Most acoustic ukuleles can be plugged in with the addition of a internal pick or a cheap stick-on pickup. This page focuses on purely Electric Ukuleles. These are typically solid body instruments with pickups. Either magnetic pickups in the same vein as solid body guitar electric pickups or a piezo under the saddle pickups.
There are a few builders and manufactures that make solid body ukuleles that look just like miniature Fender Telecasters or Gibson Les Paul guitars.
Risa Ukulele of Germany is the leaders in production electric ukuleles and was one of the first to offer a solid-body electric ukulele.
Depending on the construction, a solid body ukulele might be able to use steal strings.
( Curt ) I have an Airline Mandola - Seafoam Green that is a 18in scale length. Really close to a standard 17in tenor ukulele scale length so I removed four of the strings and tuned it like a ukulele: G C E A.
Joel Eckhaus, Luthier
12 Fairlawn Ave.
S. Portland, ME 04106
from the Earnest Musical Instruments web site
EARNEST INSTRUMENTS are created for musicians who require functional, distinctive, high quality tools for making music. These are not your garden variety music store axes, but uncommon musical instruments designed to meet the needs of innovative players looking for something a little different. Rather than build reproductions of standard manufactured items, EARNEST combines time-tested styles and designs to create unique, original instruments with a classic appearance. Every effort is made to build the finest sounding and playing instruments. Their expense results from the quality of the materials and workmanship rather than unnecessary detail or excessive ornamentation. Materials are chosen for utility, tone, and appearance. Domestic and lesser known exotic tonewoods are favored over rare, overpriced, and often endangered species. Natural and manufactured materials are combined with appropriate adhesives and fasteners, at optimum humidity, to insure the stability and durability of the instruments. Earnest Instruments are built for a lifetime of music making!
from the Kamoa Ukulele web site
Kamoa™ Ukulele Company is dedicated to building high quality bell tone instruments. Our “One player at a time” philosophy is the basis for the countless experiences that will resonate with you for years to come through the lifelong enjoyment of music on your Kamoa™ ukulele. From Exceptional student models priced around $100 up to divine custom masterpieces, we have a tailored Kamoa™ experience ready for you whether you are a true beginner or ukulele master.
401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company brand.
from the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company web site
Ko’olau Guitars and ‘Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains.
For many years Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele has been building some of the finest quality ukes money can buy, allowing the customer to pick from many woods and decorative options. The company was founded and is still run by John Kitakis, whose career began as a furniture maker. He moved from the mainland US to Hawaii forty years ago, then for a period of time went back to the mainland doing warranty repair work for Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Guild and other guitar manufacturers, and in between built custom guitars and mandolins. Eventually he, his wife and children returned to Oahu to begin Ko’olau Guitar & Ukulele Company. All of John’s children worked in the family business, from sorting screws to sweeping floors. His oldest son, Noa eventually chose to pursue stringed instrument making, and now manages all Ko’olau production. His youngest son, Andrew also joined the family doing repairs and assisting in Ko’olau construction and finishing, but eventually established his own retail guitar and ‘ukulele business.
Team International Co.,Ltd
Suite 706, 7th Fl. Gitic Plaza
339 Huanshi Dong Road, PO Box 510098
Guang Zhou, China
Tel: 86-20-8331 7250
Fax: 86-20-8331 72 63
from the Mahalo web site
We select materials. We carry strict inspection at every procedure of production by our own people. We listen to every quality comment from any of our customers and try our best to make improvements. We are proud to say that Even the Cheapest Ukulele Gets Every Care and Passion Needed for Serious Instruments.
1002 Bradford Place
Joelton, TN 37080
eMail: [email protected]
from the Mandolins by Jonathan Mann web site
A “small shop” instrument builder and currently building acoustic and electric mandolin family instruments, electric ukuleles and other random custom instruments. A while back a customer emailed me and wanted to talk to me about building an electric steel string Uke…this worked out quite well since the electric mandolins I build are very similar in size, scale to the Ukulele.
Ko’olau Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company
**401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, **Hawaii ;96786
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Pono brand.
from the Pono web site
Pono instruments are professionally designed and handcrafted by the Ko’olau Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company on the Island of Java, with final adjustments and set-up on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Here is what the Kitakis familay says about a Pono vs. their higher end Ko’olau, and I whole heartily agree.
“And our Pono workers have the same meticulous and conscientious attitude that we have in Hawaii. We consider our Pono and Ko’olau ukuleles similar to the duo level auto makers such as Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infinity, and Honda/Acura. Both are made by the same manufacturer, but made in various locations around the world, and both are very high quality.”
“I’ve owned five or six Pono ukuleles in the past before I got my Ko’olau and we opened our Funky Frets music store. These are amazing instruments for the cost.” - **Curt Sheller**
from the RISA Musical Instruments GmbH web site
RISA Musical Instruments is a young innovative company. They design, produce and distribute small stringed instruments. Niche products with volume potential are our main focus.
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