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Amy
07-06-2009, 03:07 PM
I'm not sure if you've seen the thread in the Luthier forum about a female-friendly ukulele design, but it's getting really interesting.

Brad Donaldson (Bradford on UU), a very skilled luthier, has taken on the project of designing and building a curved-back uke that may be a solution for women whose chests get in the way of comfortable uke playing. I'm the lucky woman who gets to test his prototype, and I'm super stoked about how it's turning out!

The progress pics start here:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showpost.php?p=164045&postcount=69

Today, Brad sent me pics of the assembled body -- front, curved back (!!) and sides -- and I've put them up as well.

I'm pretty new around here and just wanted to say thank you as well for this forum where a discussion like this one can turn into something really positive that could benefit a whole bunch of us!

:bowdown:

nikolo727
07-06-2009, 03:11 PM
maybe this will work for fat guys like me too....hmmm.. oh the possibilities......:p

sukie
07-06-2009, 03:22 PM
It's starting to get really interesting. Congrats on getting a prototype made. Hope it works for you.

The wood in the photo makes me drool it's so gorgeous.

Bradford
07-06-2009, 05:14 PM
Actually, Nick, the design may have some advantages for a lot of us. As you know, any contact between the body of the player and the back of the uke has a dampening effect on the sound. With the back curving away from you, it may be easier to hold the uke without contacting as much of the back.

Brad

Ahnko Honu
07-06-2009, 05:29 PM
Brad, do you have a website?

Bradford
07-06-2009, 07:17 PM
No, I do not have a web site. The Guitar Emporium in Seattle and Thiel's Music in Astoria, OR carry my instruments.

Brad

cashew
07-06-2009, 07:19 PM
Amy, that uke is starting to look really cool :) Here's hoping it helps us play better! (oh, i'd love to stand and play without a strap...

Ahnko Honu
07-06-2009, 09:26 PM
Are they going to be sold in cup sizes? :eek::confused::cool:

Bratset
07-06-2009, 09:35 PM
The wood in the photo makes me drool it's so gorgeous.

/Agreed!!!! :shaka:

UkuEroll
07-06-2009, 09:54 PM
Will it be suitable for man boobs too:D

Ahnko Honu
07-06-2009, 10:08 PM
Will it be suitable for man boobs too:D

They're going to call the man boob line of 'ukuleles "The Bro". ;)

casetone2514
07-06-2009, 10:51 PM
Will it be suitable for man boobs too:D

That's what I want to know - my chesticles do have a tendency to get in the way.

bbycrts
07-07-2009, 05:23 AM
They're going to call the man boob line of 'ukuleles "The Bro". ;)

Manzierre!

mailman
07-07-2009, 05:56 AM
I'm not sure if you've seen the thread in the Luthier forum about a female-friendly ukulele design, but it's getting really interesting.

Brad Donaldson (Bradford on UU), a very skilled luthier, has taken on the project of designing and building a curved-back uke that may be a solution for women whose chests get in the way of comfortable uke playing. I'm the lucky woman who gets to test his prototype, and I'm super stoked about how it's turning out!

The progress pics start here:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showpost.php?p=164045&postcount=69

Today, Brad sent me pics of the assembled body -- front, curved back (!!) and sides -- and I've put them up as well. I'm pretty new around here and just wanted to say thank you as well for this forum where a discussion like this one can turn into something really positive that could benefit a whole bunch of us!

:bowdown:

I'm not finding these pictures of the assembled body. Where do I look for those? I saw the stack of wood pre-assembly, and the beautiful finished uke, but that's it....

iamdanielle
07-07-2009, 06:06 AM
wow, amazing!!

seeso
07-07-2009, 06:08 AM
I'm not finding these pictures of the assembled body. Where do I look for those? I saw the stack of wood pre-assembly, and the beautiful finished uke, but that's it....

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15164&page=10

mailman
07-07-2009, 10:34 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15164&page=10

Thanks, Seeso! What a cool project....

pigwig
07-07-2009, 04:01 PM
I first got distracted by the fact that you run knitty. :eek: <3

And then I got distracted by the uke pics. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

salukulady
07-07-2009, 04:59 PM
I think all you man boob guys better get in line. There's enough of us busty women here to keep Brad busy for his lifetime.

Ahnko Honu
07-07-2009, 05:08 PM
I think all you man boob guys better get in line. There's enough of us busty women here to keep Brad busy for his lifetime.

You know the old UU saying... "It didn't happen without pictures to prove it". :cool:

salukulady
07-07-2009, 06:41 PM
You know the old UU saying... "It didn't happen without pictures to prove it". :cool:oh, Honey, you couldn't handle the cleavage.......

Ahnko Honu
07-07-2009, 07:09 PM
oh, Honey, you couldn't handle the cleavage.......

You are 100% correct. :stop: :eek: :p

UkuEroll
07-07-2009, 08:39 PM
That's what I want to know - my chesticles do have a tendency to get in the way.

What a great name, even though I don't own a pair.;)

mailman
07-28-2009, 02:04 PM
Any news, Amy? What's the verdict?

Amy
07-28-2009, 03:24 PM
Any news, Amy? What's the verdict?

It's all suspense around here...the gloss finish Brad put on it has been curing and it'll be ready for me to pick up when I get off the plane in Portland [and drive to the Oregon coast where Brad lives] a week today!

It's a strange but fabulous coincidence that Brad lives within 2 hours of Portland, where I have to be for a conference next week, so we just arranged for me to go and pick 'er up! Needless to say, I cannot wait to actually see/touch/play this uke, and Brad's very excited about how it's turned out as well.

I promise pictures and video as soon as possible, once I have it.

Thanks for asking!

bbycrts
07-28-2009, 07:10 PM
It's all suspense around here...the gloss finish Brad put on it has been curing and it'll be ready for me to pick up when I get off the plane in Portland [and drive to the Oregon coast where Brad lives] a week today!

It's a strange but fabulous coincidence that Brad lives within 2 hours of Portland, where I have to be for a conference next week, so we just arranged for me to go and pick 'er up! Needless to say, I cannot wait to actually see/touch/play this uke, and Brad's very excited about how it's turned out as well.

I promise pictures and video as soon as possible, once I have it.

Thanks for asking!

So...I live in Portland and will be around town next week...any chance I can get a sneak peek in person???

Amy
08-15-2009, 06:30 AM
Hi, y'all! I've put a full update post, with links to pics and videos, here:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17675

Thanks to everyone for your interest and encouragement! I love my new uke!

I Ukulista
08-15-2009, 10:54 AM
What a lot of time to spend on over coming such a problem and so much written about it all! I am astonished that so many men took an interest.
Women have always played the ukulele. Has there been a problem before? I think not. You are all dribbling at the thought of a womanly body holding a ukulele close when it should be you. My sister Esmerelda say you all pigs and that woman was made for Ukulele same like man and that the really great players are not phased by any pinching or rubbing. Shame on you brothers for pandering to your sisters whim. In my country we say pah!