View Full Version : Good pickups for distortion/electric sound on a uke.

12-17-2008, 01:47 PM
OK, So I just about finished building a soprano uke kit and I already have a crazy idea for a new instrument.

I was thinking of making a 'all in one' Ukulele to replace playing my old favourites: electric guitars and ukuleles.
Browsing around I found a YouTube video of a 'Guitalele' (Ukulele with 6 strings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnkwcUbe43o). I figure I could play all six strings or four and just change the tuning.

Next, I thought it might be great if I add some pickups so I can go as far as playing some heavier electric guitar stuff on it. Only thing is I have no idea what kind of pickup would work best do get that kind of sound with nylon strings. Or if it's even possible.
I also thought (If it's practical), to add a selector switch to go between a under-saddle pickup and a sound hole pickup.

All this is still in the dream phase in my head. I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions, or if I'm out of my mind..


Captain Google
12-17-2008, 02:46 PM
I think you're crazy, but that's why this is a cool idea.

Good luck! :cool:

12-18-2008, 02:30 AM
Post a pic when you finish it.