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Dougf
11-19-2011, 07:30 AM
A little show and tell with my new baby!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eWzu8PBbLc

Ambient Doughnut
11-19-2011, 07:52 AM
Wow, great job! Looks and sounds fantastic!
:)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-19-2011, 07:58 AM
Cool. Sounds sweet!

gyosh
11-19-2011, 09:00 AM
Hey Doug,
Great video!! I threw a set of Southcoast G650 strings on mine and it sounds like it doubled the volume. I still haven't finished mine, because I'm still trying to decide what I want but at this point I'm leaning towards pore filling and then an oil finish. I have some homework to do :)

For anyone thinking about taking a class or just wanting to learn more about ukulele, I strongly recommend the Rick Turner class. I might take it again when Rick makes the concert size available.

-Gary

Allen
11-19-2011, 09:10 AM
Great review Doug. Rick's pineapple design is just so well thought out and works a treat to teach people how an instrument goes together, and sounds so bloody good too.

Raygf
11-19-2011, 09:44 AM
I would love to take a class and build an ukulele some day.

NoahOathKeeper
11-19-2011, 11:01 AM
that is exactly AWESOME man

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-19-2011, 11:32 AM
Great video Doug. Nice little ditty you played as well. Sounds like you been bitten by the bug, or flea that is.

Pete Howlett
11-19-2011, 12:13 PM
Nice work. What size is that thang please?

Rick Turner
11-19-2011, 12:35 PM
Thanks for posting that, Doug!

Pete, that's a 17" scale tenor. We also do a soprano.

dnewton2
11-19-2011, 12:41 PM
Definitely cool to have uke that you built yourself. Looks and sounds nice.

chindog
11-19-2011, 01:24 PM
Very nice, Doug! That is a great looking uke, and sounds fantastic!

Good job on it!

PelicanUkuleles
11-19-2011, 01:25 PM
Thank you for the :cool: video Doug!
Nice tenor pineapple and beautiful tone.

coriandre
11-19-2011, 02:26 PM
Very nice. Congrats Doug !

olgoat52
11-19-2011, 04:14 PM
Great video Doug. Sounds like it was one of the experiences of a lifetime. May you have many more.

A little show and tell with my new baby!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eWzu8PBbLc

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-19-2011, 04:35 PM
Thanks for posting that, Doug!

Pete, that's a 17" scale tenor. We also do a soprano.

Just curious Rick, what's the thinking behind the 12th fret connection on the tenor?

olgoat52
11-19-2011, 05:38 PM
Jerry Hoffman at Boat Paddle had a prototype jointed at the 14th but changed to 12th. One reason was the 14th was a tight fit in the case. Not sure what else drove his decision. http://s813.photobucket.com/albums/zz51/olgoat52/boatpaddle%20ukes/?action=view&current=TP2076za-1.jpg


Just curious Rick, what's the thinking behind the 12th fret connection on the tenor?

Vic D
11-19-2011, 05:58 PM
I could tell when you tapped the top that it would sound killer and it does. Love the headstock, it's different.

ukuleleplay
11-19-2011, 06:49 PM
Sounds fantastic. How often is his workshop held?

Allen
11-19-2011, 07:46 PM
You adding a couple of fan braces to the tenor Rick?

guitharsis
11-19-2011, 11:53 PM
Really nice, Rick! Looks good and sounds great.

gyosh
11-20-2011, 03:08 AM
You adding a couple of fan braces to the tenor Rick?

Here's a link to a thread with pictures of the first two days. The second link is for a picture of the bracing on the top.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?54958-Birth-of-a-uke&highlight=Birth

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29182&d=1319349364

Rick Turner
11-20-2011, 05:17 AM
Chuck, a good part of it is the KISS principle for me...Keep It Simple Stupid. The 12 fret neck allowed me to use the same tooling for the neck machining that I use on our current Compass Rose tenor uke necks. Also, when I did briefly consider a 14, it just looked weird to me at the time.

Pete, bracing is practically non-existant. A couple of laterals and a bridge patch. I'm not taking the tops very thin...about .095" - .105"...which in cedar seems to work really well since it's so light weight.

As for the sound...frankly, it's hard to go too far wrong with a cedar top on these. The sopranos sound spanky and bright but not harsh, the tenors have a big mellowness, yet are very articulate. They come out remarkably consistent in tone from student to student. With the simple design, it's not hard to get consistency.

KentSantaBarbara
11-20-2011, 11:07 AM
Hey Rick, when is the next class? And where? It would be cool to do the class in Santa Cruz, or even better in Santa Barbara (Ha!). And a concert option would be good in an 8 shape. The class sounds fun, and a beautiful sounding and looking pineapple. Nice! I don't have any previous wood working experience, but I'm mechanically inclined, and I follow instructions well, would this class work for me? That pineapple came out so nice, I worry that my would look like a 1st graders art project with lolli pop sticks and white glue

Rick Turner
11-20-2011, 12:16 PM
I may do a class here in SC in the Spring. Right now my inclination is to stick with the pineapple for the course in the spirit of keeping it simple...for me as well as the students. Some chatter about my coming to do it closer to Santa Barbara... More on that when it's actually news and not speculation.

jackwhale
11-21-2011, 06:47 AM
Hi Rick: Is the February class in Oakland at the Crucible still on? I was hoping to attend that class.
I'll checkthe Crucible website. Jack

jackwhale
11-21-2011, 06:52 AM
The Crucible has the next class as 'coming in the Spring'. I'll keep watching the website for specific dates.
And I want to build one exactly like the uke on the right in the picture. lol.

Dougf
11-21-2011, 02:09 PM
Thanks everyone for taking a look. I've started laying the groundwork for my next build, which I hope will mostly be from scratch, although I plan to stay fairly close to Rick's design to help make things a bit easier. I've got a piece of Incense Cedar I hope to use for the soundboard, and I may try using MacNab Cypress for the back and sides. The fun has only just begun!

mds725
02-09-2012, 12:28 PM
The Crucible's website (http://thecrucible.org/classes/adult-classes-by-department/woodworking)still lists Rick's ukulele building workshop as "Coming in Spring 2012." I had to cqancle plans to attend the fall 2011 workshop due to a hand injury I got in a bicycle accident. Does anyone know if Rick will actually be leading his ukulele building workshop at the Crucible anytime soon and, if so, when it would be? I'd hate to miss it again. Thanks!

Rick Turner
02-09-2012, 12:38 PM
Yes, I'll be teaching the uke course in the Spring. My next one is mandolins starting in a couple of weekends, and that class is full. I decided to teach ukes and mandos separate because the final assembly and setup is just so different from one to the next. I'll probably also do a class here in my shop in Santa Cruz in the fall.

mds725
02-09-2012, 12:44 PM
Yes, I'll be teaching the uke course in the Spring. My next one is mandolins starting in a couple of weekends, and that class is full. I decided to teach ukes and mandos separate because the final assembly and setup is just so different from one to the next. I'll probably also do a class here in my shop in Santa Cruz in the fall.

Thanks, Rick! I'm looking forward to taking your ukulele workshop!

Rick Turner
02-09-2012, 01:00 PM
Spring dates at the Crucible:

April 21 & 22

a weekend off

May 5 & 6

Soprano and tenor ukes...