I've not posted a build here before, so bear with me if I get it wrong, ok?
This is the second uke that that I've constructed out of an old acoustic guitar, that used to belong to my brother. (It was awful - the neck was twisted and bowed - completely beyond redemption).
It seemed to me that the curved sides of the body could be cut down, and used to make the sides of a smaller tenor uke.
The first 4-stringer used the back of the body, but I made a new soundboard out of 1/16" modelling-grade plywood, braced internally.
The neck was formed form a mahogany blank - shaped with a scroll saw and belt sander, before finishing by hand. The neck is dowelled and glued to the body.
All the hardware came from Ebay, and the completed uke is fitted with Aquila strings.
I'm delighted with the result - the tone is more lute-like than a conventional uke, but has ample volume to make itself heard at the local uke club (Cool and Uke).
Very good workmanship!!!!
Very bice looking indeed.
I have a bashed up acoustic and a bashed up classical guitar in the house. I've been meaning to do something with them but figured i'd just strip them for parts.
If i can convince myself that i have enough skill (which i don't), i may attempt this - your uke looks amazing and i'm seriously lacking a tenor in my uke collection.
I've been planning the layout of the headstock on graph paper, using the tuners and nut as real life references.
It's easier to mark up the neck whilst it's still parallel sided.
Very nice, always been a sucker for the Snakehead shape.
Me too. I like the way the strings don't have to veer off at a sideways angle after they pass through the slots in the nut.
wow, awesome idea