Jan 2, 2014 at 9:37 am #1311670
Not looking to spend top dollar on a Uke specifically built for backpacking.
Just want a decent Ukulele, hopefully not much more than a pound that I could lug around with me while backpacking.
Ideally less than $100Jan 2, 2014 at 9:49 am #2059623
My buddy has a backpacking guitar. he thru-hiked with it. Quiet, but fully functional and only about 1.5lbs.Jan 2, 2014 at 9:54 am #2059626
W I S N E R !BPL Member
I used to play this one:
Good quality, but not a bank breaker.
I were to buy another, I'd just get a cheaper one, something like this:http://www.guitarcenter.com/Rogue-Hawaiian-Soprano-Ukulele-519269-i1150534.gcIfJan 2, 2014 at 10:22 am #2059638
I will be thru hiking with mine.
Do you know what he did for a case/water protection?
I am currently trying to brainstorm ideas.
I'd like for the Uke and the case to be 24 oz or less.Jan 2, 2014 at 11:13 am #2059657Jan 2, 2014 at 11:57 am #2059680
Piper S.BPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
You can find cheap ukes really easily. They have a $50 one at the bookstore on campus at the university where I work.
Another alternative, and what I like to play, is something called a Strumstick. Gosh it's so much fun to play! It's nothing like a ukulele or a guitar as far as tuning and chords go, but they do make a ukulele version of it if you can't adapt to an instrument tuned in 5ths with a diatonic fret scale.Jan 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm #2059757
@hamericaLocale: Northern Virginia
Kala makes some nice cheaper ukes. Best sounding ukes for $100 or less in my opinion. Pretty light too, I'd weigh mine but I'm out of town at the moment.Jan 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm #2059759
Have you considered building a strum stick-type instrument?
Jan 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm #2059767
Ryan BresslerBPL Member
I bought a cheap rogue brand mandolin off musicians friend and it sounds and plays well. My brother got one that arrived needing a fret job so I'd double check their return policy.
Temperature and humidity swings are hard on instruments so I'd go cheap and plywood and be ready to tune it every time you play it.Jan 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm #2059771
Kevin BurtonBPL Member
REI has one that's also a water filter.
Jk.. :-PJan 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm #2059780
I had not, but I will probably attempt making that, thanks!Jan 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm #2059796
Craigslist has tons of great cheap ones,a hundred bucks should get a really nice one and they are all very light, mine is bamboo.
http://artofhookie.org/2012/01/11/cabin-fever/Jan 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm #2059882
I was traveling with a cheap soprano that I ended up tossing because the intonation was so bad. I picked up a 24 oz Kala Tenor and the sound is so much more full.
As far as lightest, here's a list I found of sopranos and a couple tenors:
Soprano-Makala-Dolphin (Yellow)-ABS/Laminate 459
Soprano-Makala-Dolphin (Purple)-ABS/Laminate 433
Soprano-Makala-Dolphin (Pink)-ABS/Laminate 468
Soprano-Mainland-Chili! -ABS/Laminate 433
Soprano-Lanikai-LU-21 – Lam/Mahogany 360
Soprano-Vintage-Camp Uke – Birch?-303
Soprano-Martin-20's Style O-Mahogany 260
Soprano-Martin-50's Style O-Mahogany 283
Tenor-Fender-No'hea-Lam/Koa-662Jan 3, 2014 at 8:07 am #2059927
Maggie HarlanBPL Member
+1 on the Kala
I think mine was around $30 from Guitar Center. The sopranos are smaller and I'm assuming weigh less. If you want to get better sound from a cheaper uke, change out the srtings to Aquila brand. They made a huge difference for me.Jan 3, 2014 at 9:04 am #2059942
Greg WhalinBPL Member
@gwhalinLocale: Hudson Valley, NYJan 6, 2014 at 7:17 am #2060812
Maggie HarlanBPL Member
I just had to share this photo from my 2011 AT hike. Looks like someone got a little frustrated!Jan 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm #2064673
Just discovered Jake Shimabukuro. Wow.Jan 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm #2064698
I think http://outdoorukulele.com (14 oz when I last communicated with them) is the way to go as mentioned since it's hard plastic and isn't as fragile as a wood one and have no issues with moisture … they used to have a camo colored one …. and they're only $100 ….
That being said, I beat the hell out of my Martin Tenor 2 recently over about 6 weeks beach hopping / Island hopping around Hawaii …. cut limes for some Dos Equis on the back and even rolled a doobie (medicinal, of course) on it on Black Sand Beach on Maui and it fared fine, but the tuners were rusted to hell and had to disassemble and clean them completely …. they looked like they had been on the beach for years … apart from knicks and scratches, wood was stronger than I anticipated ….Jan 21, 2014 at 3:07 am #2064756
Since this is Backpacking Light ,then it's all about carbon fiber ;) Here is a VIDEOJan 21, 2014 at 7:06 am #2064772
Love carbon fiber, but damn …. ugliest instruments I've ever seen! Not cheap either. :)Jan 21, 2014 at 7:39 am #2064778
Yes as you can see in my post it was not a serious suggestion, but I actually really like the way it looks , but to each their own.Jan 21, 2014 at 8:00 am #2064783
20.8oz for the carbon fiber tenor and 25.6oz for my Kala Tenor. Not a great savings there.Jan 21, 2014 at 8:56 am #2064807
Ya , again it was not a serious post just thought people on here might find it funny that it was carbon fiber, but I guess nobody got it … oh well, I look forward to reading all the posts about the terrible carbon fiber uke and why you shouldn't get it.Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 am #2064808
Think we got it :)
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