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ʻUkulele Gear: Tech Guides for Ukes and Accessories

lehle acouswitch compared to lr baggs venue diEvery noise ever made by a musician has been facilitated by some sort of gear or another. From the first guy banging a beat with a stick to the kid down the street and his nu-metal band, gear is the beginning and the end of sound.

Essential Gear: What I Use

I’ve compiled all of my favorite pieces of gear on one page for easy browsing. Everything there is top-notch stuff that I personally recommend and use.

It’s not meant to be so much an informative page as a sampling of what one musician uses to achieve his goals. Take it with a grain of salt.

Essential Gear and Stuff I Use


Because who doesn’t like to read what other people think?

Reviews of ʻUkuleles, Amps, Pedals, CDs, and Books – My opinionated opinion on what’s worth your time and what’s not.

Along the same lines is recommended ʻukulele stuff – albums, songs, DVDs, and books that probably should be in your collection.


Really, your ʻukulele gear knowledge can be pretty simple if you are only a bedroom strummer. Knowing how to tune your uke is all you need.

ʻUkulele Buying Guide – The largest page on this site all about ʻukulele shopping: what you need, what you don’t, and how to choose wisely.

What I Look For in an ʻUkulele – Mr. Byron Yasui’s wants and needs in an ʻukulele. A great insight to what’s important to a performing musician.

ʻUkulele Sizes – Soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, plus the oddball shapes! Specs and the players who rock each size.

I’ve created a site dedicated to baritone ʻukulele for the DGBE players here. You’ll find more info about bari stuff there.


Cases – Hard cases, gig bags, backpack cases, oh my!

Picks – Different ʻukulele pick types and their uses.

Straps – Info on the three main types of ʻukulele straps and the Uke Leash.

ʻUkulele Strings The differences in types, materials, and brands with recommendations.

How to Change Strings – Step-by-step instructions of how to put new strings on your ʻukulele.

Pickups, Amps, Pedals, & Live Sound Gear

But as soon as you step up behind a mic or plug in, it really helps to have an understanding of the gear that makes the sound possible and which knobs to turn where or what cable plugs into what.

Amplifying Your ʻUkulele – The basics of plugging in along with info on pickups, preamps, amps, and effects pedals.

Amps and PAs – What to look for in an amplification solution.

DIY Footswitch for Boss or Roland Gear – How to make your own Boss FS-6 style foot controller. Cheap and easy.

Effects Pedals – How to plug in and use different sound effects.

Impulse Responses – How to make your own IR file to improve your plugged in sound.

Pickups – A complete guide to ʻukulele pickup styles and options.

Preamps – Why you need a preamp, what they do, and the best for your situation.

Recording Your ʻUkulele – Everything you need to know about laying down a song and capturing it in time.

Software & Apps

Apps for iPad – ʻUkulele related programs to help facilitate your ideas and music.

Software tutorials – Programs (mostly free) that can be helpful for making tabs, transpose, slow down, and more.

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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