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Ukes For Gand kids

Started by Rupe Power. Last reply by Rupe Power Nov 16, 2017. 2 Replies

Hello from Nova ScotiaI have three grand daughters 8, 3 and 2 yrs old. I would like to build a Uke for each of them. Can anyone recommend a size or type.thanksContinue

Semi-Uke Kit Build

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Brian Revels Oct 6, 2017. 8 Replies

So, I have been building Cigar Box Guitars, Canjos, Dulcijos,and Diddley Bows for a few years now. I wanted to try my hand at a Ukulele.I found a tenor uke maple neck with a pre-fretted rosewood…Continue

ideal narrow of the box?

Started by jose garcia paredes. Last reply by Kigar Sep 3, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi! i have a cigar box 22,5 x20x 5 cm......  Is good choice for a soprano uke?  Thanks!Continue

Steel string advice sought for a chronic head scratcher (me)

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Bob Johnston May 1, 2017. 10 Replies

I've got a new concert scale ukulele with magnetic pickup and so find myself in need of string advice. Can you help? I'm looking for strings that will work on a 15inch scale length and that will also…Continue

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Comment by Kentucky Mojo on May 26, 2017 at 9:21am

Is anybody going to be at The 13th Annual Huntsville Cigar Box Guitar Festival (on June 2nd and 3rd)? We are trying to set up an open jam with CBU's somewhere in the Lowe Mill Arts center on Saturday. We'd love to represent the uke builders there to show people just how versatile of an instrument they are!

Comment by Dino Anderson on April 5, 2017 at 10:25am
So I've started building ukes of my own design from scratch. Here's the latest two that I built. One is concert scale and the other is soprano. The concert is macacaruba with a cedar top and mahogany neck and the soprano is alder with a walnut neck.
Comment by gary sheldon on December 2, 2016 at 10:27pm

Thanks Will.  And thanks for the PET 1 plastic which made it possible.  It is sounding good.

Comment by Will King on December 2, 2016 at 8:41pm

Looks good Gary.  We are note meeting in Dec, but maybe in Jan.

Comment by Estone Villan on December 2, 2016 at 8:11pm

My first cigar box ukulele - it's a bit wonky and i've noticed it's really quiet, the box isn't very deep so i added a pickup that seems to have gone horribly wrong.

Anyway, on to number 2

Comment by gary sheldon on December 2, 2016 at 7:42pm

Got it together and playing.  Sounds good.  Not fretted yet.

 

Comment by gary sheldon on December 2, 2016 at 7:41pm

Comment by gary sheldon on November 23, 2016 at 12:20am

I did the neck joint this afternoon.  I changed my mind on how to build it.  It came out ok.  The alignment appears to be right on. I cut the arc with the band saw.  Nice to have a band saw even if it is a cheap Ryobe (I'm not complaining.  I use it all the time.) You may recognize Ikea-type hardware.  

Comment by gary sheldon on November 23, 2016 at 12:12am

Comment by gary sheldon on November 22, 2016 at 12:45am

I was away from building for a few months, but now I have some time to put out a few ukes.

The Cohiba side slide top uke is my 21st uke.  I am mostly using the Chinese necks now due to the very low cost and the quality is quite adequate.  Still using the Ikea connector for neck attachment.  It is a little bit plain, but it plays well and sounds very good.

On the left is the beginning of a banjo uke.  I got lucky and found a wooden bowl at a thrift shop.  A rare one with straight, vertical sides.  It was also deep enough to make 2 bodies.  I cut the bowl in half on a lumber mill.   The plan is to use a PET plastic top stapled to the sides and then shrunk with a heat gun.  It should be awesome.  The neck joint will be a bitch, but I think I have figured out a jig to curve the end of the neck to match the curvature of the body. 

 

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Ukes For Gand kids

Started by Rupe Power. Last reply by Rupe Power Nov 16, 2017. 2 Replies

Semi-Uke Kit Build

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Brian Revels Oct 6, 2017. 8 Replies

ideal narrow of the box?

Started by jose garcia paredes. Last reply by Kigar Sep 3, 2017. 3 Replies

Steel string advice sought for a chronic head scratcher (me)

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Bob Johnston May 1, 2017. 10 Replies

(CB) U bass help

Started by Kigar. Last reply by Ronald Whitford Apr 6, 2017. 1 Reply

Cigar Box Ukulele group on Facebook

Started by Kentucky Mojo Jan 31, 2017. 0 Replies

Classical Ball end strings

Started by John Hopper Dec 30, 2016. 0 Replies

String choices: nylon vs. steel

Started by Lane Martin. Last reply by gary sheldon Dec 3, 2016. 5 Replies

MDF Box Ukes

Started by Scott W. Last reply by Kentucky Mojo Nov 4, 2016. 7 Replies

My Brothers Christmas Present

Started by George Fitzgibbon. Last reply by George Fitzgibbon Oct 26, 2016. 6 Replies

CBU Avo Uvezian Tenor Uke

Started by Kigar. Last reply by Greg Thompson Jul 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Triangular Concert Uke

Started by Kigar. Last reply by Greg Thompson Jul 8, 2016. 4 Replies

First Build

Started by B. Kirkwood. Last reply by B. Kirkwood Apr 13, 2016. 2 Replies

Assembly Order

Started by B. Kirkwood. Last reply by B. Kirkwood Mar 29, 2016. 3 Replies

Neck length

Started by B. Kirkwood. Last reply by gary sheldon Mar 29, 2016. 3 Replies

reversed tuners on a uke - advise wanted

Started by Kigar. Last reply by gary sheldon Feb 23, 2016. 3 Replies

New to Uke!!

Started by jeffrey ross. Last reply by Habanera Hal Feb 17, 2016. 19 Replies

Great little video!

Started by Wade. Last reply by rusty case Feb 8, 2016. 2 Replies

Fretboard attachment

Started by gary sheldon. Last reply by rusty case Feb 8, 2016. 3 Replies

concert uke fret board.

Started by Matthew Borczon. Last reply by rusty case Feb 8, 2016. 8 Replies

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