Just about every major guitar maker has produced a ukulele (often misspelled ukelele) at one time or another. Martin offered three ukulele models to its customers in 1918. The diminutive 12- and 17-fret instruments were followed in the 1920s by concert and tenor models, while the Martin 5-K from 1922, with its koa wood body and abalone inlay, is much in demand among collectors.
Gibson introduced its first ukulele in 1926. The highly collectible Uke-2 and Uke-3 styles from that year had mahogany bodies and rosewood fingerboards. Gibson also made tenor ukuleles (1927) and a baritone model (1961).
Today, ukuleles are experiencing a revival, thanks in no small part to the sustained popularity of the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole’s ukulele medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,” which has provided the soundtrack for everything from films to TV commercials. Aspiring musicians, with perhaps more good intentions than natural talent, also love them, probably because they are just so darned easy to play.
Not surprisingly, a host of guitar makers have jumped on the uke bandwagon. National makes an entire line of resonator ukuleles, from steel-body models to maple and mahogany ones. Martin and Gibson continue to make ukuleles, as does a well-regarded boutique ukulele maker named Barking Dog.
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Tahoe Music Institute offering Hawaiian-style guitar and ukulele classesTahoe Daily Tribune, March 10th
Tahoe Music Institute is now offering Hawaiian-style group guitar and ukulele classes. Three different level classes are being offered for first through third-graders, fourth to sixth graders, and seventh through 12-graders. Classes focus on Hawaiian...Read more
HealingNewtown Offering Clay Dates, Writing Workshops & Ukulele LessonsThe Newtown Bee, March 10th
From strumming a ukelele and writing from the hear to creating clay masterpieces, workshops for myriad interests have been scheduled at HealingNewtown, housed at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Access HealingNewtown.org/calendar ...Read more
Ukulele star Aidan James cuts 3 versions of new tuneHonolulu Star-Advertiser, March 9th
~~<p><strong>A</strong><strong>idan James</strong>, the 12-year-old ukulele wizard, has recorded three versions of "One of the Ones," which he co-wrote with Nashville composer <strong>Jeff Dayton</strong>. He'll get a national boost when ...Read more
Ukuleles drawing crowds to plunk, strum, belt out songs in TurlockModesto Bee, March 8th
Dick Domant and Laureen Cardoza of Merced are starting up their own ukulele group and came to the monthly Uke Jamz in Turlock to get inspiration and advice at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, Calif., on Saturday, March 8, 2014. NAN AUSTIN ...Read more
The humble ukulele stages a big comebackWashington Observer Reporter, March 8th
Brad Hundt of the Observer-Reporter gets a quick ukulele lesson from Marlene Parrish at a meeting of the Steel City Ukuleles in Regent Square in February. Shanin Legg/For the Observer-Reporter Order a Print. Sunny Park, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, leads ...Read more
Ukulele Toolkit is a handy app for uke playerstuaw.com, March 7th
Ukulele Toolkit from EUM lab (US$2.99, universal) is an essential iPhone app for those who play. This handy, great-looking app offers a metronome, a tuner, chord charts and more. I've been using it for months and just love it. This app truly is a "toolkit...Read more
'Bachelor' contestant Lucy Aragon tells Juan Pablo 'Ess Okay' with naked ...Kansas City Star, March 4th
With only a ukulele covering her goods, Aragon posted a video Monday of her original song “Ess Okay” to YouTube for our enjoyment. “Juan Pablo, you kicked us off of your show. We're doing so fine, we're drinking red wine all night,” she sings. “You...Read more
Ukulele festival could be axedBend Bulletin, March 1st
Organizers of the annual Ukulele University festival in Bend say it could be canceled, because Deschutes County may not grant it a permit. “We're hoping that they'll grant it, but we're not hopeful,” Bob Rasmussen, chairman of the Ukulele University...Read more