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Author:  bcombs510 [ Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Tenor Uke Build #3

Just finished up this Tenor Uke.

Details:
- Blackheart Sassafras back and sides
- Torrefied Sitka Spruce top
- Torrefied Sitka bracing
- Blackheart Sassafras Rosette
- Ebony binding and end graft
- Spruce laminated solid linings
- Gotoh tuners
- Side sound port
- French polish finish

I learned quite a bit on this build. A fair amount of experimentation. First time using solid linings. First time working with a Torrefied top and bracing. First time trying French Polish.

Lots improved from the last one, lots to improve upon for the next one!

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Thanks for looking!

Brad


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Author:  pat macaluso [ Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:33 am ]
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Looking good!

Author:  J De Rocher [ Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:41 pm ]
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That's a nice looking uke. The rosette design looks interesting (in a good way). Do you have a closer shot of it? Do you like how it sounds?

Author:  bcombs510 [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:47 am ]
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J De Rocher wrote:
That's a nice looking uke. The rosette design looks interesting (in a good way). Do you have a closer shot of it? Do you like how it sounds?


I like the sound. It’s not as bright as the Spruce and Bocote Uke I built, but not as mellow as the Mahogany Uke I finished before this one. It’s louder than both the other ukes and rings for longer. The braces are the same dimensions as previous builds but torrefied.

Here is a closeup if the Rosette before finish. It’s a blackheart Sassafras knife scale that I resawed, flipped on its end, and glued it up. I’m somewhat landing on this Rosette design for ukes where I use basic cutoffs of ebony binding and pieces of white fiber board to create the divider.

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Thanks for the feedback.

Brad


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Author:  dofthesea [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:28 pm ]
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Nice looking Uke and your logo totally rocks.

Author:  Haans [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:50 pm ]
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Very nice, clean, Brad.
I hope that's spruce laminated solid kerfing...

Author:  bcombs510 [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:05 pm ]
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Haans wrote:
Very nice, clean, Brad.
I hope that's spruce laminated solid kerfing...


Thanks! It is indeed.

I’m working on a cocobolo Uke now that will have quartered white oak solid lining. I wanted something that would bend reliably at 140. White oak was recommended and did indeed bend quite nicely at that thickness.

Brad

Edit: Just realized the typo. Thanks!


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Author:  bcombs510 [ Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:06 pm ]
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dofthesea wrote:
Nice looking Uke and your logo totally rocks.


Thanks! It’s nice to have a wife who is a great artist. :)


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Author:  edstrummer [ Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:10 am ]
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You're a lucky man, Brad. Great looking uke!!!!

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Author:  pat macaluso [ Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:06 am ]
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Haans wrote:
laminated solid kerfing
Someone should patent that!

Author:  bcombs510 [ Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:21 am ]
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Here is a short clip of this uke being played...


https://1drv.ms/v/s!AqpMOPRCiq5ajOAcAOXVubTu-5UZVg

Author:  Bryan Bear [ Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tenor Uke Build #3

Very nice!

Author:  Ruby50 [ Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:48 pm ]
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Uke sounds great - helped by your playing!!

Ed

Author:  J De Rocher [ Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:18 pm ]
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Sounds really good and nice playing too.

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