View Full Version : My new Mango Tenor

03-26-2009, 12:30 PM
Hi Guys,

Just finished this one. Mango wood tenor using the hanalima plans. Its nice to be building again after a 4yr hiatus. This one came out pretty well, I think, with a nice tone. I still have to drop the action a bit more but that can wait until I change strings.

Back, sides, top: Mango
Neck: Mahogany
Binding: Maple/Rosewood Rope. (made it myself)
Tuners: Grover
Finish: Shellac

03-26-2009, 12:42 PM
Wow... that looks great. Nice job :bowdown:

03-26-2009, 01:06 PM
That is beautiful, how's it sound? :shaka:

03-26-2009, 01:17 PM
Nice job with the binding. Very ambitious to make your own.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-26-2009, 02:39 PM
Very nice indeed! Have you had a chance to see how it sounds yet?
The finish is shellac? How did you apply it? Low sheen looks good.

Pete Howlett
03-26-2009, 05:04 PM
Great job - I have a couple of boards of Mango waiting sawing in California. I can't afford to get it done yet but can't wait to build my first uke in this stuff.

03-26-2009, 08:45 PM
Very nice. I like the open headstock. Nice binding. How does it sound?

03-26-2009, 09:34 PM
looks great ;)

03-27-2009, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the compliments.

It sounds pretty good so far. I hope it will open up a bit as I play it.
I french polished the shellac. I didn't fill the pores, that mango has giant pores and I thought the filler would show too much. French polish is much easier to actually do than the descriptions make it seem!!
I'm a sucker for rope binding but its alot of extra work to make. Installing it isn't too bad though. I think I'll try to find more contrasting woods if I do it again...the maple came out less white than I thought. Looks very antique-y as is

Vic D
03-27-2009, 05:52 PM
Love it. I'm working on maple/rosewood rope binding myself. Looks great!