View Full Version : All Spruce Uke?

10-13-2009, 05:54 AM
A while back I saw an all spruce black bear concert uke, which I found to be curious. I've never seen or heard of an all spruce uke--always thought that spruce was too soft to use for anything but the top. Does anyone have any experience with an all spruce uke or own one? Would a uke like this be more likely to damage or deteriorate over time? Just curious.

10-13-2009, 07:42 AM
Some years ago I made an all spruce bodied soprano uke. None of the wood was quarter-sawn (try bending quarter-sawn spruce!). It was very light, but adequately strong, and had a pleasing tone. I gave it to a friend, who passed it to her son, and it is still in regular use, after about thirteen years.

Not a robust instrument, but with care it is OK.


Pete Howlett
10-13-2009, 08:13 AM
I use taxus baccata which is English Yew - technically a 'softwood' just trying to 'hard'! Makes aoutstanding ukulele.