Happy Birthday Nik

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Nik West and her uBass in her video for the song “My Relationship.” Photo: YouTube Screen Capture.


Today is Kala uBass player and uBass Artist Nik West‘s birthday.

Let’s all wish her a wonderful birthday uBass style.


New Kala Fifth Anniversary uBass Advertisement

Kala Ad 2014


We all know that the Kala uBass rocks (in every sense of the word). But did you know that the company’s ads for the uBass rock as well?

Here’s your proof. And this one features two of the best bass players out there.

For more on Nik West.

For more on Tal Wilkenfeld.


End of The Year Uke Miscellany

It’s the end of the year (not to mention the decade). Everyone is thinking about their New Year’s Eve revelry–and not much else.

Since there’s little news Uke-wise, I though I’d post some cool retro (and retro-looking) advertisements for your visual pleasure. The Ukulele seems to be a favorite prop in many ads and illustrations–whether they are music-related or not.

The first advertisement (at right) is the December page from the 1955 Brian Plumbing and Heating (Canada) calendar.

The next is an ad (at left) for the Moonshine Show in Malaysia. The illustration is by Soefara Jafney, a Malaysian artist who mainly designs T-Shirts.

And lastly, we have a page (below) from the 1953 Sears-Roebuck (Chicago) catalog featuring three Mahogany Ukes, a Baritone and it looks like two Sopranos. The Baritone sold for $15.95 with a pick and instructions!

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.