View Full Version : New, All-Spanish Cedar, Dias Model Soprano Uke

David Newton
09-18-2012, 07:47 AM
Gone, thanks!
One-piece top & back, all-Spanish Cedar soprano uke, all hide glue construction. French polish shellac finish. Grover Deluxe Stat-tite tuners with Aquila Nyl-gut strings. The tone is loud and clear. Easy playing set-up & action, intonation right on.

09-18-2012, 08:31 AM
What a beautiful Uke! Very elegant. I do have a question. It looks like you purposely put a gap between the fret board and top plate. Am I seeing tha right? If so, what is the purpose?

David Newton
09-18-2012, 09:03 AM
Hi icuker.
There isn't a "purpose". The fretboard is beveled back a bit there, and when the neck was fitted, the gap remained. These ukes are primitive-style, hand made, cut with a chisel, rasp & knife.

09-18-2012, 10:48 AM
Beautiful soprano, David. I dig the "primitive-style."

What's the width at the nut? It looks wide to me, but maybe it's the angle of the shot.


Farmer Rob
09-18-2012, 11:16 AM
David just made me a mahogany soprano- lightweight, and sounds like a champ!!
$$$ for a handmade custom is excellent value to cost ratio-
you wont be sorry

David Newton
09-18-2012, 12:10 PM
Sold, thanks.

09-18-2012, 01:41 PM
Is there a difference in sound between the Mahogany and Spanish Cedar?

David Newton
09-18-2012, 02:09 PM
They are identical but for the woods.
The bridge on the Mahogany is Brazilian RW. & the nut is Ebony.

The tone is very similar, I can barely detect any difference.
I made the SC slightly thicker on top to compensate for a slightly softer wood.

09-18-2012, 03:50 PM

I was going to PM you, but then I figured other people might be interested as well:

Have you made any sopraninos?



David Newton
09-18-2012, 04:57 PM
Hi Connor
I have one cut up right now, though with all else on my plate, it may be a while.
It will be regular soprano scale, and not too-too tiny.
Thanks for asking.

09-19-2012, 06:56 AM
Someone mentioned in a previous thread that their Newton soprano had a 14" (or thereabouts) scale length. Is that true of these two sopranos?

David Newton
09-19-2012, 08:01 AM
That mention was incorrect, my soprano scale is 13-7/8" as these are.

09-19-2012, 08:08 AM
Ah- thanks for clearing that up. Lovely ukes, by the way!

09-19-2012, 08:16 AM
No, the gap would not put me off. Thanks for the response. I love the way you get such good work out of hand tools. Very excellent craftmanship.

09-19-2012, 08:25 AM
What is the fretboard made of?

David Newton
09-19-2012, 09:03 AM
On the Spanish Cedar uke, the fretboard is the neck, and the neck is Spanish Cedar.
On the all-Mahogany uke, the fretboard is a hard wood that I've forgotten the name of, "Bicuba" maybe.