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Video: 6-String Ukulele Sound Comparisons

Posted in Ukulele Videos on August 2nd, 2011 by Uke Guy – 2 Comments

So, the night before I went on a little mini-vacation to Wisconsin, I got my 6-string Aquila string set in the mail.  So, I strung up my new OU-26T 6-String Tenor Ukulele so I could show you guys how it sounds with the proper strings on there.  I think you'll agree that the sound differences between my 6-string tenor uke and my low-G tenor uke are pretty dang dramatic!

If I don't seem as perky in this video, it's because my wife and two boys had been gone for over a week at this point.  So, if you have kids, then you know how that goes.  It's like 2-3 days of late nights, beer, bad movies and video games and then the rest of the days are spent moping around the house.  I honestly missed the sound of the boys screaming at each other.  Heh.

Also, I'd thank you to not look up my shorts during the whole video.

The Oscar Schmidt OU-26T 6-string Tenor Ukulele (huzzah!)

Posted in Ukulele News on July 24th, 2011 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

So, yesterday was a damn fine day. Two ukulele events coincided with each other and the stars truly aligned for awesomeness. First, the mailman delivered my set of Orcas Low-G tenor strings (which I was going to use for my Lanikai CK-TEQ tenor ukulele). Next, I scored an Oscar Schmidt OU-26T 6-string tenor ukulele for a meager $45 on Craigslist. The guy who was selling it lives in Polson, MT. That's about an hour away from Missoula (where I reside), for those of you who aren't familiar with Montana geography (for shame!). But, as luck would have it, his wife was traveling to our shopping mall yesterday and he sent the uke down with her.

So, beside the fact that I was going to have to intentionally visit the mall, the day was really looking like it was gonna rule. The lady I was meeting suggested we meet at the coffee shop in the center of the mall. I'm sure she naturally assumed that since I was from Craigslist that I was murdering rapist. Heh. So, I met her and had a look at the 6-string tenor and it was in perfect condition. I played it a little bit (long enough to entertain other coffee shop patrons and not so long as to be tossed out of the mall for busking) and something sounded a little weird about it. It looked to me as if he strung it a little bit weird. But, no matter, still a fine deal.

So, when I got it home I realized what he had done. The A and C strings on the OU-26T are supposed to be double strings. But, they are also supposed to be octaves. Now, he had both strings playing the same note and not octaves. The end result being that the smaller gauge string was really "floppy". I did my best to fix it up and, sadly, snapped the C string. The A strings are a real nice octave, though. I just ordered a new set of Aquila 6-string tenor strings, though, so I'll make more videos when I get it strung up properly.

Anyway, here is a video that shows you how a Low-G tenor ukulele sounds and also how the OU-26T sounds with only 5 strings. ;)

I should probably mention, again, that these Orcas strings are really incredible.  Do yourself a favor and get a set to see what I mean.  And, if you have a tenor ukulele, you should definitely get a set of the Low-G strings.  They sound so full and rich.



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Orcas Fluorocarbon U900 Ukulele Duo Strings Medium RED Made In Japan
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A guy in love…. (covers Magnetic Fields, of course)

Posted in Ukulele Songs on March 24th, 2010 by Uke Guy – 3 Comments

So, today I felt like I needed to do something special for my wife, Erika.  I stayed up super late playing poker and maybe drinking too many beers and I slept in too late, etc.  She's the center of my world and I knew I needed to remind her of that today.  So, what did I do?  Well, I covered some Magnetic Fields, of course!

Maybe this doesn't make sense to everyone, but Magnetic Fields are pretty much a touchstone for us.  Hell, our youngest son's middle name is Merritt for heaven's sake.  We're pretty rabid fans.

But, this song is something special for us.  A fantastic Missoula band, The Oblio Joes, played on our wedding day and they played this song as "our song".  I actually sang it with them (although, I guess I probably should have been dancing with Erika, right?) and it sealed this song in time, as ours.

Then several years later, The Oblio Joes played their last show ever in Caras Park in Missoula.  Well, this last show took place on the anniversary of our wedding.  So, as a surprise to Erika, I jumped up on stage and sand Strange Powers with the Obes for the last time.

Well, today I had to do it without the Obes, but I did as best as I could.  There are 11 tracks in this song and they are:

  1. muted strumming on a Tacoma acoustic guitar
  2. muted strumming on a Rogue baritone ukulele
  3. muted strumming on a Lanikai CK-TEQ tenor ukulele
  4. bass on my Applause acoustic bass
  5. guitar on my Tacoma acoustic guitar
  6. ukulele on my Lanikai CK-TEQ tenor ukulele
  7. vocals
  8. backup vocals
  9. tiny hook on my Kala Pocket Ukulele
  10. weird harpsichord (?) part on my Lanikai CK-TEQ tenor ukulele
  11. synth electric guitar sound from my Eleuke

Oh yeah, and I recorded it on my MOTU Traveller interface.  I love it!  And I used an AKG C 2000B Microphone.  But, enough of all that tech jibber jabber.  This one is for my baby.  I hope you like it, Erika.

Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover) - by Ukulele Guy, for Erika

P.S.  I need a windscreen for my mic.... I know.  I'm buying one today as well as new Aquila strings. ;)

P.P.S. I'd love to make a video for this song.  You know one of those rad videos that shows me playing each of the instruments as the part comes in for the first time.  But, that seems like a ton of work and I'm not really sure what software to use.  Does everyone do those with Adobe Premier?  It seems like it has a steep learning curve (and costs about a million dollars).  Any other suggestions?

P.P.P.S  Crap.  I just realized that I muffed the lyrics in a few spots.  Hopefully Stephen Merritt never hears this because I'm not sure I could stand up to his sardonic comments and cool stare.

Lanikai SM-T Spalted Mango Tenor Ukulele

Posted in Ukulele Deals on November 9th, 2009 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

I've never seen a Lanikai SM-T Tenor Ukulele before.  In fact, I'll go one further and say that I've never seen a spalted mango ukulele before.  I love it!  But, what does it sound like?  Well, I did some searching on Youtube and found this video of a guy playing a Lanikai Spalted Mango Ukulele, but I couldn't verify the model.

This ebay auction for a Lanikai SM-T pretty much just got listed, so keep your eyes on it.



Lanikai Model SM T Tenor Size Ukulele Solid Spalted Mango Factory Blem 2071
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Lanikai Model SM T Tenor Size Ukulele Solid Spalted Mango Factory Blem 837
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Lanikai SM T
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Lanikai LU-21 and Lanikai LU-21P

Posted in Ukulele Deals on November 9th, 2009 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

So, I've been pretty intrigued with the Lanikai LU-21 as one of the better choices for a starter ukulele.  Heck, even at $70 it seemed like a good deal but the price is just getting cheaper and cheaper.  So, I went looking for reviews and I found this great Youtube review of the LU-21.

Pretty thorough!  Well, if you do want to get your hands on this ukulele, here are 3 different methods for doing so and also there is another variation you might be interested in.

eBay:

Most of the Lanikai LU-21P ukuleles on ebay are around $79.  You can do better than that, right?  Well, you might want to bid on this auction for your Lanikai LU-21. Right now it's only $30.



Lanikai Baritone Ukulele LU 21B by Hohner
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MIM Lanikai Tenor LU 21T Laminate Mahogany Setup Ukulele Uke x904
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Lanikai LU 21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele Factory Blem 023
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Lanikai LU 21B Mahogany Baritone Size Ukulele Set up  Ready to Play
Lanikai LU 21B Mahogany Baritone Size Ukulele Set up Ready to Play
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Musician's Friend:

Depending on the deals and specials that are running, sometimes Musician's Friend has cheaper prices than Amazon and other times they don't.  However, what they do have is great customer service and a fantastic return policy.  Also, if you are looking to buy more than just a ukulele (strings, mics, cords, etc) then you'll spend less time looking at Musician's Friend and overall, I'd expect your cost to be just about the same as Amazon.  On the Lanikai LU-21 and LU-21P, though, they are about $10 higher than amazon.

Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele Rosewood Fretboard from Musicians Friend

Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele Rosewood Fretboard from Musician's Friend

Then look at this cute little pineapple number, the Lanikai LU-21P!

Lanikai LU-21P Pineapple Ukulele Rosewood Fretboard from Musicians Friend

Lanikai LU-21P Pineapple Ukulele Rosewood Fretboard from Musician's Friend

Amazon:

So, in this case at least, Amazon has the best deal (unless you can score that ebay auction for less than $49).  Check it out:

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele from Amazon.com

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele from Amazon.com

Lanikai LU-21P Pinapple Ukulele from Amazon.com

Lanikai LU-21P Pinapple Ukulele from Amazon.com

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele

Posted in Ukulele Deals on November 3rd, 2009 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

dropDavid, on Twitter, asked me the following, "hey uke guy :D i need professional advice, should i buy the lanikai lu21 concert uke? is it a good buy for the price?"

Well friend, I think you are gonna be psyched.  Let me start out by saying that I have been the proud owner of a CK-TEQ Lanikai Ukulele for about 5 years and I absolutely love it!  I know we aren't talking about me or my ukulele, but look at this pretty thing!

Lanikai CK-TEQ Tenor Curly Koa Acoustic Electric Ukulele

Lanikai CK-TEQ Tenor Curly Koa Acoustic Electric Ukulele

Anyway, I did some research on the Lanikai LU-21 and it looks like a pretty great ukulele for the price.

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele

$49 is a great price for your first ukulele and looking through the reviews, it sounds like a good value.  There were a total of 12 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars.  Not too shabby!  Lanikai ukuleles are well made and they sound great.  Like I said, I'm totally in love with mine.  I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.

Another uke you might look at is the Oscar Schmidt OU2 Concert Ukulele.  It's only $7 more and it looks beautiful.  I've never personally played one, but I hear people say that they are quality instruments.