View Full Version : Violin Ukulele

07-28-2010, 07:22 PM
I found a few posts about making a violin into a uke. Any success? I got a free 3/4 size violin from my local music store and have all the parts. I plan to lower the neck/scroll or change the angle to get the fingerboard flat to the sound board. Then I will sand down the neck and set a new fingerboard/frets on top. The last step will be replacing the bridge with possibly a banjolele bridge to get a similar look. I think I can still use the tailpiece, but will have to remove the fine tuners. Any suggestions?

07-29-2010, 06:32 AM
You may want to consider replacing the neck with something longer and wider. The violing neck is, I think, much too narrow (especially at the nut) and much too short to make for a really playable uke.

The tailpiece may or may not work. The problem is that the height and the curve need to fit the saddle. If you use a saddle that's lower and/or flatter, the downward angle behind the saddle (and the resulting tension) won't be right. I would look for a tenor guitar tailpiece or something similar.