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vlnmaker
08-05-2012, 10:49 AM
My daughter fancies herself a Uke player- so for her 18th I made her this archtop uke. A violin makers take- purfling, ebony trim and fholes.

Enjoy-

David Frederick
www.davidfrederickviolins.com

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Patrick Madsen
08-05-2012, 10:53 AM
I've kind of lost for words David. That is one of the most beautiful ukes I've seen. The love is just radiating from it.

Bob Bledsoe
08-05-2012, 11:12 AM
Wow great work! Can we get a video or sound sample? Very curious as to how it sounds.

Yestyn The Great
08-05-2012, 11:45 AM
What wood is it made of?

vlnmaker
08-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Thanks!

I will try to get her to make a video after she gets it..I just finished it yesterday and have been playing around myself ;)

top is 50yr old spruce - back, side and neck 20yr old maple. the rest is gaboon ebony.

David

Rick Turner
08-05-2012, 03:36 PM
How did you change it to suit pizzicato vs. the usual emphasis on arco for a violin design?

The instruments work very, very differently...

vanflynn
08-05-2012, 04:01 PM
Looks great. Is it a soprano? We'd love a vid to hear you daughter play it.

vlnmaker
08-05-2012, 04:11 PM
Hey Rick,

I have a background in guitar as well. It is basically a mini jazz guitar with some violin aesthetics.

David

vlnmaker
08-05-2012, 04:29 PM
The uke is a soprano scale with a concert box (11") to accommodate the bridge and f-hole placement. It is ported on the upper bout as well.

dofthesea
08-05-2012, 04:31 PM
Love the purple flame. It seems appropriate in an Uke. Makes me want to build a purple flame top.

agilitydog
08-06-2012, 06:26 AM
Now we can discuss how Carleen Hutchins would build a ukulele :) I hope Rick's question get a good answer.

vlnmaker
08-06-2012, 06:32 AM
Now we can discuss how Carleen Hutchins would build a ukulele :) I hope Rick's question get a good answer.

I would rather not discuss Hutchins (not everyone in the violin community buys into her meathods). I believe I answered Rick - this was not approached as a violin build per se.

Here is a video that others requested , Please forgive the playing...

http://youtu.be/7Zs6_Zj0NU0

Peace,

David

EDIT: flipped the video....

pootsie
08-06-2012, 06:42 AM
:drool:
Zowee
:drool:

ChrisRCovington
08-06-2012, 07:41 AM
Looks and sounds great. Very interesting design. Thanks for sharing the photos and video :)

vlnmaker
08-06-2012, 08:24 AM
Thanks Chris, much appreciated!

RyanMFT
08-06-2012, 09:01 AM
Very, very cool David. Thanks for doing the video, it was fun to see and hear it.

I am friends with a violin luthier in the SF Bay Area (John Jordan) who is just building his first few ukuleles. I am excited to see what he comes up with.

It is so cool that you brought other design elements into building the ukulele. I really like when luthiers are creative like this. Nice Job!

herbsandspices
08-06-2012, 12:14 PM
So awesome to see you going out and doing your own thing, and absolutely knocking the ball outta the park! Really nice.

vlnmaker
08-07-2012, 05:26 AM
Thanks for the kind comments.

Here are a couple of ukes that have been hanging around the shop- thought they may be of interest.

This is a gretsch from 1920's-30's

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This is a Jonah Kumalae from around 1911
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Enjoy-

David

ChrisRCovington
08-07-2012, 05:34 AM
Hi David,

Your Kumalae is a style B. I've been working on one trying to fix it up. Great, loud little ukulele. You can see my fumblings with it in this section.

Thanks for sharing!

ksquine
08-07-2012, 07:19 AM
That's very very cool. I love the color

vlnmaker
08-07-2012, 09:10 AM
Sorry if it annoyed anyone else as much as it did me, But I figured out how to flip the video.

Peace-
David

http://youtu.be/7Zs6_Zj0NU0

Bob Bledsoe
08-07-2012, 10:12 AM
Thanks for doing the video. Sounds great! Really nice creative take on a ukulele. Impressive work!

ukuLily Mars
08-08-2012, 02:47 AM
Wow. I am a violinist (haven't played for a few years, unfortunately) and this beauty leaves me speechless. Sounds great, too. This is really special. Thanks for sharing it!

vlnmaker
02-15-2013, 04:56 PM
Hello Everyone!

Coming out of lurk mode - Thought I would share #2...This one is a true Concert ukulele, 15" scale, changed to 16 frets and enlarged the f hole a little.
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Uncle Leroy
02-15-2013, 09:51 PM
Fantastic looking instrument.

Chih-Wei Liu
02-16-2013, 04:06 AM
Beautiful sound and look! I guess some people have to do things the way they get used to.:p

luckyd
02-17-2013, 06:15 PM
Those instruments are beautiful and fantastic sounding. I have and arch top guitar I am finishing up, and wood for an arch top uke. You used inside molds I'm guessing? Thanks for the inspiration. There is a group lurking around here building arch tops, fyi.

vlnmaker
02-17-2013, 08:23 PM
Fantastic looking instrument. Thanks!


Beautiful sound and look! I guess some people have to do things the way they get used to.:p Yes- it is hard to break ties :)


Those instruments are beautiful and fantastic sounding. I have and arch top guitar I am finishing up, and wood for an arch top uke. You used inside molds I'm guessing? Thanks for the inspiration. There is a group lurking around here building arch tops, fyi.

Thanks! Actually, I used an outside mould like those used for acoustic guitars. Great! I would like to see some more archtops for my own inspiration. I hope to work in another uke soon..amongst the violins I have to finish.

luckyd
02-18-2013, 11:49 AM
Thanks!

Yes- it is hard to break ties :)



Thanks! Actually, I used an outside mould like those used for acoustic guitars. Great! I would like to see some more archtops for my own inspiration. I hope to work in another uke soon..amongst the violins I have to finish.
Do you use outside molds for your violins? I was taught the inside mold technique for the arched guitar, and actually liked it a bit better, but will try both when I get all the molds built.

vlnmaker
02-18-2013, 12:13 PM
I have used both and they both have advantages and disadvantages. I generally use an inside mould for violins because there is a need/want for more accuracy when using the rib structure to make the top and back outline to maintain an even overhang around the instrument.

The outside mould is much faster, especially when you are not dealing with corners like that on violins, and the need for that accuracy is not quit there with ukes, guitars, etc. since the top and back are trimmed to the sides and have no overhang.

In violin making, if you have an accurate french style outside mould and accurate templates for your top and back outlines, you are able to speed up the process of making violins as well. But, when using this method you do lose the even overhang around the edge that one would see in the classical Italian/Cremonese style.