Ukuleles

Bosko & Honey play, endorse and are supported by:

Barron River Ukuleles

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These beautiful instruments are made by Allen McFarlen right here in the Cairns region of tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

Honey’s Tenor is made from Tasmanian Blackwood with an Adirondack Spruce top and beautiful Art Deco styling. It is strung as a Low G instrument. You can read more about it and see the build process here on Allen’s website.
Bosko’s Concert is a 5-String ukulele in regular “C Tuning”, but with a high G and low G, with the high G on the outside. There is also a bigger distance between the two G strings so as to allow them to be fingered or plucked separately, if desired. It is made from Sapele Mahogany.
Here’s a demo Bosko recorded soon after it was made.

 

Allen also recently made and donated a gorgeous mahogany tenor to help raise funds for Ukulele BBQ Kuranda 2015.
See the instrument here

Bosko also still loves and uses his trusty Kiwaya KTC-3 Mahogany Concert… still getting better with age!


Strings

Bosko & Honey play, endorse and are supported by:

Worth Strings

We both use Worth Brown Medium strings. We haven’t yet found another string type that brings out the sound of the wood of our instruments as well as Worth Browns!

Brown is Best!

Brown is Best!

Pickups

All Bosko’s ukuleles are fitted with passive K&K Twin Spot Pickups.
Honey’s uke has an active Mi-Si Acoustic Trio (battery-free preamp and L.R.Baggs under-saddle pickup).


Pre-Amplifiers

Bosko uses a Red-Eye Twin Musical Instrument Preamplifier.
The Red-Eye preamps are made in Texas and were design for use with bluegrass style instruments… anything from fiddles to mandolins through acoustic guitars to double bass! Bosko reckons they’re perfect for ukuleles, and now his plugged-in sound is almost as good as the old condenser mic days!
Watch a demo here.
Buy within Australia here.
Honey used to use a Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre but she’s now switched to a Red-Eye as well! Even though her pickup is active… a good preamp can make all the difference to your live sound!

L: Red-Eye R: Radial Tonebone

L: Red-Eye R: Radial Tonebone


4 thoughts on “Our Gear
  1. Hi, my name is Maurice and I live in Brisbane and Nepal. I have a workshop in Pokhara with four Tibetan apprentices learning to make guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars and traditional Tibetan instruments. We recently have had a flush of uke orders, mostly concert, but lately a bass uke. I have looked at Barron River Ukuleles and am impressed by the maker and the instruments, really beautiful design and finish, and I love the rosette! The bass ukes I’ve seen on the internet have a hole in the back for stringing up the thick rubber strings, but BR ukes don’t seem to. Is there a special technique for that or do you use metal wound strings and a conventional bridge with wooden pins? Thanks, Maurice (maurice paul guitars)

  2. Hello, commenting from the state of Ohio, USA. First of all I have to say thank you for all the work you do perfecting the sound of the ukulele. It is an honor listening to your music, and all the creativity and passion that goes into it… I have 2 questions. First off, do both of you play different sized ukuleles to compliment each other’s sound, or are the tenor and concert just what you’ve both always played? Also, have you ever trialed or used the new Aquila red strings? Thanks for your time… Hope to see you sometime if you ever perform in the States…thomas.

    • Hello Thomas,
      Thank you for your lovely warm words!
      Yes, it has been a semi-intentional choice… when we first began playing, we both played soprano. Then Bosko moved to concert and honey still on soprano (both high g).
      Later Honey also played high g concert until Mike Da Silva made her a tenor.
      We stayed high g concert for Bosko and high g tenor for Honey for quite a while, until we discovered low G!
      Our current setup has Bosko on the concert with high AND low G and Honey low G tenor, both by Barron River Ukuleles.
      While the different woods, setups and sizes of the 2 ukes differentiate the sound, we also use different preamps and of course, most of the difference comes from arrangements, chord voicings and playing style. We love to have different functions from each other to create a big and complex overall sound.
      We haven’t tried Aquila Reds, but our friend Jontom from Italy swears by them!
      Thanks again for your comments!
      All the best,
      B&H

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