Well.. my day is now officially made. I was, once again, randomly stumbling through the interwebs looking for cool new ukulele news when I stumbled on a Youtube video of someone named, Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer. Somewhere in the short description it something about a Banjolele (Banjo + Ukulele hybrid) so I hopped right on over to Youtube. What did I find? Oh... not much. Only a perfect British chap recounting the history of hip-hop, on banjolele, in about 5 minutes. That's right, from Rapper's Delight through Run DMC and the Beastie Boys all the way up to Eminem. My mind is blown and I need more!
So, being someone who plays ukulele, you are used to being happy and the center of attention, right? I mean, let's face it, people count on us to play the clown a little bit, right? If you ever saw me play, you'd know it was true. Seeing a big guy playing this tiny little instrument just brings a smile to your face.
Now... imagine if that ukulele was decorated to look like a frog. Huzzah!
Hmm... that thumbnail is freaking tiny! Sorry about that, but if you look at "Stagg Frog Ukulele with Gig Bag" you'll see the whole deal. I did some searching on the Internet and the only other one of these that I saw was on a site that I didn't know much about. Besides, everyone has an ebay account, right? 😉
Anyway, here's some more information from the auction:
Traditional soprano Ukulele w/ Frog graphic top, in black nylon gigbag - Top: nato - Back & Sides: nato - Neck & Headstock: nato - Fingerboard & Bridge: nato - Tuners: geared pegs w/ "antique white" plastic knobs - Scale length: 349 mm, (13.74 in.) - Fingerboard Dim. 177 mm (7 in.), 12 frets - Neck & Head: 300 mm (12 in.) - Body: 240 mm, (9.3 in.)- Total length: 540 mm, (21.25 in.) - Finish: Frog design.
Now get out there and make a fool of yourself! But, for god's sake, do it tastefully.
That thing is foxy! It is also, apparently, a limited edition. But, it does come with a gig bag. So, if you were looking for a step-up on the standard ukulele starter kit, this might be a great way to go. The auction includes free shipping, from Great Britain , so that seems pretty decent.
Hold the phone, check out this deal for what appears to be the same instrument
Something like $8 cheaper! And, with Amazon Prime it qualifies for free shipping. Actually, I think that you get free shipping anyway because it's over $50. Score! Something tells me, though, that the ebay auction will be cheaper for our friends across the pond. It seems like many of the Amazon products that I list are quite a bit more in Europe.
Anyway, you have two methods for acquiring the same beautiful ukulele!
Alright, it's the third week of my crazy #MusicMonday promise on twitter. I'm not ready to let anyone down, just yet. I wrote this song for a love song project with a friend. Yup, it was for the same project that I mentioned in my, "Original Song: UPS Girl by Ukulele Guy" post. Anyway, we were talking about the concept for the band and I said something like, "It has to be really specific girl's names. You know, something like 'Megan Lannegan, my assistant manager'". So, I had to put my money where my mouth was and make a song titled Megan Lannegan. Here's the first draft.
So... you have some ukuleles (Wait, you do have some ukuleles, right? If not, correct that problem and get a ukulele already!). Anyway, you have ukuleles, but you need somewhere to put them when you aren't playing them. I mean.. you can't play all three of them at once, right? Well, sounds like you need to buy this hand carved ukulele wall mount on ebay.
I currently have something like that in my office and it holds up to 5 guitars/ukes. But, I can tell you right now that it cost me more than $30. Plus.... my poor thumbs! (damn you, hammer!). Here's some notes from the auction:
Welcome!! This piece is carved out of Select Pine and stained brown. It measures 24" x 5-1/2" x 3/4" thick. The black pegs (3/4" soft foam rubber over steel) have 1-1/2" clearance and are 3" long. I will supply two 2" screws to secure the holder *additional hardware may be needed for your application* Thanks for looking, and if you like unique carvings and I'm sure you do, please be sure to check out my other auctions & store inventory. Thank you.