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experimentjon
05-13-2013, 05:08 PM
Anyone know what kind of gear that Jake uses?

I was watching Life on Four Strings, and noticed a few items.

Ukulele: Several custom Kamaka tenors (and a few others before the Kamakas too). Anyone have a catalog of them? He mentioned that one of them was named "Val." And I think the more current ones are Buffy? Any ideas?

Case: Calton Yellow
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8229759759_7c1c60110f_z.jpg

Tuner: Peterson Stroboclip

Cable: Analysis Plus Purple I definitely saw a purple when they did a close up on it...not sure if that has changed.

Wireless System: You can see him playing with one of these. Not too many options out there, but perhaps a hardcore gear nerd knows.

Strings: Daddario J71s (they actually did a close up on these)

Geared Tuners: Ebony Gilberts

Pickup: He is a Fishman sponsored artist. Would have to assume he is playing the Matrix Infinity??

Strap: Heard this one is custom made...but looks like a modified one... wonder what strap he used as the base for it.

Pedals: I saw a few, including some sort of Line6, but am no expert in pedals...someone out there must be!
Amps/Monitors: I saw some sort of Marshall in there.

Watch: Tag Heuer Aquaracer Day Date (I am a watch-guy, so we notice these kinds of things.)
http://www.amazon.com/TAG-Heuer-WAF2010-BA0818-Aquaracer-Automatic/dp/B001CRLFUO
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/jomashop_2262_693070744

Knife: Shun 7" Classic Santoku (I'm also a knife guy...and at least that's what I think he was using.)
http://www.the-cliffs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Shun-DM0718-Classic-7-Inch-Santoku-Hollow-Ground-Knife.jpg

Emory Board? He has mentioned this as an important part of his routine to get better tone/attack.

Necklace: ??? I've wondered this one for a good time now.
Ring: ???
Hats: Brixtons???
Wallet chain : (From back in the day when he used to rock that)

Any to add? I'm sure there are some with a good eye out there!

Jim Hanks
05-13-2013, 05:13 PM
Getting a bit creepy towards the end there. Boxers or briefs? :stop:

mds725
05-13-2013, 05:56 PM
I still live with the hope that if I use all the same gear Jake uses, I'll sound just like him. :)

Bao
05-13-2013, 08:56 PM
That 'knife' part really took me by surprise LOL

UkuEroll
05-13-2013, 11:29 PM
I too am very interested in his custom strap, anyone got any info on it? I know you can get straps like that but the small hooks look too damaging to me.

fumanshu
05-14-2013, 12:39 AM
I'm surprised that he talked about his knife...what is he using for?!!! I didn't know that he has such a nice watch too!!!!!


https://soundcloud.com/baouke/star-filante-by-caro-bao

Tailgate
05-14-2013, 01:46 AM
interesting list! In a moment of weakness (one of many) I ordered the Analysis Plus Yellow cable... priceyat $168 , but I'm really wondering about the difference between what the pros use and my $15 off the shelf cable. Guess I'll be able to hear my mistakes a lot clearer :o Should be here in a day or two. I'll probably beat myself up for spending that kind of money on a cable when the only audience I gig for is a puppy, a grumpy Corgi and a blind old mutt. Mom's always conveniently in another room!

experimentjon
05-14-2013, 04:31 AM
I'm surprised that he talked about his knife...what is he using for?!!! I didn't know that he has such a nice watch too!!!!!


LOL; he didn't. He didn't talk about his watch either. He was just cutting steak with the knife and wearing the watch.

haole
05-14-2013, 04:45 AM
I kind of secretly hope he starts doing full sets with gear that normal people can afford, just to prove how little the gear matters if you're a player at that level.

CoLmes
05-14-2013, 04:52 AM
I kind of secretly hope he starts doing full sets with gear that normal people can afford, just to prove how little the gear matters if you're a player at that level.

The last show I saw him, he actually unplugged and did a song totally acoustic, I think with him being sponsored that's as close as we will get haha.

And I liked the Daddario product placement :)

Gillian
05-14-2013, 07:20 AM
It looked like he was bending his wrists against a wall.

If that is what he does to keep his wrists limber, I'd like to know his regimen because my carpal tunnel problem is acting up again.:(

bborzell
05-14-2013, 08:47 AM
It looked like he was bending his wrists against a wall.

If that is what he does to keep his wrists limber, I'd like to know his regimen because my carpal tunnel problem is acting up again.:(

I think we saw the regimen in its entirety.

fumanshu
05-14-2013, 03:19 PM
LOL; he didn't. He didn't talk about his watch either. He was just cutting steak with the knife and wearing the watch.

LoL!!!! That's what I thought also...I was surprised that he would talk about his watcvh or knife!!!!!! hahahahaha!!!! :)
Thanks for the infos!!!! :)


https://soundcloud.com/baouke/star-filante-by-caro-bao

kdmccullum
05-15-2013, 05:28 AM
Fretboard has an interview where Jake talks about his ukuleles.

http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/interview-ukulele-great-jake-shimabukuro

Here is a snippet of the interview:

FJ: What was your first instrument? Does your family still have it?

JS: Yes, we do. It was a Kamaka standard ukulele and we still have it. My mom had it when she was a teenager, so that was the instrument that I started out on. Kamaka ukuleles are still the brand that I play today. I love their instruments. They’re going on a 100 years. I think they’re going on like generations of ukulele makers now.

FJ: Have you dabbled with any other builders?

JS: Yeah, I have, but Kamakas are always my go-to. They’re the standard of ukuleles. To me, they’re just amazing, because that’s the sound that I grew up listening to as a kid.

FJ: Are you a collector of ukes?

JS: No, I'm not a collector. I have about four or five instruments at home…

FJ: Compared to many uke fanatics, that isn't many at all.

JS: Yeah. But I just have my main one that I tour with, play, practice on, record with. That’s my Kamaka four-string tenor.

experimentjon
07-11-2013, 11:54 PM
I saw on Ukulele Thursdays that Jake is using the brand new Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner (even better than the Mini). I wasn't really interested until I got the promotional email in my spam box from Daddario and clicked through to see that it looked pretty awesome.

http://www.planetwaves.com/pwNSMicrotuner.Page

I just picked up 2 of them since they are relatively inexpensive and are small enough to keep on your uke all the time. So it might just make my Peterson Stroboclip (also formerly used by Jake) obsolete. You can buy about 5 of these NS Minis for the price of a single Stroboclip...pretty sure I have buyer's remorse over that clunky Peterson now. Never did like those scrolling bars--not in band, and not now either. Haha.

VVVLion
11-03-2013, 04:11 AM
I think that he used Levy M20 1" nylon classical guitar/ukulele strap with plastic sound-hole hook and tri-glide adjustments as the base of his custom strap.
Saw the logo branded on the strap at the end of this video ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QiMbgpcY70
Really looks like this one.
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Thanks for the list! I like the knife part :)

Jools1050
11-03-2013, 08:04 AM
Not forgetting " product placement " !! Celebs get all kind of gadgets and trinkets thrown at them in an attempt to catch the eye of the beholder !!!

ParisPicker
05-21-2014, 10:16 AM
This is the one I usually wear when I play. Picked it up in Basel, Switzerland last year. 66948

wickedwahine11
05-21-2014, 10:18 AM
I saw on Ukulele Thursdays that Jake is using the brand new Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner (even better than the Mini). I wasn't really interested until I got the promotional email in my spam box from Daddario and clicked through to see that it looked pretty awesome.

http://www.planetwaves.com/pwNSMicrotuner.Page

I just picked up 2 of them since they are relatively inexpensive and are small enough to keep on your uke all the time. So it might just make my Peterson Stroboclip (also formerly used by Jake) obsolete. You can buy about 5 of these NS Minis for the price of a single Stroboclip...pretty sure I have buyer's remorse over that clunky Peterson now. Never did like those scrolling bars--not in band, and not now either. Haha.

I just saw this post and wanted to note that I bought a few of these myself after being told that Craig Chee used them. I love the compact size!

iamesperambient
05-21-2014, 10:35 AM
Anyone know what kind of gear that Jake uses?

I was watching Life on Four Strings, and noticed a few items.

Ukulele: Several custom Kamaka tenors (and a few others before the Kamakas too). Anyone have a catalog of them? He mentioned that one of them was named "Val." And I think the more current ones are Buffy? Any ideas?

Case: Calton Yellow
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8229759759_7c1c60110f_z.jpg

Tuner: Peterson Stroboclip

Cable: Analysis Plus Purple I definitely saw a purple when they did a close up on it...not sure if that has changed.

Wireless System: You can see him playing with one of these. Not too many options out there, but perhaps a hardcore gear nerd knows.

Strings: Daddario J71s (they actually did a close up on these)

Geared Tuners: Ebony Gilberts

Pickup: He is a Fishman sponsored artist. Would have to assume he is playing the Matrix Infinity??

Strap: Heard this one is custom made...but looks like a modified one... wonder what strap he used as the base for it.

Pedals: I saw a few, including some sort of Line6, but am no expert in pedals...someone out there must be!
Amps/Monitors: I saw some sort of Marshall in there.

Watch: Tag Heuer Aquaracer Day Date (I am a watch-guy, so we notice these kinds of things.)
http://www.amazon.com/TAG-Heuer-WAF2010-BA0818-Aquaracer-Automatic/dp/B001CRLFUO
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/jomashop_2262_693070744

Knife: Shun 7" Classic Santoku (I'm also a knife guy...and at least that's what I think he was using.)
http://www.the-cliffs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Shun-DM0718-Classic-7-Inch-Santoku-Hollow-Ground-Knife.jpg

Emory Board? He has mentioned this as an important part of his routine to get better tone/attack.

Necklace: ??? I've wondered this one for a good time now.
Ring: ???
Hats: Brixtons???
Wallet chain : (From back in the day when he used to rock that)

Any to add? I'm sure there are some with a good eye out there!

im a watch guy too. I actually prefer digital
or wind up mechanical analog watches I either
wear a timex silver tone digital dress watch
or a luch wind up.

aside from ukes my other passion is watches
nice to see another guy in love with watches
and ukes.

Ukejenny
05-21-2014, 10:35 AM
Jake would be a much better musician if he used Wusthof.

Those micro tuners look pretty cool.

Ukuleleblues
05-21-2014, 05:16 PM
Not forgetting " product placement " !! Celebs get all kind of gadgets and trinkets thrown at them in an attempt to catch the eye of the beholder !!!
I read that wristwatches became popular after the watchmakers paid the famous actors of the day to wear them in movies. Before that folks used pocket watches. I guess it's pretty effective advertising.

Dulcilo
05-21-2014, 06:02 PM
Jake talks about his gear in this interview (no mention of knives or watches tho)

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=c4wmOnzJaLM

Jon Moody
05-22-2014, 03:35 AM
I kind of secretly hope he starts doing full sets with gear that normal people can afford, just to prove how little the gear matters if you're a player at that level.

While I understand this point fully (and people say it about Victor Wooten as well), the fact is that when you are a professional musician (and by that, I mean someone that does it as their livelihood, pays their rent, puts food on the table, etc.. solely from music), you tend to look at instruments more as tools, and tools that HAVE to be dependable, consistent and reliable on the bandstand, night after night after night. And while there are plenty of decent instruments in all price ranges, you will see the "pros" use much more expensive (to us) gear for that reason.

As an example, if you took your car into a repair shop and the pro-mechanic was using tools they bought at Harbor Freight, would you be as confident in their abilities as you would if the guy was decked out in Snap-On or MAC?

Ukejenny
05-22-2014, 03:46 AM
I bet everything Jake uses really takes a beating. Even the ukes. Playing at that level of intensity is a different universe than than what I do for fun.

iamesperambient
05-22-2014, 07:12 AM
I read that wristwatches became popular after the watchmakers paid the famous actors of the day to wear them in movies. Before that folks used pocket watches. I guess it's pretty effective advertising.

thats prob true. I think pocket watches are cool but i have no interest in owning one i don't like heavy bulgy things in my pocket. When its on your wrist the time is just right there its very convenient . and more stylish.

Sirena
01-05-2017, 09:34 AM
I think Jake now uses Analysis Plus gold as he stated in one interview. I looked at the cost, and I think they were $6k a piece. He stated that he had to save a while to buy it.

If you use any instrument as a tool everyday, you're going to want the highest quality you can afford.

The strap he uses around his neck is a Japanese company I couldn't find any information about, but he says he sells them at his shows. I went to one and never saw any, and soon to go to another show, so I'll look for it.

derbyhat
01-05-2017, 10:11 AM
Jake would be a much better musician if he used Wusthof.

You win the thread! I actually laughed when I read this.

Twibbly
01-05-2017, 10:28 AM
thats prob true. I think pocket watches are cool but i have no interest in owning one i don't like heavy bulgy things in my pocket. When its on your wrist the time is just right there its very convenient . and more stylish.

That's just because you don't wear the proper vest with a pocket for it!

strumsilly
01-07-2017, 03:18 AM
I kind of secretly hope he starts doing full sets with gear that normal people can afford, just to prove how little the gear matters if you're a player at that level.
well,I'll never playlike Jake,but now I can cut steak like him.

cooldive
04-10-2017, 06:58 PM
Found this custom neck sling.... Cost a bomb though.....

http://www.ikebe-gakki.com/ec/pro/disp/1/482944

Rllink
04-11-2017, 05:48 AM
That was an interesting interview with Jake.

Old Uker
05-11-2017, 06:37 AM
I saw the strap online, also. About 75 bucks US!

Makes me wonder if Jake really designed the strap; or, if someone is doing a knock-off.

Can't imagine Jake having a metal clip in touch with his soundhole on that custom Kamaka.

I glued some leather around a Levy neck strap (after straightening the hook some); not as neat and pretty as Jake's, but it works and protects the finish on my ukes that I don't have permanent straps on.

Croaky Keith
05-11-2017, 08:14 AM
Stick a button on the heel & use a lanyard, better than having a hook in the sound hole, more stable too. :)

DanY
02-26-2019, 11:16 AM
Does anyone know what white ukulele case and backpack leather case cover Jake is using from his latest Instagram posts? What brand is that? Thanks

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuW-IyMHePq/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1lichbwycyhu0

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuWtyllnQAn/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=14kx0bkz94zmj

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRX4CUnULL/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1pfbazeatj3gw

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEjuXmn8jm/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=xorq3yrnwdyx