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Cancer and Ukes

Aloha! I know I usually review ukuleles, but I’m here today with a more personal story to share. Don’t worry: Ukulele is involved. My day job isn’t ripping on the ukulele for fun and profit - it’s actually serving in the US Air Force (whose views and policies I am not representing right now. No, this is all me). I ...
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Romero Creations Spruce Rosewood Grand Tenor

When I was thinking about getting into the ukulele after years of playing guitar, I needlessly tried to make life easier on myself and ordered a guilele, averting the drastic change of just getting an ukulele because A guilele is like a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret delivered in an ukulele-sized package. It’s pretty cool, and a ...
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Kala Elite Koa Soprano

Aloha! I know this is an ukulele review site, but I have an analogy for you before we begin because we’re going off-track for just a bit: A long time ago, I played my first Telecaster. It was an American Fender of some prestige, dripping with history and heritage, and I was very underwhelmed. The edges of the fretboard were ...
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Larrivee Spruce Mahogany Soprano

Aloha, ladies and gentlemen! I am so excited to be back with another review not just because reviewing ukuleles is an absolute blast, but because of this uke in particular. This is the Larrivee Mahogany Soprano (with spruce top) and it is truly something else. The ukulele oozes class and has subtle touches that not only make it a great ...
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Pono Cedar/Acacia Tenor ATSH(C)-PC

Since getting an ukulele, I have been in love with the instrument. What's not to love? It portable, sounds happy, has an easy learning curve while at the same time giving you the freedom to get as intricate as you please, and is versatile enough to cover almost any genre. I fell for the uke in a big bad way. ...
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Kala KA-CG Concert

When people ask what their first ukulele should be, I point them to the Kala KA-CG. It may not be the best uke ever, but it ticks a lot of boxes and, as a compromise instrument, works really well. The concert size, for instance, is comfortable for most adults since it's not as cramped as a soprano, but not as ...
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Pono Cedar Ebony Tenor ETSH-5

When I began researching the ukulele as a possible home instructional tool, I was a little nervous. I felt like Hawaiian music might be so far out of my guitar wheelhouse that it would feel uncomfortable to learn and teach (I was wrong, but it was a thought). I started to do some cursory research and found a bunch of ...