by E-String at electricuke.com
Flashback to 1947. Guitar is coming on. Even the acoustics are a forward looking thing. Not that many electrics are around yet; making them rare and exotic.
Here we go again! Some of you still might lack an electric ukulele by this year’s end. But be curtain of what’s coming. Electric ukuleles. Wild clothes! Ukulele amps!
Who is playing an electric uke right now? Maybe you are. As sure as the great movement to electric guitar took off after the acoustic guitar’s initial (and continuing) popularity, the electric would take and hold the industrial pop center stage. Beginning in the 1950’s and through the 1960’s electrics blasted everything else out of the media. Today, look for ukulele players to insist on on having a place on that stage. And don’t expect them to turn down first.
What do you want the future to be?
You shall have. You want MIDI output? How about USB? What about multi channel wireless? Why not have all of that. And while we’re at it we’ll have a locking whammy bar and auto tuning. Throw in both magnetic and piezo pickups to feed the multi wireless outputs on this steel-stringed honey. Playability is superior so spare nothing on the paint job. This may be your soprano or concert electric uke of the future. Or this might exist today!
Built with a combination of woods, composites, plastics and metals our electric ukuleles will be rendered across a nifty spectrum of fabrication ranging from CAM/CAD and all the way through to individually crafted electric ukes. Hybrids of all types will rise and fall. Ferocious instrumentalists will conjure monstrous incantations from each experiment in electric ukulele design. On some of these designs players of greatness will emerge. Whether they arise from the beach or the city or from a place of privilege or from poverty, these few will show most of us not only the “right” way to play but also which instruments are the best.
You don’t always need to predict the future.
Sometimes you can just see it.
The electric ukulele.