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Finished the pain in the butt tin postcard reso uke build yesterday. Had only to glue down the bridge & nut and string 'er up.
Lots went wrong with this one - not the least of which was the really awful no good terrible really bad box I decided to use. I knew it was a bad box, but accepted the challenge anyway. The Royal Jamaica Petit Coronas box has a split opening, not a lid so working on the internals was a nightmare. Not only is the box shallow, because of the split opening you only get HALF of that shallow width to work with.
So yeah - there were problems. As well, I decided to try and do a 'speed build' so that didn't help in the problem avoidance department. No time to be super careful!
When I glued down the tailpiece I also screwed it down and when I used my countersink bit it split the end of the tailpiece! So I glued it and covered up the mistake by epoxying some little dowel pieces over the screw holes.
When I cut the soundholes they came out uneven.
But when I added the strings it sounds GOOD! Except for buzz on the A string that I couldn't figure out at first because the action is high enough. Turns out it's at the nut, so I think cutting the channel a bit deeper will fix it.
I'm actually donating it to a silent auction at a show that's a benefit for a struggling artist friend. I'm also playing/singing at the show.
I WAS going to keep it 'cause I don't have a uke - and still don't now, lol - but this is a good cause!