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Gitaulele

Started by Brown Water Jerry (Rice). Last reply by Kigar Mar 21, 2020. 1 Reply

I saw something the other day that qued my interest.  If you capo a regular guitar at the fifth fret you basically have a uke.  So.... if I saw a fret board at the fifth fret and put the bridge the…Continue

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

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Comment by gary sheldon on June 13, 2016 at 10:43pm

Thanks, Scott

Comment by gary sheldon on June 13, 2016 at 10:41pm

This is my 30th build and uke # 19.  It is a concert uke with 15" scale length.  I have made quite a few with these Ashton (Churchill) boxes.  I like the size and the sound.  This one is strictly acoustic so far and it sounds great.  I call it Winchester.  I removed the box lid hinges and clasp and bolted the neck to the body front.  Then I slide the top in from the rear.  It is fastened with 2 screws on the back and 1 dowell in the front.

The whole project went together very well.  The neck is Mahogany and the fretboard is Walnut that I milled myself.  Also the heel is Walnut.

I think this will be my personal uke.  Not for sale.  It is not quite finished yet, but very close. 

Comment by Scott W on June 13, 2016 at 10:40pm
Nice one!
Comment by gary sheldon on June 13, 2016 at 10:29pm

Comment by Kigar on May 10, 2016 at 11:04pm

Glad to have helped, just happened to see it at the right time I guess.  Lots of places sell Aquila strings, should be easy to find.  Tons of utube lessons for ukes too, mostly fun/light songs. I can only play a few songs on them myself but find them lots of fun.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on May 10, 2016 at 10:43pm

Duh found some straight away called nylgut red series. Thanks again Kigar. Instant and huge help.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on May 10, 2016 at 10:37pm

Thanks for replying so quickly Kigar. Any idea what the aquila strings are called? I searched a good while today but couldn't find any. If not then I'll try adding aquila to my concert low g ukulele strings search and see if anything shows. Your tip on the learning will no doubt help too so thank you for that too. I never could play six string that well though unfortunately but it's no doubt good to know these comparables. Much appreciated.

Comment by Kigar on May 10, 2016 at 10:29pm

Aquila makes low g concert scale strings, others probably do as well. Ukes are usually for "happy" music, I have a hard time with playing blues on one without grinning. If it came with a high G you might try it and see what you think.

As to how to play, one of the best tips I found was if you think of putting a capo on the fourth fret of a guitar and ignore the lower two strings you have uke tuning. All the chords and notes are four frets higher but the same shapes and patterns.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on May 10, 2016 at 10:12pm

Hey all. Just joined the group after ordering my first cigar box ukulele (well tin one anyway). I've been researching this and that on YouTube but mostly how to play. One of the videos mentioned putting a low G string on but after looking around on eBay most low G strings for sale seem to be for the tenor size. My question is can I put a tenor string on a concert scale uke? Will a low G make much of a difference anyway? The video mentioned it for blues but will putting a low G on mean I can't play some songs? Advice sought definitely needed and much appreciated. Thanks.

Comment by gary sheldon on March 29, 2016 at 4:20pm

Carefully, very carefully.

 

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Started by Brown Water Jerry (Rice). Last reply by Kigar Mar 21, 2020. 1 Reply

Ukes For Gand kids

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ideal narrow of the box?

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