Thursday, July 14, 2016

I suck

Yep, it's true. I haven't blogged in far too long. Sorry for my absence. Life happens. Kids happen. Job responsibilities happen. Home ownership happens (chasing raccoons out of my chimney, cutting up fallen trees, sealing cracks, etc.)

While I don't have time to update with the same frequency that I did a few years ago, I'm going to make a concerted effort to put something up every once in awhile, be it a tab, review, or another apology 2 years from now for not doing anything. :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Schoenhut Ukulele Winner!

We had a lot of fun with the "why do you love the ukulele" contest. Congrats to Cecile from Utah! He loves the ukulele because "it is cheaper than therapy". We couldn't agree more! Thanks everyone for playing. We'll do another giveaway soon so stay tuned.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Yamaha Guitalele review

It's a ukulele! No's a guitar! No's a Ukutar? Yeah, Guitalele sounds a lot cooler. Nice Job, Yamaha! My wife got me this Yamaha Guitalele (GL-1) for my birthday this year. I thought it was a cool idea, but since it was around $100, I really wasn't expecting too much from it. But I'm pleasantly surprised by it! Smaller scale guitars (like pocket guitars) have been around for some time, but these guitaleles are new territory. Here's the report card....

Specs and details: Spruce Top, Meranti back and sides, Rosewood fretboard and bridge. Scale length 17". Geared tuners.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Schoenhut Ukulele Giveaway!!!

You've got a shot to win this toy Schoenhut Ukulele! Actually, you've got a lot of shots to win it with the "Why I love the ukulele" contest.

Here's how it works. Fill out the form below and tell us in 5 words or less why you love the ukulele. We'll pick our favorite each day for the next 20 days and each daily favorite will be entered into the drawing to win this lovely little uke.

The best part is that you can play every single day!

We'll post the daily favorite on our Facebook and Twitter so make sure to like and/or follow us there to see if your entry was the daily favorite!

We'll do it every day through May 6th! Daily entries end each day at Midnight (central time).

Here's the form. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bugsgear Plastic Ukulele review

Everyone loves a plastic uke, right? This time around we're taking a look at this Bugsgear Aqulele Plastic Ukulele. The name doesn't sound familiar, but you might actually be familiar with the work of this same company. It's the same people that make the quirky looking Peanut Eleuke

This uke is made from ABS. This soprano scale uke is intended for the ukulele player on an adventure. It can be taken along camping, hiking, or just thrown in the back of the car without worrying about it. Think of it as the "Rocky" of the ukulele world. Here's the report card.....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"A place to hang my uke" winners!

Congrats to our contest winners! Mervin Keith is our first place winner with his "Couch Uke" picture with 43% of the vote. Runner up Jake Tolbert also earned himself a nice new wall hanger with "Uke in the Corner" taking 30% of the vote. Nice work guys! Enjoy your new ukulele wall hangers.

Special thanks to Etsy sellers Jon Woodworking and Toucan Mango. Make sure to stop by their shops and take a look at their work!

Here's the winning pictures....

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aquila Super Nylgut Ukulele Strings review

I decided awhile back that when it comes to reviewing strings, I'm not going to give a report card. The sound of strings can be so subjective that comparing one brand or type to another just seems moot. In order to find the "right" strings for your individual ukulele, you just have to try a bunch of different kinds and it all comes down to which ones YOU like the best. But that's really a topic best reserved for it's own blog post so I'll stop there.

This time around, we're testing out some new strings from Aquila - Super Nylgut. Almost every uke player has tried Aquila strings at least once so we're all pretty familiar with the overall solid reputation for their strings. Most ukulele enthusiasts seem to agree that Aquilas are best reserved for laminate ukuleles since the volume and tone of the strings tend to overpower the natural voice of solid wood ukes. I have concluded that this is generally a good application (but not absolutely always).