AC%E3%82%B9%E3%83%B B%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%83%88%E3%83%95%E3%82%A9%E3% 83%BC%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A6%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AC %E3%83%AC%E3%83%BB1%EF%BC%89.html#1)

Kekani
12-15-2008, 09:42 PM
Hmm, I wonder if he could do a dolphin inlay on my koa soprano's headstock? :love:

Dolphin's are easy, especially for someone like Craig who is at the top of his game. Probably cost you more than the `ukulele, then you have to pay someone else to get it refinished, but he could do it.

WS64
12-15-2008, 10:51 PM
Bernd (Fischkopp) from the German board took a ukulele (a US$15 Schaepe, actually a way better ukulele then you would guess at this price) and created this monster out of it:
http://i6.tinypic.com/6wx85rb.jpg

hoosierhiver
12-16-2008, 09:53 AM
I'd like to see an "otter" ukulele,otters seem very uke-friendly.

NatalieS
01-09-2009, 04:02 PM
Okay, so I'm really excited about this. :) I've decided to custom-paint a Flea to have an aqua blue background and a koi fish on it! From looking at the "Fluke and Flea Museum" sites online, I'm starting to notice how people really can make their own uke very individual. I'm not a good painter but I found a good simple painting that I think will work well as an inspiration to start with.

I am going to use acrylic paints for the fish but I'm wondering what I should use for the blue background? Nothing too thick, I would guess, because I don't want to dull the projection if I can help it. Should I start with a natural-colored flea to give me the barest canvas? Any ideas on this?

Whee I'm excited!

UKISOCIETY
01-09-2009, 04:18 PM
Okay, so I'm really excited about this. :) I've decided to custom-paint a Flea to have an aqua blue background and a koi fish on it! From looking at the "Fluke and Flea Museum" sites online, I'm starting to notice how people really can make their own uke very individual. I'm not a good painter but I found a good simple painting that I think will work well as an inspiration to start with.

I am going to use acrylic paints for the fish but I'm wondering what I should use for the blue background? Nothing too thick, I would guess, because I don't want to dull the projection if I can help it. Should I start with a natural-colored flea to give me the barest canvas? Any ideas on this?

Whee I'm excited!


I've painted my Flea twice. It's my tradition now to paint it a different color every year. Big Problem with painting the body is that the more paint you put on it, the duller the sound. I started sanding my Flea down to the wood before repainting to keep the sound close to the uke's original. If you put more than 1 coat on your Flea, I'd reccomend you do the same.

Please post some pics when you're done!

NatalieS
01-09-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks so much for the advice! This is completely new to me, but I'm very excited to have a new project.

P.S. Are you in L'ville, UKISOCIETY? I'm a Bellarmine grad. :-)

Captain Google
01-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Hmm... Next time I actually have spending money, I should buy a flea. Then find someone to paint it for me. I need to decide on a theme... Maybe a Boogiepop Phantom paint scheme. Just for the irony. [/threadjack]

UKISOCIETY
01-10-2009, 03:21 AM
Thanks so much for the advice! This is completely new to me, but I'm very excited to have a new project.

P.S. Are you in L'ville, UKISOCIETY? I'm a Bellarmine grad. :-)

Fleas are pretty durable, so they're good to experiment on.
Yes, I work in Louisville at the Public Radio stations. My wife got her MAT at Bellarmine.

myloshylow
01-10-2009, 11:01 AM
Not a fish or dolphin but here's a vintage Roy Smeck Vita with seals, that's aquatic themed right?

http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-214.htm

NatalieS
01-10-2009, 12:18 PM
Haha thats very neat! Thanks for sharing...

wickedwahine11
01-10-2009, 02:17 PM
Personally, for an aquatic theme (which my oldest son wants to do), Craig Lavin's work would be the inspiration for me.
http://www.handcraftinlay.com/inlaymarine.html

Wow, those are really nice. That orca is pretty cool.

NatalieS
01-10-2009, 04:45 PM
http://flukemuseum.blogspot.com/2007/05/humuhumu-fluke.html

I think this custom paint job is just breathtaking.

Captain Google
01-10-2009, 08:30 PM
NatalieS, you are right about that. It is gorgeous.

NatalieS
01-13-2009, 12:15 PM
Eek, MGM has the cutest little Tangi sopranino with an inlayed fish on the headstock! I want it so bad!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tangi-Sopranino-MANINI-solid-mahogany-ukulele_W0QQitemZ330273528659QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item330273528659&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A15%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

NatalieS
01-19-2009, 06:15 PM
Okay so this isn't a uke, but rather a mini guitar. Isn't it cuuuuute?? The price isn't so shabby either, but all of my attempts at guitar have failed pretty badly. Still... slap some nylon strings on it and could sound pretty funky!

http://www.lunaguitars.com/acousticproduct/aurmmm.php