7 Ukulele Highlights -NAMM 2013

What is it about the ukulele that makes it so attractive? The size, or shape? The intimate tone and feel? Maybe those things and hundreds of others. The ukulele is popular for many good reasons. This was very evident at NAMM 2013. So many new makers!! This blog will show you some of the instruments that stuck out for me.

What is NAMM?  It stands for National Association of Music Merchants, the main annual music trade show. 4 days of dissonance and claustrophobia.

Still, I love it. Here’s 7 reasons why…

Uke highlights from NAMM 2013~

Namm 2013_new godin multiuke

    1. Godin Chambered

       Electric Tenor-

MGM samples Multiuke prototypes at NAMM 2013

The Godin company has been making this in a guitar version for many years.

Many guitarists use them on tour because of their their wonderful acoustic tone and live feedback resistance.

2. Mike Dasilva’s red & blue Quilted Super Concerts

Namm 2013_dasilva blue maple

Namm 2013_dasilva at booth

Concert body with a tenor Scale.

A thinner body and spruce top add quick response

and ringing sustain that’s a signature to DaSilva’s voicing.

3. Ohana

  • Higher end models are still amazingly affordable.  For instance..

  • All solid! spruce /mahogany  tenor is just over $200!  or for $350….

  •  Tenor, Solid Sinker Redwood Top, Solid Rosewood Back/Sides, Rope Binding!  

ohana uke booth 2

4. Pono 2013 will Offer:

2 new models,both Pro-Classic. 

The Cedar Macassar, 

and the Spruce top, wi ava’ava.

Namm 2013 Pono Pro Classics ebony



Hawaiian Koa is

being used for bindings &

Pro Classic Radius

Pro Classics

will ALL






Namm 2013 National Flame Maple

5. National Resophonic-

American made

Hot Rod of Uke

Namm 2013 National Flame Maple 2

6.Loprinzi 5

this 5 string is a favorite in the store now-

7. Kamaka Customs

Namm 2013 Kamaka3

More Shots from NAMM

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