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Steve vanPelt
11-19-2009, 07:19 PM
So I've been mostly lurking around this forum since I decided to build an 'ukulele about nine months ago. Luthier's Lounge is the best source of information ever, Both for information and inspiration. Chuck, Pete, Paul, John, Dave and every one who contributes here has helped guide me through the builds. Thank You, Everybody!!:bowdown:

Today I strung up my pineapple, 'uke #7, it's (finally) the first one to surprise me in a good way. Straight neck, centered sound hole, centered, straight bridge.....all on the same 'uke. Never done that before. It's not particularly loud, but it's the best sounding one yet. Still, it's got a few mistakes built in. Funny string angle at the peghead, couple of finish issues and two bonehead goofs inside the box I don't even want to talk about. All in all, though, I'm really happy with my new 'uke.

It's got a solid koa body and one piece neck. Spanish heel. Snakewood binding and soundhole ring. Paua dots and rosette. Rosewood bridge and fingerboard. Bone nut and saddle and Gotoh tuners and Aquilla strings. The finish is based on that William King oil method, topped off with a couple of shots of shellac, Colortone rattle can sealer, then gloss, then a couple coats of satin. Took about two six weeks to finish with all the dry time.

Yeah, so I kind of hid out for a while, but I really didn't even know enough to know what to ask. Most of the answers I was looking for are in here anyway. I've read every thread in Luthiers Lounge at least once. It's not that any part of building an 'uke is hard to do...it's just really hard to do well. You luthiers out there, and you know who you are, are amazing. It is insane how beautiful your work is. That leaves me here, in my little shop, really enjoying the process at least as much as the end result, spending way too much time chasing all my little mistakes, some times setting aside the big mistakes, sanding off my fingernails, having the best time ever....

So many mahalos, everybody, and here are a few pics...

mzuch
11-19-2009, 07:32 PM
That's one gorgeous and classy uke. Congratulations.

Honu
11-19-2009, 07:53 PM
Gorgeous Uke!!!:drool:

seeso
11-19-2009, 08:07 PM
Whoa, she looks beauteous!

ukeatan
11-19-2009, 08:36 PM
Wow, nice!! Love how it can stand on its own, too.

Check's in the mail ;)

Matt Clara
11-20-2009, 01:04 AM
It's absolutely gorgeous, sir! Wow, very inspirational.

Pete Howlett
11-20-2009, 01:10 AM
And so you should be! Happy that is... well done. A lovely piece of work. I am yet to build a pineapple but this has really inspired me to finish the form and get on with it! Thank you...

Sayyadina
11-20-2009, 01:29 AM
Really nice work! Looks beautiful... Makes me want to do another uke next year and try to get better.

deach
11-20-2009, 02:23 AM
drool-worthy.

dave g
11-20-2009, 02:51 AM
That looks great!

bluesuke
11-20-2009, 04:30 AM
That turned out great

UkÚDan
11-20-2009, 04:58 AM
Yep. That's one beautiful pineapple.

RevWill
11-20-2009, 05:04 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=3478&d=1258694280


Wow. Just....... wow!


That's gorgeous.

WhenDogsSing
11-20-2009, 06:30 AM
Absolutely gorgeous...And I like your username too...:D

wheelgunner
11-20-2009, 06:41 AM
You, sir, are an inspiration.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-20-2009, 07:05 AM
Excellent work. Dig the snake wood.

Ronnie Aloha
11-20-2009, 03:56 PM
DANG!!! I can't wait to see the next one!

Doc_J
11-20-2009, 08:25 PM
An exceptional, beautiful, and unique uke! :drool:

About how many man-hours of labor (include planning and figuring time) is wrapped up in that wonderful pineapple uke?

RonS
11-21-2009, 03:37 AM
Beautiful TDP

Steve vanPelt
11-21-2009, 07:58 AM
An exceptional, beautiful, and unique uke! :drool:

About how many man-hours of labor (include planning and figuring time) is wrapped up in that wonderful pineapple uke?

I don't keep track of such things, but leaving out head scratching and staring time, I'm guessing somewhere around 100 hours.

Thanks everyone for all of the kind replies. It means a lot. Can't wait to get out to the shop and start another one.
Steve

koalohapaul
11-21-2009, 05:20 PM
Beautiful work! I especially like the pineapple shape. It's a hard one to do well. I know that was #7, but I'll post pictures of my first uke one day. You'll all be surprised.

schubs
11-21-2009, 06:41 PM
Thats one good looking uke. Congrats!

Ahnko Honu
11-21-2009, 06:48 PM
Beautiful work! I especially like the pineapple shape.

Amen, she's a beaut. Believe it or not me too as far as that shape is concerned.

bbycrts
11-21-2009, 08:13 PM
Amen, she's a beaut. Believe it or not me too as far as that shape is concerned.

It took you longer to sniff this one out than I thought it would, Ahnko!

That is a beautiful, beautiful uke! Unlike Ahnko, I don't care much for pineapples - but for this one I would reconsider! Great job.