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Allen
11-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Several months back my wife found an old K-Kraft style mandolin needing lots of repair for a few $$$ so she bought it home for me as inspiration. I like the design a lot, and it got me thinking about modernising the lines and adapting the shape to the ukulele.

My most requested instrument is the tenor with 14 frets to the body, so I used that as a basis for my updates.

This is the first prototype where I was trying out several new ideas hoping to streamline some of the building process, optimise the use of material, come up with a pleasing design and one that sounds and plays well.

I wasn't sure about the way it would turn out as I was building, and at some points thought that it might just end up in the bin, but once complete I'm pretty pleased with the form. There are still things to work out with the design, and refining jigs etc. But I will continue it's development.

Body - New Guinea Rosewood
Neck - Spanish Cedar
Fret Board, Bridge - Indian Rosewood
Tuners - Grovers
Strings - Hilo low G
Finish - Satin nitro lacquer over WEST Systems Epoxy

Steve vanPelt
11-15-2011, 10:29 AM
Wow. That looks great! Congrats on a job well done.

tattwo
11-15-2011, 10:43 AM
Beautiful!.....well done Allen. I would love to hear a sound sample

olgoat52
11-15-2011, 11:00 AM
Allen, I always enjoy your posts and all the info you provide, so please don't take this the wrong way, but after seeing the pics, I felt a nod was in order to Jerry Hoffman at Boatpaddle Ukes. Specifically his M-Series. There certainly are difference in the sound hole and upper bass bout. Again, I hope you don't feel I am slighting your efforts in any way. http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/images/Mstyle_collage_web.jpg

Dan Uke
11-15-2011, 12:26 PM
Looks great!!! It looks similar to BP but it's the sound that's most important. It's like a Kamaka Pineapple...most pineapples look the same and there are only so many designs you can make

olgoat52
11-15-2011, 12:37 PM
Nothing new under the sun as my guitar instructor used to say.. Body dimensions must be pretty different as well as the sound looks quite a bit bigger.


Looks great!!! It looks similar to BP but it's the sound that's most important. It's like a Kamaka Pineapple...most pineapples look the same and there are only so many designs you can make

Gmoney
11-15-2011, 12:41 PM
I thought it was a Boat Paddle from the photo's myself, though as other have noted, there are a # of differences. I would love to own either one day.

Pete Howlett
11-15-2011, 01:04 PM
K Craft did a whole range of these famously played by many a blueslegend. Well done Allen - I love stuff like this... 12/10

olgoat52
11-15-2011, 01:17 PM
Cool! http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/guitars/G174b.JPG http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/guitars/G174f.JPGhttp://littlebrotherblues.com/Gear/Kay-Bolt-Ons-1930s/index.html

olgoat52
11-15-2011, 01:22 PM
Maybe Jerry owes a nod to Kay Craft. :D

ukulele-melee
11-15-2011, 03:54 PM
Harmony did a similar uke design too, I've only seen one pictured in the Beloff History of Uke book.
I love this shape though and your headstock design is really striking.

Rick Turner
11-15-2011, 04:56 PM
I make an electric guitar based on that KayKraft shape. I love it!

ukegirl13
11-15-2011, 05:37 PM
Very nice body shape Allen!

olgoat52
11-15-2011, 05:41 PM
He's been working out, or so I hear.. :o

Very nice body shape Allen!

tonewood
11-15-2011, 07:36 PM
Excellent. Nice lines. Like that headstock shape.

Michael Smith
11-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Really nice work Allen!!. I checked out your website for the first time. It is really first class, very clean with great pics and easy navigation.

Allen
11-15-2011, 09:04 PM
Thanks everyone. And yes, Jerry does some really nice work. In fact most of his designs appear to be heavily influenced by mandolin family instruments.

This is the one my wife picked up for me. Built in Australia, but no date. It's top has collapsed as some braces have let go and it's pretty much only a curiosity now. Would be more trouble to repair than just to build a new one.

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