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WHATS EXCITING NEW AND DIFFERENT AT ANDY'S  UKES.

OK, so this space is usually about new Ukes and Gear.
But that said, this a big deal for Andy's Uke's, our new home.
From the start I wanted to create something new, well, really something very old. A true music store. One where there is a great selection of quality instruments. And one where every instrument has been set up for maximum playablility.   
"Because every Uke deserves a great set up"
A special place where it is all about the passion for the Ukulele and the Uke community and music.
To expand on that and to improve the customers experience I've built a proper Ukulele shop.
600 square feet that is completely climate and humidity controlled.
I gotta say 45-50 % humidity feels really strange here, but it's what's needed to keep the Ukes healthy.
Enough space to have everything out in the open and organized. And more than enough room for future expansion.
Reasonably accessible for most in Albuquerque and New Mexico, right below Intel in Corrales.
Not ready yet, but if you want to check it out on Google Maps the address is
#500 Morning Sun Trail Corrales NM 87048





































 

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OK, so these aren't Uke's, and I never really considered being a "Guitar Shop".
But that said my Lanikai Rep. brought one in and I was pretty blown away.
The line is "Walden Guitars" and I am really impressed. The owner is very approachable and really knows his stuff.
I am posting some links, one of the one coming and one about the history in the owners own words.
https://waldenguitars.com/product/g3030rce/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXv6EUcfizc
So, why a guitar line?
Frankly because I really like them, and no one else has stepped up to the plate to represent them.
My hope is that really good "Flat Tops" appeal to many "Folk" players, and I'm sure a few of them are Ukulele players as well.
You never know until you try, and I request and welcome feed back when it comes in, PLEASE.

 

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The  new Ohana TK-450 is here. And man it is stunning.
The tap test is awesome, the strings are still to new to really sing yet, but it should sound as good as it looks. And it's priced attractively too.
List $ 1429.00 *
MAP $ 995.00 *
For an instrument made with hand selected actual Hawaiian Koa that's pretty impressive.

A bit of irony here, several years ago I receiver the Kamaka Koa tenor. It was everything I've grown to love and appreciate.
It was the "anti bling", no fancy bindings, no Abalone shell, not even a Rosette. No high gloss finish, just a nice "hand rubbed" looking sheen.
I was talking to the owner at Ohana and mentioned how much I loved the Kamaka and asked if they have ever considered anything like that?
Fast forward a couple of years and well, they've created one. All solid "Hawaiian" Koa.
Now this does have a beautiful inlaid Rosette (FWIW), and a slanted head stock with a unique detail. But here they are.
The sound, well I'm waiting to hear for myself. I'm expecting to be impressed.






















Wow, with so much new stuff here it's hard to tell where to start.
So Ukulele Bass's. I bought the last few Ohana "U" bass's, the old school ones with the uber short scales and the polymer strings.
The ones that started the "U Bass"craze.
Since then many have gravitated to a longer scale 23.5" to 25" and don't worry I have those too.
The Ohana is a 25" scale solid Spruce top laminate rosewood back and sides.
https://ohana-music.com/collections/rhythm-line/products/rhythm-line-series-obu-22
And the Lanikai is a 23.5" scale solid Spruce top laminate Morado back and sides.
https://lanikaiukuleles.com/product/spruce-solid-top-morado-back-and-sides-bass-with-clasica-ii-preamp-a-e-ukulele/
Both of these have metal wound strings for a more traditional "bass" sound, and I am investigating a number of string choices.
Gold Tone has two kinds of poly (nylon) strings and two kinds of metal round and flat wound. The Lanikai comes with D’Addario EXPPBB190GS Phosphor Bronze strings which feel really nice.

New Soprano's are in now I bought two of the last Ohana SK-75R solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides. These are really nice higher end Soprano's and when they're gone, well, they're gone.
https://ohana-music.com/collections/retired-models/products/ohana-ukuleles-sk-75r-solid-spruce-and-solid-rosewood-soprano
Also an Ohana SK-38 all solid Mahogany with an uber light hand rubbed finish the traditional way.
https://ohana-music.com/collections/vintage-line/products/vintage-line-38-series.

I'm now able to offer Fishman amplifiers in addition to their pick ups and electronics. I now have several in stock.
I would love to hear your needs and feedback on amplification, please let me know.


 

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Well it's been a journey, and it's only just beginning, how to get the very best (professional) pictures.

"Because every great Uke deserves a great picture"

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The new KoAloha's are here and they are as expected..... AMAZING I will be writing more about them once they are set up.

Not only Kamaka but now KoAloha.
After extensive research I believe these are two of the finest Ukulele's on the planet.
While they are both hand build in Hawaii, they are noticeably different from one another.
Note: the Opio line of KoAloha are made in their factory in Thailand using virtually the same construction technique's and trained by the staff in Hawaii.
So whether you are looking for the "Traditional Hawaiian" sound ,the Kamaka or the newer more modern sound the KoAloha we can get them for you, and they are here to try out.
https://www.koaloha.com/
https://www.uke-fan.com/blog/koaloha-ukulele-shop-tour-pictures/
https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/these-ukuleles-are-always-built-with-love/


 

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And the Kamaka is here and it's stunning. What a magnificent instrument.
This will give people the opportunity to "hands on" play a true legend in Ukuleles. (By appointment)
While they are not inexpensive I know they sell as fast as they can produce them, so someone is buying them.
At the least you can find out what a "real Hawaiian Ukulele" is like.
http://www.kamakahawaii.com/products.html

 

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Six strings are here. I have the Ohana Guitarlele and Micro guitar and the Guitarlele from Lanikai.
Baritone's I have Baritone's from Lanikai, Ohana and Cordoba.

I have new Enya's here the Nova Go travel guitar and Nova U Pro Poly /Carbon in tenor and the MS all solid Mahogany in tenor and concert.

To be perfectly honest I haven't been a big fan of all solid mahogany. Not that they are bad, I've just liked other things better......
Well so far I'm really impressed with the Enya MS series, bright, clear, not overly loud but they do speak. Is it the bracing? the wood?, the finish? all of the above? Don't know, and I don't care, I like them.

 

Enya Ukuleles are here @ Andy's Ukes.
They make some really great instruments, their claim to fame is their line of carbon reinforced polymer instruments.
But don't take my word for it, check out what Barry at "Got A Uke" has to say about them.
https://www.gotaukulele.com/2021/05/enya-nova-u-pro-tenor-ukulele-review.html
Are they for everyone? No
Will they replace wood instruments? No
Will they be great for camping or ...... Yes
And for New Mexico's insane 10% to 80% humidity swings.... no worries it can't crack, separate at a seam or have the neck twist. 

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So I now have a few new 96 Art Ukuleles in stock .
These are Luthier built instruments. The really KOOL thing is he will build them to my specs.
Want a Maple neck he can do that. Cherry or Walnut, yep.
He loves Redwood tops and they are amazing.
Myrtle back and sides are killer.
Spruce tops, of course.
He even built me two as demo's.
One all Walnut and one Walnut B & S and a Spruce top.
He'd never used Tortoise (imitation) bindings, one of my favorites, very subtle and elegant.
While it's one thing to have unique killer looks, but instruments are to be heard. And so far people have loved these, very one of a kind, and quite unique. Great tone, sustain, decay and balance. And they feel really nice.
I asked him to built the last batch with a slightly wider neck, his standard nut with is pretty narrow, very Asian like.
Not only did he make them wider but they are more rounded like old guitars. I have both so you can try for yourself.


 

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This one found a new home buy I have a similar one in stock

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