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Lugnut
01-11-2009, 06:10 AM
How Challenging would it be to build a Banjo Uke from one of thoose Mexican Mini Guitar Necks, a Snare (or what the drum thats used to build Banjo Ukulele's), Hefty Amount of Wood glue, and a Ukulele Nut and Bridge? (Strings also of Course) What would material would you use to fit the Neck on Drum, if it doesn't fit correctly? And would it even be worth it if you could?

Pete Howlett
01-11-2009, 08:31 AM
Dave of Clintonville has done it - perhaps he will pick this thread up?

hoosierhiver
01-11-2009, 09:19 AM
Check out Sirant on Ukulele123.com ,he built one and made some videos.

dave g
01-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Dave of Clintonville has done it - perhaps he will pick this thread up?

Have a look at the photographs here: http://www.wsukes.com/73/u73.html (and many others linked from here: http://www.wsukes.com/forsale.html (scroll down)) to see how I'm doing it. In my opinion it's important for the neck to extend all the way to the end (the dowel) for strength. There is no glue at the neck/body joint - it's just held tight with wedges.

Lugnut
01-11-2009, 11:25 AM
Yeah seems challanging because the bottom of the neck would most likely fit a Circle of a different circumference then the snare.

Too bad all the banjo ukes I've seen are either really expensive or in really bad condition. (or both) :(

ukudele
01-11-2009, 03:52 PM
hit up ebay, you can score cheap project banjolele's. Look for the crappy ones that no one wants, and get crazy with it. I was able to buy a project for under 50 bones.

hoosierhiver
01-12-2009, 03:01 PM
I'm actively trying to solve that problem.