Category Archives: Announcements

Ava Travel Ukulele

I had a chance to check out the Ava Travel Ukulele and make a video about it.  It’s a cool design that is very portable AND has a built-in amp.

The Kickstarter funding campaign is underway.  Check out its perk and updates.

Ava Ukulele Kickstarter

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Utah Uke Fest – 2018

UTAH UKE FEST WEBSITE

The 2018 Utah Uke Fest is fast approaching. It will take place on June 23, 2018. This will be the 7th annual event.  I’ve attended the festival every year, and taught classes at all of them except for the very first year.  There will be around 14 unique classes and workshops, along with 2 separate ukulele open mics, impromptu jams, and a capstone evening concert.  I’ll be playing a couple of songs at the evening concert [look for the guy playing the Lafayette Lilt].

I will be leading a canjo building workshop at this year’s festival.  We will have a great time assembling canjo kits made by C.B. Gitty.

Here is a video that I made about the kits.

The festival is held in Highland Utah.  Highland is a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City, or 25 minutes north of Provo.

This a delightful free event for people of all ages.  (The only part with a cost is my workshop to pay for the canjo kits.)   The Original Utah Uke Fest is the oldest, most well-rounded, and best ukulele festival in Utah.

Check the schedule and get more info here:

http://www.utahukefest.org/

 

Circuits and Strings Guitar Multi-Tool

It’s no secret that I love multi-tools.  I have them on my wrist, on my belt buckle, and a few in my pocket.

I have now designed my own guitar shaped multi-tool that includes 3 wrenches sized for luthier jobs like adjusting tuning machine bushings, output jacks, and potentiometer nuts.

Head over to the FOR SALE tab to find out how to get one.

(I also just added Circuits and Strings guitar/ukulele straps to that page)

Shane Speal (cigar box guitar player/builder/guru) checking out my tool.

 

Backpacker Ukulele Waiting List

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017:  I’ve stopped accepting new submissions to the waiting list.   The list was getting long,  and my ability to fulfill the requests was limited due to other obligations and projects.  I’m now exploring some partnerships with luthier shops to make more of these ukuleles.  If you want to get in touch with me, head over to the contact page.

 

Ever since releasing the video about my Backpacker Ukulele, I’ve had people inquiring about purchasing one.

 

You can now join the Backpacker Ukulele Waiting List.  The price is $130 which includes free shipping within the USA.   International order costs will be based on the actual shipping.

(UPDATE:  As of right now, I am only planning on making concert versions [the size shown in the videos].  I will also be making the ukuleles acoustic only.  After testing the removable pickup, I’ve found that it makes too much noise since it is not permanently embedded.)

One Million Views and 4000 Subscribers Giveaway

I hit 1,000,000 video views shortly after reaching 4,000 YouTube subscribers.

To celebrate, I’m giving away some of my fretboard keychains.

I’ll be picking around 10 of my favorite YouTube comment questions and mailing them a fretboard keychain.  (I’m limiting this giveaway to US residents because of high international shipping costs)

Watch the video to learn more:

Make sure to leave the question on the YouTube video, not on this blog post

(YouTube link https://youtu.be/6RmmVvW1R9g)

Good luck!

 

Travel Ukulele (3D Model Files)

Craig from Seattle emailed some awesome files to me.  He made 3D computer models of my Backpacker and regular Travel Ukulele.  He even made a model of the turnaround piece.  (I use a tattoo grip, but his file can be 3D printed)

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Don’t those models look pretty?

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Here is Craig’s completed Backpacker Travel Ukulele.  It looks great!

He used a CNC machine (the Shapeoko 3 to be exact) for the main body, and sawed the fret slots manually.

Download the files here:  Travel Ukulele 3D files

Thanks for the proactive help, Craig!