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Thread: Does a ukulele "coffee table" photo book exist?

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    Default Does a ukulele "coffee table" photo book exist?

    I have books pertaining to guitars and cigar box guitars which feature countless photos of those instruments with brief descriptions, but I have yet to find one pertaining to ukuleles.

    I'd love to have one that features ukuleles throughout the past several decades.

    Does such a book exist?

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    Yep. Closest thing there is is Jim Beloff's 'The Ukulele'. It was available in a lovely hardback edition with a pretty green cloth bound spine and is overflowing with beautiful pictures of ukes over the decades,coupled with a concise, readable history. Beautiful book. It doesn't have the huge dimensions of a coffee table book exactly (24cm x 19cm), but still is a lovely laid out production and the hardback edition gives it some gravitas.

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    Oh, there's also another awesome book which definitely meets "coffee table" criteria called Finding Paradise which is more of a Hawaii history but has a sweet section devoted to the ukulele. Was given as a gift tome by my wife some years back and it is a real treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippie Dribble View Post
    Yep. Closest thing there is is Jim Beloff's 'The Ukulele'.
    I found "the Ukulele: A Visual History" by Jim Beloff on Amazon.com

    If this is the book you are referencing, let me know and I'll grab it. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCryan View Post
    I found "the Ukulele: A Visual History" by Jim Beloff on Amazon.com

    If this is the book you are referencing, let me know and I'll grab it. ;-)
    That's the one. Get the hardcover edition if you can!

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    Thank you.

    I was only able to purchase the 2003 hardcover edition in "good" used condition (new was not an option), but I'm sure it will get plenty of use since I'm presently unable to play my ukuleles due to a pinched nerve in my neck (if you can't play, you might as well look). lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCryan View Post
    Thank you.

    I was only able to purchase the 2003 hardcover edition in "good" used condition (new was not an option), but I'm sure it will get plenty of use since I'm presently unable to play my ukuleles due to a pinched nerve in my neck (if you can't play, you might as well look). lol
    Excellent. 2003 was the year the 2nd Ed. was published that was revised and updated - in my opinion a better publication than the '97 1st Ed. And good to get a hardback copy, I don't think the editions beyond 2003 are even available in that format. You'll love it.

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    I saw a hard bound "coffee table book" on Martin Guitars (?) Ukuleles (?) at Barnes & Noble--not sure which.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I saw a hard bound "coffee table book" on Martin Guitars (?) Ukuleles (?) at Barnes & Noble--not sure which.
    The Martin Ukulele, Tom Walsh & John King.

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    Thanks, Hippie, if I may call you that. I have some small, 8 or 9 inch square books, and, while they're not really coffee table books, they're interesting and tell a lot about Ukes.

    Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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