View Full Version : New soundhole drilling

06-17-2012, 10:48 AM
Hi there,
I'm new to UU but am very interested in eventually building my own uke but i have no power tools etc so i think i'd have to start with a kit first.

Anyway, i work at a school at the moment in the woodwork bit along with science, i have a ukulele which i got for about 20 quid, but it is my only one so i dont want to ruin it, but i was wondering what your opinion on a side soundhole would be. I saw some ukes with them and had a little play and really liked it so i was wondering if i could drill a hole into the side of mine.

Would it ruin the Sound, would it break the uke to pieces? As you all have more experience then me i thought i'd ask your opinions.

Thanks alot

Michael Smith
06-17-2012, 01:01 PM
I glue a cross veneer where the sound hole is. I wouldn't put in a sound port without. So no I wouldn't do it.

06-17-2012, 05:35 PM
I agree with the above. Plus, do a web search for an article by Al Carruth on sound ports. He provides a lot of information, plus some scientific data on his experiment with soundports. Al has a nice discussion of soundports in relation to soundholes in the face of the instrument. Good luck!