Tag Archives: Gear

NAMM 2018 Ukulele Gear Mega Playlist

Ah, my favorite time of year. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) holds a huge trade show in Anaheim each year, and there always follows a cornucopia of interviews from companies in the ukulele space. The show is an opportunity for manufacturers to connect with vendors who sell the products. Lucky for us, the ukulele community… Read More »

Kamaka 100th Anniversary Ukuleles

The Kamaka 100th Anniversary ukuleles are coming for sale online at ukes.com. And no, I’m not affiliated at all with that company – I just compulsively watch their stock. These instruments have a special 100th anniversary headstock logo. For a taste, here’s a 100th Anniversary HF-3 Tenor. Check them all out, mixed into non-100th Anniversary models,… Read More »

A Comparison of the K Brand Ukuleles

“K Brand” refers to the well-known Hawaiian ukulele makers. They share a few attributes that set them apart from other ukulele brands: They’re all hand-made in Hawaii. Their ukuleles are almost all made of solid Koa, the traditional Hawaiian wood used in ukuleles. They’re professional grade and pricey (roughly $1,000 and up). The big four Hawaiian ukulele makers typically included in this… Read More »

Ukulele Strings Comparison Guide

The general consensus on choosing ukulele strings is that you just have to try a bunch and see what you like. The sound and playability of a given string set is highly subjective to personal preference and differs considerably from instrument to instrument. That said, comparing strings is expensive, time-consuming and laborious. So I enjoy reading others’ impression of… Read More »

String Showdown: Worth Clear vs. D’Addario Pro-Arte

Ukulele players love their strings. When I played guitar, it seemed there wasn’t much difference between steel strings. But a big range of tones is achieved with different strings on a single ukulele. The problem is, different strings sound and play different depending on the ukulele, so the only way to compare them is to try them.… Read More »