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bornagainjeeper
05-24-2009, 06:19 PM
So i just got an idea last night, after playing a gig at winery...a wine bottle ukulele....do you think glass resonates at a low enough frequency to make this work? obviously it resonates very purely, such is the case with playing wine flutes with a spoon or your finger...also i was thinking of finding a way to remove the bottoms of the bottles and cap then cork the small ends again as i think it might improve the sound...this could all also be done with a solid jug'o' wine like carlo rossi...any suggestions builders? i know it won't sound great but would be a nice little piece to play at a winery show Also if you have ideas about apoxy that will work for the plastic or wood bridge as well as glass

Ukulele JJ
05-24-2009, 07:30 PM
What about a uke made out of an old wine barrel?

JJ

ksquine
05-26-2009, 07:46 AM
Did you drink those 4 bottles before coming up with this idea? :biglaugh:

I have no idea if it would work.....but seems to me that wine bottles are much too thick and heavy. Maybe you could do a mock-up to test it.... Stretch a string across the bottle and use a nail or something as a saddle. See if you get any sound out of it

bornagainjeeper
05-26-2009, 05:31 PM
Did you drink those 4 bottles before coming up with this idea? :biglaugh:

I have no idea if it would work.....but seems to me that wine bottles are much too thick and heavy. Maybe you could do a mock-up to test it.... Stretch a string across the bottle and use a nail or something as a saddle. See if you get any sound out of it

i would drink some much more delicious southern illinois wine and then do it! 4 bottles is just a good breakfast

specialmike
05-26-2009, 06:31 PM
are there any other glass string instruments?

If not... I bet it doesn't work. But if there is a glass guitar or something out there, then it might work.

I think glass might be a bit too dense for uhh... musical purposes. You always hear about rim rubbing or bottle tooting, but bottle strumming....

Hey, if it works out, I'd love to have a Smirnoff Ukulele :)

uke5417
05-26-2009, 07:59 PM
Maybe they have pine boxes with their logo on them. I live near Napa and have long thought a wine box uke would be pretty cool. I know, pine top, with a neck made from an oak barrel stave. Coolio.

JT_Ukes
05-26-2009, 08:09 PM
http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FO6/BCL6/F8DOSUHR/FO6BCL6F8DOSUHR.MEDIUM.jpg


Wine Box....

ichadwick
05-27-2009, 03:20 AM
Glass might make an interesting saddle. Glass has great acoustic transfer properties. I am looking for a small piece of plate glass to use for an experimental saddle, myself. Hard to find something that small, but if I find one, I'll see if I can work it into something.

PoisonDart
05-27-2009, 04:07 AM
cigar box uke out of some of their packaging?

zog
05-27-2009, 07:45 AM
If you google you will find a glass violin and trumpets with glass bells have been around for a while and glass flutes.

koalohapaul
05-27-2009, 08:38 PM
I think you might get better results by using one of those large wine bottles, rather than four standard sized ones - Keeping in mind that the geometry of the body is just as important as the material used. I'm interested in how something like that would sound, as well.

Glass would probably not make the best sound board, but having it for side and back material sounds like something that could work. If you cut off about a quarter of a large wine bottle, and epoxied a wooden sound board on, that might make for a very unique sound. Generally speaking, you want your sides and back to be stiff, while the face needs to flex.

Yopparai
05-28-2009, 04:39 AM
I can vouch for the wine box approach...
http://www.banjohangout.ws/banjohangout.org/storage/photos/medium/9860-52347181442007.jpg

You can hear it here...
Chillable Red (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXCsn6YZn3w)

eschelar
06-03-2009, 04:14 AM
I'd love to see a place that had glass saddles. I think they would do a great job and would noticeably improve the sound of a uke. This is probably especially so with an all nylon string uke. I would be a little hesitant to put wound strings on a glass saddle for fear of chipping and the creation of glass dust (especially if this occurred in my case).

ichadwick
06-04-2009, 12:47 AM
I would be a little hesitant to put wound strings on a glass saddle for fear of chipping and the creation of glass dust (especially if this occurred in my case).
Plate glass should be fine, since it's already hardened. You then use a diamond sandpaper to smooth the edges so it's not sharp.

veep
06-04-2009, 10:53 AM
hmmmmmmmm .

UKISOCIETY
06-04-2009, 11:02 AM
http://www.catfish1952.com/plasticsfiles/makana_Delovio_Clear_Horizontal.jpg

Yopparai
06-05-2009, 03:43 AM
http://www.catfish1952.com/plasticsfiles/makana_Delovio_Clear_Horizontal.jpg
Is that plexiglass? and do you own it?

Phatzo
06-05-2009, 12:04 PM
Here's how to cut the bottoms off, you'll have to figure out what to do to the cut edge when your done though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A4J7RcdsfM

RevWill
06-08-2009, 05:13 AM
i would drink some much more delicious southern illinois wine and then do it!

What's your favorite? Von Jacob, Owl Creek, Alto, Kite Hill? Genkota in Mt. Vernon has some nice ones as well.

UKISOCIETY
06-08-2009, 05:45 AM
Is that plexiglass? and do you own it?

Not mine. According to this site (http://www.catfish1952.com/plastics.html) it's by Makana DeLovio.