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etkre
11-17-2009, 04:20 PM
I'm uploading some pics for John Colter. He recently completed his "Pulga Pouco" ukulele. Check out that headstock!


It's finally finished, and I love it! I strung it up initially, before applying any finish, just in case it needed any modifications. I wasn't totally sure the unusual "vertical peg-head with zero fret and no nut" arrangement would work, but it does - perfectly. The scale length at 320mm is somewhere between sopranino and soprano. I expected it to require higher tuning than a soprano, but gCEA suits it well. It sounds lovely, with plenty of volume and loads of sustain. The neck goes through the body, and so the internal block is integral with the neck. At the bridge, the strings go through the front, and knot on the inside (a la Sven, the Argapa maker). The grain of the mahogany bridge is vertical (perpendicular to the plane of the front). I reasoned that it might be better for transference of vibration to the sound board. The sound board is a nice piece of spruce provided by Tin Guitar man Rob C. (thanks mate!). The body is made of wood salvaged from a pine box which once held six bottles of port wine. The neck is mahogany, and used to be a bed leg. I call the uke a Pulga Pouco, which I believe is Portuguese for little flea. The odd scale length I refer to (rightly or wrongly) as sopranetto.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=676&pictureid=4022
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=676&pictureid=4021
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=676&pictureid=4020
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=676&pictureid=4019

Melissa82
11-17-2009, 04:24 PM
Nice, that is so cool looking!

schubs
11-17-2009, 04:40 PM
i have never seen a headstock like that.

luvzmocha
11-17-2009, 04:43 PM
Definitely thinking out side the BOX!

seeso
11-17-2009, 04:47 PM
That is one cool looking headstock.

haole
11-17-2009, 04:47 PM
Now I can see why you got the "Picasso" comments, John. Absolutely bizarre headstock...but I love it! Hope to hear it in action soon.

Matt Clara
11-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Very unique! I love it.

Steve vanPelt
11-17-2009, 05:45 PM
Wow. That is awesome. It looks like there was a lot of stuff to work through in that design. Incredible accomplishment. more pics?

ritzer012
11-17-2009, 06:34 PM
jealous!!!

pithaya9
11-17-2009, 07:03 PM
That is on very nice looking uke. :drool:

fromthee2me
11-17-2009, 07:24 PM
Different, and nicely done.

salukulady
11-17-2009, 07:53 PM
Beautiful. Love the headstock.

KenjiBeast
11-17-2009, 08:21 PM
Holy balls! What a neat uke! lol I hope you dont mind if I steal the vertical headstock idea someday. Just too cool.

ukantor
11-18-2009, 07:24 AM
Thank you all for the positive comments. It was a blast designing and building this thing. The vertical headstock is not totally original. I've seen it before, somewhere (Kamaka; Swaggerty?), and made a mental note to try it. I think the use of a zero fret and no nut MIGHT be quite unusual.

I love playing it, and every time I look at it, I smile. That MUST be a good thing.

John Colter.

seeso
11-18-2009, 07:32 AM
Love that uke, John. Really really cool.

RevWill
11-18-2009, 07:33 AM
Everything about that looks like those 1950s images of what the year 2000 might look like.




By which I mean I love it.

erich@muttcrew.net
11-18-2009, 07:47 AM
Toooo kewl 4 wordz...

johncaudrey
11-18-2009, 07:51 AM
WOW what a bizzare but beautiful looking and I'm guessing, unique instrument.

PaulGeo
11-18-2009, 07:52 AM
Funky... I like it.

vahn
11-18-2009, 08:28 AM
dude thats a piece of art!!! havent seen an ukulele this mindblowing since I saw Owen Holt's mana

Pukulele Pete
11-18-2009, 08:38 AM
Wow, beautiful Uke. What a great idea,just when I thought I had seen it all.

WhenDogsSing
11-18-2009, 10:53 AM
Absolutely beautiful ukulele...:D

Darrel
11-18-2009, 05:58 PM
Outstanding! I really like it.

bbycrts
11-18-2009, 06:55 PM
Thank you all for the positive comments. It was a blast designing and building this thing. The vertical headstock is not totally original. I've seen it before, somewhere (Kamaka; Swaggerty?), and made a mental note to try it. I think the use of a zero fret and no nut MIGHT be quite unusual.

I love playing it, and every time I look at it, I smile. That MUST be a good thing.

John Colter.

John, it's beautiful! It makes my imagination go wild just to see it!

MisoHappy
11-18-2009, 06:56 PM
Me likes the headstock!

And the rest of it, for that matter,

But I like the headstock the most!

Iz Jealous -3-

Dominator
11-21-2009, 09:23 AM
Wow, one week in Kauai and I have missed so much. No way I will have time to catch up on it all but John, this is one really cool ukulele. Congrats to you and thanks to your friend for uploading the pics.

ukantor
11-21-2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks again for the positive comments, y'all.

Yes Dom, I'm very grateful to Eric (etkre) for posting the pics for me. I'm a real dummy when it comes to IT. My son has just built me a brand new computer. He makes everything to do with computers look SOOOO simple - but he can't build ukuleles.

John C.

etkre
11-21-2009, 02:03 PM
Thanks again for the positive comments, y'all.

Yes Dom, I'm very grateful to Eric (etkre) for posting the pics for me. I'm a real dummy when it comes to IT. My son has just built me a brand new computer. He makes everything to do with computers look SOOOO simple - but he can't build ukuleles.

John C.

Not a problem. I felt privileged to be the first one to see the pics. :)

Rainhill
11-21-2009, 02:48 PM
Very impressive John, looks great. I really like the shape of the soundhole - you got a name for it yet? :D

ukantor
11-21-2009, 10:25 PM
Yes, Rainhill - I call it a soundhole:D

John Colter.