The Plastic Ukulele Project Launches on Kickstarter.com

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The Plastic Ukulele launches via Kickstarter.com, appealing to both music and product design crowdfunding backers.

The Plastic Ukulele

The goal was to maintain the look and feel of a vintage instrument while taking advantage of modern materials.

Kickstarter.com is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Two of the most popular categories are Music, where artists request funding to record an album, and Design, where product designers request funding to manufacture consumer goods. The Plastic Ukulele will appeal to both groups by proposing to manufacture a musical instrument.

The Plastic Ukulele was developed by Scott Seelye, an Industrial Designer in Bend, Oregon. After years of building and collecting wooden ukuleles, Scott concluded that he could share his ukulele design with more people by developing a plastic instrument. "The goal was to maintain the look and feel of a vintage instrument while taking advantage of modern materials", says Scott.

The Plastic Ukulele will be injection molded from polycarbonate, often referred to as bullet proof plastic and not affected by humidity or temperature changes. These parts are then assembled to create a very strong hollow structure with the internal volume and tone of a much larger instrument.

Kickstarter backers have a choice of 6 different rewards for pledging money to The Plastic Ukulele project. For pledging $125, they will receive a black ukulele with a retail value of $150. A $1000 pledge rewards backers with 10 black ukuleles and 1 light grey ukulele, packaged to appeal to groups and school classrooms.

As soon as the project meets it's $125,000 goal, the already identified injection molder will begin machining the tooling. Once molded, these parts will ship to Seelye's facility in Oregon to be assembled, packaged, and shipped to eager backers.

To learn more about The Plastic Ukulele, visit the Kickstarter project page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scottseelye/the-plastic-ukulele

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