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RPA_Ukuleles
05-09-2014, 09:14 AM
So if any of you remember the MTv show Pimp My Ride, this is...

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac331/rpashop/6_zpsca570068.jpg

After reading the threads on the Schoenhut, I decided to get one and see for myself what could be done with one. Out of the box it wasn't all that bad for $30, definitely had potential! I decided a new top, fretboard and bridge, and re-carve the neck would be good. Now I can't say that it was simple to rework it, (and I'm in the middle of 5 other ukes right now) but it really did turn out quite a nice little ukulele. It's kind of chimey and music box like. maybe for the next one I'll aim for a more mellow tone. But for the investment, this little rascal is very nice indeed.

The top is a beautiful old piece of mahogany with a koa rosette, and the fretboard and bridge are ebony. I also re-carved the neck for a much slimmer less chunky profile, and I did use the tuners that came with (with mods they function very well). This is a very fun project but you gotta know what you're doing to make it come out right. The neck was a challenge to re-fit for the thinner soudboard, and glueing the top to the plastic is tricky. I have a set of Martin M600s on it for starters.

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac331/rpashop/2_zps3fb9232e.jpg

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac331/rpashop/3_zpsfefa2046.jpg

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac331/rpashop/4_zps9891e07c.jpg

It's currently running on a borrowed nut and saddle, hope to make new ones this weekend. All in all, I can recommend to those who like the idea of Pimping a bargain, just don't kid yourself that it will be a piece of cake!

Will try to get a video/sound sample up by early next week.

Ramart
05-09-2014, 09:17 AM
She's a beauty. Really nice job.

Ukejenny
05-09-2014, 12:43 PM
Looking forward to the sound sample. It looks great.

bnolsen
05-09-2014, 12:49 PM
Nice looking! Did you do the freboard yourself or did you get a prefretted one?

BigMamaJ40
05-09-2014, 04:09 PM
That mahogany is absolutely beautiful! But don't you miss the parrot?:D

bonesigh
05-10-2014, 05:41 AM
I like the idea of this and think your work turned out very nice. Can't wait to hear a sample (:

Dan Uke
05-10-2014, 05:52 AM
haha...ultimately you have a new uke. If Schoenhut sold it like this, we would probay all praise it like the Fleas

jcarlos
05-10-2014, 10:37 AM
That is is flippin awesome!