View Full Version : My Second Ukulele Build

08-04-2012, 11:26 AM
Greetings All,

I have been building classical guitars for a while now and decided to try my hand at ukuleles. This is my 2nd uke and is quite a bit different from my first which was a very traditional design made with traditional woods (all solid Koa).

During the first build it occurred to me that this particular design was severely overbuilt and several modifications could be implemented to get a more lively and soulful tone. I used knowledge I gained from years of building concert classical guitars and adapted them to the 2nd ukulele with wonderful results.

The second uke has an amazing sound! It is very loud, but has a lot of depth and character. The tone is somewhat mellower than a "traditional" uke because of the cedar soundboard and it projects extremely well. It is very even note-to-note and from string-to-string and the tone stays strong going up the fingerboard. Lindsay Petsch from Maple Street Guitars said it is one of the best Ukes he has ever heard.

I have a 30 month wait list for my guitars, but do not have a build schedule yet for the Ukes. I am in the process of making my website with additional information about the instruments. A custom instrument can be as simple or as detailed as desired and can be constructed from many different types of wood.

Please contact me for further information
Kris Barnett

Here are some pics of #2:

08-04-2012, 11:32 AM
more pics:

Sorry, the uke is a little dusty:o

Also, I added an ebony cap that covers the tailpiece bolt.

08-04-2012, 12:20 PM
now that uke looks so classy. cool job

08-04-2012, 01:38 PM
Lovely :) would you mind sharing a video? Would be keen to hear what it sounds like.

08-04-2012, 08:35 PM
Kris is one of the most innovative luthiers I know. I'm surprised with his guitar schedule that he's branching out like this. I'm sure he will bring some fresh perspectives to ukulele design, and our community will be fortunate for his participation.

I do owe him one, as he gave me some pointers with glue for laminating backs, and his armrests and tailpieces (as shown) have inspired some of our new designs.

I'd recommend jumping on this train before it leaves the station for a 30 month trip!