|The Mark III King Uke Travelele|
When talking about travel ukes, discussion often gravitates to the solid body ukes and one in particular: The Risa Stick Ukulele.
|The Risa's space-age shape is an inspiration for a number of|
'stick' solid-body ukulele designs. It's the BMW of solid-body
ukes, made by German company Risa.
I've drawn heavily on a number of features present on the Risa but this isn't where I started out. My starting point was actually with a travel uke manufactured by Travel Guitar.
|Travel Guitar is an American company and they make this |
I took these pictures from the Sweetwater website.
I also took inspiration for one small design feature from a now defunct hollow-body ukulele made in New Zealand. Have I ever told you how much I love New Zealand?
|Captain Ukuleles no longer manufacture this uke - which is a shame.|
Picture courtesy of cocohonk. See how the strap attaches to the head.
Okay - less words - more pictures. Here are the concept pictures. There are three revisions in all.
|Mark III saw me tilting the tuners (much like Risa do) and consequently|
I took the opportunity to streamline the body too. I also added in
the head pin like on the Backpacker.
And there you have it the King Uke Travelele! I hope I don't get legal papers from any of the companies mentioned above. These are only concept pictures after all. :-)