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Humbucking Vs. Single Coil Pickups
 
Easy to to understand. Not so easy to choose. Two questions rise right to the top of this choice.

1) TONE - Do you want an electic ukulele that sounds more "Gibsony" or more "Fendery" ?

2) NOISE - How much noise (the bad kind known as hum) will you be dealing with ?

THE TONE
      You have plenty of reference outside of electric ukuleles to guide you here. Since I'm talking only about electric ukuleles that are outfitted wiith magnetic pickups and strung up with steel strings you can reference the sound of various electric guitars that sport either humbucking or single coil pickups. Just be careful not to admit that you listen to guitars when speaking to other ukulele fanatics!

     Writ large, you can figure that your humbucking pickup equiped ukulele will sound closer to the higher-in-pitch notes played on elecrtic guitars that sport humbucking pickups (traditionally Gibson sound). Conversely, your single coil pickup equiped ukulele will sound more like higher notes played on electric guitars that have single coil pickups (traditionally Fender sound)

Players of electric instruments have sometimes chacterized there tone with words such as:

Humbucking pickups  (heavy, jazzy, chainsaw, smooth, bluesy, solid, crunchy)
Single coil pickups     (glassy, surfy, twangy, open high end, articulate)

The instrument (hollow or solid body, species of wood) also effect the tone of electric ukuleles. And of course the amplification and electronic processing of the ukulele can radically transform the sound and then some. If tons on overdrive and extreme effects are involved it can also become challanging to know which type pickup you are hearing.

THE NOISE
     Humbucking pickups are inherently "quieter" (meaning less undesirable hum) than are single coil pickups. Hence, the word "humbucking" or "humbucker". However, proper shielding and grounding of electic ukuleles equiped with single coil pickups can significantly reduce unwanted hum on these instruments. Its also notable that playing with a "clean" tone using less overdrive will result in less hum on any electric ukulele. But we sometimes crave overedrive! Humbucking and single coil electric ukes all make the world go 'round.

Summary
     We love them both. We need them both! They just sound different and wonderful. Which voice do you select for your expression?

Aloha with 110voltsAC !!,
Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums


 
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Electricuke open conversation / Loving our electricity
« Last post by Cstring on August 16, 2013, 11:38:30 AM »
So very hello to all of you electric ukuleleists!! Is that real word, "electric ukuleleist"? I think so. I thought I'd drop on in to show the flag so to speak. 'Betcha didn't expect to hear from old C-string after all this while. Boo! Don't worry. Electricuke.com and the Electricuke Forums will stay right here for you.
I'll emerge from the shadows from time to time 'cause I know you're out there plucking on your passion. Ladies and Gentlemen... You, the electric ukuleleists of now and the future hold the world in your hands. Steel and wood for human joy and happiness is ours. We play all of the time because it just feels so good. Play on brothers and sisters!

Aloha with 110voltsAC !!,
Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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who start forums, blogs, etc. feel before or even if ever readers actually jump in and start posting as well? For myself, It is a mixed bag, emotionally. On one hand, as the only pen so far behind The Electricuke Forum and as the author of all postings to date, I feel both a little anxious about that but also I'm often elated. The reason is that I'm irrationally buoyant and really quite easy to please.

More specifically, like many of you who also start up WWW.com things, I dote over my Google Analytics Statistics. I love to see that a small but recurrent and slowly increasing number of you are here. You are also people living all over our world and that fact alone is meaningful and beautiful to me. There's no money, Honey, but so what? I love to spout jibberish and quips about electric ukuleles into Cyberspace and I'm sticking to it.

Over the past several weeks, my Google Stats show me that you have looked in to Electricuke.com and The Electricuke Forums from many places around the world which I may never have a chance to go to. The Google Stats don't tell me exactly who you are and it would certainly be very creepy if they did. The reports do; however, tell me where visitors are by region or city and it's from these stat reports that I know intrest in the electric ukulele is global. I know for myself that my facination with all of you is global too.

Here is a small sample from my Google Statistics over the few weeks since we've started Electricuke.com and The Electricuke Forum showing how truely worldwide we electric ukulele fans are:

*Johor Bahru, Malaysia
*Guadalajara, Mexico
*Honalulu, Hawaii
*San Luis Region, Argentina
*Hobart, Austrailia
*Moreno Valley, California
*Soest, Netherlands

I would most of all like you to know that every person alive is intrinsically valuable and deserves to play an electric ukulele. All people matter to me and that's really what I want to say. I think many people feel likewise and that is among the reasons that millions of forums and blogs persist.

Many thanks to all of you for checking out my spot, which is also your's. We play all night and all day long. With that, I'll keep on talking electric ukulele here because it feels pretty good to know that you're hearing my ramblings.

Are we tuned up?, Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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Nylon strung, solid body electric ukes / Oops! Not the intonation!
« Last post by Cstring on June 13, 2012, 12:49:09 PM »
Hi Strummers and Late Niters ! I'm having a stupendous nite and it occurrs to me. Write this warning for those reading this and who are about to buy a pretty blue or red nylon-stringed electric ukulele. I know how jazzed you are at this magic moment. I really know.

But remember that, unlike with magnetic pickup-steel strung electric ukes, your bridge on the nylon strung uke will be fixed to a permanent place on the top so that it's string length cannot be adjusted. Thus, the intonation can't be adjusted. And the string height can only be lowered with a file. It can only be raised by replacing the bridge! And the same is true for the nut. So if the intonation is off or you don't like the string height, pass up the instrument.

If your obsession with electric ukulele construction is incomplete, "fixer uppers" won't add up for you. Carefully check the intonation and playing action before you pay money.

Play on, Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums

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Amplifiers for the electric ukuleles / You probably have already realized
« Last post by Cstring on June 12, 2012, 10:53:52 AM »
that you're looking at your first electric ukulele amplifier. Yes. That adorable little guitar practice amp in the corner of the room you're occupying. (Some electric uke players are graduates of the electric guitar... BUSTED!) I'll wager that the amp sounds pretty nice if you have learned to compensate for the fact that it was not designed for your electricuke. One challenge with this small guitar amp will be the EQ (tone) controls. And this is usually a real problem.

You will wind up changing the whole range of the amp's tone control settings from how they were set for a guitar. And while you are doing this, you'll carefully listen to how each control affects the details of your electricuke's sound within the range of each of them. After you've done that, repeat this process several times until you have zeroed in on the overall sound that you want to hear for both individual notes and chords. This will probably result with seemingly bizarre tone control settings on you guitar amp. Let your ears and not the names of the tone controls guide this process.

Of course some amps have tone controls which happen to address the range of your electric ukulele more advantagoiusly than do those of others. But surprisingly good sound may be possible. The more determined among us may well tune in to something that almost sounds great. The time spent doing this can be exhilarating because we love stuff so much!

Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums

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Electricuke open conversation / I love to play so loud sometimes
« Last post by Cstring on June 12, 2012, 09:49:56 AM »
but only when the bass and drums are also rockin' nice and loud. Thanks to my secret weapon; really a love projector more than a weapon is the magnetic-pickuped ukulele, I'm never to be left out of the action. In fact the power of this instrument through an amp allows me to play in all kinds of musical situations.
I also get to blend in sometimes with some very talented musicians who aren't always blowing the roof off. My instrument of choice, the electricuke, allows me to play any kind of music I want. But when the time is right, I like to crank it way up! My ears hurt; therefore I am!

Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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Steel strung, magnetic pickup electric ukes / Multi FX pedals on Saturday
« Last post by Cstring on May 05, 2012, 08:47:14 AM »
Saturdays are louder so break out a guitar multi effects pedal. The thing to do before you add in the individual FX on the pedal is to first set your BASIC ELECTRIC UKULELE SOUND. This is the sound that is produced by plugging the electric uke directly into your amplifier and adjusting the tone but adding no other processors (effects). You are adjusting the tone to produce the best possible clean sound for your taste.

Now you can add all of the other FX on the multi effects pedal on top of you electric ukulele's fine basic amplified sound. Of course a good number of you prefer to use some of the overdrive on your amps for your basic electric ukulele sound and who would I be to argue against that?

Play on, Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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Steel strung, magnetic pickup electric ukes / Plain or wound C string?
« Last post by Cstring on April 28, 2012, 07:33:43 AM »
I wonder what guages of steel strings are lurking out there on on your electric ukulele. I prefer to use a plain as opposed to a wound string for my C string (the lowest in pitch). However, I know that some of you do use a wound string at C 3rd string position. For me the choice to use a plain string is a matter of handling and not so much the sound. The smoothness of all plain strings feels so good!

Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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Amplifiers for the electric ukuleles / Mini-micro amps?
« Last post by Cstring on April 18, 2012, 06:50:52 AM »
What are your results with mini amps? I'm thinking about some of the of the more ubiquitous ones I see being snapped up by electric uke players. Amps such as the Honeytone, Vox Mini3, Roland
MicroCube as well as a long list of others. And the Kala Rollabout. I am usually playing an old Fender SuperReverb and like the sound with electric ukuleles. Nice and loud and the tone can be adjusted close to what I'm looking for. I'm tempted by these tiny amps though. They look so intrepid!

Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums
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Amplifiers for the electric ukuleles / What is an electric ukulele amplifier?
« Last post by Cstring on April 10, 2012, 11:34:19 AM »
It's that loud box that we love at The Electric Uke Forum! Turn it up!

Hello. Welcome to The Electricuke Forums. Tell other amplified citizens of the electric ukulele universe where electric uke amps come from if not what they actually are. This is not a done deal. This is a hot topic and so to be opinionated in the Electric Ukulele Amplifier Forum is practically assumed over this great debate.

Thankyou for coming by.  Cstring
Administrator of The Electricuke Forums

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