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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-26-2009, 08:57 AM
For the first time in a couple o' hundred ukes I've designed a new head stock. Maybe I was influenced by Fender's new entry. Grover in-line tuners, ebony buttons.

swervy jervy
03-26-2009, 09:19 AM
That is mind-blowingly 1982 retro.

Kanaka916
03-26-2009, 11:09 AM
Eh Chuck, is dat goin be one option?

khrome
03-26-2009, 11:20 AM
Holy cow that thing's beautiful!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-26-2009, 11:24 AM
Yeah, I think so. First I have to see if a uke with that headstock will fit in the cases I buy. Doh!
There's a saying around here when you build something new: Build to fit your cases!

bbycrts
03-26-2009, 12:00 PM
Chuck:

I usually like traditional 2-tuners-per-side headstocks - until I saw that one! Jaw-dropping, eye-popping beautiful!

Some day...some day...

Kanaka916
03-26-2009, 12:34 PM
Wow, dat buggah look good . . . auwe!

UKISOCIETY
03-26-2009, 12:47 PM
Droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!:eek:

Dominator
03-26-2009, 02:20 PM
Chuck,
Your work is so clean. You and I are going to need to shoot the breeze again sometime soon. It's time I learn something new.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-26-2009, 02:40 PM
Hah! What I wouldn't give to have your gift Dom. There's no tricks really. Just as with what you do it's just a lot of friggin work. And you never get to the point where you think you've got it and you can relax. It's constantly challenging to me.

Pete Howlett
03-26-2009, 08:22 PM
You put us all to shame Chuck - superbly executed mitres. My eyesight isn't great any more - I have to wear vari-focals and they really distort everything. Whereas before I could align a lot of stuff by eye I now have to compensate and do a lot more checking, re-measuring and lining up in very good light - no workshop lighting for me any more...

I just couldn't contemplate such work so.... :worship::worship::worship:

I think I need to contemplate retirement:D

cpatch
03-26-2009, 08:47 PM
You guys should see the rest of it:

http://www.moorebettahukes.com/IMG_1005.JPG

koalohapaul
03-26-2009, 10:39 PM
You are the man, Chuck!

I couldn't help but notice the coconuts on the tree. Did you inlay those, or airbrush?

On a side note, where is the workshop going to be held in April? We're flying over your way for a family trip and I thought I might come by and harass you guys, mostly Aaron. (If that's cool with you)

HaileISela
03-27-2009, 01:54 AM
Is there any part on that Uke that is not stunning?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-27-2009, 08:21 AM
My eyesight isn't great any more - I have to wear vari-focals and they really distort everything. Whereas before I could align a lot of stuff by eye I now have to compensate and do a lot more checking, re-measuring and lining up in very good light - no workshop lighting for me any more...

I know just what you mean Pete. I'm only 56 years old and bought my first pair of drugstore readers about 10 years ago. Now I've got about a dozen eye glasses in my workshop, each one dedicated to a task. I buy them by the handful in the cheapie bin. The powers I need keep getting higher and higher! I find myself using the 10 power OtiVisor for most of the intricate work. It has a focal length of about 4" so it's tiring. I know that if it looks OK through these lenses, it'll be fine under normal viewing.
The one thing I've been trying to find is GOOD work bench lighting, the kind you can move around. I go through swing arm lamps every few months it seems. I have two one the bench with 100 watt bulbs in them and I guess they get too hot because they keep falling apart; switches, housing, etc. Bob Gleason has one of those dental lights that I covet. Bright and cool. I've looked everywhere for a professional, durable swing arm type work bench light and just can't find one.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-27-2009, 08:28 AM
You are the man, Chuck!

I couldn't help but notice the coconuts on the tree. Did you inlay those, or airbrush?

On a side note, where is the workshop going to be held in April? We're flying over your way for a family trip and I thought I might come by and harass you guys, mostly Aaron. (If that's cool with you)

Hey Paul,
The coconuts are either fossil walrus ivory or mastadon ivory, I can't remember which. It's not enough ivory to cause you concern when you're going through customs but it's enough to give you minimal bragging rights.
We are meeting in Kona next month (Uhg). I'm on the Puna side, about three hours form Kona. Most of the guild members are in Kona so that's where this meeting will be. Where are you flying in to? If it's Hilo I can give you a ride to the other side. I also hope to make a koa buying stop or two. Lemme know.

G~Ukes
03-27-2009, 06:10 PM
wow...i looks like my fender strat but ways nicer...damn!

koalohapaul
03-27-2009, 06:16 PM
Wow! I only asked if they were airbrushed, because the joints are so tight. That is truly amazing work.

We're flying in to Hilo and staying for a day, then driving over to Kona. I think it's my inlaws' first time there, so we'll be taking the scenic route. I'll shoot you an e-mail or pm with more details. I'd like to drop by if I can, and meet the builders over there. We're pretty tight with most of the Oahu guys, but we're not over on your side of the woods too much.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-27-2009, 06:30 PM
Please do that Paul. I'm down in Opihikao, down by the water. God's country. Also near the lava flow so you'll probably be down this way anyway. I'm also pretty close to the Gleasons. Stay in touch.

Vic D
03-27-2009, 06:48 PM
Absolutely beautiful.

Kekani
03-27-2009, 10:53 PM
"I QUIT!"
Bruddah Mark at NAMM Acoustic Cafe after Monte Montgomery played his set. . .

beeejums
04-03-2009, 07:39 AM
That is gorgeous!!!

uluapoundr
04-03-2009, 02:56 PM
I know just what you mean Pete. I'm only 56 years old and bought my first pair of drugstore readers about 10 years ago. Now I've got about a dozen eye glasses in my workshop, each one dedicated to a task. I buy them by the handful in the cheapie bin. The powers I need keep getting higher and higher! I find myself using the 10 power OtiVisor for most of the intricate work. It has a focal length of about 4" so it's tiring. I know that if it looks OK through these lenses, it'll be fine under normal viewing.
The one thing I've been trying to find is GOOD work bench lighting, the kind you can move around. I go through swing arm lamps every few months it seems. I have two one the bench with 100 watt bulbs in them and I guess they get too hot because they keep falling apart; switches, housing, etc. Bob Gleason has one of those dental lights that I covet. Bright and cool. I've looked everywhere for a professional, durable swing arm type work bench light and just can't find one.

Chuck,
I may need to build you a LED lamp. I got 3.6v LEDs that push 900 lumens at 2.8A for my maglite builds. There are different tints so as not to distort the colors too much. We'll talk more about it when I stop by your shop, remind me to bring a few flashlights. Laron

grappler
04-03-2009, 06:02 PM
thats awesome!
im getting a new ukulele built with the same style head stock

http://i40.tinypic.com/9isp3a.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2eykuua.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/25ppshi.jpg

dnewton2
04-03-2009, 06:10 PM
thats awesome!
im getting a new ukulele built with the same style head stock



Care to share who is building that?

grappler
04-03-2009, 06:47 PM
the same guy thats made my current one. you can check my videos on youtube.

www.youtube.com/nemoaus

He's a High school teacher From melboune, Australia