The Turtulele is a full fiberglass ukulele specially designed for the great outdoors.
Waterproof and Weatherproof.
Enjoy playing your favorite ukelele songs with friends and family when you are camping or at the beach or even in the pool with no worries.
Light weight and Music heavy.
Turtulele is inspired by Sea Turtles and is from the little tropical island of Cebu, Philippines.
Hybrid ukuleles has been around for quite some time. The most popular ones are wood composite, veneer and carbon fiber hybrids. For the longest time, it has been a widely accepted notion that wood (solid or veneer) is the only material for the top or soundboard of a ukulele.
We at DWYC, Inc. thought that there must be a sustainable yet acceptable alternative. Different materials were considered and narrowed down to fiberglass because of its durability and potential acoustic qualities. Thus, TURTULELE was born.
Initial experiments were done in late 2013 for the technical aspects of sound production and resonance. In the early part of 2014, adjustments were made to further enhance the product. In July of the same year, our first successful prototype was made.
One can actually think of the Turtulele as an utility ukulele. But it is more than just that in terms of sound and appearance. It’s like having a backpacker ukulele that sounds like a full ukulele. No compromise at all in terms of functionality and so much more. Light-weight and Music-heavy (not to mention weather and waterproof). Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, now you can brave the elements with TURTULELE.
The Turtulele is a ukulele with a turtle motif hence the name. A few years back, there was a big demand for guitars that made use of sea turtle shells. The novelty of owning one is understandable but there are more reasons why it is such a bad idea. First: it is unthinkable to hurt turtles. Second: it's not sustainable. Third: it does nothing for the guitar as an instrument and the list goes on.
It was such a relief when the government stepped in and declared the use of turtle shells illegal for guitar making. As we all know sea turtles are now considered endangered.
We at DWYC,Inc. thought that by using fiberglass we can create turtle-inspired designs for ukuleles but this time the goal is to create awareness and appreciation towards these magnificent creatures. What better way than to incorporate such advocacy with what is considered to be the most popular instrument in the world.
To get our message across a larger audience, DWYC, Inc. has partnered with Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) wherein for every Turtulele purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to Sea Turtle conservation.
Is the Turtulele fully functional?
The Turtulele is a fully functional uke with great intonation that makes playing so enjoyable.
Are Turtuleles machine fabricated?
No. Turtuleles are hand-casted with the use of moulds. Craftsmanship is of utmost importance to us.
Is the Turtulele waterproof?
Yes the Turtulele is not only waterproof but weather-proof as well. It is not affected by humidity in any way. It is okay to leave it in the boot of your car. It can withstand hot and cold or wet and dry conditions with no adverse effect on the Turtulele.
*One thing you have to take note if you plan to dip it in seawater is to make sure that you wash the machine heads thoroughly with fresh water and oil it to prevent rust.
Is the Turtulele unbreakable?
The Turtulele is definitely a lot sturdier than the average uke but we don’t claim that it is unbreakable. The strength of fiberglass actually lies in its capability to withstand impact. As an ukulele you have to remember that the fiberglass material is already in considerable stress due to the tension of the strings. In a way, it tends to compromise those features.
Does it sound better than wood?
Fiberglass ukulele sounds different from wood. The key definition here is outdoor/adventure ukulele. It is like comparing sports shoes and leather shoes. Same function. Different purpose.
How does Turtulele Fiberglass compare with Carbon Fiber Ukuleles in terms of sound?
Fiberglass has a warmer tone while carbon fiber has a much brighter tone.
Does the sound of the Turtulele improve with age?
That is an interesting question. We noticed the sound of the Turtulele improves overtime although we don’t have any scientific data yet to support it. It’s merely an observation.
Where is the Turtulele made?
The Turtulele is made in Cebu City, Philippines. Which by the way was recently voted as the best island destination in Asia.