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NukeDOC
03-01-2008, 06:29 PM
so some here know of my obsession with slotted headstocks... among other things. well some here also know that ive been toying with the idea of converting a conventional peg style headstock into a slotted one.

got up this morning and bugoy asks me if i wanted to check out some new stores he found out about that carried ukuleles. needless to say... ROAD TRIP. we get to this little mom and pop shop and i started playing their "higher" end ukes. mostly kalas. and all tenors. i was actually hoping to find a nice concert. so i turn around and the "cheaper" ukes are on the adjacent wall almost hiding behind all the guitars. i pick up this little makala ukulele and play it. nothing special. checked the intonation, looked it over, noted the $50 price tag, and bought it with the intention of turning it into a completely different one-of-a-kind ukulele by the end of the weekend.

soon as i got home with her, i ripped the strings off, pulled the tuners off, and started working on her. also shaved the saddle down a bit to bring the action just a little lower. did the work i needed to do, reinstalled the tuners, restrung with aquilas, reshaped the saddle, and now i have this...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/DSC00211.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/DSC00213.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/DSC00214.jpg

this was the prototype. so the workmanship isnt as great. but i wanted to prove that it could be done. and i did just that. hahaha. i now own the ONLY makala 4 string ukulele with slotted head.

julie
03-01-2008, 06:35 PM
Very impressive! I love your do-it-yourself spirit! :D

So my question is.... what does it sound like after surgery?

Regards,
Julie Strietelmeier
http://ukulelereview.com

tripl3thr33
03-01-2008, 06:41 PM
Very impressive! I love your do-it-yourself spirit! :D

So my question is.... what does it sound like after surgery?


yes, i would like to know too :D
when i first saw that picture that said "makala," i was thinking, did nuke just slap on another custom headstock job and change his "kala" to a "makala" (as in sounding like MY kala hehe).

mossyoak
03-01-2008, 06:42 PM
That looks great man!

NukeDOC
03-01-2008, 06:54 PM
yes, i would like to know too :D
when i first saw that picture that said "makala," i was thinking, did nuke just slap on another custom headstock job and change his "kala" to a "makala" (as in sounding like MY kala hehe).

haha, actually makala is to kala, as pono is to ko'olau, as toyota is to lexus. im actually planning to cover up that brand name and make my own.


Very impressive! I love your do-it-yourself spirit! :D

So my question is.... what does it sound like after surgery?

Regards,
Julie Strietelmeier
http://ukulelereview.com

well, keeping in mind that its a $50 uke, and all i really did to her was change the strings... its still nothing to write home to mom about. but the strings did make a difference, and the weight reduction in the headstock shows. im happy with it. i finally have a uke that sounds decent, plays well, and wont have a problem leaving at work.

ChiyoDad
03-01-2008, 07:02 PM
Nice work! :)


im actually planning to cover up that brand name and make my own.
It looks like your uke has a matte finish. See if fine steel wool (used by furniture refinishers) will rub off the "Makala" label without affecting the finish. I used that to remove the gold Yamaha label from my GL-1 (Guitalele) headstock. I wanted my GL-1 to match my Yamaha C45MA classical guitar.

UkuLeLesReggAe
03-01-2008, 07:14 PM
it looks great, and its a nice name. makes me more impressed to know that the uke was only $50 :|

Orlando
03-01-2008, 07:17 PM
Nuke, you are my hero. I too, love the classical headstock look. I was toying around with the idea of doing the same surgery to the soprano ukulele I'm building(if it could be done)...anyways, great job!

Howlie Boy
03-01-2008, 07:44 PM
beautiful, what did you use to slot it? a router? I think i might want to do this to my soprano.

Howlie Boy

NukeDOC
03-01-2008, 07:51 PM
beautiful, what did you use to slot it? a router? I think i might want to do this to my soprano.

Howlie Boy

a dremel and about 5 different bits haha. pure experimentation.

experimentjon
03-01-2008, 07:52 PM
Going to work with the powertools huh? You did a very nice job on it. How far did you have to drive to find the ukulele shops?

NukeDOC
03-01-2008, 08:47 PM
Going to work with the powertools huh? You did a very nice job on it. How far did you have to drive to find the ukulele shops?
we've driven up to an hour away from where we live to get to a shop.

studentaccount1
03-01-2008, 08:48 PM
you're nuts bro.

Very cool and looks really nice.

ukeboypat
03-02-2008, 05:09 AM
wow man nice diy uke

ive been thinking about making my own ukulele but i dont know any measurements or even how to make one...

hmmm maby i should leave that to you for now lol

UKESTAR
03-02-2008, 06:42 AM
So....nobody makes ukes in SD....hmm? Well Nuker....are you up for the task? Time to clean out the garage and convert it to a crazy uke factory. Now..you can have the uke you REALLY want..haha. No, but seriously though....do it...ha.

I would be interested in helping out a bit possibly if and or when you ever decide to take on such a challenge...

NukeDOC
03-02-2008, 07:02 AM
So....nobody makes ukes in SD....hmm? Well Nuker....are you up for the task? Time to clean out the garage and convert it to a crazy uke factory. Now..you can have the uke you REALLY want..haha. No, but seriously though....do it...ha.

I would be interested in helping out a bit possibly if and or when you ever decide to take on such a challenge...
actually, i just found out there is one in oceanside. the guy at giacoletti told me about him.

UKESTAR
03-02-2008, 07:26 AM
actually, i just found out there is one in oceanside. the guy at giacoletti told me about him.

What's the name of the luthier in O'side? Is he legit or new to the game? By the way...Cartman in the avatar is holding a uke made of koa. That material is taken from a pic of my own Koaloha. I dropped the koa wood on a drawing of a uke I did awhile back...so it's legit..ha. There is also a dragon in the soundhole and on the headstock...just too small to see in the avatar..

Misguided Musician
03-02-2008, 07:48 AM
Great job Nuke! You said the uke only cost u $50? Do you know where I can find one like this for about the same price?

E-Lo Roberts
03-02-2008, 07:50 AM
NukeDoc, thought you might enjoy this one. I'm with you, I love the slotted headstock look and plan on getting me one soon. To my eyes, this is the best damn tenor uke and slotted headstock on the planet at the moment! P.S. It's also currently for sale for $5500.00! I'm thinking about a 5 yr loan, but my wife says no way! haha.. Check it out.., e.lo

http://web.mac.com/syacavone/iWeb/Site/6657326C-71F4-496D-9C2B-1A330E77AB36.html

NukeDOC
03-02-2008, 10:43 AM
ok for those that were interested in what this uke sounds like... im gonna try something out here... hope it works. just click on the pic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/ukuleleunderground/th_somethingtest.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/ukuleleunderground/?action=view&current=somethingtest.flv)

NukeDOC
03-02-2008, 10:48 AM
What's the name of the luthier in O'side? Is he legit or new to the game? By the way...Cartman in the avatar is holding a uke made of koa. That material is taken from a pic of my own Koaloha. I dropped the koa wood on a drawing of a uke I did awhile back...so it's legit..ha. There is also a dragon in the soundhole and on the headstock...just too small to see in the avatar..
off the top of my head, i have no clue. but the guy at the shop showed me the uke that his wife had built for him for his birthday. and it was beautiful.


Great job Nuke! You said the uke only cost u $50? Do you know where I can find one like this for about the same price?
i guess i would check ebay. search for makala? its along the same quality lines as Hilo. i would say the sunlites are just a tad better. even musiciansfriend has some cheaptastic ukes. though i cant say much for QA. just hit and miss i guess. thats why i sat there at the shop playing this guy for about 30mins deciding if i was going to buy it or not.

ukulele123
03-02-2008, 10:49 AM
ok for those that were interested in what this uke sounds like... im gonna try something out here... hope it works. just click on the pic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/ukuleleunderground/th_somethingtest.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v176/pEsCaDoR/ukuleleunderground/?action=view&current=somethingtest.flv)

how about a how to video now! Haha

strongergodzilla
03-02-2008, 01:34 PM
wow nuke, thats an amazing headstock for a first attempt! great work dude

UKESTAR
03-02-2008, 01:58 PM
"soon as i got home with her, i ripped the strings off, pulled the tuners off, and started working on her."
yep...you are officially insane:eek: hahaha. nice work though!

ukulele123
03-02-2008, 02:47 PM
"soon as i got home with her, i ripped the strings off, pulled the tuners off, and started working on her."
yep...you are officially insane:eek: hahaha. nice work though!


hahahahahaha

titoboy5
03-03-2008, 07:24 PM
you rock my friend!

mcarreon89
03-04-2008, 12:24 PM
this is not insane at all. actually its straight thug life.

SnakeOiler
03-22-2008, 06:54 PM
Did you use the tuners that came with it or get some classical guitar ones? I'd love to do that to my Kala Archtop.

NukeDOC
03-22-2008, 07:18 PM
Did you use the tuners that came with it or get some classical guitar ones? I'd love to do that to my Kala Archtop.
i used the ones it came with

seth
03-23-2008, 02:36 PM
"soon as i got home with her, i ripped the strings off, pulled the tuners off, and started working on her."
yep...you are officially insane:eek: hahaha. nice work though!

lololololol