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Uke Gallery

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Ted Crocker Nov 30, 2015. 21 Replies

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Concert Ukulele

Started by Daryl. Last reply by Bobby Fields Sep 25, 2015. 1 Reply

My latest build. Concert ukulele all blackwood. I made this for a friend of a friend. The new owner is a nine year old young lady named Evie whom I don't know.  I made it for free as I heard Evie has…Continue

Travel Uke

Started by Bobby Fields. Last reply by Daryl Sep 25, 2015. 1 Reply

Thanks for the help I got here I was able to make and finish my travel uke.I cant post pix but if you go to youtube and put in "Travel Uke" You will see what I used as my pattern.It came out real Pro…Continue

"For once in my life I'm confused' Homer Simpson

Started by Bobby Fields. Last reply by Bobby Fields Sep 14, 2015. 6 Replies

Help,I'm making an uke,Got my plans.Waiting on parts.I wanted to use the waiting time to make a plans and patterns.I went to lay out the frets and all went to hell in a hand basket.I used the Stu-mac…Continue

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Comment by Sonny Armintrout on February 6, 2014 at 10:29pm

Diane, I was reading one of your replied to someone and you mentioned the fretting on blues fret of a diatonic scale and mentioned different frets to skip on regular guitar fret board.  If I understand it correctly and I probably do not, will this fretting work for any scale?  I have been using the fret board  chart from CB Gitty will they work for setting these blues ( 0,3,6,7,10,12) frets of diatonic? Oh, and the 0 means no frets until the 3rd fret?  Help me Sonny

Comment by stringybark on December 28, 2013 at 4:33am

Just posted the frog Uke..cant seem to get this technology quite right...anyway, have psoted this on another page I think...reso/ tenor ukulele...made form wooden frog money box, vegetable steamer used for resonator, nut made from guttering and back is made from a door..(which you cant see)..have used aquila string but a but "soft for me..can I use steel/wound strings for louder sound...?

Comment by stringybark on December 28, 2013 at 4:29am

Comment by Jonesy on March 11, 2013 at 4:36am

Here's my first effort, a cigar box Uke. Already planning my next build.

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on January 24, 2012 at 5:54am

Thanks Richard...templates are handy, but I have a caliper and Stew-Mac has an online fret calculator for reference...so no worries. I think I am going to revisit my "roots" on this build and go with Wade's suggestion to use t-pick frets. They worked very well on my "Andersen" (long-scale electric ukulele)...I just don't look forward to "dressing" them...thanks again

Comment by Richard Sanabia on January 23, 2012 at 11:12pm

Hi Ted. I think I have a 15 inch scale template in my shop, I know I have a 17. It's late here in Tennessee, and if I go outside to my shop, a raccoon or other critter will probably attack me 'cause I'm so sweet. I'll check tomorrow and let you know.  Peace, Richard

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on January 23, 2012 at 10:58pm

Thanks Wade, I have done the same in the past, in fact my personal cbg has bamboo toothpick frets, and two years later, still on and good. It's what I like to call a "long-scale" electric cb-uke at 24.75" scale tuned ADF#B.

I might consider doing same on this build.

Comment by Wade on January 23, 2012 at 9:33pm

Hey Scott I've made some great little ukes with skewer frets. Just cut a little notches with a saw and glue in. The frets last a long time since the strings are nylon. Hope this helps.


Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on January 23, 2012 at 7:36am

I need a fretboard for a cigar box ukulele (I don't own fretting tools) and hope someone here can help. Specifications are 15 inch scale, to be installed on a maple neck 1.5 inches wide (no taper as seen on traditional ukes where top is narrower than bottom).

Comment by Wichita Sam on November 17, 2010 at 10:46am
Diane, you're right about the tuning.... definately not reentrant.

Wade, reentrant tuning in an uke is were the top string is an octave higher, then the next string down is the lowest pitch, and the bottom two strings get successively higher. So, you get that "My-Dog-Has-Fleas" song.

This player is definately getting the lowest pitch notes from his top string.

the best,

Wichita Sam

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