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This is the build I submitted for the Builder's Challenge. I noticed that photos submitted to the specific thread do not show up on the general pic board, so I decided to repost them here. I hope you will enjoy them, as this was one of my most ambitious builds to date.
A Shamisen inspired 4-string Tenor Ukulele. A shamisen is a centurys-old 3-string Japanese instrument utilizing cat skin to cover it's body. Lacking a cat, I decided to do a version using a cigar box.
The entire neck is actually made of 11 separate wood pieces. The nut and saddle are genuine ebony, and the tailpiece grommets are polished aluminum rivets, The string holes on the underside of the tail are countersunk so the ends of the strings are hidden. The neck has an 18" scale, 14 frets to the box, with an 11-degree scarf joint. There is a piezo element under the bridge, and I was pleasantly surprised by the tone and projection (both acoustically and amp'd) by the Aquila strings