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DPO
02-10-2017, 05:30 PM
Neck is NZ Rimu with a Purple Heart fretboard and Kaihikatea Headstock.
Body Purple Heart + kaihikatea. Grover geared tuners, Concert scale.

Based on Brad Donaldsons design, Magic Fluke, Pete Howlets marmite and Saltytri from Ono Ukes "school Uke project" Thanks to all for the inspiration.

Titchtheclown
02-10-2017, 08:26 PM
That hole doesnt look big enough for a decent banjo skin.

Dan Gleibitz
02-10-2017, 09:29 PM
Nice one Dennis. I really love it. Everything - the design, the contrasting timbers, the quirks in the soundboard, the shaped soundhole... it's just great.

A couple of questions: I've always wondered how Purple Heart ages. Does it retain that vibrant colour? And what have you made your fret markers out of?

DPO
02-10-2017, 10:04 PM
That hole doesnt look big enough for a decent banjo skin.

The skin's not the problem it's finding a tension hoop that shape. :D

DPO
02-10-2017, 10:07 PM
Nice one Dennis. I really love it. Everything - the design, the contrasting timbers, the quirks in the soundboard, the shaped soundhole... it's just great.

A couple of questions: I've always wondered how Purple Heart ages. Does it retain that vibrant colour? And what have you made your fret markers out of?

Hi Dan, the fret markers are Kaihikatea made with a plug cutter. PH will eventually turn a brown shade, having said that I have some 6 or 7 years old which is still purple.

cml
02-11-2017, 08:08 AM
Looks really great Dennis! Might try something like this shape someday...so much I'd like to try :).

DPO
02-11-2017, 04:08 PM
Looks really great Dennis! Might try something like this shape someday...so much I'd like to try :).

Thanks, I enjoy building things that are out of the norm. Less competition :rolleyes: