Monthly Archives: May 2015

Les Paul Electric Ukulele

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$$

Here’s another electric ukulele modeled after a classic guitar shape.

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For the first tiime, I used gold hardware.  I’m normally use chrome or occasionally black hardware.  I think the gold hardware looks great on the red body.

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The paint was from an auto parts store.  It’s red with metal flecks.

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The body wood is alder and the neck wood is maple.  The fretboard is rosewood.

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WIth the ukulele complete and a gig bag case from eBay, this thing is ready to rock.

 

See it in action:

Kamoa E3 Ukulele Review

I’m taking a look at the E3-C concert ukulele from Kamoa. It’s a really pretty ukulele made with solid wood.

This uke comes with a “low g” wound string.  It has a solid spruce top, and solid maple neck, back and sides.  Along with that, it has a bone nut and saddle.

The back and top both have white binding.  The tuners are Kamoa branded geared tuners.

I really like the the clean look of the bridge. The end of the strings are tied into knots and tucked in behind the saddle.  The fretboard has diamond inlays at the 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th frets.

Get more information at Kamoa’s website.

Here’s my video review:

Ukulele with headphone amp

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$$

For this project, I wanted to have a headphone preamp built into the the body of the instrument. I decided to make the instrument a tenor ukulele.

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The outline of the body is a aluminum rod.

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The heaphone amp is powered by a 9 volt battery.  The battery is housed in a little compartment on the back.

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The body is basswood, the neck is maple and the fretboard is rosewood.

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The output jack is is attached to a strat style jack plate.

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On the top of the instrument is a combination volume control/power switch.  There is also a green LED power indicator and a headphone jack.

 

Here’s a video demo of it: