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greenscoe
03-05-2015, 06:27 AM
I like seeing what folks are making. But apart from ukes what else do forum members make (or have previously made)?

Photos please!

Manalishi
03-05-2015, 07:51 AM
No pics I'm afraid,but I have built two guitars,
one bass guitar, and three Appalachian Dulcimers,
aside of course,from about five ukulele or ukulele
'variants'! I own only one of these, the rest I made
for,or gave away to friends. And the one I have, I
have no pics of,but it is a cigar box resonator ukulele!

jcalkin
03-05-2015, 08:06 AM
Several hundred of everything I could think of. See my website if you're curious.

Kekani
03-05-2015, 08:55 AM
The one that I play, bass.

That's certainly not a solidbody 'ukulele in my avatar.

And a few Tiples as well.

greenscoe
03-05-2015, 09:24 AM
Several hundred of everything I could think of. See my website if you're curious.

Thanks for replying John. I should have stated that I have visited the websites of many of the pros on the forum especially if they display their website (as in your case). I suppose I was asking about instrument making of which most of us are unaware eg someone on the forum making something like harpsichords, violins, flutes, zithers etc........ when we knew only that they made ukes .

TLab3000
03-05-2015, 09:50 AM
Some guitars and an e-banjo a long, long time ago.

I've recently made some shakuhachi. Simple ones are really easy to make and it's quite rewarding. I used PVC pipes and these instructions (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Shakuhachi/) to make the first one. Then I made some more of wood and yarn.

Just remember that it takes a lot of practise to produce a sound. Don't be frustrated when you build your first shakuhachi and can't make it sound right. The instrument will probably be okay and it's just you needing more practise. No kidding, it took me an hour to make the first sound on a shakuhachi.

Pete Howlett
03-05-2015, 11:43 AM
Guitars, Stella 12 string and old Gibson repros, Weissenborn, Terz guitars..

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-05-2015, 01:03 PM
Nuthin', I'm a one instrument kinda guy.

sequoia
03-05-2015, 07:13 PM
This was my second effort at a musical instrument. A mountain dulcimer built of walnut with a pecan fingerboard. I built this thing tight and sturdy not knowing that tight and sturdy was not necessarily the best way to go. I built it like a battleship and it sounds like one too. Tight, dark and... muffled. A true canoe paddle. Structurally one could say that it could also be used as a club in a pinch. Also it has a terrible string buzz. Almost immediately it went into a closet where it has lived undisturbed for almost 30 years until this photo was taken today. Note the dust. This instrument does not get played much. As a matter of fact it has never been played.... Someday I am going to rehabilitate it. But not right now. (Note the out-house half moons on the upper bout. Classy.)

76969 76970

granger
03-06-2015, 01:58 AM
Bowed Dulcimer
several mountain dulcimers
tenor back packer guitar
bowed psaltry
Several baritone ukulele
tenor guitar
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Timbuck
03-06-2015, 02:39 AM
A few Fender Bass copies....and some Banjo ukes.

resoman
03-06-2015, 05:22 AM
Electric guitars in the early '80s, mostly Strat, LP and Tele styles. A few F5s around the same time period too. Now it's ukes, dulcimers and cigar box instruments. I like the ukes best! I want to build a Weissenborn but haven't worked up the guts to do it.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-06-2015, 08:26 AM
Electric guitars in the early '80s, mostly Strat, LP and Tele styles. A few F5s around the same time period too. Now it's ukes, dulcimers and cigar box instruments. I like the ukes best! I want to build a Weissenborn but haven't worked up the guts to do it.

I've been sitting on plans for Weissenborn for over 10 years. I figured I should know something about playing one before building them though. So I bought a Ricky lap steel thinking I'd learn fairly quickly. And that's why my Weissenborn plans sit in the corner with a layer of dust on them!

resoman
03-06-2015, 01:10 PM
Chuck, I've been playing dobro since I separated the tip of my index finger from the rest of said finger. Kinda put an end to my fiddle and mandolin playing so i started on dobro and am hooked these last 10 years. A Weissenborn is definitely on my list, at least to own and play if I don't get to building one. The hollow neck and size of the instrument is kind of daunting to me.

grenosi
03-07-2015, 09:43 AM
Hi!
A couple of wekks ago I finished this violin:
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rudy
03-07-2015, 02:28 PM
Geez...besides ukes:
Electric guitars, banjos of several varieties, lap steels, acoustic guitars, mandolins, low tuned mandolin, three string guitar, wooden flutes, semi-acoustic up right bass, electric bass guitar, Cajun accordions in different keys, kalimbas...
Arg! I con't stop!!!

Hluth
03-08-2015, 09:03 AM
A 3/4 size guitar based on my M style ukuleles, finished about two weeks ago. It features 5-star planetary banjo pegs with 16ga. nickel spacers to fit a 9/16" head stock.

77099 77100

BlackBearUkes
03-15-2015, 10:12 AM
Just saw this thread. To date I have built the following, 8 different size 6 string acoustic steel string guitars, 2 sizes of tenor steel string guitars, 4 different size classical guitars, a couple of electric guitars, 3 different size 5 string banjos, 2 different size mountain dulcimers, 6 different size ukes in many different shapes, banjo ukes in 3 sizes, 2 different size mandolins, 4/4 size violins (8 total). The numbers are over 500 instruments made, plus countless repairs on all of the above........and still going.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
03-15-2015, 01:20 PM
guitars, ukes, a few mandolins

DocFMF
03-27-2015, 05:53 PM
I like seeing what folks are making. But apart from ukes what else do forum members make (or have previously made)?

Photos please!

Click on this link for my previous and current builds.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?105688-My-past-works

arctangent
03-28-2015, 06:37 AM
Aside from a few hundred soprano ukes I built the 1990s, I 've made guitars and mandolins sporadically. My latest stuff, all experimental:

A nylon string octave mandolin made entirely of bald cypress with cherry fingerboard, tailpiece and bridge. The pickguard is ... strange ... and will be replaced when I get around to it.

http://i.imgur.com/L7tbbsU.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/MHqWIco.jpg

Also a nylon string terz guitar - dark cedar top and yellow poplar body, cherry fingerboard and bridge.

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http://i.imgur.com/wZekEyG.png


I didn't bother to bind either one, and there's lots of cosmetic flaws. I'm pleased with the sound and playability of both of them, though, and I will probably make another of each, with more attention to detail and better decoration.

My camera defaults to a wide-angle view which sometimes distorts the pictures rather badly, which is why the bridge on the terz looks out of place and the frets seem to be angled.

Patrick Madsen
03-28-2015, 08:11 AM
I make Native American Flutes from time to time

seattle
02-23-2016, 09:07 AM
Aside from a few hundred soprano ukes I built the 1990s, I 've made guitars and mandolins sporadically. My latest stuff, all experimental:

A nylon string octave mandolin made entirely of bald cypress with cherry fingerboard, tailpiece and bridge. The pickguard is ... strange ... and will be replaced when I get around to it.

http://i.imgur.com/L7tbbsU.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/MHqWIco.jpg

Also a nylon string terz guitar - dark cedar top and yellow poplar body, cherry fingerboard and bridge.

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http://i.imgur.com/wZekEyG.png


I didn't bother to bind either one, and there's lots of cosmetic flaws. I'm pleased with the sound and playability of both of them, though, and I will probably make another of each, with more attention to detail and better decoration.

My camera defaults to a wide-angle view which sometimes distorts the pictures rather badly, which is why the bridge on the terz looks out of place and the frets seem to be angled.

I like the nylon string guitar better without the binding. Very nice looking!

Brian Fenn
05-09-2016, 10:06 PM
Hi - I'm brand new to this forum - joined just ten minutes ago! I'm looking to build a Martin Style 2 soprano and thought maybe someone could point me in the right direction. I have only made one instrument before. A Swedish nyckelharpa. It looks really complicated but I suspect building a decent uke would be equally as challenging. I'm attaching a pic here. My daughter's harpa is the dark one, built by Soren Ahker in 2003 (#52). Mine (the lighter one) is built using his plans.

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sequoia
05-11-2016, 07:58 PM
I wouldn't get too specific on your first build (Martin Style 2) and just build a soprano kit first... Probably want to stay away from Nyckelharpa on the first try. Good luck!

Michael N.
05-12-2016, 01:05 AM
Hi - I'm brand new to this forum - joined just ten minutes ago! I'm looking to build a Martin Style 2 soprano and thought maybe someone could point me in the right direction. I have only made one instrument before. A Swedish nyckelharpa. It looks really complicated but I suspect building a decent uke would be equally as challenging. I'm attaching a pic here. My daughter's harpa is the dark one, built by Soren Ahker in 2003 (#52). Mine (the lighter one) is built using his plans.

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I like the sound of the nyckelharpa. I guess it's a bit like a cross between a violin and a hurdy gurdy. Sounds a lot better than a hurdy gurdy IMO, usually more in tune! I've heard guys playing Bach on it and it's pretty impressive.