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    Hmmmmm- really tempting.

    I look forward to seeing additional work as you progress!
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    congrats to the person who beat me for this lovely uke.
    Ukes: Kamaka, Kanilea, Martin, Haiku, Luna, Ko'Aloha

    To My Heroes of WW2: All gave some; some gave all; Nisei solders gave more.

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    nice work, one of the best CB I've seen.
    there is no substitute for LOVE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    Bill has a new book out that deals exclusively with the Kamaka style cigar box ukuleles.
    I guess it’s this one then: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cigar-Box-U.../dp/152298237X

    Cigar Box Ukulele: Master Craftsmanship Meets Commodity Materials.

    Edit. The author talks about his book here and does a brief sound demonstration too: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0JcrlPar3uU
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 11-22-2017 at 10:14 PM.

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    Yes, that's the one. Bill owns one of the originals and made a set of detailed plans to go along with the book. I am currently building a couple of ukuleles based on his plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    The curved back makes an unbelievable difference in the volume. Also, the back and sound board have been thinned to about 1/16th inch which really opens up the resonance. Most cigar box ukuleles are simply a neck attached to an un-altered box, and cannot vibrate and produce much volume.
    Is the curved back something that Kamaka introduced? I had a look on the Cigar Box Uke site associated with the books, the latest book comes with plans but on them (limited image on site) the Uke’s back looks flat to me. Have I misunderstood something or has an enhancement been introduced?

    I would guess that the sound board area on a Cigar Box Uke is reduced in comparison to a traditional design and the depth of the body also less. Is that so and are there other factors in the comparatively reduced volume ?

    (From the original post: “It has a concert scale with a wide nut.

    This ukulele is a true acoustic instrument...not a novelty. It has the volume of a soprano.”)
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 11-22-2017 at 07:40 PM.

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    You are right, the Kamaka ukulele is flat backed. Kamaka glued the lid (now the back) in place without thinning or curving it. Kamaka did, however, thin the bottom (now the sound board) and added some light cross braces. I built a few cigar box ukuleles this way, but they lacked volume due to the small size of the box. I stumble upon the curved back idea while working on a very shallow box...it was only 1 1/2" deep. I extended the depth of the sides and curved them. I was amazed at how much volume came out of this shallow little box. I have used that technique ever since. I would compare the volume to a standard soprano. Also, I attach the neck in the Spanish heel style. Some say this technique transfers more of the string energy to the box.

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