The week of the NAMM show is the only time out of the entire year I kind of wish I could live in the mainland. Then I could attend and see all of the cool new music gear that is being released for public scrutiny.
‘Ukuleles stepped up the game this year from the look of things. Here’s just some of the cool stuff that is new on the market from Winter NAMM 2013
For, literally, years I’ve wished for Godin guitars to make an ‘ukulele. Now it’s happened.
The Godin Multiuke is tenor sized, has a chambered body to resist feedback, cutaway, and a custom preamp with 3-band EQ. The only bummer is that it doesn’t have synth or MIDI access like some of Godin’s guitars in the same line.
They weren’t showing off any particular new models this year, but as always Kamaka brought a couple beautiful ‘ukuleles to the show to show off all of the options that are available on their custom ‘ukuleles. Both are tenors. One is made with mango and the other with a cedar top, maple back and sides, and a hibiscus inlayed on the fretboard. It’s always cool to see the classic ‘ukulele makers doing what they do best. Picture from Kamaka’s Facebook page:
Ko’olau is showing off their hand-carved archtop that looks to have a spruce top and teardrop shaped sound holes (instead of the traditional f-holes). I just want to play all of these instruments!!!
Magic Fluke Co.
I’m thinking Flea Market Music must have changed the name of their ‘ukulele production side of things (I’m also thinking this is old news and I’m WAY behind the times…). Anyways, there are new designs from them including an almost-rasta-colors flea and a triangle fluke.
I had to resist lifting everyone’s beautiful personal NAMM photos for this post! They are the main source of my awe for new products.Without my own pictures to show this post is a little drab, but also of interest:
- A resonator ‘ukulele from Luna
- A signature Bill Tapia ‘ukulele
- Colored Kalas (Pg. 13)
- A new Kala archtop
- Islander U-Bass
- LR Baggs Lyric mic pickup system