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Winter NAMM 2015: Daniel Ho Stops By for a Visit

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A regular contributor to Ukulele magazine, Daniel Ho is one of Hawaiian music's most knowledgeable and respected purveyors. Ho stopped by our booth to chat about his early musical memories and to show off a couple of new Ohana products. Ho discusses Ohana's Bongolele, a spruce-topped, tenor-uke-shaped cajon that he helped design, and he also talks about [...]

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Winter NAMM 2015: A Look at Two Fender Ukes

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Like most of the major guitar companies, Fender has a line of ukuleles, and these affordable instruments are a nice fit for newbies and youngsters. Over at the Fender booth during last month's NAMM show, Danny Guion was kind enough to show us two of the company's newest creations. The more traditional model of the [...]

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Winter NAMM 2015: Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, and GHS Strings

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In just a couple of years, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee have risen from the ranks to become king and queen of the ukulele world, thanks to their delightful harmonies and brilliant uke stylings. The duo visited with us at last month's NAMM show and discussed a range of topics, including the story of how they met (hint: [...]

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Winter NAMM 2015: Eastman Music Releases New Line of Ukes

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The folks at Eastman Music have recently expanded into the ukulele field, and Eastman's Steve Bernstein was kind enough to give us a quick tour through the new models at this year's NAMM show. Available now is an all-mahogany series of ukes, which come in soprano, concert, and tenor sizes. These models feature bone nut and [...]

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How San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Expo of 1915 Sparked the First Uke Craze

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If you stand at the corner of Baker Street and Marina Boulevard in San Francisco’s affluent Marina District, the modern urban streetscape gives no clue that you’re at ground zero of the Great Ukulele Craze of 1915. This is where the Hawaiian Pavilion stood during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), where over the course of [...]

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Winter NAMM 2015: Alvarez Launches New Uke Line

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This year, the Alvarez brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary. While best known for its guitars, the company has just launched the intriguing new Artist series of ukuleles, which will feature solid soundboards, herringbone purfling, fan bracing, and a variety of wood combinations. The series includes models with Sitka spruce tops and rosewood bodies, in addition [...]

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