I busted out my handmade electric ukulele, my Namuai tenor ukulele, some bongos, and an 1980s Omnichord in this cover of the hit song “Don’t Let Me Down”.
I was able to attend the NAMM show in Anaheim, California for the first time this year. I (of course) searched out the ukuleles booths. Check out the above video to see some of the most interesting ukes (and other things) I saw at the show.
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.)
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)
Don’t those models look pretty?
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!
I’m selling handmade fretboards necklaces and keychains. They are made by me in my garage. They come in various sizes (ranging from 1″ to 3″) and the majority of them are dark brown (although I did make a few maple ones). Send an email to me to order and let me know if you want small, medium, large, or random size. PayPal is the preferred method of payment.
Above are the results of the voting. Congratulations to the winners. Everyone who entered did a great job.
Winner of my Tennis Racquet Ukulele:
Winners of guitar holders. (There are 3 winners instead of 2 because 3rd place was a tie)
Here are all the video entries in my Lafayette Lilt contest. I’m very impressed with the entries.
Please vote for your favorite entry. You may vote every day until January 15, 2016. Feel free to share the link to this post with family and friends.
Good luck to the contestants! You guys are awesome!
Ryan Mars Hall