A couple of years ago several of us started hanging out in an informal jam session called SyraUke. If you live in the Syracuse area check it out, it is a heck of a lot of fun.
Here is the thing about a room full of ukes, though: It gets a little plinky. So I have started to occasionally play a wash tub bass just to put some bottom end into the mix. It works out pretty well.
Then at our last meeting, a friend gifted me the body of what was a pretty nice little parlor guitar in its day. Spruce top and redwood sides, I bet it sounded pretty good when it had a neck and strings. Neither of which it has any more, so it clearly needed a little love.
I don't remember how I ended up with the old shovel handle, but it was just about right for the neck, and I have long been a fan of using weed whacker cord for bass strings. So here it is, the Uke Bass: