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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:56 pm 
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Walnut
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I want to build a ukulele from a kit, but I want a certain things made to my own preferences.

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:02 am 
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Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:10 pm
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First name: Chris
Last Name: Reed
City: Stowmarket
State: Suffolk
Zip/Postal Code: IP14 2EX
Country: UK
Focus: Build
Status: Amateur
I'd say your best bet is to find a luthier who produces kits, and ask them for a price on a customised version.

You don't say where you are, but if Europe you might try Rob Collins at tin guitar.com.

Bear in mind though that all your special requirements require time = money. If you want too much customisation, it might not be worth the effort of dealing with you, and in any event it will cost more.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:22 am 
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Koa
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Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:27 pm
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Location: South Carolina
First name: John
Last Name: Cox
Focus: Build
Status: Amateur
What sort of things are you looking to have made to your preferences?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:44 pm 
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Koa
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Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:34 pm
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City: winnipeg
State: manitoba
Country: canada
Focus: Build
Status: Amateur
Check out Hana Lima in Honolulu. I'm sure that Asa can fix you up.

Bob


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:42 pm 
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I wanted a kit that didn't make any design decisions already. No binding, fretboard dots, or rosette. A paddle headstock without tuner holes so I can come up with my own.

These are all subtractive changes instead of additive ones. It should take less time, including materials.

I'm in Texas.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:51 am 
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Koa
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First name: John
Last Name: Cox
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So... What's stopping you from going to one of our forum sponsors like LMI or Stew Mac and just ordering the wood you want and go from there.

You will need:
Top set
Back and sides set
Linings
Tail block (or use a scrap of 1/4" to 1/2" plywood)
Head block blank and neck blank (if using a neck joint) or a neck blank alone for the Spanish foot neck.
Pre-slotted fretboard (I don't recommend doing your own because the fret slot placement requires precision)
Tuners
Bindings (if you are going to use them)
Purfling material (if you are going to use it)
Rosette making material (if you are going to do that)
Brace wood (or some good straight split out sections from a 2x4)
Inlay material - at a minimum for side fret markers.
Tuners or pegs
Fret wire

Thanks



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:16 pm 
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Thanks, truckjohn. I didn't know I could order these things apart from a kit. That's great news.


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