Quick Ukulele Build - Introduction.

Quick Ukulele Build – Introduction.

Essentially a stringed instrument in it’s simplest form is just a box and a neck with a number of strings at tension held over them. Everything else is more or less embellishment or added to achieve some function or other. …

Quick Uke Build - Part I

Quick Uke Build – Part I

I have always preferred working with an inside mold or former when building acoustic instruments. The first task here is to make a mold or the body that the ribs or sides can be formed around and also that holds…

Quick Uke Build - Part II

Quick Uke Build – Part II

Now the sides are thicknessed to 1.5mm and cut just over the finished width of the mold they are bent to shape on a bending iron.     I like to start with the bend on the wist as that…

Quick Uke Build - Part III

Quick Uke Build – Part III

The back is braced with Spruce braces in much the same way as an acoustic guitar and the linings are also made from spruce which is thicknessed to 2mm and bent to fit inside the assembled ribs. First the spruce…

Quick Uke Build - Part IV

Quick Uke Build – Part IV

The top is jointed in the same fashion as the back and before any bracing is done the sound hole needs to cut and any rosette installed. In keeping with the simple theme of the Uke a basic three piece…

Quick Uke Build - Part V

Quick Uke Build – Part V

The bindings are prepared from ebony and boxwood. On a Uke the bindings are quite thin so the ebony is planed to 1.5mm and cleaned up to an even thickness through a binding trimmer.       The binding channel…

Quick Uke Build - Part VI

Quick Uke Build – Part VI

Normally the dovetail joint would be cut after the binding is fitted. You can see from the following pictures that in this instance it was done first. No matter. Either way will work. You can just make out the binding…

Quick Uke Build - Part VII

Quick Uke Build – Part VII

The fingerboard is cut from ebony and slotted. The neck is roughed out to the required taper and the headstock shaped.     Once the fret slots are cut and the taper is cut on the fingerboard fret markers can…

P90 Humbucker Size Pickup- Part I

P90 Humbucker Size Pickup- Part I

Winding pickups give you the chance to do someting outside the standard off the shelf options. One such option is to combine the two classic pickups, the p90 and the Humbucker. P90/humbuckers are growing in popularity as they allow retro…

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