Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pineapple Ukuleles

Pineapples! Pineapples! Pineapples! Perhaps you own one or two in your own personal collection or maybe you've thought about trying one out and wanted to know something about them.

To start with the pineapple's design was patented first by Samuel K. Kamaka in Hawaii, 1928. The design and style proved to be popular and over the years others have produced their own pineapple styled ukulele in various scales and tonewoods. Some that we carry are Kala, Makala, Ohana, Kamoa, Mainland Ukes, Pono, Ko Aloha, Ko'olau, Makai, Magic Fluke's Flea and sort of a pineapple shape from Pepe Romero's Tiny Tenor.

Tone wise it seems the pineapple shape produces more bass than the traditional figure eight shaped ukuleles. Using a variety of tone woods change the sound as it would with any other ukulele.
mahogany and Koa tend to produce the warmest tone with mango adding a bit more treble. Very lively sounds are coming from the spruce and cedar tops. The sizes UKE Republic carries are soprano, soprano with concert scale neck, concert and concert with tenor necks and then of course tenor body and scale currently being produced by Ko'olau and Pono using solid mango wood.

So what's coming in 2015 for pineapples? Ohana is producing a solid spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides in a deluxe model. I had the opportunity to play it in both soprano and concert and was very impressed. I'm sure many more models will be produced by all the makers as this style of ukulele continues it's popularity.

We carry an excellent hard case that fits soprano pineapples from Ohana, Mainland Ukes, Makai and Kamoa ukuleles.The Steady semi rigid case and RBX by Reunion Blues will fit the other sizes and styles.

Currently we are featuring some excellent prices on pineapple ukuleles so check out UKE Republic's  Pineapple and Unique Ukulele category page and try out one of these "sweet" ukuleles. 

Here's a sneak peak of Ohana's new pineapple for 2015 being demoed by Ken Middleton.