Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ukuleles Anonymous 12/29/09 Live Photos

I want to thank everyone that came out for the Ukuleles Anonymous debut live show in Waikiki. It was held at the Lotus Sound Bar on Kuhio Avenue, and we got a great turnout. The show lasted from 9:15PM until about midnight. I would also like to thank our co-sponsor Good Life promotions, and Ukulele Puapua. I was on ukulele and lead vocal. Gavin Ono of Halau I ka Wekiu fame was on upright bass, and Shawn Matsuoka was on Lap Steel and acoustic guitar. We would like to run this as a monthly event, and I hope that I can count on your support in the future. Thank you for supporting the local music scene. Mahalo!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

D'angelico Tenor Tiple Ukulele


John D'angelico (1905-1964) built some of the finest archtop guitars ever made. He learned how to make instruments from his great uncle Signor Ciani who was famed for his mandolin and flat top guitars. Mr. D'angelico further studied violin making and the classical influence is apparent in his f-hole archtops. He was able to produce about 35 instruments a year at the peak of production. While D'angelico guitars are not noted for exceptional power or volume, they do possess an exceptionally smooth mellow tone, fantastic sustain, and such balance that every note up and down the fingerboard is said to ring with the same clarity and volume. These instruments are excellent for stage or studio. D'angelico mandolins are exceedingly rare as well. There were only 3 ukuleles made by John D'angelico. One is a Spruce top Tenor that resides in the American Guitar Museum in New York. The second is a mahogany standard from the 30s. The last is this Tenor Sunburst Tiple. Perhaps the only D'angelico ukulele that is available on the open market.

This instrument is available through Ukulele Puapua. Please inquire with Tyler for more details, or to set up a viewing of the instrument. Mahalo.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ukulele Guild of Hawaii 2009

From left to right. Mike Chock Tenor, Road Toad Tenor, Road Toad Soprano.

Eric DeVine's full custom parlor guitar. Holy Moley. Yes please.....

I think that my personal favorite this year was this jigsawed tenor ukulele. I have never seen anything like it. What a great idea.

Here is a very creative double necked ukulele (8 string Tenor, and 4 string Concert) from Pahu Kani 'ukulele. Awesome!

Aki from Puapua with Mr. Eric DeVine.

Rising star of the 'ukulele Mr. Kalei Gamiao. If you haven't checked out Kalei's debut CD, shame on you. U bettah go try for listen! Here he shares his stunning full custom Kamaka Tenor.

Mr Takahashi of T's Guitar/Ukulele in Japan (two time winner of Best in Show UGH), along with Kuni Matsui (ukulele insider), and the one and only Ohta San.

Kimo Hussey has been a great supporter of both the UGH and 'ukulele in general. Here he shares a rare Baritone 6 string from Eric DeVine of Lahaina.

Dan Ryerson of Moloka'i shared this Tenor with Florentine cutaway and slotted headstock.

John Ravary's arch top ukuleles. I have been trying to get luthiers to take me up on this for years. These ukuleles are great.

Gavin and I pack up after a live set for the Guild attendees.

"Roy" San from Japan with Owen Holt of Road Toad and his Jazz Uke Bass.

Your truly with the asymmetrical Road Toad tenor.


Here are some shots from the Ukulele Guild of Hawai'i that was held at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel on November 20-21 of this year. The Ukulele Guild is held yearly in Honolulu as an opportunity for local professional and hobbyists to come and showcase their works. This is also an excellent opportunity for ukulele afficionados to do some reasearch and drooling. Lots of drooling. Anyhow, this is the event through which I have gotten to know some of the finest builders both here and abroad. Lately, this event has seen entries from Hawai'i, the mainland U.S., and even Japan! I hope that you will all mark your calendars now for next year's UGH. It is usually held on the weekend of the third week of November. Mahalo!