A lotta folks ask me what I'm playing with on stage, so here's a page dedicated to that! If you're shopping it out do click the links on this page so you can give some of that Ukulenny affiliate support through Amazon =D
Kala Custom Ukulele, created by Liam Jenkins and Jason Villa. Torrefied Sitka Spruce Top, Koa back and sides, some awesome details including the Filipino Sun and Stars inlay on the headstock, SD on the heel and the bracing (logo by Mana Pono), a blue and white circle around the soundhole, and of course, the ukulenny logo inlay on the ebony fretboard. Also added the peg tuners on the back to remind myself of my old cello playing days.
Photo Credit: Craig Chee
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A must have for any ukulele player! Just like its name suggests, walk into any venue and as long as you have this DI, you can tweak the sound to your liking.
An awesome pedal optimized for acoustic instruments, it's great to have your own reverb to ensure that your ukulele sounds nice and warm with additional sustain and reflections.
Love this pedal for having two channels + a mic input! Perfect for my ukulele, bass, and beatbox setup, and you can store 99 loops on it if you want to prepare backing tracks for your set.
I use this pedal to switch from beatboxing to vocals. Most loop artists have to have a separate mic for beatboxing, but not me! Make sure you tell the sound guy to turn off Phantom Power as it messes with this pedal.
After dealing with noisy "one spot" type 9v adapters, I switched to the VooDoo Pedal Power box and my life was forever changed! Just enough juice for my small rig, but I'd buy a bigger one if I add any more pedals.
My latest addition, this Mini Wah adds another dimension to my sound and works great for solos and rhythmic wah patterns. I brought it to the Summer NAMM and all the bass players sounded extra funky once I laid down the ukulele groove!
Loving the synth sounds out of this pedal from Electro-Harmonix!
Haven't whipped this pedal out at a live show but always a fun toy to add to the rig.
I use Shure wireless gear including a headset mic and a cable for my ukulele. I suggest buying the package with two belt packs and adding on the headset/cables of your choice!
Best value speaker is the Behringer PA40BTPRO! 2 Channels + Bluetooth, luggage wheels for easy transport, perfect for your bass or uke+vocal combo and a steal at $200.
If you want to break the bank, the Bose S1 is by far my favorite portable PA solution, 2 XLR/Instrument channels with reverb, + bluetooth. Multiple placement angles make this perfect for outdoor gigs, small clubs where you need to play background music, and even just to stream Spotify for your backyard party. I love my S1 and take it everywhere! $600 but worth every penny.
For big gigs, I always have my trusty Bose L1 Compact System. Sounds excellent in just about any venue and plenty loud. Hook up a small mixer and you're set! $1000 and a worthy investment!
My current studio mixer with USB is perfect for my applications of livestreaming, recording, monitoring in my living room. Comes complete with effects, separate monitoring volumes, and onboard faders for fine tuning.
My simple solution for plugging in an audio source into my phone or laptop. A few powerful features to capture the best sound makes this a very versatile device!
As you know I'm a mutli-instrumentalist and am addicted to adding more instruments to my set. Here are some of my favorite companions.
Otamatone Techno - Has an extra output to link to your iPhone! Worth the extra cash
Hammond 440 - the pro melodion from Hammond/Suzuki, excellent playability and a 1/4" instrument out to plug into your amp or PA system!!
Yamaha YAS62 III - Allows me to play Careless Whisper every night =)