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Vic D
12-23-2011, 01:15 PM
Ambrosia maple back and sides, maple neck, ebony binding and neck stripes, spruce top, old tight grained engelmann spruce braces, mahogay heel block, three piece laminated poplar tail block, grover tuners and an inlayed ebony bridge, inlayed headstock and fretboard.

Pretty tight bending in my headstock design but I knew it when I designed it... ebony just needs the proper encouragement when it comes to bending it.

Wish there was an amateur builders forum to post this on...

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Keef
12-23-2011, 01:24 PM
I am loving that big time!! nice job :)

Vic D
12-23-2011, 02:26 PM
I am loving that big time!! nice job :)

Thanks Keef! I want to say that I'm thoroughly enjoying your thread with the mini uke and marionette. Keep on keeping on. :)

Vic D
12-23-2011, 02:34 PM
Interesting to watch how many views this thread is getting compared to the others... kinda seems like I'm invisable. I always wanted to be invisable...

Doug
12-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Just give it more time Vic. More comments will come. How did it go carving that neck? It looks great. I've got some maple I want to carve some necks out of 3 or 4 ukes from now. When I've tried to work with it in the past it was so hard I had a difficult time sanding it. I guess they call it hard maple for a reason, huh.

kaizersoza
12-23-2011, 02:44 PM
the artwork on your uke project is fantastic what type of paint do you use? I am starting my homemade banjo project soon, I've got most of the parts, but to build my own uke at the moment would be beyond me or the tools i possess, i will be following your thread Vic, like the idea of an amateur builders forum as well

Vic D
12-23-2011, 02:58 PM
the artwork on your uke project is fantastic what type of paint do you use? I am starting my homemade banjo project soon, I've got most of the parts, but to build my own uke at the moment would be beyond me or the tools i possess, i will be following your thread Vic, like the idea of an amateur builders forum as well

Thank you SO MUCH! You don't know how much your comment means to me. I intend to do inlay in a painterly fashion leaning to realism and eventually surrealism. I can't afford a class or even the videos and books on the subject so I think I'm building my own techniques and that's probably a good thing. The stuff in the inlay is just various woods and shell. When I built my first uke I had very few tools of the trade. I started with a drill, black and decker hand held belt sander, homemade jigs and one of those Safe-T-Planers that didn't seem safe to me at all lol.

Michael Smith
12-23-2011, 03:13 PM
Vic,

You really hit that inlay out of the park!!! I love it.

Vic D
12-23-2011, 03:32 PM
Just give it more time Vic. More comments will come. How did it go carving that neck? It looks great. I've got some maple I want to carve some necks out of 3 or 4 ukes from now. When I've tried to work with it in the past it was so hard I had a difficult time sanding it. I guess they call it hard maple for a reason, huh.

How did it go carving the neck? hahaha it was a pain in the ass. But I'm not going to talk about it. The next time will bet better. That being said, this neck is my dream neck. It's a bit wider than the standard soprano neck, a bit slimmer, and it's got the eliptical c shape that I love. All in all the neck was fun as it always is. I do love to carve necks and I spend a great deal of time on them. Maple is nice carving.... it's very pleasant to work with and it's THE tone wood for some applications in my opinion.

That is to say.. hard to work with doesn't = bad... working with maple is a pleasing experience.
Hard to shape is my favorite attribute.

Ken W
12-23-2011, 03:50 PM
Hey Vic...nice work here! It is nice to see how your builds are evolving and this piece really shows your artistic eye. I think that the challenge with the inlay is that it requires both technical skill and an artistic vision. You are demonstrating both here, my friend. Keep up the good work.

fahrner
12-23-2011, 03:58 PM
Exceptional work on the headstock Vic. The bird and flowers look great.

Vic D
12-23-2011, 04:05 PM
Vic,

You really hit that inlay out of the park!!! I love it.

Thanks so much! I will do more.

Vic D
12-23-2011, 04:09 PM
Exceptional work on the headstock Vic. The bird and flowers look great.

Thanks so much Fred. There will be many more and birds will be a main theme of mine.. birds and frogs lol... it's a wonderful world.

Dan Uke
12-23-2011, 04:11 PM
Beautiful!!

Vic D
12-23-2011, 04:23 PM
Hey Vic...nice work here! It is nice to see how your builds are evolving and this piece really shows your artistic eye. I think that the challenge with the inlay is that it requires both technical skill and an artistic vision. You are demonstrating both here, my friend. Keep up the good work.

Thanks so much, Ken! It does require some technical savy along with an artistic eye... fortunately I've got enough artistic eye to make up for my lack of technical savy lol. I'm gonna make some bone saddles and nuts for you soon...

Vic D
12-23-2011, 04:29 PM
Beautiful!!

Thank you!

Philstix
12-23-2011, 04:36 PM
Awesome work on the inlay Vic. Looks like a uke that is worthy of it too. Lets have a sound sample.

DeVineGuitars
12-23-2011, 05:47 PM
Very nice Vic! Keep up the great work!

tonewood
12-23-2011, 07:55 PM
Really nice work Vic. Love that spalted maple. Nice job on the inlay. Thanks for posting.

UkeforJC
12-23-2011, 08:05 PM
Hey Vic,
I think the neck is so nicely done. I have always like the way you made the laminate necks.
I will try to do that myself sometime.

And the ebony binding on the headstock is very nice. Not to mention the inlay art...that is crazy cool.
Please keep posting pictures of your works. I am sure that many people enjoyed looking at them.

Merry Christmas..

Steve vanPelt
12-23-2011, 08:26 PM
Wow. Great job all the way around. The eye, the savvy, the binding on the headstock....fnwow.

UncleElvis
12-24-2011, 03:41 AM
Interesting to watch how many views this thread is getting compared to the others... kinda seems like I'm invisable. I always wanted to be invisable... It could be that we're all speechless! Gorgeous work, amigo.

erich@muttcrew.net
12-24-2011, 04:18 AM
Hey Vic, I like that spalted maple and the inlay is really sweet. Nice neck too...

I'm curious to know what string spacing (and total width) you have at the nut? Personally I like a little more real estate on the fretboard than you normally have on a soprano, so I might pick up on your idea with the slightly wider neck. Though I do wonder about customer acceptance.

Anyway, great work - I can't wait to see the horse - hint, hint... :)

elisdad
12-24-2011, 04:43 AM
Hi Vic D,

I am not a luthier of any sort, but that is a sweet looking uke you have there!

Stevelele
12-24-2011, 04:54 AM
Are you kidding me? That looks amazing! Let's hear a sound sample!

funaddict
12-24-2011, 05:19 AM
Looking good Vic! Keep 'em coming!

I don't get the wish for an amateurs forum. Seems like it would be the blind leading the blind. I appreciate the time that the pro's and experts take to share their knowledge with us. Or did you mean that you'd like an amateur's galleryto show off our stuff?
Alan

RuckMonkey
12-24-2011, 06:53 AM
Very cool. The headstock doesn't do much for me, but that is just a personal preference thing. The body and the work on the neck on the other hand... ooh la la. I keep seeing tidbits of your work floating around and I really like it. Wish there was more around. *hint hint* :)

Vic D
12-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Wow. Great job all the way around. The eye, the savvy, the binding on the headstock....fnwow.

:) You know... some of that inlay material came from you, Steve. Thanks for the encouragement and Happy holidays friend.

Vic D
12-25-2011, 01:47 PM
Hey Vic,
I think the neck is so nicely done. I have always like the way you made the laminate necks.
I will try to do that myself sometime.

And the ebony binding on the headstock is very nice. Not to mention the inlay art...that is crazy cool.
Please keep posting pictures of your works. I am sure that many people enjoyed looking at them.

Merry Christmas..

Thank you! You know, it's not just the stability of the striped neck that makes me do them... I think they're just sexy lol. Merry Christmas!

Vic D
12-25-2011, 01:48 PM
Very nice Vic! Keep up the great work!

Thank you! I will, and you do the same!

Vic D
12-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Really nice work Vic. Love that spalted maple. Nice job on the inlay. Thanks for posting.

I only wish it could have been better bookmatched. The stuff was so beautiful but it ran everywhere you know? I've been keeping an eye out and this type of spalted ambrosia just doesn't come around very often. It's still beautiful stuff. If I had a 100 dollar blade and a heftier bandsaw it might have made a little difference but not much. Thanks for the complement!

Vic D
12-25-2011, 02:03 PM
It could be that we're all speechless! Gorgeous work, amigo.

:) We're so sorry... Uncle Elvis... but we haven't done a bloody thing all day! lol I dunno, I'm buzzed. Thanks friend! Coming from a ukulele aficionado such as yourself that means a great deal! Keep on plucking! :)

Vic D
12-25-2011, 02:09 PM
Hi Vic D,

I am not a luthier of any sort, but that is a sweet looking uke you have there!

Oh it's not mine, never was. This belongs to a very dear person who has been very tolerant so far of my meandering, whacky, snails paced proceedings. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!

Vic D
12-25-2011, 02:12 PM
Are you kidding me? That looks amazing! Let's hear a sound sample!

I'm thinking I might have to do at least a video with this one before I let it go... seems I stopped short the last time I did the monster mash... which I think is fitting for the season... I've been working on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy though... hmmm ;) will do. Thanks, and happy hollidays!

Vic D
12-25-2011, 02:33 PM
Hey Vic, I like that spalted maple and the inlay is really sweet. Nice neck too...

I'm curious to know what string spacing (and total width) you have at the nut? Personally I like a little more real estate on the fretboard than you normally have on a soprano, so I might pick up on your idea with the slightly wider neck. Though I do wonder about customer acceptance.

Anyway, great work - I can't wait to see the horse - hint, hint... :)

The width of the nut is about 1.45". Evidently this is in line with the flea/fluke ukes and some consider it to be a bit wide but I think it's right on. I eyeball a little less than an 8th of an inch on either side, a hair more on the A string due to the tendancy to bend and vibrato there. Then I divide the rest between the 2nd and 3rd string but give just a hair on either side of the C due to its size. I'm going to make a jig that sets it up perfect because eyeballing it doesn't always go so well lol. I've had no complaints from anyone but I do often see complaints of soprano necks not being wide enough. I think this setup offers better playability. The shape of my necks is pretty much in line with the Ibanez Wizard II and the older Kramer thin elliptical C shaped necks... Although my last one was a bit on the thick side (maybe because it was spanish cedar and I feel better with them being a bit thicker) , still nicely shaped though, this one is dead on what I like in a neck and I'm saving the profile.

The horse is coming my friend... I was walking home in the cold rain the other day, and I saw in the street a shiny thing. Being very attracted to shiny things I bent over and snatched it up, put it in my pocket. When I got home and examined said shiny thing I noticed it had the markings of 14K, Italy... whatever that means. I thought to myself, "Self... said shiny thing, though ran over and kinda beat up... has enough good parts in it to make a pretty pole for a carousel horse!"... and I agree ;)

WhenDogsSing
12-26-2011, 03:37 AM
I love this ukulele Vic. Your inlay work is exquisite...Absolutely beautiful...!!! If I can buy it, let me know...!!!

Flyfish57
12-26-2011, 07:27 AM
Wonderful work Vic! Keep on posting here since this is the "ukulele building – Luthier’s lounge". :)

ADD
12-26-2011, 07:41 PM
Such a sweet uke. Definitely a sound sample needed so we can all hear this beauty sing.

bbycrts
12-27-2011, 06:10 AM
Vic:

Regarding the headstock inlay: Chuck Moore better watch his back! That is some gorgeous work!

The neck sounds perfect to me! I asked Brad Donaldson to build my super soprano with a 1.5 inch nut - makes a world of difference for comfort and ease of playing.

Overall - that uke is a stunner!