View Full Version : My 100th uke is done

01-22-2017, 12:08 PM
Today I've put strings on seven ukes, six resos and one eight string soprano, which is my number 100. I'm very pleased with how they all turned out and that they finally are finished. I'll paste some pics on here tomorrow but for now a link to the blog will have to suffice.


I spent the evening tuning the eight string and playing it (in a ratio of about 5:1) and I really like it. I made all string pairs in unison, no octaves and no low G. I'm a bit of a fundamentalist and won't stray from re-entrant tuning but maybe I'll try octaves at some point.

And once all strings are settled I'll make an ambitious demo video of them all, watch this space. Now I can sleep and wind down.

01-22-2017, 03:17 PM
Congratulations Sven. That's a bunch of ukes. At the rate I build, it would take me 100 years.

Jim Hanks
01-22-2017, 04:15 PM
Wow, that's quite a milestone. Congrats! Here's to the next hundred! :shaka:

01-22-2017, 04:19 PM
Congratulations Sven!! I'm on #55 so I have a ways to go to catch you. Your instruments are looking really nice too!!!

01-23-2017, 04:51 AM
I hope there is enough room for a 4th digit on your headstocks Sven. Argapa 1000 won't be long!

Vespa Bob
01-23-2017, 05:30 AM
:rock::rock::rock::rock: Congratulations! Such fine instruments, too!


Doug W
01-23-2017, 06:03 AM
Congratulations Sven! I hope to finish number 1 some time this year.

01-23-2017, 06:07 AM
Congratulations Sven!

01-23-2017, 06:30 AM
Congratulations, Sven! I've really enjoyed following some of your builds, and I've always appreciated your presence on this forum. Great job, and thanks!

01-23-2017, 07:45 AM
Very nice, trying to finish my first!

01-23-2017, 09:55 AM
Thanks guys for the kind words, about me and my ukes. I've made a demo together with my son. A lengthy video, but rest assured - the music is at the beginning. And if you want to see some more pics and have a minute to spare, follow this link to today's blog post.



Michael Smith
01-23-2017, 11:14 AM
Congrats Sven....poping off the champagne cork now. Hip Hip Horay!!!

Dan Gleibitz
01-23-2017, 01:54 PM
Congratulations Sven! They look and sound great too - I like those walnut resonators.

01-23-2017, 07:54 PM
And the world is a better place by 100 ukuleles.

01-23-2017, 08:58 PM
Nice video, the ukes look and sound great: good to see your son has taken to playing the uke. Hope others are inspired on the road to making ukes by seeing that you have made 100 in your small workshop. Congratulations on reaching this milestone.

Recovering Bassist
01-24-2017, 08:58 AM
Those are really cool!

Pete F
01-24-2017, 12:54 PM
Excellent Sven - congratulations on your 100th uke!

I look forward to hearing the tarropatch, and seeing how different it sounds from my number 85 - think it could be from the same board?

Keep up the great work!

Peter (UK)

01-25-2017, 10:58 AM
Once again, fanx to all of you for the kind words. Yes, my workshop is rather small. You can see all of it in the background of the video! I often get the question if I could build a guitar. I think I could if I could fit the parts on my bench, but I can't so I'll stick to ukes.

Peter, yes it would be the same board - one my dad bought in the 1960's to build his boat. He's still working on it btw.

01-26-2017, 07:59 AM
Congratulations Sven, and many thanks for the blog.

Recovering Bassist
02-12-2017, 12:26 PM
I hope this gentleman doesn't stop making ukulele's. I found his latest blog entry alarming!http://argapa.blogspot.com/2017/02/from-triumph-to-doubt-to-something-else.html

02-13-2017, 10:13 PM
Fanx for your concern mate, no I won't stop building. But during transport something happened to at least two of the resos in the batch and maybe I must consider not shipping resos from now on. Or maybe I'm just shit at packaging.


02-14-2017, 05:52 AM
Congratulations!!! Will like to play one of them!!!