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IslandNic
12-04-2013, 04:31 AM
Hello all, please let me introduce myself: I'm a guitarmaker from Montreal, Canada. A little over a year ago I made an electric 10-string tiple (like a tenor uke, for those unfamiliar). It is to my knowledge, the 2nd in existence (the first was made by Ian Schneller). I never really expected to get an order for another, but lo and behold, e.tiple #2 (and #3 in the world) is a short few weeks away from being completed and out there. I had free reign on both of these projects, and they really brought out something different in me. I found myself testing and pushing the various design elements. They're a ton of fun to build, and play, and they got me thinking that I really would like to build more electric instruments in the ukulele family. I hope to get the opportunity to.

Specs on the current one are:
*3-pc hard ash and Yellow Cedar body
*Hard maple w/ carbon fiber reinforcement neck (I use a 2-way truss rod, 2 CF tubes set deep into the neck and I veneer the underside of the fretboard with laminates of unidirectional CF tape)
*Birdseye maple fretboard w/ gold EVO fretwire
*Celluloid binding
*Gotoh Stealth tuners
*Custom brass nut and quick loading tailpiece
*Archtop-style bridge made from Ebony and Lignum Vitae
*Custom blade singlecoil pickup by Pete Biltoft (it will match the pickguard)

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E.Tiple #1 can be seen here: http://island-instruments.com/e-tiple

Are there any 'lectric slingers out there?

Please enjoy the eye candy and let me know what you guys think. I look forward to hanging out here and learning a bunch of stuff about the Uke family. Don't hesitate if anyone has any questions.

DanielHulbert
12-04-2013, 04:55 AM
Welcome! That's a fine looking instrument. I've made a few electric ukuleles myself. They are a ton of fun.

IslandNic
12-04-2013, 11:57 AM
Thanks Dan! Your stuff is pretty off-the-wall! I dig it.

I'm kind of wondering what the market for boutique electric ukes is like... ie: what (if any) is the demand? I think it would be really cool to make a baritone... maybe even an 8 string bari uke...

PhilUSAFRet
12-05-2013, 03:23 AM
Very nice. How about a concert size "taropatch"...a great mandolin substitute with a uke width neck, maybe 1 1/2", at least 1 3/8th"

IslandNic
12-06-2013, 03:42 AM
Very nice. How about a concert size "taropatch"...a great mandolin substitute with a uke width neck, maybe 1 1/2", at least 1 3/8th"

I had never heard the term taropatch before. You learn something everyday! That would be a really cool project for sure. I love the sound of multiple course instruments.

rudy
12-06-2013, 05:13 AM
Nice 'lil electric!
You might find my "low tuned mando" platform interesting as the basis for an electric. It's built identically to the size of a baritone uke (so I could find a case!).
http://www.bluestemstrings.com/pageMando.html

IslandNic
12-07-2013, 03:39 AM
Nice 'lil electric!
You might find my "low tuned mando" platform interesting as the basis for an electric. It's built identically to the size of a baritone uke (so I could find a case!).
http://www.bluestemstrings.com/pageMando.html
Yup... cases... HASSLE (and expensive)! Luckily, the guys who manufacture TKL are a 5 minute drive from me. They make all my custom fit cases, for a reasonable price and no need to deal with shipping.

If you're in to Mandos, and electrics, check out www.yanuziello.com Joe does the entire mando family. His instruments are immaculate - I consider myself pretty much a 2nd rate cheap knock-off, haha. He's a good friend, HUGE influence, and somewhat of a mentor.

IslandNic
02-11-2014, 04:50 AM
I totally forgot to update the thread. The tiple is complete and I'm beyond pleased with it. 63755
Dig those tiny tuners. 63756
Birdseye fretboard and celluloid binding: 63757
The tailpiece:63758
In the case:63759

Pete Biltoft knocked it out of the park with the pickup on this one.

The full album is up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.690952884289280.1073741839.248713388513234&type=3 and will be added to my website shortly. Enjoy!

ksquine
02-11-2014, 07:50 AM
Nice looking build.