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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:07 pm 
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I just completed this Martin shaped 14 fret to the body tenor ukulele. Sounds pretty good right now. It is spruce so it will be interesting to see how it sound in a couple of day. I made it for a friend living in Oahu who has taken up the ukulele. I am going there Monday, which is why there was a rush at the end. It is not perfect, somehow the 3rd string post is off just a touch off and I noticed that I somehow rounded the end of the fret board on the 1st string side. Nothing fatal. The intonation is really good. I shaved about .7mm off the nut end of the fret board to provide a bit on cheap nut compensation.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:56 pm 
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Wow!
Very nice, John!
All of the wood figure really pops!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:45 pm 
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Thank you Dan, The Uke was fun to build.

Here is a video. It is rushed as I am giving it away tomorrow. Also I never really played a ukulele before.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:34 pm 
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That is a pretty ukulele. The rosette looks really good.
Spruce top sounds a bit brash for my taste but I may have to eat those words when I finish a spruce top that is presently on the bench.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:47 am 
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Thanks first uke, as it has been getting played it has been opening up. It was a stiff plate of spruce.

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Nice ukulele. Lets hear how it sounds in Oahu


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Looks & sounds great, nice work

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Liking that bear claw.

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Thanks guys, the trip to Hawaii to deliver the ukulele was really fun: snorkeling, hiking, volcano's and best of all playing the ukulele with my friend Nikko. She really liked the ukulele. We also went to see one of the best slack key guitars and ukulele players of the island of Oahu, Ledward Kaapana in a small local pub. He is really good.

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Wait, you brought an ukulele INTO Hawaii? :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Bryan Bear wrote:
Wait, you brought an ukulele INTO Hawaii? :)


I was not sure if she could get a good one in Oahu laughing6-hehe

Not at the price she got from me; just the joy of having her play it.

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