Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Happy Friday FaceBook Live July 15, 2022 with Mike at UKE Republic

HAPPY FRIDAY FROM UKE REPUBLIC Week of July 10 - 15!

FACEBOOK LIVE!


NEW PRODUCT UPDATE!
THIS JUST IN AT UKE REPUBLIC!
NEW! Kala Solid Body Tenor Ukuleles in Maple and Acacia.


Kala KA-SB-MAP Solid Body Tenor Ukulele at UKE Republic
Kala KA-SAB-ACA Solid Body Acacia Tenor Ukulele at UKE Republic


KALA KA-SB-MAP-T SOLID BODY MAPLE (also in acacia) TENOR UKULELE W/ BAG


The performer’s dream, the all-new Kala Solid Body Electric Ukulele brings a new dimension to ukulele recording, studio use, and amplified play. With the same traditional playability, light tension feel, and classic ukulele tone as the best of our acoustic offerings, this new Kala collection utilizes a fully-solid body design and powerful pickup to create the ideal instrument for performers across genres.


The perfect ukulele counterpart on-stage to the Electric Guitar and Electric Bass, this unique instrument can be played clean or paired seamlessly with external effects such as Chorus, Delay, and Distortion — all without the concerns of audio feedback.


FEATURES:

Tenor Scale

Solid Maple Body (Also in Acacia)


ALSO NEW AT UKE REPUBLIC!



KALA UK-BAMBOO BAMBOO TOP UKADELIC SOPRANO UKULELE

Kala’s new hybrid Ukadelic mixes the traditional wood ukulele with the durability of plastic. Each solid wood top Ukadelic has original laser-etched artwork with an arched plastic back that creates impressive sound projection. This uke is not shy—it likes to go places. Sturdy and rugged, throw it in the back of the car and take it to the beach or the woods where its big sound can be heard!


FEATURES:

  • Soprano Scale
  • Bamboo
  • ABS Plastic Back/Sides
  • Okoume Neck
  • Satin
  • ABS Plastic Fingerboard
  • Aquila Super Nylgut® Strings
  • Plastic Nut & Saddle
  • Black x1 Installed on Bottom


SPECS:

Scale Length: 13.5 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 21.0 inches, Body Length: 9.25 inches, Number of Frets: 12, Width at Upper Bout: 5.1875 inches, Width at Lower Bout: 7.125 inches, Width at Waist: 4.75 inches, Body Depth: 2.1875 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.375 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.75 inches


Friday, July 15, 2022

UKE Republic's FB Live Happy Friday July 8, 2022 - What's New?

Let's join Mike 👨 at UKE Republic for this week's Happy Friday recap of what's NEW at UKE Republic.
Tune in every Friday evening around 5:30 ish to catch Mike LIVE on our FaceBook Page. 


These featured ukuleles are available for purchase at UKE Republic, where Pro Setup is ALWAYS included!



KALA KA-CB-DECO-C ART DECO CIGAR BOX CONCERT UKULELE W/ BAG

Join the Cigar Box instrument movement! Kala’s homage to this innovative era of grassroots luthiery, our new Cigar Box Ukulele collection, brings this old-school bluesy practice to the world of ukulele with two original designs: Art Deco and Victorian.

With Art Deco, jubilant personality blooms from this thoughtful, polished framework!

The Cigar Box Ukulele is where ornate design meets quirky ingenuity. This model comes in a traditional rectangular “Cigar Box” body shape with Meranti wood construction and a detailed laser-etch design top.

**UKE Republic includes Pro Setup for optimal sound and playability.

FEATURES:

  • Concert Scale
  • Meranti Wood Top/Back/Sides
  • Art Deco Laser-Etched Design on Top
  • Meranti Wood Neck
  • Satin Finish
  • Indonesian Nandu Fingerboard and Bridge
  • Standard 3 Point Headstock w/ Kala Logo Laser-Etched
  • Open Gear, Chrome, Tuners w/ Black Buttons
  • Aquila Super Nylgut® Strings
  • Graph Tech TUSQ® Nut and Saddle
  • 1 Black Strap Button Installed on Bottom
  • Includes Padded Uke Bag w/ adjustable Backpack Straps
  • UKE Republic includes Pro Setup

SPECS:

Scale Length: 15.0 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 24.0 inches, Number of Frets: 18, Width at Upper Bout: 7.0 inches, Width at Lower Bout: 8.25 inches, Width at Waist: 7.75 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.375 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.75 inches


KALA KA-CB-VICT-C CIGAR BOX CONCERT UKULELE W/ BAG


Kala KA-CB-VICTORIAN Concert Ukulele Available at UKE Republic



KALA KA-MNGG-T ALL SOLID CURLY MANGO METROPOLITAN™ TENOR CUTAWAY UKULELE W/ BAG



Quickly recognizable for its distinct curly figuring of blonde and caramel streaks, Mango is a wood that thrives in tropical climates like Hawaii, Java, and India. This contemporary tonewood is the perfect match for players seeking a handcrafted ukulele that is both cosmetically beautiful and sonically competitive with the absolute best on the market. Sharing many tonal qualities with Hawaiian Koa, our All Solid Curly Mango Metropolitan™ Ukulele has a sweet and mellow character.


Kala's Metropolitan™ Series was designed for players needing an instrument that can match their trajectory and growth as an ukulele player — soloists, songwriters, and burgeoning performers will feel right at home with these distinct and feature-rich solid wood models. Every Kala Metropolitan™ Ukulele is all solid wood, handcrafted in Java, and includes a custom Kala Metropolitan™ Ukulele Gig Bag. UKE Republic includes Pro Setup for optimal sound and playability.


FEATURES:

  • Tenor Scale
  • Solid Top/Back/Sides
  • ABS - Black Binding
  • Rosewood Rosette
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Paddle Shape Headstock with Mother of Pearl Mango Design Inlay
  • Gloss Finish
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Chrome Geared Tuners
  • D’Addario® Pro-Arté Titanium Strings
  • Graph Tech NuBone® Nut and Saddle
  • Kala Deluxe Padded Gig Bag Included with Adjustable Shoulder Strap
  • UKE Republic Includes Pro Setup


SPECS:

Scale Length: 17.0 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 25.875 inches, Body Length: 11.875 inches, Number of Frets: 20, Width at Upper Bout: 6.875 inches, Width at Lower Bout: 9.125 inches, Width at Waist: 5.4375 inches, Body Depth: 3.25 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.375 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.8125 inches


Thursday, May 19, 2022

🍍🍍🍍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 the pineapple's design was patented first by Samuel K. Kamaka in Hawaii, in 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 tonewoods changes 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 its popularity.

We carry excellent hard cases that fit soprano pineapples from Ohana, Mainland Ukes, Makai, and Kamoa ukuleles. The Kala Transit semi-rigid case and Fremont Deluxe Carrying Case 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 peek of Ohana's new pineapple for 2015 being demoed by Ken Middleton.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Ukulele Sizes

Ukuleles Sizes

When you mention ukuleles, most people think of the small standard soprano size. That's understandable since the Tin Pan Alley scene popularized the size during the first ukulele wave during the 1920s and 1930s. Soon though, the larger sizes came on the scene when Arthur Godfrey, an American TV personality, preferred the larger size of a baritone. 


Those beginning their journey to learning the ukulele are surprised to find many sizes and shapes in the ukulele family. To start with, Sopranos and the Short Scales are the smallest of the ukulele family. These smaller ukes produce more treble tones than the warms and mid-tones of the concert and tenor sizes (mid-range) and then on up to the Baritone ukuleles, which are the largest size in the ukulele family and produce the most resonant tone.


UKE Republic carries a wide variety of all these sizes of ukulele. We are happy to assist in finding the right fit and sound for you. You can find our YouTube channel, where we have demo videos of most sizes and models. If you are in the Metro Atlanta area, stop by our showroom and try the different sizes and shapes. Or give us a call and speak with our expert staff to answer any questions you may have. 


Of course, there's the matter of tonewoods, but that's a whole other rabbit hole. 


​*Tip - to achieve a deeper bass tone to soprano, concert, tenor size ukulele just replace the high g string with a low G string. 
 **The sizes listed below are based upon averages. 

Short Scale Ukuleles L to R: Sopranissimo, Sopranino, Soprano


short scale ukuleles, sopranissimo, sopranino, soprano

Sopranissimo Ukulele Demo


Sopranino Ukulele Demo


Soprano Ukulele Demo



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The NAMM 2017 UKE Republic Experience

2017 Winter NAMM Impressions and NEW Items at Uke Republic

Always a fun time going to southern California and attending the 2017 NAMM show but it's also serious work going over all the new products, trying them out and choosing new things to introduce at Uke Republic.

Some of these items are available now and others will be made available throughout the year.

To start off, there was plenty to see and try. New ukuleles were abounding, so here are some highlights.

First, let's start with Blackbird.


  • Blackbird Guitars and Ukuleles

Blackbird continues to impress us with their innovations using their own Ekoa material to produce their new tenor -Farallon and concert Clara. The sound is so sweet and it's nice to know it's made from a sustainable and green material. 


Joe Luttwak (L) of Blackbird Guitars and Mike McQueen of UKE Republic

  • Kala Brand Ukulele

Kala introduces an eight string baritone from their cedar/acacia line. It has a big full sound and will be available for $299.99

Kala Brand Booth at NAMM 2017


Kalas Ukadelic line will now be all plastic like the Waterman. We love the new designs made by artist from around the world.


Kala Brand Ukadelics NAMM 2017

Makala Shark has now been made available in some cool new colors like green, purple and shark color-grey!

Everyone's favorite Makala Shark soprano ukulele has grown  - now available in Concert Size! These no doubt will be very popular as well.


Makala Shark Soprano Ukuleles NAMM 2017

The Kala Waterman will now come as a concert and will sell for $55.00. These sounded great and played well with lower action.






Kala Waterman Ukuleles
Kala Waterman Concert Plastic Ukuleles




















Kala Elites are offering some exciting new models. One being the dog hair mahogany. These really impressed me with their warm tone and clean projection. Another cool thing is that you can get them in slim neck and all sizes including baritone.
Baritone lovers rejoice as the Elite is now available in koa and mahogany. 
Kala Elite is also available in some amazing custom models. Keep checking back here to see what we have in stock. 








Kala Elite Salt n' Pepper Dog Hair Mahogany Tenor Ukulele


  • Kanile'a and Islander

Kanile'a brought some amazing ukuleles with gorgeous koa. We were able to bring some of these show pieces back and were the first to introduce the new Islander gloss spalted maple. The spalted maple in gloss really enhances the looks on these. New Islander mahogany with laser etched Honu will be available later this year. Islander also makes some nice guitars and bass you may see around here soon.










  • Magic Fluke

First at Uke Republic the all new tenor banjo-uke. These have a tuneable head tenor scale. Click here to see the demo video. 




 More first at Uke Republic are the new fleas and flukes. Check out this playable art that was inspired by surfing, Volkswagen, tropical flowers and more.




  • Ohana Ukuleles

We are impressed once again by all the new products from Ohana.
First, the upcoming solid mahogany soprano and concert that takes inspiration from the classic 3M. This one felt, sounded and played brilliantly. We hope to have these in late spring/early summer. Check back here to see what's in stock at UKE Republic. 



Ohana also introduced white ebony ukuleles, fantastic custom series with eucalyptus and spalted maple, concert banjo-uke, new cases and gig bags along with all the standard Ohana ukuleles we know and love. Ken Middleton was kind enough to do a few demos for us.



  • Leolani

This brand has regularly been seen in Hawaii but now U Republic carries them for you. This is a sister company to Kumu and also uses real Hawaiian koa veneers on their instruments. The nut width is 1.5" as opposed to the more common 1 3/8". Currently, three sizes are available in super soprano, concert, and tenor.


Leolani Ukuleles


  • Pepe Romero Creations

An amazing luthier and player Pepe introduces a new line in satin/semi-gloss with solid spruce top and mahogany laminate for back and sides. Still using high-quality tuners and strings these body shapes will be available in the XS soprano, Tiny Tenor, Grand Tenor and small body Guitar. We were able to bring back a grand tenor that left the day it came in. More expected in April. 
Pepe Romero fluorocarbon strings soon to be listed as well at UKE Republic.
Check back here to see what's in stock at UKE Republic




  • Risa

Really cool electric ukes inspired by teles, strats and Les P along with their own Risa stick all made in Germany.









New string set that has a sound much like fluorocarbon but uses Aquila own unique formula to make these black strings. Expected in store very soon.

These were just a few things that stood out. We look forward to getting these new products in-stock here at UKE Republic and get feedback and reviews from our customers.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What Ever You Do, Please Play The Taro Patch!


UKE Republic was the first to premier the Ohana CK-35-8 Solid Mahogany Taro Patch Concert Ukulele at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway 2016. It was met with much applause and interest. Daniel Ward takes it out for a spin (below).


Ohana Taro Patch Eight String Concert CK-35-8

Its here! First to Uke Republic, Ohana brings us another classic- Taropatch! These haven't seen production for some time.

Made popular in the early part of the 20th century, this eight string concert is tuned in unison C, so gg CC EE AA. Scale is concert.

The tone is ethereal with its chorus like tones driven by an all solid mahogany body. Gorgeous notes pour out with either finger style or strumming.

We love the featured slot head with classical styled geared machines. The satin finish is smooth and compliments this rich toned solid mahogany instrument.








*Uke Republic includes professional set up for optimal tone and playability using genuine Aquila strings.

FEATURES: 
  • Concert Scale 
  • Solid Mahogany 
  • 8 String Slothead w/ Classical Tuners 
  • Rosewood Headplate 
  • Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge 
  • Bone Nut and Saddle 
  • Classic White Rosette 
  • Pearl Position Dots 
  • Side Position Dots 
  • Satin Finish 
  • UKE Republic Setup Includes Upgraded Aquila Strings 
  • UKE Republic Includes Setup for optimal sound and playability

Due to the larger headstock, we recommend the Kala Transit Concert and Fremont Concert Cases, found on our website.