Archive | May, 2016

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

I am Danielle Ate the Sandwich, a folk singer/songwriter from Colorado, USA. I came up with the name for myself because I think sandwiches are cool and nice to look at. I have been playing music and touring around the USA for 8 years and will have my first international performance at The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in May 2016. I started out on guitar, but once I got my hands on my first ukulele in 2007, I never went back! I started uploading videos to YouTube and gained a lot of views and exposure that helped get my music out into the world.

My advice for those wanting to write their own songs is to find your own original way to write, sing and tell a story. Imitating others is a nice way to find your footing, but I recommend using it as a starting point and quickly finding your own path, so you can be authentic and original! Creating good stuff is easier if you?re doing it honestly.

You can find more about me on my website, www.danielleatethesandwich.com and check out my youtube videos on youtube.com/daniellesmagic. I also have a very active Facebook page, where I post events and exciting news at www.facebook.com/danielleatethesandwich.

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Storm Greenwood

Storm Greenwood is a London based singer-songwriter. She grew up in the countryside, where she was home educated by her artist parents and began writing songs and poetry when she was eight. She started playing the baritone ukulele in 2014, after seeing Sara Bareilles play one in concert and being utterly enchanted by its rich and somewhat melancholy sound. She released her debut EP ‘The Wilderness’ in 2015.

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Mike Krabbers

I’ve been songwriting for as long as I can remember , playing ukulele for 12 years. Influenced by poetry. Artists I admire – Daniel Johnson , Wayne Coyne and Hank Williams.

Advice , be true to yourself and write about what you know.

Mike Hayllor – aka Krabbers

Singer / songwriter performing solo and as half of the hedge Inspectors

Check out http://www.unplugthewood.com/

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Sarah Kelly

My Name is Sarah Kelly.

I have been writing on ukulele since 2009, when I received my first ukulele, a concert Tenor, “Phoebe” by the Portuguese company, Carvahlo. It was disguised as a motorbike seat for my husbands motorbike…and it was a complete surprise. It had a drop G and the info, online, as regards tuning was sparse, at the time so, for a while, I tuned it the same as a guitar… OOOER!! I was afraid that the strings would snap… all was well in the end, though and after 6 months I had moved into standard (c) tuning, with a dropped G… but then I needed a standard soprano….”Jack”… shortly after that I needed an electric traveller concert Tenor by Kala, “Foxy”…. and then I just kept going…with Elvis, Ollie, Rex, Jack 2, ….I daren’t continue as my obsessive insanity will become patently obvious… I now have 18 that I perform with… but not at the same time… and 54 more, with stickers on,that I take to festival/ pub workshops, that I use to teach people basic chords and Rock and Roll classics on. 20 minutes and they are “rocking out”.

My influences are Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Annie Lennox, Jackie Oates, “Squeeze’s” Glen Tillbrook, and Billie Holliday, The smooth cleverness of Sammy Cahn who wrote so many smashes for Frank Sinatra and songs sung by Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald and the clever speed and gunfire quickness of the lyrics sung by George Formby and the wittiness of Jake Thackray, Noel Coward and Tom Lehrer.

Tips for others:

Let your song be a heartfelt celebration/ truth/ observation/ confession/hymn of praise/ lament that really means something to your own soul. If it means something to you, it may JUST touch another person and add something to the perception of the world, or their predicament… you may make someone else not feel so alone in their life. you may make another person accept and love themselves more and be kinder to themselves. Writing songs is so important… some songs can really heal or help others lift their spirits and laugh out loud.

People can find out more about me via Sarah Kelly, on Facebook. also UKE-CAN Ukulele Lessons on Facebook.

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A.D. Cooke

AD Cooke is a singer, musician, performer, songwriter and vocal coach, she started playing guitar and piano at the age of eight. Coming from a family of musicians and performers, AD has developed her slick stagecraft and performance over many years of gigging with bands and musicians which is now reflected in her own unique style.

Her ‘trained voice’ is described by many as powerful, but very easy on the ear! AD has spent years training and studying the voice and works as a vocal coach teaching modern singing techniques, she regularly holds workshops for voice, performance and songwriting.

During her career she has performed with The Drifters, Big Country, Edwin Star, Dr. Feelgood, The Sweet, The Grumbleweeds, The Real Thing, and many famous comedians including Peter Kay.
More recently she has shared a stage with some of the biggest names on the Ukulele circuit including Chonkinfeckle, Manitoba Hal, The Mersey Belles, Mike Hind, Ben Rouse, Michael Adcock and many many more!

Her album ‘Northern Girl’ is now available on Amazon, I tunes and Cd baby, for more info check out her website http://www.adcooke.co.uk

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Ceci n’est pas Ukulollo

We’re an Italian band that melds together music, video and acting, that’s why we play our show in cinemas and theatres.

The members are Ukulollo – ukulele and vocals, Matteo Cammisa – bongo cajon, percussion and vocals Sara Bertolucci – ukulele and vocals. Ukulollo has been making original music since 2009, he already published 3 albums, collaborating with many many artists inside and outside the ukulele world.

Matteo and Sara already played in his 2 latest albums before getting officially involved in the new one which will see the light in July 2016. the trio just won a contest called Toscana 100 band that will sponsor the production of the album.

Ukulollo inluences in making music are: Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, other groups from the 80’s, the 70’s and the 60’s. Ah, and naturally the Beatles.

Our advice to create good original music: make it solid by building up long melodical frases. Move a voice while the other stand still, bring it to the essential but make sure everything you need is in there, no more no less.

You can listen to our music, and support us buying it at www.ukulollo.com

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Hau Yi Tsai

Hau Yi Tsai is a ukulele performer/arranger/composer/instructor from Taiwan. She is also a Chinese Pipa performer, too.

Hau Yi started her musical journey when she was 6, on her first instrument, piano. Then she grew an interest for Chinese music when she was 10. So she choosed the Pipa for her major instrument to study at the Chinese music program from The National Taiwan University of Arts. When she graduated, she started to play ukulele and fell in love with this amazing instrument. Now she is a very active uke player who just won the 5th International ukulele contest. And her original song: “The Ships Log” is also the winner and will be playing at the Kazoo radio for one year.

Hau Yi’s musical style is very unique and diverse and different from any other ukulele player. She use lots of Chinese musical scale and techniques from Chinese Pipa. Her musical imagery is influenced from classical music composers like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Daniel Ho, Benny Chong and Abe Lagrimas Jr’s music are her mentors for ukulele playing. Besides the ukulele, Hau Yi writes and arrange music for local bands and Chinese music ensemble in Taiwan. She is also a Pipa player at the jazz band, Brain Storming Arts, which join lots of music festivals in Taiwan.

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Writing Original Songs for The Small Change Diaries

small change diaries I have the greatest respect for all artists that write original material. Yes I love cover versions, BUT what kind of the world would it be without new and original songs? When I created “The Small Change Diaries” back in 2014, I knew that the first two years would be spent focusing on writing original material. I would meet up with my writing partner and band member Jessica Bowie on a weekly basis to sketch out and develop musical ideas.  Jessica is a brilliant writing partner, especially when it comes to editing material. Over the last two years we have wrestled with all manner of material to get it into the best possible shape.

It continues to be a fascinating experience, especially when you see a track emerge from a sketch idea, to being worked on, to be recorded in the studio to being played on BBC Radio! As the band has developed, the material has become more sophisticated and we are more adventurous in both our writing and in our recording.

The debut album “Adam Blames Eve” was released in 2015, the new EP is released in 2016 and the follow up album “Lullabies for Cynics” will be released in 2017.  We have currently recorded 20 songs which are now fully mastered and mixed, with another 18 songs ready to record. S

The first track I wrote for SCD was “Not one of us” and I am delighted that this now has been recorded and released on our new “Protest Songs” EP.

Here are the lyrics

 

Not One of Us (Nick Cody)

 

Nothing I could say to you will make you change your mind,

This is not the first time but you still don’t see the signs,

When heads are in the clouds not a foot upon the ground,

You’re the one now long gone, the damage left behind…

They say this land is your land, but that’s not strictly true,

Fifty foot down in the ground still don’t belong to you,

Time to create some street art, paint the neighborhood,

A kaleidoscope of colours that will only do you good

 

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every thought you think right now, will someday disappear…

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every song, you hear right now will someday disappear…

 

You’re fucking with the future, fracking with the past,

It’s a waste of time and energy, but at least you’ve had your blast,

We are all just passing through; none are here to stay,

Don’t think about the future that just gets in the way, cause

Half the country’s drowning, now is the rising tide,

You say perhaps you’ll drop by and at least you tried,

This defense won’t hold water, no longer holds ideas,

A perfect storm is coming, for this to end in tears

 

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every thought you think right now, will someday disappear…

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every song, you hear right now will someday disappear

 

©Nick Cody 2014

small change diaries

 

Takahiro Shimo, Ukulele Master Builder from Japan

It was a privilege to meet up with Shimo for a delightful hour or so over coffee in Tokyo this July, (fortunately the day before a typhoon hit the city,) and he was kind enough to agree to this interview. This is the third time I have met him in Tokyo and he is always a fascinating person to talk to and as with all master instrument builders he has a very definite point of view on how best to build great musical instruments. Here he talks about what makes for a great instruments, his love of Ry Cooder and his unique philosophy when making a wide range of different instruments.
shimo ukulele
NC When did you first start to make ukuleles?
TS I graduated from luthier school
NC This was in in America?
TS Yes, at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix Arizona 1980. I opened Shimo guitars in 1982 and I bought 20 sets of guitar materials from the United States Do you know the luthier Macintyre?
NC Yes
TS Yes in Los Angeles, I bought woods from there. The most interesting thing I bought was 2 sets of Koa. At that time nobody was making Koa guitars. This is strange but interesting, because when I graduated from luthier school in 1980, and during when I was student, I had a chance to play an old Martin Koa guitar, which was maybe 100 years old, from the 1800s or something, so I had experience of Koa guitars. So when I was going to buy materials for guitars I decided to get Koa too.  So in 1992 I got an order for a ukulele, it was ordered by a ukulele player from a Hawaiian band in Japan. This band had been going from the 1970s.At that time I already had the Koa wood. So it was something strange and something interesting for me. So now I feel I have to make a ukulele, maybe this is my destiny. I feel so, because at that time nobody was buying Koa wood for guitars or even at that time for ukulele!
In Japan in 1980 it was very hard to get a ukulele at any stores because nobody played them. Maybe a few music stores had them in stock, Kamaka or something similar.
shimo comet 3NC I’ve played a number of your instruments and they all sound fantastic, so- What makes for a great sounding/playing instrument?
Of course the right materials are an important thing, this is in no doubt for everybody, including myself!
But I also have another answer, during the making of the ukulele, the luthier must love music, and must love the instrument, and make the instrument with joy. This is for me most important. And for me background music is also important, so sometimes when I am making a ukulele I have as background music the music of the future owner. If I am making your ukulele I will play your Small Change Diaries cd. This is important for me, because listening to your music and sometimes dancing, during the making of the ukulele, the ukulele is already listening to your music, so when she was born she already knows your music, like a baby, like mothers sing for their babies!
NC How long does it take from beginning to finish to create a custom ukulele?
TS Well a simple ukulele with no inlay, no binding, no decoration or anything maybe one month.
NC So for a custom build instrument that’s going to be longer?
TS 0h yes, 2 months or more, not so long-60-70 days like this.
NC Do you make one at a time or more than one-
TS Yes always, I make 4 or 5 ukuleles at once-
NC Is that just you or do you have help as well?
TS Just me, this is my “Way”- If I have my clone I don’t like him maybe!
NC I remember you saying last time we met it was like the Morgan cars philosophy you had in mind when you build instruments
TS Yes-I think so very much, now even more because I watched a video on the making of Morgan cars so I think more and more about the similarity in production philosophy.
NC That’s a great example of everything being about quality, just make the best! No Compromise!
TS Yes this is my life, my “Way”(Smiles)
NC Who have you made instruments for in terms of artists?
TS Many Japanese artists including Boo Takagi, IWAO(Yamaguchi Iwao), Yuki ‘Alani’ Yamauchi, Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Koichi Fujii, Katsuhisa ‘Katz’ Nagao as well as Ry Cooder and Eric Clapton. Those two did not pay me but I gave them each an instrument as gifts!
NC Ry Cooder is great
TS I met him in 1988 in Tokyo He is my idol. Yes. I can sing all his songs! So when I heard he was coming to play I had to make a guitar for him. Eric Clapton was a fan of Japanese wrestling, so when he came here I met him and gave him an electric arch top guitar. A few years ago he sold some of his guitars for a donation to a hospital for alcoholics, and I saw that guitar was in this auction.
NC Why do you think the ukulele is so popular in Japan, and indeed round the world including the U.K. right now?
TS Yeah. This is very popular in Japan. Yes
NC There are some great stores just for ukuleles here
TS Ukulele is a very special instrument, lovely, cute, easy to play easy to carry. Everybody likes the sound of a ukulele.
NC Especially your ukuleles!
TS Thank you very much
NC Musicians I know Martin Simpson a friend of mine I showed him the comet 3 and the comet 7 and he said it was the best sounding ukulele he had heard.
TS I am very honored.
And I think the feeling of friendship from the ukulele is strong. I don’t know why, but everybody says the same thing.
NC I agree I never intended to play ukuleles but I really like this tiny little instrument and it went from there. The comet 7 and the comet 3, because they sound so good it inspires one to play more. I do think your instruments are in a league of their own. It was completely obvious to us when we were recording that they were the instruments to use.
TS I think I forgot something with question 2.I think the thickness of material and type of lacquer is also relevant for me , but the figures obtained from measurements and any kinds of number are for me garbage. The important thing for me is how much I love and how much I enjoy making the instrument. I think the creator of the piece and the piece are similar. If you make a teddy bear this bear is like you
So I think if I want to make a wonderful instrument I have to be a wonderful person So this is the most important thing for me So maybe I have a friend who is a funny guy and the guy makes everybody happy. With me I want to be, so maybe my creations will be the same
NC Some of the designs are definitely not traditional designs. When I saw your website there are some big variations in design, is that driven by you or by clients?
TS Always mine. Not only mine, some of them came in my dreams. From somewhere.
NC Another plane!
TS (Laugh)Yeah
I believe there are things we can’t explain, that is the simple answer. Something different from another luthier from another planet.
NC Do you insist on a certain type of string for your instruments or do you like different strings for different models? I have scoured the planet for Hilo strings since you mentioned them
TS I only think about the intonation, not sound, this is very important, because musical instruments have to make a connection, so strings are important for this. Ukulele strings are made from nylon or carbon. Not all strings are good, sometimes you know if you have 10 sets maybe one of them is not good. I have felt this many times that maybe the intonation is wrong and maybe if I change it, a new one  is correct. This is always with nylon strings, but some makes of strings are good. Now we can’t buy hilo any more, GHS is good, Worth strings are from carbon too so they are good. Carbon is more reliable than nylon, but the sound of nylon is warm, carbon is a little cooler .
NC How many of your ukuleles end up overseas?
TS I heard that some music store are selling them second hand world-wide They said they have sold them a few times to Europe Some for Germany some for Italy ,France ,Spain, maybe a few, so let’s say maybe about 5 percent internationally. So almost all for domestic
NC Well I am glad we came to Japan. We have a lot to thank Dean from Ukulele Mania for when he said “Try one of these!”
TS Yeah! He understands my style. Thank you very much
shimo
Online Resources
Shimo’s Homepage – www.shimoguitars.com
Ukulele Mania in Tokyo  – www.ukulelemania.net
Ukulele Comet photos by Karen Turner
All other photos by Susan Elton

Bill Collings master ukulele builder interviewed in Austin

“You’ve got to care, you’ve got to say I’m going to make a ukulele that makes the difference, and I’m not going to make one that’s going to be the 35 dollar uke!”

                                                                                                                                                                                Bill Collings

Bill Collings
The very first ukulele I bought was a Bill Collings UC1 prototype concert ukulele from New York, which has just sounded better and better over time. I knew that Bill has a terrific global reputation for building superb electric and acoustic instruments for many years, but many people were surprised at his foray into building ukuleles. I also have on very good authority from music industry insiders that many named artists have numerous Collings instruments which have become the gold standard when it comes to build quality. I was therefore really looking forward to finally meeting Bill in person in Austin this September.
Before I met Bill he spotted me walking across to his unit, carrying my treasured Collings UC1 , and the first words I hear from him are “Ukuleles suck!” This is the start of a wonderful hour’s conversation with a master instrument builder, with a mischievous sense of humour and a very sharp eye on both the quality and business aspect of instrument building.
NC
I never intended to be even remotely interested in ukuleles, I was mostly interested in guitars, and it was Zeke in Mat Umanov in Bleecker street New York, who came back from the Namm  show with Mat Umanov with one of your pre-production UC1 concerts  ukes, and I thought -”What the hell is that?” I’ve never seen any Collings ukes so I bought this pre-production one and loved it and used it extensively on The Small Change Diaries album.
BC
Really nice! Ukuleles are a lot of work-that’s the stupid part; you wouldn’t think that would you?
NC
As I was saying to Alex, (Bill’s right hand man  who was kind enough to show us all around the facility at Collings)I’ve been all around the world, New York ,Japan and everywhere ,and I’ve never played any of your instruments which don’t sound great, and I can’t say that for any other builder.
BC
Yeah well that’s what we try to do, so we’re supposed to care!
The other day I heard from a dealer about electric guitars, that nobody cares about fit and finish in an electric guitar ,and I thought “you know, well I guess the world is done” I mean to say that  if you don’t care about something like that ,you’ve given up, you know?
NC
Well I don’t think that is the universal accepted view
BC
I hope not
NC
I was saying to Alex that I was talking to Doug Chandler (European distributor for Collings)who I’ve known from years back, and he was saying “Nick, every artist I know that is a name has at least one Collings guitar and Pete Townsend has six of them…”
BC
Yes and probably 10 ukes- did you know that?
NC
What made you first think about building ukes and when was this?
BC
There are many times when I’ve thought about this. When I start to see some really nice ukes, like some Martin ukes, any time I would see a nice, a well-made uke ,and think “Wow that’s neat !”You know, you’d always want to go “I’d like to do that,” The last time we actually did start to make ukes,a lot of people had been asking us to make ukes ,and I think it was 2007. Back then the economy was slow, and we thought let’s just go ahead and do what ukes did for a lot of companies through the years-they would fill in in the bad times -so let’s just use this as an excuse and try it-well it didn’t fill in anything but it did make some ukes! I think we made about 600 ukes or something like that!
NC
Ok, was that the first Namm show around 2007?
BC
Somewhere around there
NC
That must be when I bought my first one
BC
Yes somewhere in there, might have been 2007 2008 yeah and I think the uke boom was going on at that time
NC
it’s still pretty busy in the UK, it’s like some cult -you know people are really, same thing with guitars, you have different price points , some people just go” how much?” and  if we were sax or violin players we wouldn’t even be starting until it were a fair bit –
BC
Right
NC
So I think there is still a lot of interest in the UK, there are a lot of big festivals, same in Japan
BC
Oh here too, but I don’t know , it was almost frantic at one point ,we could not supply the need for the ukes, we’re just too slow at it ,and nothing we made ever made any money by any means , we put more in it than we should have ,but that’s what we wanted to do!
NC
Well they all sound great
BC
Good that’s the fun part
NC
From your point of view what are the key ingredients for making a really good uke
BC
The main one is care, you’ve got to care, you’ve got to say I’m going to make a uke that makes the difference, I’m not going to make one that’s going to be the 35 dollar uke! Then it would be craftsmanship of course and materials, the right materials, not too heavy, not too light, the right thicknesses, the right everything, the right finishes, playability, I mean everything making a uke great is what makes a guitar great. The problem is they’re smaller, so it’s hard to get all that work in. You can overbuild a uke really easy, you can under build a uke too
NC
From what I see you use mahogany and koa as primary materials
BC
Yeah, I think one tradition was koa, when they started making ukes in Hawaii they used a lot of koa, and then mahogany was the other. Mahogany is a great wood it’s a great guitar wood, it’s a great uke wood, mahogany sings, koa a little less, koa is a little drier, so mahogany is a great, great, uke wood
NC
I saw you also had some walnut
BC
We’ve done walnut, we’ve done rosewood, we’ve done maple, and we’ve done a lotNC
Do you have a favourite?
DC
Mahogany is probably all around my favourite overall.
NC
I keep coming back to my favourite of yours ,the concert straight mahogany UC1BC
There you go
NC
So were your ukes inspired from the Martin tradition?
BC
Basically from Martins, and from all the ukes ever made, whenever we saw a nice looking uke, we just kept looking at them, and then styled them, made our own shapes, smoothed out the edges, similar to other shapes and sizes ,and there’s a uke!
NC
I was talking to Alex about Plek technology (Plek is cutting edge technology used in calibrating instruments). I remember being in San Francisco when the first pleks started to appear. Gary Brawer had one of the first ones in San Francisco. How much has that technology assisted in your overall build of ukes?
BC
With ukes?
NC
Yeah
NC
None at all, not a bit ,but good question! We have never been able to fit it on the plek! We do mandolins on the plek, but with the softer strings they need  a little more relief, but knowing what the proper shape is ,and we see it every day, we can do it
NC
So far it’s been tenors and concerts, have you been tempted to go down the baritone or soprano route?
BC
Yeah some people in Japan want the soprano, and like I say, and it’s always been one of those things, that it’s not like we could run the company on making ukuleles, we like making them.  It runs in the back ground, we have a couple of guys making them now and then, we are not interested in making millions of them, just fine ukuleles . If you add up all the numbers in a year we get from making them, it’s not like it pays much electric bill, but we like making them ,it’s fun!
NC
We like having them! We appreciate it! I speak on behalf of the uke playing population and say all power to you, because everyone I’ve ever played sounds good
BC
Great thank you!
NC
What’s the time scale for a concert and a tenor?
BC
In terms of hours you mean?
NC
Yes
BC
The problem was when we first started making them it would be a couple of weeks to make one, cos we didn’t have the fixtures, and it took making really good fixtures accurately to speed it up enough, but it never sped it up enough to make sense out of it!
When we started it would have been 50 hours, ok, when we finish if we had 20 hours we’d be really happy ok, but that was the problem, you’d never really quite get there, so it’s never been one of those things that financially works out. You could make them quicker, I mean obviously some people make them for 35 dollars, but I don’t get it
Bill Collings
NC
Well it’s really a uke shaped object…
BC
There’s a lot to it, just keeping the neck straight, everything right on, the right space, the right heights of everything, knowing the woods going to move so much, and you don’t have an overset, those things take more time, and you can’t really put an hour on it, so could you add it up and say it works? I could just say it doesn’t ok! and if the guys, say Donovan makes one, or I make one, it may work out, if the right guys on it ,ok ,but I can unfortunately  just say, he’s got other jobs to do!
Did Alex say how many orders we have?
BC
Yeah you have a bunch waiting to be made!
Don’t tell anyone, but we put too much time in it-shhh! We’re kind of dumb that way.
That is our problem and well reputation is everything
NC
I looked up ,and picked up from your website your  recommendation for the Macintyre  feather pick up, which I put in this concert ukulele, and then was so impressed I swapped out all the Baggs from everything  else and just put Macintyre’s in.
BC
It’s all about how you pre amp it,  how I think all those could work if everything’s coupled correctly, that’s the hard part ,that’s a different deal, that’s more than we do you know,
I wish I could say I made ukuleles in 5 hours; hey we would be making the crap out of them!
NC
“Bill says you can make a uke in 60 minutes!”
BC (laughs)
It’d be great , no you just can’t, by the time you mess with stuff it just doesn’t happen, you can make it properly and all of a sudden somebodies fitting properly and centring properly and it just takes longer than you want ,you have  a couple of good days followed by a couple of slower days…
You know we have a lot of help ,assistance we say ,so we do rough parts out on a c and c ,that would be profile a top, or a laser which has not been soft cut ,and it has been accurately cut ,those things help, but we still to make it!
How long does it take to cut a perimeter out, not that long, and a band saw it takes about the same time on a laser, but its more accurate, we don’t have to mess with it afterwards, those things we can make up some time over strictly a hand builder, but there’s nothing else that’s done on it that makes it ,you know our c and c are fancy band saws you know, and slow ,but they are accurate
NC
One of the things I was so impressed about when I came out here a couple of years ago was the combination of the best technology and with an army of hand finishers.
BC
Oh my god yes that’s the problem, that army is expensive
NC
But the end result is that reputation wise everyone goes “Bills stuff’s way way beyond everyone else”
BC
That’s the thing, we use the technology to make our parts, and then we put all our time that we originally would have into the end product, so it’s better, so the time is all there on the tail end of it ,rather than in the front end of it
NC
So you’ve gone with acoustics, into electrics, and I know people at the time were thinking “what’s happening here?” then ukuleles, so what’s next for Collings?
BC
Well anything we like, I like cheaper guitars that were made in the 30s, that’s my Waterloo style guitar, and there will be lots of those that will catch the eye of many, and we will try to eliminate some steps to make them cheaper, we won’t eliminate craftsmanship, we will just eliminate frills, so the basic guitar is there, playable, great sound, not a lot of fancy stuff
NC
Well I totally applaud that
BC
Good
 NC
At the  end of the day it’s all about the sound, and wherever I’ve have been ,whether it be in Mandolin Brothers in Staten island , or in Tokyo, every one I’ve ever picked up ,whether guitar or ukulele , sounds great
BC
That’s good, that’s what we want!
NC
It’s great work, and long may it continue, and I really thank you for doing the interview
BC
Thank you
 Bill Collings
Photos courtesy of Susan Elton