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garywj
06-10-2011, 11:15 AM
I'm considering having a ukulele custom made for me. It will be mahogany tenor size with a slot head. What suggestions would you have for me to take into consideration? I already am talking to a luthier and think I have taken most things into account, HOWEVER, maybe one of your ideas is just the thing I'd like to add to the mix. Thanks in advance for your input.

ItsAMeCasey
06-10-2011, 11:18 AM
I don't know much about woods and what not, but I know if I was getting a custom built I would probably add some sort of personal inlay onto the fretboard or something.

PhilUSAFRet
06-10-2011, 12:33 PM
I'd probably want my binding to be somewhat "distinctive."

Dan Uke
06-10-2011, 01:38 PM
Tuners...seems like lighter tuners are preferred but it's a price point issue but I don't think you're too concerned about price if you are getting custom and looking at your collection. :p

Rick Turner
06-10-2011, 01:55 PM
Does your luthier already build ukes? A lot of guitar makers turned uke makers overbuild their first instruments, then they underbuild the next ones, then they get it right...

mr moonlight
06-10-2011, 01:59 PM
Why Mahogony over all the other woods out there? If I was going for a custom job, I'd go for a higher end wood.

garywj
06-10-2011, 02:21 PM
I'm considering David Newton. He has built both guitars and ukes.

garywj
06-10-2011, 02:22 PM
I do not have a Mahogony uke, so I am leaning in that direction.

garywj
06-10-2011, 02:23 PM
Thanks everyone for the input, and please keep it coming. So far, the comments have been very helpful.

hmgberg
06-10-2011, 02:52 PM
Does your luthier already build ukes? A lot of guitar makers turned uke makers overbuild their first instruments, then they underbuild the next ones, then they get it right...

Ha! This is true. Like Goldilocks and the Bears. I've been working with a luthier who regularly builds guitars. When I showed him my good ukuleles, he was floored that they are so lightly braced and the wood is so thin.

bbycrts
06-10-2011, 05:29 PM
I pretty much had all the specs for my custom figured out before contacting the luthier (haven't started it yet, but I'm on his build schedule!). A custom should be that thing you can only get because it's perfect just for you - our opinions shouldn't mean much to you! My custom has a very specific body shape, neck width, wood components - if all you have in mind is "a mahogany uke" then get yourself a top quality production uke and save some money!

Laouik
06-10-2011, 05:34 PM
http://www.lfdmguitars.ca :p