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    Default A Ukulele Made from Grass

    Okay, I cheated a bit. Technically, bamboo is a grass, but you're not going to use a lawnmower on it.

    Aklot makes a uke entirely from bamboo - no wood at all. It's available for $120 from Amazon, and GirlMeetsUke likes it. Very interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roqIiFHv0bM
    https://smile.amazon.com/AKLOT-Ukule...y&sr=8-1-fkmr0
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    Wow, has a sweet tone!

    I like those tuners too, they'd look good on a Flea or Fluke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I like those tuners too, they'd look good on a Flea or Fluke.
    Yes, they would, but I'd have to buy a $120 uke to get them.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I bought a bamboo soprano and a bamboo concert in early 2014 - they are very, very nice, especially the soprano (a Paulele from Mim). Maybe I should buy this tenor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kvehe View Post
    Maybe I should buy this tenor.
    Definitely!

    Luna, too -
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    This is a solid top (in thickness, as bamboo is made up of a bunch of long sticks glued together). Cordoba had a soprano solid bamboo top, but they discontinued it very soon. Luna produces laminate bamboo ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emarcano View Post
    This is a solid top (in thickness, as bamboo is made up of a bunch of long sticks glued together). Cordoba had a soprano solid bamboo top, but they discontinued it very soon. Luna produces laminate bamboo ones.

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    Yes, a bamboo Cordoba soprano can be seen on Reverb now, 25SB. They also made a concert 25CB. Supposedly both all solid bamboo.
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    If they made that in a cutaway, I'd buy it in a second. I know that bamboo is a very durable, almost impervious material, I'd use it for my knock around uke instead of the used Fluke I bought, which I find uncomfortable to play because of the neck shape.


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    Although, I suspect you want a tenor

    https://reverb.com/item/20122503-cor...l-bamboo-w-hsc

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    Quote Originally Posted by emarcano View Post
    This is a solid top (in thickness, as bamboo is made up of a bunch of long sticks glued together).
    I've never tried a bamboo uke. I don't have a problem with the concept. But I do have a problem with anyone claiming to make an instrument (unless it's a flute) of "solid bamboo". To get a flat surface of bamboo, you have to apply a lot of compression and glue, something that it not true of other "solid wood" instruments. Maybe it's not technically a "laminate" either but calling it "solid" is deceptive at best.

    Regarding the particular instrument linked here, i have a hard time taking seriously any uke manufacturer who feels that the overall length is one of primary selling points. But maybe that's just me.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
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