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Gary Gill
07-11-2013, 03:58 AM
I am offering for sale a ukulele I made myself. This uke is labeled number 1. First unit made from the molds and jigs I built for this shape. The plan is to build more of this style.
Sound sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAtapR3Dh2M&feature=youtu.be
Size: Tenor
Style: Pear shape

Construction: Sides and back are mahogany, Sound board is Douglas fir, and the neck is mahogany with a maple lamination for strength. Bridge is a string through type made from walnut. Walnut fret board is 1-3/8” wide at nut, there are 18 frets. The nut and saddle are made from Corian. Fret board has been treated with mineral oil. Body and neck are finished with satin lacquer.

Grover tuning machines and Aqulia Nylgut strings (high g)
Dimensions: Body is max 3” deep 9” wide at bout. 26-3/4” overall length

The mahogany is recycled from a gymnasium bleacher seat. There are small holes and signs of insect activity. I have made no effort to fill or disguise these unique attributes. Mostly visible on the back and sides.

Price is $440.00 including shipping and insurance via UPS Ground anywhere in the continental United States. I will accept PayPal or USPS money order.
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Gary Gill
07-11-2013, 04:00 AM
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sonomajazz
07-11-2013, 04:31 AM
Wow, Gary, that's a beautiful instrument!
How did you decide on the shape, and using doug fir for the top?

Best of luck with your sale.

Gary Gill
07-11-2013, 04:39 AM
I have built a couple of pineapples and wanted to build something different. The pear is something like a 'Vita" uke but not exactly. I got the material from "Unk" (DS Gill ) and he got the Douglas fir from a local veneer mill. They gave him the boards that are about 5/8" thick after they have sliced the veneer. They are referred to as backing boards. I learned most of my uke building skills from Unk and am now building my ukes in my garage. Like a lot of instrument builders, I have many years experience building cabinets and furniture. I do use Unk's shop for thickness sanding the material I have milled at home. Thanks for looking.

perep
07-11-2013, 07:28 AM
Great looking Tenor nice job

Gary Gill
07-11-2013, 07:33 AM
Great looking Tenor nice job
Thanks for the kind words.

PhilUSAFRet
07-11-2013, 09:46 AM
Nice uke, nice "big" sound.

Jim Hanks
07-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Very nice. You've learned well from Unk. Dare I say the sound of this one is better than the Unk samples? It has a more "refined" tone I think. Not sure that's even the word I'm searching for but seems "smoother" than say the aromatic cedar or primavera vids.

Gary Gill
07-11-2013, 11:41 PM
Very nice. You've learned well from Unk. Dare I say the sound of this one is better than the Unk samples? It has a more "refined" tone I think. Not sure that's even the word I'm searching for but seems "smoother" than say the aromatic cedar or primavera vids.
Thank you.

UkeKiddinMe
07-12-2013, 02:28 AM
Really beautiful.

sonomajazz
07-12-2013, 05:30 AM
I have built a couple of pineapples and wanted to build something different. The pear is something like a 'Vita" uke but not exactly. I got the material from "Unk" (DS Gill ) and he got the Douglas fir from a local veneer mill. They gave him the boards that are about 5/8" thick after they have sliced the veneer. They are referred to as backing boards. I learned most of my uke building skills from Unk and am now building my ukes in my garage. Like a lot of instrument builders, I have many years experience building cabinets and furniture. I do use Unk's shop for thickness sanding the material I have milled at home. Thanks for looking.

Hi Gary,
Can you tell me more about "unk"?

thistle3585
07-12-2013, 05:53 AM
Hi Gary,
Can you tell me more about "unk"?

There are a series of interviews with David at http://www.indiana.edu/~tradarts/craftingsound/index.html Go to the Instrument Builder Menu then page to the right and look for David Gill Ukulele.

Gary Gill
07-12-2013, 06:28 AM
Hi Gary,
Can you tell me more about "unk"?
Here is a review from Ukeeku.com http://ukeeku.com/category/brands/d-s-gill/
Here is a facebook page I maintain for Unk. https://www.facebook.com/DSGillUkuleles

Gary Gill
07-13-2013, 12:33 PM
This ukulele has a new home. Thanks for looking.