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 Post subject: X Braced Ukulele
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:14 am 
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I am just wondering how many of you have built an ukulele with x bracing? I have built 2 tenor ukuleles (fan bracing) and my third (x braced) is in the finishing room.

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Only my Tiples have an X-brace. As I understand, Martin did this at the turn of last century, and eventually copied Nunes'.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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It should change the sound but there's only one way to find out. I'd be interested in hearing it. Any pics or notes about the X brace ?? I'm building my second tenor from Hana Lima 'la plans with tradition fan braces.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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edstrummer wrote:
It should change the sound but there's only one way to find out. I'd be interested in hearing it. Any pics or notes about the X brace ?? I'm building my second tenor from Hana Lima 'la plans with tradition fan braces.


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The bracing looks a little crooked in the pic but it's not that bad, funky angle I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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That looks about how I brace my Tiples, with 10 Steel strings.

I'd consider stringing yours with steel as well, just so the tension can move the soundboard. My opinion. Caveat, I don't really care for steel string ukulele, the ones that I've heard anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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I agree with Aaron. That instrument looks to be extremely overbuilt for nylon strings.

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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After building approx 15 fan braced, I've now moved over to X bracing on all my tenor ukes...simple X, not much else...


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Actually Tim, I'll need to change my suggestion. The bracing is setup for a Tiple. Assuming that's a Spruce top, I'd throw 10 strings on it. If you're concerned, do a thicker bridge with a shallower break angle, with bridge pins.

Here's a thread in the Underground you may find interesting:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/sho ... tion/page2

And I have a few tiple vids I can link, if you're interested.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:03 am 
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Allen McFarlen wrote:
I agree with Aaron. That instrument looks to be extremely overbuilt for nylon strings.

Well it was an experiment so I'll find out soon enough - its curing in the spray booth.

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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It's complete and despite some of your concerns it is quite loud. I have a friend that is a very good uke player and he agrees. We tested it to his loudest and it held its own. Perhaps it is the torrefied top that helps with the volume. Anyway, I'm pleased with the end result.


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Looks great! What's the finish?


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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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bcombs510 wrote:
Looks great! What's the finish?

Thanks. It's nitro, gloss top and satin on the rest. Torrefied sitka top (and bracing), Honduran mahogany b/s, ivoroid binding, grover tuners, abalone inlay, Aquila Low G nyglut strings.

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Nice job, Tim. I'm very impressed and glad X brace worked out.



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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Is the bracing as heavy as it looks? Hard to tell from pics. I would love to try the X on my next project. Another tenor.
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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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edstrummer wrote:
Is the bracing as heavy as it looks? Hard to tell from pics. I would love to try the X on my next project. Another tenor.
Ed

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No. I think it looks heavier because it looks like a small guitar in the pic (matter of perspective). I cut them the same size as the fan braces would have been. Took the dimensions off the template I had (Waldron Music).

EDIT: I should add in case one can't tell, the braces are scalloped.

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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Lovely looking instrument. I'm about to dive into a baritone for a band mate. I think he'll like the clean look of yours. Is that Ivoroid binding and end graft?

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 Post subject: Re: X Braced Ukulele
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mountain whimsy wrote:
Is that Ivoroid binding and end graft?

Thanks and yes it is.

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