View Full Version : Help I need a new uke kit

05-22-2015, 04:38 AM
I am an elementary school teacher who shares a uke club with another teacher after school. In addition I teach kids how to "build" read assemble, ukes in summer camps. I've really liked the Grizzly Industrial kits because they had mahogany necks and mahogany plywood bodies. Grizzly discontinued them and all I can find in the form of kits are basswood. Anybody have any ideas for me? Anybody have an idea who was building the kits for Grizzly? They were perfectly priced at 25-30$ per kit. So price was also a factor. Thanks for your input

05-22-2015, 05:27 AM
I found these but I didn't see any prices.


05-23-2015, 05:30 AM
Thanks Sven! My building hobbie is directly related to these summer camps. I need them to be successful so I can afford to build on my own. Hosco is a supplier not a retailer so hopefully they'll supply in low volumes to a little guy.

05-23-2015, 06:24 AM
I googled for ukulele kits and also searched eBay. There seem to be many options, ranging from assembling and painting pre-made components to cutting wood sheet into any shape possible. (This appeals to me!) I'm not sure how any of those rate, however.

05-23-2015, 09:42 AM
There was a member here, Bradford, whom put together an easy, inexpensive design for students. He called it a Youthalele.
You might contact Brad or another member might have the drawings.

There is also a Wolfelele kit, designed for easy assembly in workshops by students.

05-24-2015, 02:05 AM
Consider traditional home made instruments
Cigar box nation has everything from cigar box ukes to even more basic instruments like bean can canjos http://www.cigarboxnation.com/

I know no finer plans than those by Dan Hulbert https://circuitsandstrings.wordpress.com/

Over on intructables everything from my pocket knife ukulele http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-ukulele-with-a-pocket-knife/
to a nice looking tahitian ukulele build http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Tahitian-Ukulele/
and lots more http://www.instructables.com/howto/ukulele/

I also really liked this build http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103172-Creole-Style-Ukulele-Build