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MGM
01-04-2012, 07:04 PM
I hear rumblings of a truly hand carved arch top ukulele made by one of the big k Hawaiian uke companies is in the works. Other than those made by Collings...I have not heard any I really like so this will be a interesting instrument to hear...l.l

mm stan
01-04-2012, 09:41 PM
Hmm sounds like something Kanilea might do....am I right Mike...he he

foxfair
01-05-2012, 04:14 AM
Something to demo in NAMM?

wickedwahine11
01-05-2012, 05:45 AM
Hmm sounds like something Kanilea might do....am I right Mike...he he

That's what I was thinking too. I put my money on Kanile'a.

RichM
01-05-2012, 06:35 AM
The Collings archtops are stunning... but for the price, I need to be able to either drive it or sleep in it. :)

Bradford
01-05-2012, 08:41 AM
That is good news Mike. I look forward to seeing it and hearing what you think. I've been building and selling arch top ukes for almost two years now and think they have a lot of potential.

Brad

Paul December
01-05-2012, 09:03 AM
That is good news Mike. I look forward to seeing it and hearing what you think. I've been building and selling arch top ukes for almost two years now and think they have a lot of potential.

Brad

:confused: Have you posted pics of your ukes? I'd love to see them.

Gmoney
01-05-2012, 09:24 AM
:confused: Have you posted pics of your ukes? I'd love to see them.

Just all over UU! Here's Bradford's website gallery:

http://donaldsonukuleles.com/gallery/

Bradford
01-05-2012, 10:04 AM
Thanks Gmoney, not to hijack the thread, but for those not familiar with what an arch top uke looks like, here is one I shipped to Germany. Note the floating bridge with the tailpiece. Top and back are carved and graduated like a violin.

Brad

PhilUSAFRet
01-05-2012, 11:50 AM
Oh oh, I shouldn't have looked at that jazz archtop! Can you do it in 6 string?

Bradford
01-05-2012, 01:37 PM
If you are talking about pairing two sets of strings, yes, I can do it. I would not recommend six discrete strings, the body cavity is too small to support the lower notes.

Brad

WhenDogsSing
01-05-2012, 02:14 PM
Thanks Gmoney, not to hijack the thread, but for those not familiar with what an arch top uke looks like, here is one I shipped to Germany. Note the floating bridge with the tailpiece. Top and back are carved and graduated like a violin.

Brad

Absolutely stunningly beautiful...Wowie...!!!

Hiddencross
01-05-2012, 03:31 PM
Thanks Gmoney, not to hijack the thread, but for those not familiar with what an arch top uke looks like, here is one I shipped to Germany. Note the floating bridge with the tailpiece. Top and back are carved and graduated like a violin.

Brad

Beautiful work.

garyg
01-06-2012, 02:53 AM
Don't know about archtops but the arched back of the Anuenue 1879 gives a wonderful rich sound.

Dan Uke
01-06-2012, 03:48 AM
Thanks Gmoney, not to hijack the thread, but for those not familiar with what an arch top uke looks like, here is one I shipped to Germany. Note the floating bridge with the tailpiece. Top and back are carved and graduated like a violin.

Brad

WOW!!! The K Brand will have some competition!!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-06-2012, 06:44 AM
Thanks Gmoney, not to hijack the thread, but for those not familiar with what an arch top uke looks like, here is one I shipped to Germany. Note the floating bridge with the tailpiece. Top and back are carved and graduated like a violin.

Brad

Nice finishing on that Brad. The black is stunning! What did you use?

Bradford
01-06-2012, 09:36 AM
Thanks Chuck, I used TransTint stain in alcohol and it was hand applied. Maple is a joy to stain by hand and spruce can be a nightmare. The secret to controlling the stain with spruce is to wipe on a coat of shellac, let it dry and sand it back to bare wood. The shellac gets in the pores of the spruce and keeps the stain from going everywhere and looking blotchy, especially in the recurve area. The finish is nitro lacquer over the stain.

Brad

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-06-2012, 12:45 PM
Well it's just a stellar look! I've never done any hand staining before. With the sunbursts I've done I've always added a colorant to the lacquer and shot it on before building my base coats. Excellent work.