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Timbuck
04-01-2016, 05:41 AM
I dropped a clanger about a year ago while making a batch of Ebony fretboards...I got a bit carried away and cut an extra slot in one making it a thirteen job..I put it on one side in my cock up meuseum:(
To day I realised that I was running out of fretboard material so I decided to use it anyway...Didn't turn out too bad..Maybe some one will like it like this ;)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0002_zps4vadrysk.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0002_zps4vadrysk.jpg.html)

Doug
04-01-2016, 07:00 AM
Looks good to me Ken. I'm sure many will want it.

ksquine
04-01-2016, 08:06 AM
No way....13 frets will ruin everything!! :p

spongeuke
04-01-2016, 09:04 AM
I stayed in a hotel in Honolulu that had a 13th floor. The staff said that in the Asian Pacific 13 was not an unlucky number.
So the 13 fret should work nicely on Hawaii's own.
Have a big sale next Month on the 2nd Friday.

ZappCatt
04-01-2016, 09:10 AM
Cocobolo Ukes(very popular here on UU recently) also decided to highlight a 13th fret.

From their site:
"The neck of each Cocobolo Ukulele connects to the body at the 13th fret. We find this to be our lucky number that centers the bridge correctly in the middle of the lower bout, optimizing sound quality."

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
04-01-2016, 10:58 AM
Charge extra as they are getting 4 extra notes.

chuck in ny
04-01-2016, 01:49 PM
i'm shocked.

Ludwig.
04-01-2016, 02:06 PM
My Howlett Soprano also has a 13th fret. Always was wonderibg what's that for. ;)

sequoia
04-01-2016, 07:09 PM
My Howlett Soprano also has a 13th fret. Always was wonderibg what's that for. ;)

I always like that 13th fret when I am doing solo runs while playing "Free Bird" on the ukulele. Why be content with a simple octave? Take it up a notch!

Timbuck
04-02-2016, 01:50 AM
I'm thinking of making a 5 fret soprano for those players who never go up that far anyway. :)

saltytri
04-02-2016, 03:23 AM
That ought to take care of the buzz problem!

Pete Howlett
04-02-2016, 04:44 AM
I blame Joel Eckhaus

Titchtheclown
04-02-2016, 11:12 AM
I'm thinking of making a 5 fret soprano for those players who never go up that far anyway. :)

You mean people use more than three?!?!

orangeena
04-04-2016, 03:44 AM
when they tried leaving seat row 13 out of planes, people were reluctant to sit in row 14! Goes to show.
max

kkimura
04-04-2016, 04:21 AM
No worry, 13 only unlucky if you're a Templar.

Timbuck
04-07-2016, 11:19 PM
No worry, 13 only unlucky if you're a Templar. I must be a Templar then.....
This one went wrong, Neck developed a twist after gluing on the fretboard with water based glue (Titebond)... I read somwhere sometimes this can happen..I remember Rick Turner saying he uses epoxy on fretboard gluing to avoid this problem...I suppose I'll have to find it a new neck now.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0001_zpst2ihmfmb.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0001_zpst2ihmfmb.jpg.html)

Timbuck
04-08-2016, 02:14 AM
Right ! found another neck and it fits great..Next make another fretboard and I'm almost back where I started..All done in a couple of shakes of a Giraffes tail..Before half of the US has gotten out of bed :rolleyes:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0004_zpsgqp3bcyv.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0004_zpsgqp3bcyv.jpg.html)

tattwo
04-08-2016, 03:37 AM
I've been up for hours :p

sequoia
04-08-2016, 07:26 PM
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0001_zpst2ihmfmb.jpg[/IMG] (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0001_zpst2ihmfmb.jpg.html)

After extensive photo analysis, I just have to say: There might be a problem with this neck. Strangely it seems to have detached itself into three separate pieces. Very odd. Vicious band saw? Band saw gone wild?

lauburu
04-09-2016, 11:12 AM
A new product line? Ukulele jigsaw puzzles.
Miguel

ksiegel
04-09-2016, 02:24 PM
I blame Joel Eckhaus

Joel Eckhaus has a lot to answer for, that is true.

If not the neck on that uke, then this: (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar-box-hootchulele/)


(But it does sound nice...)

Timbuck
04-11-2016, 06:28 AM
Right!! now the 13 fret uke has ended up as a 17 fret uke...All I have to do now is stick on the bridge fit some tuners and strings .. And your Dads brother is called Robert.;)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0045_zpsiyqh0rjo.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0045_zpsiyqh0rjo.jpg.html)

ksiegel
04-11-2016, 10:48 AM
Are you going to use Peghed tuners, or stick with friction?

Just wondering...

Timbuck
04-11-2016, 12:15 PM
Are you going to use Peghed tuners, or stick with friction?

Just wondering...To be honest I have fell out with Pegheds, they are an engenious design and look like violin pegs when fitted but are not easy to fit..and out of every set of four I find at least one that is not as smooth to operate as the rest..you have to ream the holes exactly right to get them all level, and to stop them unscrewing or over screwing you have to put a little glue on the threads. ..But after the glue has set they are very difficult to remove without damaging them...Also to lock them in place you just push them inwards..then when you pull them out again to retune they don't come off the taper easily and if you use extra force you can pull the spline part right out...it could be that I got a bad batch or that I'm incompetent of fitting them correctly but either way I prefer the friction type tuners similar to what Martin used in the first place...cos they are Martin repros aren't they :)

Inksplosive AL
04-11-2016, 12:38 PM
What a beautiful fretboard.

ksiegel
04-11-2016, 04:53 PM
...but either way I prefer the friction type tuners similar to what Martin used in the first place...cos they are Martin repros aren't they :)

And very nice Martin Repros, at that.

After trying to get one - and being outbid on every single one - I found one of yours that a private seller had, and happily bought it a couple of weeks ago. It sat in Customs in New York City for 2 weeks, and I finally received it. The strings are still stretching, and I've not had much experience with friction tuners, but the tuners you use are much better than many I have tried using on other instruments, and so I am finally getting used to them. (I haven't posted pics yet, because I wanted to make sure that the seller came by the instrument legitimately - he said he bought it around 4 years ago, and never played it.)

I mentioned the instruments you currently have on eBay, and my wife looked at the screen, and said "So when is it arriving? it isn't a crime to buy a gorgeous uke as long as you play it."

(I'm thinking she wants me to get another one of yours...)



-Kurt

ksiegel
04-12-2016, 11:22 AM
And this morning she asked if I had bid on one of the ukes yet... And if not, why not?

So I did...

Timbuck
04-13-2016, 06:35 AM
Panic over it's turned out quite nice after all that fuss.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0006_zpseskjkgmj.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0006_zpseskjkgmj.jpg.html)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0040_zpsvvznf4o1.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0040_zpsvvznf4o1.jpg.html)

lauburu
04-13-2016, 11:39 AM
Quite nice!! Possibly an understatement.
Miguel