We read recently where there is a “Folk Boom” and a “Ukulele Revival” going on.
Well, I guess that kills it. As we like to say, once the mass media discovers something, that is usually a sign that it has already peaked and is in recession. Since we at AMW kind of live the “folk” thing every day and have been selling ukes since Hector was a pup and Tiny Tim was getting married on the Tonight Show. I guess we missed the initial memo about the new Folk Boom, the Revival, the Renaissance, and the Craze. We’re more Pete Seeger and Carter Stanley and John Renbourn here than Mumford & Son (no offense to the Mums!) but you get where we are coming from.
We tend to view Roots and Folk Music in a sacred continuum, rather than in pop-infused peaks and spurts….
Enough about that. While the five ukes per day selling craze of 2013-2014 may be over, the high end of the custom uke market, for discerning players, seems as strong as ever. Yes, the ukes are here to stay!
And to that end, we’ve just added this enormously fun custom tenor ukulele from the playful mind and talented hands of Bill Collings.
The folks at Collings have been forced to limit uke production in order to focus on their new incredibly popular Waterloo guitar series. We thought it would be fun to have them build us, then, a custom sunburst mahogany uke that kinda-sorta looks like one of their WL-14 Waterloo guitars. So..we did, and they sure did, and here she is!
She’s a little firecracker, I tell ya!
We’ve sold a couple of hundred of these now, and many of our favorite Collings ukes have been of the spruce top variety, a little more punch, a little more “woof” – a tad more “guitar-like” one could say (but please don’t!) so this one scratches an itch that has been nagging at us for some time. It’s kind of a “Waterloo” uke – but deluxe in every way!
We figure it might last three or four days. What do you think?
SN # 1617
MSRP: $ 2,550
AMW Price: $ 2,295 (SOLD – J.T.)