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Last week, I visited the workshop of the guy who made this:


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That’s a dog inlaid (not painted!) on the peghead of a fabulous, custom-made ukelele assembled by the master craftsman at Pohaku Ukeleles workshop. This particular ukelele is not for sale, but you can check out the details on others that are available, as well as gems of years past.

Also, random trivia: the phrase “My Dog Has Fleas” is a device for the tuning of ukelele strings. The phrase has some kind of magical incantatory/tonal qualities, whereby you hear it once, and you’ll always be able to remember how it sounds… thus allowing you to properly tune any ukelele you get your hands on. Neat, huh? I thought so too.

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