View Full Version : Jazz Ukulele?

12-30-2008, 06:34 AM
I'm looking at this uke: http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-KALA-ARCHTOP-TENOR-JAZZ-UKULELE-GLOSS-BLACK_W0QQitemZ360118535113QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item360118535113&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72:1205|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:0|2 93:1|294:50

I've never heard a jazz uke played before... what do they sound like?

12-30-2008, 07:02 AM
Nice sound, but somewhat more mellow and less brightness and less volume than a standard style uke, based on the single one I tried.

It's not really a "jazz" ukulele any more than any other. Jazz is a style you play, not an instrument.

12-30-2008, 11:32 AM
It's that archtop = Jazz association that people have. Makes me think of Tiny Grimes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93EIw41FOFo) and his archtop tenor guitar. (he's also the original performer of "Train Kept A-rollin')

I dunno what Lyle Ritz played for his Verve Lps, but that's jazz ukulele.

12-30-2008, 01:28 PM
I just bought it :)

12-30-2008, 01:53 PM
I just got the natural finished one for my birthday a little while ago but only got to play it for a few days because it had to be sent back because of a faulty pickup jack. I loved it alot. The lack of volume didn't bother me, my girl's always yelling at me to play quieter anyways. ;) I think you will like it. Congratulations on your purchase.

I'm playing it here. Not jazzy and not so great, but you may be able to hear it a little.

12-30-2008, 01:59 PM
Yeah, the lack of volume shouldn't be a problem for me either, since the only time it will be unplugged is for practice and learning new stuff :)

12-30-2008, 05:25 PM
Heres a sound sample of the mahogany jass Kala played in jass style


12-30-2008, 06:54 PM
^ Thats some sweet playing mic!

12-30-2008, 09:37 PM
MGM, was that a solid mahogany arch top?

12-30-2008, 09:42 PM
I'm so excited!
I've been playing a "toy" concert ukulele for the past 2 months. I picked up a friend of mine's ukulele ( the "toy") a couple of months ago and fell in love with the uke. I recently had to give it back to him and I've been without a uke since mid december. Now mine is coming!

12-30-2008, 09:54 PM
I love the look of those Kala Arch-tops. They have a classy traditional jazz look to them. I used to play an old Gretsch Electromatic vintage guitar (curly maple). She always turned heads. Those Kala ukes feel much the same to me, but a lot smaller.

12-30-2008, 10:00 PM
congrats on getting a new uke, hope you have fun with it!