Ukes with Alex

Manager of the Southern Ukulele Store, Ukulele 'Expert', Vlogger, troubleshooter and Uke Magazine Columnist... Also I have a podcast!

I don't like the word expert.. However you swing it you sound a bit of a knob to be honest. The truth is, I know Ukuleles but there isn't another decent word I can use to sum it up.. I have worked with them day in and day out for twelve years as manager of the Southern Ukulele Store and have transitioned over many years from Guitar to Ukulele as a specialist instrumentalist.





Many people ask on Youtube about what I play and my own Ukulele style... I currently perform with three instruments;

1) Sumi Kobo Sakura Koa Tenor Ukulele - In most videos I have used Worth BS Tenor strings with a Daddario BEB031W wound Low G. When playing High G I like various clear nylon sets.

2) Kanile'a MANAKO Hawaiian Mango Tenor Ukulele - Rotosound UWA Ukes With Alex Tenor Low G strings

(I found nylon strings work best for fingerstyle playing on Kanile'a Ukuleles and teamed up with Rototsound to produce a custom set you can purchase these here)


3) Snail S60B Baritone Ukulele - I convinced my friends at Snail to produce a limited run of left handed S60 Baritone Ukuleles. I made a video all about my string preferences on this Ukulele that you can view here.

I am currently working with Rotosound on a Baritone DGBE set...


Big Island Uli-T Mango/Cedar Tenor

This is the latest ukulele I have been involved in designing and I think pound for pound, its as good as anything new being made currently by anybody. It plays well with stunning crisp clear notes but the complex nature of mango. Its the ukulele I gig with every week right now. 

I have only strung it with my Rotosound custom string set so far but they sound so good I can't see why I would use anything else.

For those wondering about my playing style; I perform all of the SUS Youtube videos playing a right handed Ukulele upside down but perform and play my own instruments strung for a left handed player.

I am very flattered for the attention the Youtube channel has afforded me, I truly love my job and can't wait to continue my Ukulele journey once things hopefully return back to normal later in 2021. That being said, please do not contact me personally if you want to make a purchase via the Southern Ukulele Store.


If you have a Southern uke store related question, please do get in touch via my work email 

I am flattered so many people have tried to contact me personally with Ukulele enquires but I do like to switch off and have family time like everybody else 🙂