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A pair of tambourleles!

Started this discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick Jul 30. 5 Replies

All,It's been a couple of years since I built my own tambourine-based banjolele.Since then I've fended off several requests to build copies for others, but I few weeks ago I caved in and took on two…Continue

6 string reso travel guitar build pics!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T Sep 23, 2018. 1 Reply

Hi all,I've made a couple of ukes in the recent past, using bodies made from cut-down folk guitars, and very successful they are too!Well, another old folk guitar turned up, and being past…Continue

Tambourine banjolele build.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Lutz Sep 9, 2018. 4 Replies

Hi all,I thought I'd post a few pics of my banjo uke that I built last year, using a cheap (£12) tambourine from Amazon, an idigbo neck, and hardware from Ebay.'Loud' is the best word to describe…Continue

Reso uke from Ebay kit....

Started this discussion. Last reply by rodger moore May 4, 2018. 4 Replies

Apologies for not posting very often, so I hope you don't mind me sharing the latest…Continue

 

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Tim Hooper replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I'm a uke and guitar player, whereas my wife, Netty, is a skilled crafter in her own right. She's a whiz with a sewing machine, and to celebrate her new-found interest in quilting, she's put together this rather splendid duvet…"
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the anonymous pick replied to Tim Hooper's discussion A pair of tambourleles!
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Diglydog replied to Tim Hooper's discussion A pair of tambourleles!
"Nice work, Tim.  They're a clean design and very neatly done - the tailpiece is an ingenious way to retain the traditional tied-on strings of the uke.  Great idea.  I mught just have to make one of them :-)"
Jul 30
Tim Hooper replied to Tim Hooper's discussion A pair of tambourleles!
"Thank you Gents! FWIW, my hard working prototype earned its keep this weekend at the Shrewsbury Ukulele Festival, where I was fronting our local club. My friend, Andy, got this 'candid' portrait! Tim"
Jul 29
Timothy Hunter replied to Tim Hooper's discussion A pair of tambourleles!
"beautiful.. now i want one..another project added to the list.."
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Paul Craig replied to Tim Hooper's discussion A pair of tambourleles!
"Awesome idea and awesome builds."
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"If necessary, I'll add a tiny spot of CA glue at the ends of the frets before I start getting aggressive with the filing! Tim"
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Tim Hooper replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Frets and fretboard
"I don't use a separate fret board for my ukes - they're installed directly into the neck itself. I cut the slots, using a pull saw, BEFORE any shaping or tapering work is carried out, so the slots can be at 90 degrees to the neck's…"
Jul 21
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A pair of tambourleles!

All,It's been a couple of years since I built my own tambourine-based banjolele.Since then I've fended off several requests to build copies for others, but I few weeks ago I caved in and took on two commissions from uke club members.I thought I'd show a few pics of the parallel builds, if that's OK with you guys! The first pic shows the finished instruments, all ready for delivery.  They're tenor-size banjoleles - with a 17" scale length, both tuned to standard uke tuning - GCEA.The finished…See More
Jul 21
Tim Hooper replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Perma grit sandpaper
"Will, Perma Grit are still going strong! Oddly enough, I also write for a modelling magazine (RCM&E), and find the Perma Grit products ideal for CBG/uke manufacture too. https://www.permagrit.com/ Tim"
Jul 21
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Tim Hooper replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Laying out tuning machines on headstock?
"I'm with you on the straight string ethic, so I've adopted a tapered headstock shape as a kind of signature. Given a head back-angle of between 10 and 15 degrees, I reckon on a minimum of 40mm (say 1.5") between the nut and nearest…"
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5 - 3 ukes, 2 guitars
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I'm not a talented player - just a strummer, but I've always enjoyed fabricating things for everyday use; cars, model aeroplanes, etc.; far more rewarding than just going and buying a mass-produced item!

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