This has got to be the most alien-looking uke you'll ever see... BUT IT SOUNDS INCREDIBLE! Simply put, the Styrofoam Cooler Ukulele is nothing but a neck without a body and a huge cooler screwed to the butt end.
Watch the video to hear it for yourself:
Here's the parts I used:
This is a very easy project!
Note: This ukulele was inspired by Bart Hopkin's seminal book, Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Design. (Purchase on Amazon here.)
Very little volume with just the stick. I tried them both and the difference in volume was staggering. The styrofoam is just the perfect low-tech resonator!
Mod 2.1b - a paint stir stick inside the cooler between the screw-washer and the Styrofoam. might improve the volume some and might improve the stability of the connection (oops, I bumped the cooler clean off).
I am a simple man. I see a cool way to make a uke and I hit like.
Beer gets emptied whether there's a uke there or not.