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JayMadison
06-09-2014, 08:44 AM
I was always kinda down on hard bodied ukes, but I played a few this weekend that were pretty awesome. I was wondering if you folks had any recommendations for them as I really don't know too much about who makes good ones.

Thanks :)

-Jay

iamesperambient
06-09-2014, 09:27 AM
I was always kinda down on hard bodied ukes, but I played a few this weekend that were pretty awesome. I was wondering if you folks had any recommendations for them as I really don't know too much about who makes good ones.

Thanks :)

-Jay

check out
http://bluestarguitarcompany.com/ (blue star guitar co)
they make an electric ukulele called konablaster. its a solid body steel stringed uke i have one and love it. Their stock models are either soprano or baritone. Elderly music carries them or you can order from him. The stock models have a pineapple or (canned ham) shape with a shiney cover and carpet back with steel strings. I recommend the baritone its much better in quality. And if you want he also does tenor sizes by custom and he can design you one that looks exactly like a guitar with a wood finish. His prices are much cheaper than more expensive brands like risa, mann or monkey wrench. The stock ukes are 300 for soprano and 325 for baritone. hope this helps.

Skinny Money McGee
06-09-2014, 09:29 AM
I was always kinda down on hard bodied ukes, but I played a few this weekend that were pretty awesome. I was wondering if you folks had any recommendations for them as I really don't know too much about who makes good ones.

Thanks :)

-Jay

You looking for Steel string electric with magnetic pickups, or nylon string with piezo pickup?

JayMadison
06-09-2014, 09:31 AM
check out
http://bluestarguitarcompany.com/ (blue star guitar co)
they make an electric ukulele called konablaster. its a solid body steel stringed uke i have one and love it. Their stock models are either soprano or baritone. Elderly music carries them or you can order from him. The stock models have a pineapple or (canned ham) shape with a shiney cover and carpet back with steel strings. I recommend the baritone its much better in quality. And if you want he also does tenor sizes by custom and he can design you one that looks exactly like a guitar with a wood finish. His prices are much cheaper than more expensive brands like risa, mann or monkey wrench. The stock ukes are 300 for soprano and 325 for baritone. hope this helps.

*drools over a tenor custom order*

JayMadison
06-09-2014, 09:32 AM
You looking for Steel string electric with magnetic pickups, or nylon string with piezo pickup?

Steel ideally. I just think they sound more rock-y :)

kissing
06-09-2014, 09:46 AM
If your budget allows it, I highly recommend Risa's electric ukuleles.
They have both nylon and steel string models. I have owned just about every model and have been totally satisfied!

https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/en-RISA

(note: when you register and make an account, your prices get 19% reduced due to European tax being deducted)

Their steel models sound like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkpn5bN2l1M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkpn5bN2l1M

(Risa soprano steel-string electric + a tiny, cheap VOX AC1 amp)



And here's me playing their Nylon string model:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNIimZxy3iw

JayMadison
06-09-2014, 09:53 AM
If your budget allows it, I highly recommend Risa's electric ukuleles.
They have both nylon and steel string models. I have owned just about every model and have been totally satisfied!

https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/en-RISA

(note: when you register and make an account, your prices get 19% reduced due to European tax being deducted)

And their steel models sound like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkpn5bN2l1M

Their nylon models sound like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNIimZxy3iw

wow those are pretty amazing, guess I better start saving my pennies :)

Skinny Money McGee
06-09-2014, 09:57 AM
Steel ideally. I just think they sound more rock-y :)

You said you wanted a "good" one.

http://monkeywrenchmusic.com/

or Risa Les Paul, available from several places. Shipped out of europe mostly like this. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Risa-Electric-Ukulele-Deluxe-Sunburst/dp/B00DSOYZMO

greenie44
06-09-2014, 10:04 AM
wow those are pretty amazing, guess I better start saving my pennies :)

Or maybe not. A bunch of us went in on a deal to get some steel string semi-hollow body electric ukes from China. Our esteemed leader has decided to put his up for sale.

It's around $250. I won't lie - I got one in the same deal and took it to a luthier, who made it very, very nice for a couple of hundred. But it was playable from the start.

You can find the listing here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?96999-For-Sale-Arch-top-Electric-Steel-String-East-Start-Alida-Uke-with-Hard-Case-254). Oh, and I own a Risa tenor stick, which I like, but uses non-steel strings. If you are looking to rock out, the Alida is more appropriate, although the two ukes differ in a whole bunch of ways.

JayMadison
06-09-2014, 10:06 AM
Or maybe not. A bunch of us went in on a deal to get some steel string semi-hollow body electric ukes from China. Our esteemed leader has decided to put his up for sale.

It's around $250. I won't lie - I got one in the same deal and took it to a luthier, who made it very, very nice for a couple of hundred. But it was playable from the start.

You can find the listing here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?96999-For-Sale-Arch-top-Electric-Steel-String-East-Start-Alida-Uke-with-Hard-Case-254). Oh, and I own a Risa tenor stick, which I like, but uses non-steel strings. If you are looking to rock out, the Alida is more appropriate, although the two ukes differ in a whole bunch of ways.

Any idea how they sound?

greenie44
06-09-2014, 11:50 AM
Any idea how they sound?

Normally this is where my pal Berni would jump in with the following link, which has the Alida on multiple tracks, but I'll fill in for him. His Alida has not been to a luthier, as far as I know.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhFzpJaIOM&feature=player_detailpage

Doc_J
06-09-2014, 11:52 AM
You said you wanted a "good" one.

http://monkeywrenchmusic.com/

or Risa Les Paul, available from several places. Shipped out of europe mostly like this. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Risa-Electric-Ukulele-Deluxe-Sunburst/dp/B00DSOYZMO

I agree with McGee. I have a Monkey Wrench 19" tenor, and used to own a Pono TE. I prefer the steel strings also.

kissing
06-09-2014, 12:16 PM
Why exactly would one go for a cheapo Chinese Alida of low quality when you can have a German made Risa steel string electric of exceptional quality? You don't need to make any adjustments to make it playable

You said you have a Risa nylon, but they have steel strings too ;)

greenie44
06-09-2014, 01:48 PM
Why exactly would one go for a cheapo Chinese Alida of low quality when you can have a German made Risa steel string electric of exceptional quality? You don't need to make any adjustments to make it playable

You said you have a Risa nylon, but they have steel strings too ;)

I haven't played a Risa electric, so you might be right about them. But I would not say my Alida is "of low quality". It needed some ignificant set up, but I really enjoy it.

And the reason is price.

Jim Hanks
06-09-2014, 01:51 PM
And I'll +1 iamesper's recommendation of the Konablaster line. Can be half the price of Risa or Monkey Wrench - or the same if you go super fancy. See the link in my sig line.

iamesperambient
06-09-2014, 01:53 PM
And I'll +1 iamesper's recommendation of the Konablaster line. Can be half the price of Risa or Monkey Wrench - or the same if you go super fancy. See the link in my sig line.

I really don't get why the konablaster's aren't popular on here people get this shitty low end chinese electrics but they do want an american made unique amazing sounding one? i dont get it.

Jim Hanks
06-09-2014, 02:57 PM
I really don't get why the konablaster's aren't popular on here people get this shitty low end chinese electrics but they do want an american made unique amazing sounding one? i dont get it.
Somebody had to be first. We're on the front lines of the revolution! :rock:

kissing
06-09-2014, 04:10 PM
It may possibly be the looks?
They have their own rustic appeal, but perhaps it doesnt attract eveyone at first sight...hmm.

I wish they had truss rods; thats my only pet peeve.

Jim Hanks
06-09-2014, 04:55 PM
I love the looks of mine, but they also do more "normal" wood finishes if you aren't into the funky awesomeness. I do get what you're saying. By the way, the standard baritone does come with a truss rod. I forgot to ask if my tenor/short scale baritone came with one. I think it does.

bnolsen
06-09-2014, 05:29 PM
i've been toying with getting one of these electric guitars:

http://www.rondomusic.com/product6392.html

putting in a bass bridge (well, replace my SX pbass bridge with a high mass), fitting a new nut and slapping in a GFS lil killer pickup:

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Lil-Killer-White-Humbucker-Humbucker-Strats-3-Versions-Available_p_463.html

I suspect it would run under 150usd when its all said and done. For slightly more this would absolutely rock as a platform:

http://www.rondomusic.com/shark.html

Jim Hanks
06-09-2014, 07:15 PM
And @kissing is ragging on the looks of *MY* axe?!? ;) (Just teasin @bnelson)

igorthebarbarian
06-09-2014, 07:30 PM
iamesper or Jim, what strings do those Konablaster baritones use for steel strings? Are they just normal electric guitar strings/ or acoustic guitar strings - and you just trim the excess off?
I wouldn't think I would want one, but I guess if you had a decent amp for $100, you could do some really cool stuff through it.



I really don't get why the konablaster's aren't popular on here people get this shitty low end chinese electrics but they do want an american made unique amazing sounding one? i dont get it.

kohanmike
06-09-2014, 08:06 PM
Our esteemed leader has decided to put his up for sale.

Sorry, guys I sold it today, but don't short change this uke, it really doesn't take much to make it sound really good.

Jim Hanks
06-10-2014, 01:32 AM
iamesper or Jim, what strings do those Konablaster baritones use for steel strings? Are they just normal electric guitar strings/ or acoustic guitar strings - and you just trim the excess off?
I wouldn't think I would want one, but I guess if you had a decent amp for $100, you could do some really cool stuff through it.
Yes, electric guitar strings. The gauges on mine are listed on my NUD page but there is room to go higher or lower tension as desired. Amps are a new frontier. Hope I don't get AAS. I have a MicroCube already and a little HoneyTone coming today. That and iOS amp sims should keep me busy for quite a while.

bnolsen
06-10-2014, 02:48 AM
gear acquisition syndrome. stick with bass amps, youll need one when you get a kala ubass or this baritone scale bass:

http://www.rondomusic.com/ukb31.html

yes bass uke for 120usd and i should make a new thread for this.

iamesperambient
06-10-2014, 09:48 AM
iamesper or Jim, what strings do those Konablaster baritones use for steel strings? Are they just normal electric guitar strings/ or acoustic guitar strings - and you just trim the excess off?
I wouldn't think I would want one, but I guess if you had a decent amp for $100, you could do some really cool stuff through it.

It uses normal electric guitar strings you would treat the same as any other full electric steel string guitar. and their just as good as any other electric alot of people don't seem to give them credit for whatever reason. And you don't need a 100 dollar amp to have fun with it. and it sounds great its like playing a small 4 stringed strat sound wise.

iamesperambient
06-10-2014, 09:51 AM
It may possibly be the looks?
They have their own rustic appeal, but perhaps it doesnt attract eveyone at first sight...hmm.

I wish they had truss rods; thats my only pet peeve.

umm the baritone kona blaster has an ADJUSTABLE RUS ROD!
actually. ANd they also make deluxe models which look like mini guitars
like the risa. So....i dont really get why there would no appeal.

iamesperambient
06-10-2014, 09:53 AM
It may possibly be the looks?
They have their own rustic appeal, but perhaps it doesnt attract eveyone at first sight...hmm.

I wish they had truss rods; thats my only pet peeve.


maybe this will change your mind
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/BSKBD4.htm

bruce is an amazing luthier. And i do like the look of his pysco uke designs
but he clearly makes really nice classic electric uke too.

Dane
06-10-2014, 12:08 PM
I'm pretty picky about my headstocks, and I don't care much for the design of the konablasters. I like all the rest... just not the headstock.

Jim Hanks
06-10-2014, 01:12 PM
If you look at the BSG guitars or mandolins you'll see some different headstocks : http://bluestarguitarcompany.com/mandolins/1754171

I can't imagine it would be hard to do a uke with one of those if you wanted.

iamesperambient
06-10-2014, 01:23 PM
I'm pretty picky about my headstocks, and I don't care much for the design of the konablasters. I like all the rest... just not the headstock.

i actually love the pineapple shaped head stock i think its cool but to each his own. The only uke headstock i couldn't get into was the fender strat headstock on a ukulele so friggin ugly!

Dane
06-10-2014, 03:14 PM
Well... with the exception of the KoAloha Pineapple Sunday, I generally dislike pineapple shaped and themed ukuleles. I know, I'm a disgrace to the ukulele community.

JayMadison
06-10-2014, 03:59 PM
Normally this is where my pal Berni would jump in with the following link, which has the Alida on multiple tracks, but I'll fill in for him. His Alida has not been to a luthier, as far as I know.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhFzpJaIOM&feature=player_detailpage
Awesome, thanks for all the information

iamesperambient
06-10-2014, 04:32 PM
Well... with the exception of the KoAloha Pineapple Sunday, I generally dislike pineapple shaped and themed ukuleles. I know, I'm a disgrace to the ukulele community.

everyone is different. I like the pineapple design as well as the class figure 8 body
but as for head stock i prefer the way the konablaster looks i dont like flat topped
head stocks like the cordoba has it just doesn't have the uke i think a uke should have.

iamesperambient
06-11-2014, 09:56 AM
Awesome, thanks for all the information

Its cool ukulele, but the hollow body isn't my style.
I'm sticking by blue star guitars, eventually all the naysayers
will play one and it will come around. A lot of people like to
judge things before reading up on all the specs or before even trying them.

Dane
06-11-2014, 12:47 PM
Its cool ukulele, but the hollow body isn't my style.
I'm sticking by blue star guitars, eventually all the naysayers
will play one and it will come around. A lot of people like to
judge things before reading up on all the specs or before even trying them.

Well I don't like baritones, and it seems that's what they specialize in, and then they have weird tenor scale lengths.

Jim Hanks
06-11-2014, 01:04 PM
Well I don't like baritones, and it seems that's what they specialize in, and then they have weird tenor scale lengths.
Not true - if you want 17", they'll do it. Just have to ask.

Dane
06-11-2014, 07:45 PM
Not true - if you want 17", they'll do it. Just have to ask.

Hey look, I'm trying to counter the UAS... stop saying good things or I might go completely broke.

iamesperambient
06-11-2014, 10:06 PM
Well I don't like baritones, and it seems that's what they specialize in, and then they have weird tenor scale lengths.

the first konablaster was co designed by allan woody famous bassist and it was a soprano totally not true and he will custom make you any kind of electric ukulele.

iamesperambient
06-12-2014, 07:03 AM
Hey look, I'm trying to counter the UAS... stop saying good things or I might go completely broke.

you should get one blue star is a great company and i fully endorse and hope more people start playing konablasters stock standard models or
custom their just great built electric ukes.

Ukeology
06-15-2014, 06:38 PM
I've owned a Risa Les Paul for about 4 years now.

When I want to do some shredding, there's nothing better.

Highly recommended. And they also now sell a solid case for it.

iamesperambient
06-16-2014, 06:51 AM
I've owned a Risa Les Paul for about 4 years now.

When I want to do some shredding, there's nothing better.

Highly recommended. And they also now sell a solid case for it.



i think their highly recommend by most however, their very expensive.
While blue star will give you american made quality, original design it will also
give you quality craftsmanship, a very sturdy neck, good intonation and a great
sound and feel over all and won't cost you 900 bucks plus shipping from Europe.
(if you live in Europe maybe risa isn't as expenive?). Risa is nice and one day i would
like to own one, but they would need to make a baritone model before that happens.
(unless they have and i dont know about it?).