Monthly Archives: August 2015

BugsGear Concert Aqulele Review

I had a chance to check out the new BugsGear Concert Aqulele.  I’ve had the original soprano Aqulele for a while now, so I was excited when the concert version was released.

It has a slotted headstock and is strung with a “low g” wound string.  The model’s main color is orange, but it also comes in red, green, and blue.


It has the same style of bridge as the soprano Aqulele, so changing the strings is easy.  Simply tie the end in a knot, pop the knot through the hole, and lock it into place.

The “F hole” is printed on the top.  The real sound hole is a side port.  The glossy black pickguard is inlayed into the sound board.

This plastic ukulele is great for changes in temperature and humidity.  On top of that, it is super playable and sounds great.

Here is the video review and sound sample:

Utah Uke Fest – 2015

On July 18th, 2015 I was able to attend the 4th Annual Utah Uke Fest in American Fork Utah.  Well, we will get to that a little later.  Two days before that I was on live morning TV to promote the Uke Fest.

Here is the video of the segment I was on:

 

Ok, back the real Fest.  It was a full day of fun.  The morning had a workshops taught by M. Ryan Taylor (the founder of the Fest) and the headliner of this year’s festival Danielle Ate the Sandwich.

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After the lunchtime open mic contest (I was a judge again this year), it was time for my 2 hour workshop.  During this time, we assembled my travel uke kits.  The workshop was limited to 5 people, and it sold out quickly weeks before the festival.

Completed travel ukulele ready for strings.

A whole of completed travel ukuleles (including my demo model).

A happy bunch of fellows.

A highlight video of the workshop.

 

That night I played one song at the main concert.  I used my electric harp ukulele and played a cover of “The Blur, The Line and the Thickest of Onions” by Little Comets.

Video of my performance:

It was another great Utah Uke Fest.  I’m looking forward to next year!

 

 

 

Plans in Action: Chris from Kentucky

I love to hear from people who have used my plans successfully. Chris from Kentucky sent me an email with pictures from his “Wolfgang Uke” project.  He started out making the simple rectangular body from the free plans, but then decided to do something more elaborate.


The body is red oak, and the body is pine.

In progress.

This ukulele turned out great.  Nice work Chris!  What do you plan to build next?