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jcarlos
07-02-2014, 09:56 AM
Hey foks,this is geared more towards the luthier's here at UU, I am interested in a ukulele that looks like the Bacon Artist mandolins of the 1920's. Eastman currently makes one, but I want one with a ukulele neck, preferably an 8 string neck but I can live with a 4 string, since it will be used for melody more than rhythm. Here is what they look like.

http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/90N/DGM2_front.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m278/durbien/Eastman%20DGM-2%20Bacon/newtpside.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m278/durbien/Eastman%20DGM-2%20Bacon/dgm2_full_side_025.jpg

How much would it cost to make one like this in a 4 string or 8 string tenor size, or maybe even a 4 string concert. Can you please give me a quote for each one individually. Thanks.

lauburu
07-02-2014, 10:27 AM
There are many fine luthiers in this group, any one of whom could make this instrument. However, IMO, few would be likely to give a firm quote and enter into a Dutch auction scenario.
Perhaps a better way to proceed would be to have a look through the many instruments posted here, choose a maker whose work you like and ask them via PM if they'd be prepared to quote.
Miguel

jcarlos
07-02-2014, 01:44 PM
I already emailed my local luthiers, I also wanted to open up the opportunity to luthiers who frequent UU, I'm fine with a quote in my inbox, I don't necessarily need a firm quote in this thread, we don't have to do a Dutch auction (I dont even know what that is lol), the idea I had for asking was more of an open call to see who is available to create a unique instrument,

RichM
07-02-2014, 02:05 PM
I think this is the best Bacon Artist I've found so far:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VUO7dgM74Lc/UWiOqlJd7XI/AAAAAAAABYg/DumwuV1Wv5c/s1600/bacon_study.jpg

Hammond
07-02-2014, 03:59 PM
LOL. Look delicious:o

I think this is the best Bacon Artist I've found so far:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VUO7dgM74Lc/UWiOqlJd7XI/AAAAAAAABYg/DumwuV1Wv5c/s1600/bacon_study.jpg

anthonyg
07-02-2014, 09:05 PM
My local luthier is a Resonator Guitar and Mandolin specialist who makes some ukulele's on the side. I have one of his ukulele's and its very nice.

Now. Mandolins with steel strings have HUGE amounts of tension in them and its quite a specialty item to make. I was charged $700 for the ukulele. He charges $4000 for a Mandolin. I think that you need to be really clear about what you want and talk directly to the luthiers.

Anthony

stevepetergal
07-03-2014, 07:00 AM
Check out Dave Talsma's site. He does custom shaped ukuleles like no one else. I can tell you that not only does he build them just the way you want them without gouging you, his ukuleles are musical instruments of the very highest quality in every way.

jcarlos
07-04-2014, 07:15 AM
Check out Dave Talsma's site. He does custom shaped ukuleles like no one else. I can tell you that not only does he build them just the way you want them without gouging you, his ukuleles are musical instruments of the very highest quality in every way.

Thanks, I sent him an email

Matt Clara
07-05-2014, 11:25 AM
Thanks, I sent him an email

I met him once at Elderly Instrument in Lansing, MI. He's a real nice guy--very easy to talk to.

PhilUSAFRet
07-05-2014, 01:08 PM
Perhaps with some custom touches, Boatpaddle can get you in the ballpark. They are already about halfway there. I believe they do both mandolin and ukulele width necks:

http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/listen.php

thistle3585
07-07-2014, 04:36 AM
Do you want the top and back carved like a mandolin top?

jcarlos
07-08-2014, 09:10 AM
Perhaps with some custom touches, Boatpaddle can get you in the ballpark. They are already about halfway there. I believe they do both mandolin and ukulele width necks:

http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/listen.php
Thanks, Ill try them again, I sent them a question about a resonator uke in the past, but they never responded, maybe it just slipped through the cracks cause i hear a lot of good things about them.

jcarlos
07-08-2014, 09:13 AM
Do you want the top and back carved like a mandolin top?

Hey Andrew, yes I would like to have the archtop and back.

Timbuck
07-08-2014, 10:11 AM
Hey Andrew, yes I would like to have the archtop and back.

If you add 4 steel strings as well it's a 4 string Mandolin you're really after tuned like a uke :;) like this one.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/mando_zps53e73e1e.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/mando_zps53e73e1e.jpg.html)

thistle3585
07-08-2014, 11:11 AM
Its a pretty complex build as a carved arch top. I'd say buy ab Eastman and have a new neck built and installed but I'm not sure that the nylon strings could drive the top of one designed for steel strings. You're surely looking at a $2500-$3500 instrument.

Patrick Madsen
07-08-2014, 12:48 PM
If you're looking for a carved arch top uke, check out jazzboxukes.com. Mine should be done by Dec..

jcarlos
07-08-2014, 02:09 PM
If you add 4 steel strings as well it's a 4 string Mandolin you're really after tuned like a uke :;) like this one.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/mando_zps53e73e1e.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/mando_zps53e73e1e.jpg.html)

I actually have 2 mandolins setup with nylon strings tuned to GCEA, and a jazz uke that resembles a mandolin in its build they have a nice different tone from a standard uke. The only issue I have with the mandolins is the string spacing and the smaller space on the higher frets. Even for lead style playing its just a wee bit too small sometimes. I simply prefer the string spacing of ukes. If the standard nut size for a mandolin wasn't so thin I would already have as many mandolins as I do ukes lol.


Its a pretty complex build as a carved arch top. I'd say buy ab Eastman and have a new neck built and installed but I'm not sure that the nylon strings could drive the top of one designed for steel strings. You're surely looking at a $2500-$3500 instrument.

Yes I know it would be a challenging build. I thought about buying the Eastman as is and just dealing with the small frets and spacing, but for the same price it seems that I can get a custom one made with a more comfortable neck. And nylon strings work on mandolins, its not nearly as loud as steel strings, but it does produce a unique tone that I would like to use in my recordings. It works for my play style.

Michael N.
07-08-2014, 08:45 PM
Its a pretty complex build as a carved arch top. I'd say buy ab Eastman and have a new neck built and installed but I'm not sure that the nylon strings could drive the top of one designed for steel strings. You're surely looking at a $2500-$3500 instrument.

. . . and don't be surprised if the quotes are higher that those figures.