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cml
09-27-2016, 06:45 AM
Newly built ukulele day!

Today was the day, after roughly one month of building, I've completed my first acoustic ukulele :D! It's a tenor with these specs:

Western red cedar soundboard
Spalted maple sides and back
Maple neck
Rosewood fretboard and bridge
Peruvian walnut bindings, heel cap and head plate
Groover geared tuners
Low g with Thomastik Infeld and Oasis strings

I'm mighty pleased, you cant get it much more custom than building your own uke :D!
Here are some photos:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5503/29933371806_89a6367ffd.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8750/29933368626_3c3b54dd06.jpg

And if you'd like to know more about the build process, there's a looong thread with a build-along here:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?121930-Build-along-my-first-build!

PS. The saddle is currently too high up, it needs to be sanded down. But I wanted to give it a spin right away... DS.

cml
09-27-2016, 06:48 AM
More pictures:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8531/29967474435_3d2ffe508a.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8556/29673809280_6bce3d82ab.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8496/29673902530_36467fcca5.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8319/29673804230_6aa407231f.jpg

cml
09-27-2016, 07:01 AM
And some quick noodling. Strings are brand new and go out of tune real quick, and I'm very rusty in my playing - I've only been building for the last month, almost no playing - but it is what it is. I couldnt help myself from trying it out :D!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7hOGBzElqg&feature=youtu.be

stevejfc
09-27-2016, 09:49 AM
Well done! Love the spalted maple. Sounds good too!

WCBarnes
09-27-2016, 10:13 AM
Excellent! very nice looking and sounding! I keep thinking that I might give it a go at some point, but haven't made the commitment yet.

Camsuke
09-27-2016, 11:53 AM
Congratulations cml, what a fabulous achievement.

DownUpDave
09-27-2016, 01:03 PM
Congratulations, that is a very big accomplishment. It looks and sounds really nice, enjoy it.

PhilUSAFRet
09-27-2016, 01:06 PM
Wow, can hardly wait to see your second, LOL Great job.

UkieOkie
09-27-2016, 01:36 PM
Great job bud! It's pretty and sounds good.

Choirguy
09-27-2016, 02:04 PM
It doesn't look like a first build, and without hearing it in person, it sounds good. I have only been playing since January and I have played and owned ukuleles that didn't sound as nice as that one.

Now that you have one under your belt...is another coming?

Chopped Liver
09-27-2016, 02:18 PM
That inlay around the sound hole is gorgeous!

jer
09-27-2016, 02:47 PM
Well done!

OhioBelle
09-27-2016, 02:59 PM
absolutely gorgeous! GREAT JOB!

Voxshades
09-27-2016, 04:00 PM
Just finished reading your build thread. Awesome job. The spalted maple is beautiful. Congrats on a job well done!

Mivo
09-27-2016, 06:24 PM
Now that is a great symptom of UAS! :) Looks great, and really quite the feat!

cml
09-27-2016, 06:41 PM
Thank you for your very kind words everyone!

And yes, another one is coming, but I won't start building it until spring. I want to have time to play again:), and between work, a house, wife and toddler I dont have time to do both ;).

Steve in Kent
09-27-2016, 10:41 PM
I've been following your build on your other thread, absolutely gorgeous, stunning first build.

Congratulations on building your own beautiful looking and sounding ukulele.

Dan Gleibitz
09-27-2016, 11:40 PM
Great job cml. Thanks for sharing the journey, now enjoy your new uke!

whmeltonjr
09-28-2016, 02:51 AM
I was watching along in your build thread, and it turned out great. Glad you are enjoying your new build. Now you have to try to make another one!

georgiw
09-30-2016, 11:46 AM
Beautiful work CML! You have set the bar pretty high for first time builders! I enjoyed following along with the build thread as I am contemplating how to tackle my own first acoustic build. I can assure you though, mine will not have bindings, or a heel cap, or a beautiful sound hole inlay as yours does! Really though, very nice work, you should be proud. Relax, and happy strumming!:D

johnson430
09-30-2016, 01:05 PM
Nice job, CML. Very impressive for a first build.

Nickie
09-30-2016, 03:28 PM
You did a great job! I love the colors and the binding. I wish this dumb laptop would play videos.

cml
09-30-2016, 09:11 PM
Thanks again everyone, your kindness warms my heart.

Beautiful work CML! You have set the bar pretty high for first time builders! I enjoyed following along with the build thread as I am contemplating how to tackle my own first acoustic build. I can assure you though, mine will not have bindings, or a heel cap, or a beautiful sound hole inlay as yours does! Really though, very nice work, you should be proud. Relax, and happy strumming!:D
You say that now :)...