View Full Version : FS: Soprano ukulele

henderson is go
08-14-2013, 04:41 PM
Hello, I'm a 17 year old builder and recently started to get into the ukulele. I had built this ukulele as a personal instrument, but after not playing it for a few months, have decided to list it for sale (I also desperately need money to help pay for college as the schools I'm interested in are very far out of my price range). I had started a thread about this uke when I completed it; it can be found here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?81049-Spruce-and-maple-soprano)

The specs are figured maple back, sides, and neck, lutz spruce top and bracing, and indian rosewood fretboard, bridge, binding, and neck laminations. I used hot hide glue and fish glue extensively in the construction of this uke and it features an exceptionally thin, gloss lacquer finish. The ukulele includes a case.

My inspirations for this uke ran from martin to the romantic builders of the 19th century: the sweeping fretboard at the body is such a striking feature of many stauffer guitars, I felt compelled to use it in the construction of my next instrument, which this happened to be. I've also been focusing much of my design effort on a system of simple elegance: using as little embellishment as possible as to allow the beauty of the wood speak for it's self. I believe I've stayed in keeping with that by avoiding inlays and only using B/W/B purfling and simple rosewood binding.

Tone: I'd describe this uke as bright, but not overly bright. It features a good deal of warmth in the lower registers as well and is quite powerful too. I'm not all that good at describing tone, so I can provide a video if requested. The current strings on it are Martin florocarbon.

The price is $400 +shipping, and includes a hard shell tweed case.

Please not that the price has been lowered by $200 after I had thought about it decided it would be best to lower the price to get my work into the hands of players

Please feel free to contact me here on the forum and at my email address, biguitars051@gmail.com

Thank you, Brian Itzkin





henderson is go
08-14-2013, 04:41 PM




08-14-2013, 04:51 PM
Sweet looking ukulele, Brian. Even though you're a new builder, it's a nice build. I have a couple Martins, a Mike Pereira custom and a blinged out Pono soprano for about that price, but yours looks as good--and those builders aren't saving for college (they're professional luthiers)...so you score a couple points on them for that. :-)

Wishing you the best with the sale, and with future possible instrument builds, and with college.

08-15-2013, 01:07 AM
That is a damned fine looking soprano.

08-15-2013, 01:30 AM
the width of the scale is a short tenor scale in a soprano body? very different. Good luck!

Shady Wilbury
08-15-2013, 01:43 AM
I second Phil's comment...it's absolutely beautiful. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if not for international shipping. :)

ukuLily Mars
08-15-2013, 06:51 AM
I remember when you posted this right after you built it! I still think she's lovely. Can't swing a purchase right now but I wish you well for the sale and also for college. You do beautiful work.

Perhaps posting a sound sample or a video would help?

henderson is go
08-15-2013, 05:12 PM
Thank you everyone for your replies. The dimensions are rather similar to a Martin: the nut width is 1 13/32, the width at the 12th fret is 1 13/16, and the string spacing at the bridge is 1 41/64. The scale length is 13.875" as opposed to the martin standard of 13.614"

It's also only made of four types of wood: Indian rosewood, Lutz spruce, Spanish cedar, and American red maple, so it can be shipped internationally should anyone interested be located overseas.

I'd also like to point out that I build guitars and plan to continue to build for as long as I possibly can. This means that this instrument includes a warranty agains defects in materials and workmanship that will stand for the life of the original purchaser, the instrument, or myself.

Frankly I don't know how to play the uke, but here's a mediocre video shot with an iPhone of me attempting to play :D


Hippie Dribble
08-15-2013, 06:11 PM
It's a very pretty and sweet sounding uke Brian. All the best with the sale, I believe someone will receive an excellent, classy instrument. I would be sorely tempted myself had I the available funds.

mm stan
08-15-2013, 07:27 PM
Very nice ukulele man....and good luck with the sale and school.....sounds preety good too...wow :)

08-15-2013, 11:48 PM
Good intonation, an easier song for the sound demo would flatter it even more.

henderson is go
08-16-2013, 01:23 PM
thanks for your replies.

I'll try and make another video should this ukulele not sell soon

henderson is go
08-17-2013, 06:13 PM
I'd like to mention that if a local pickup is arranged (I'm on Long Island NY), I'll gladly knock $60 off the price.

henderson is go
08-19-2013, 02:09 PM
The photos in the OP were taken with an iPhone and don't represent the instrument well. Here are some unedited shots taken with an SLR camera. A new video will come soon... well as soon as I learn a tune to play





henderson is go
08-19-2013, 02:11 PM




henderson is go
08-19-2013, 02:12 PM




henderson is go
08-19-2013, 04:20 PM
I would really like to get this uke into the hands of someone who can appreciate it, so I've decided to lower the price to $550 plus shipping, or if a local pickup is arranged, $500

08-19-2013, 06:17 PM
Lovely uke, Brian. I cannot afford any new instruments right now, but I'm sure whoever is lucky enough to buy this will love it.

henderson is go
08-20-2013, 01:52 PM
After some discussion with a luthier friend and a bit of research into uke pricing, I've decided to lower the price to $500 plus shipping. Also, I will allow a 2 day trial period: from the time you receive this ukulele, you have two days to decide whether or not to keep it. If you for any reason send it back, the selling price (not shipping costs) will be refunded.

Paypal is my preferred payment BTW.

08-20-2013, 03:28 PM
I wish I could swing it just to support a young builder.

henderson is go
08-21-2013, 11:04 AM
I made a new video in which I essentially (try to play) the beginning of ukulele weeps and strum some random chords. Hopefully this demonstrates this uke better.


henderson is go
08-21-2013, 01:21 PM
Is there really no interest in this?

henderson is go
08-21-2013, 02:06 PM
In the interest of getting my name out into the ukulele marketplace, I've decided to lower the price to $400 (plus shipping). I don't feel too good about lowering the price so much, but in the grand scheme of things, I'd much rather have my instruments in the hands of players to offer advice, opinions, and share their feelings towards my work with others.

henderson is go
08-22-2013, 06:09 PM
Bump, here is a photo of how this ukulele started


Jim Hanks
08-22-2013, 07:09 PM
I wish I could swing it just to support a young builder.
:agree: and I'm not even a soprano player. Don't get discouraged henderson. Keep on building and the sales will happen. Thanks for sharing.

henderson is go
08-23-2013, 04:53 AM
Sold, thank you everyone.

08-23-2013, 06:58 AM
Sold, thank you everyone.So glad you sold it! Good luck at college!

Kayak Jim
08-23-2013, 09:15 AM
You got good advice to get your ukes out there to build up a reputation. Looking forward to hearing the report back from the new owner.

08-23-2013, 09:43 AM
congrats! this community is very powerful.