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cpatch
05-13-2009, 07:32 PM
Here are the first shots of my Tom Guy cigar box uke, taken just days before Tom jetted off to Bonaire for 18 days for vacation. Talk about a tease! Anyway, the box is redwood and will have koa binding. No rosette because it lets Tom thin the top more for better sound. More when I get them.

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomtop1.jpg

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomside1.jpg

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomhead1.jpg

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomparts1.jpg

ichadwick
05-14-2009, 12:58 AM
Argh! That's MY ukulele!

Okay, okay, it's not mine. Tom made one for me and shipped it before he went away. Now all I have to comfort me in the agony of waiting are the photos he courteously emails a customer as the uke is in progress.

Those photos as the uke is being built certainly build anticipation, don't they?

I posted pictures of my uke-in-progress on my blog (http://www.ianchadwick.com/forum/blog/mumpsimus/index.php?showentry=685)if anyone wants to see more photos of his work.

hoosierhiver
05-14-2009, 04:03 AM
That's sweet!

beeejums
05-14-2009, 04:06 AM
Awesome! I'm having vicarious experiences hearing about everyone's custom-build cigar box uke... I won't be able to afford one for quite some time.

Nate95
05-14-2009, 04:42 AM
That looks really good! Im digging that green stripe!

cpatch
05-14-2009, 05:35 AM
Argh! That's MY ukulele! I posted pictures of my uke-in-progress on my blog (http://www.ianchadwick.com/forum/blog/mumpsimus/index.php?showentry=685)if anyone wants to see more photos of his work.
Great blog entry, even better photos!


Awesome! I'm having vicarious experiences hearing about everyone's custom-build cigar box uke... I won't be able to afford one for quite some time.
It all depends on your budget and financial situation, of course, but Tom's prices are very reasonable...especially compared to other custom ukes.


That looks really good! Im digging that green stripe!
Me too...I saw it on another uke he built and really liked it. (The other one had a green rosette, too, which looked really good but I opted for better sound over better looks on that one detail.) I think it will look especially good with the gold tuners he's installing.

ichadwick
05-14-2009, 06:34 AM
Announcement: It's here!. Came in today's mail.

Ahem. Okay, back to the thread. I'll post my own pics after I've had a chance to play it. Just got it unpacked and tuned.

Tom's price is pretty reasonable, given that you're getting a custom instrument. It's a well-made instrument, too. But caveat emptor: cigar box instruments are NOT for everyone. They are, if not unique, very different from your standard uke. They look, feel and sound different. Give it some though first before you order.

Don't order one then complain it doesn't sound like a $3,000 Kamaka. It's a folk instrument in the true sense of the word. That being said, I like it and it suits me.

Tom strings his ukes low-G, and I'll play it a while that way before I change to high-G. I'm tempted to leave it as a low-G though, because I think I've converted all my others to high-G, so I have none to play in low-G. I may replace the saddle when I change strings, too and try a Tusq saddle.

cpatch
05-31-2009, 01:46 PM
Tom's back from vacation so I have a few more photos from mine...he has the headstock shaped and the tuners on (I requested the gold):

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomtuners1.jpg

http://www.patchett.com/images/tomtuners2.jpg

It looks like the binding's on too.

iamdanielle
05-31-2009, 02:18 PM
Wow, how cool is that!

mailman
05-31-2009, 02:19 PM
Very nice! Keep the pictures coming!

psesinkclee
05-31-2009, 02:22 PM
Gorgeous! I'm loving the look of the ukes he's been making recently!

ichadwick
06-01-2009, 01:03 AM
I just posted a blog comment (http://www.ianchadwick.com/forum/blog/mumpsimus/index.php?showentry=701)noting that Tom's cigar-box uke (http://www.ianchadwick.com/essays/ukuleles.htm#cigar_box)has become my favourite instrument, with the Mainland running a close second. Wildly different instruments as far as sound and design go, but both appeal to me for different reasons.

I'm enjoying the low-G, too. I had thought I wanted to change to high-G right away, but I'm happy with low-G. It's given me a new range of songs to work on. And it's sure eye-catching. I sometimes take it to work to practice at the end of the day when there are few customers. But sometimes people come in, see it, and the conversations begin... a good investment, if you're considering one.

UKISOCIETY
06-01-2009, 01:26 AM
It's shaping up to be another amazing instrument by Tom. I love mine.

BTW, Does anybody who owns a cigar box uke by Tom have suggestions for a hard-shell case? I've been using the gig bag that my Kiwaya K-wave came in. It fits fine, but I want to protect my baby!! :)

beeejums
06-01-2009, 01:40 AM
It's shaping up to be another amazing instrument by Tom. I love mine.

BTW, Does anybody who owns a cigar box uke by Tom have suggestions for a hard-shell case? I've been using the gig bag that my Kiwaya K-wave came in. It fits fine, but I want to protect my baby!! :)

I don't own one, but I've seen rectangle-shaped ukulele cases that might work... they might be a bit thin, though.

I'm partial to the tweed...

http://i2.ebayimg.com/01/i/001/08/0f/3367_2.JPG

MGM has them. (http://cgi.ebay.com/FREMONT-TWEED-SOPRANO-RECTANGLE-HARD-CASE--ukulele_W0QQitemZ330269608408QQcmdZViewItem)

ukebrudder
06-01-2009, 04:22 AM
Wow, the combination of that green stripe and the gold tuners... Stunning!

cpatch
06-01-2009, 06:03 AM
Wow, the combination of that green stripe and the gold tuners... Stunning!
I know...I almost wish I'd gone for the green stripe as a soundhole rosette as well but Tom send the sound was better without a rosette (he can thin the soundboard more) so I opted for sound over looks.

ichadwick
06-01-2009, 12:38 PM
Mine fits snugly but intimately into a Fluke padded gig bag....

Craig
06-01-2009, 12:56 PM
He makes a great cigar box ukulele! I used to own his first-ever tenor cigar box ukulele, but am trading it for a new concert. Once I receive it, I'll post a YouTube video of it. :shaka:

cpatch
06-01-2009, 01:36 PM
Mine fits snugly but intimately into a Fluke padded gig bag....
Snuggly and intimate. That's a t-shirt!

cpatch
06-12-2009, 08:02 PM
Ok, here are the final photos from Tom...the uke is on its way!

http://www.patchett.com/images/finisheduke.jpg

http://www.patchett.com/images/finishedbody.jpg

ichadwick
06-13-2009, 12:46 AM
You're gonna love it...

jkevinwolfe
06-13-2009, 01:08 AM
Got to play one of Tom's Cigar boxes at the UWC. Vert sweet instrument and a very good player.

Craig
06-13-2009, 02:35 AM
Looks great Craig! You'll have to post a video!

ukulele2544
06-13-2009, 02:36 AM
Maybe I should get on of those too!

haha

UkuleleHill
06-13-2009, 05:13 AM
Your uke looks awesome CPatch! I never really cared for cigar box ukes until I saw ones done by Tom Guy, and Russ Kemner.