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  1. 70sSanO

    My David Crosby Blind Squirrel Method of Frequency Tuning

    A little backstory... About 5 years or so ago, I picked up a Fred Shields solid wood 3 string soprano ukulele. Not to argue about the legitimacy of a ukulele with only 3 stings, I found it to be the ultimate instrument for those motivationally challenged moments. I play instrumentals and with...
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    Shaving Braces - Warning, Don't Try This At Home

    Hard to get a photo, but this shows a bit of the radius on the top brace. John
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    Shaving Braces - Warning, Don't Try This At Home

    Let me preface this by saying that over my whole life I have been a tinkerer. And even with 30 years in aerospace, I did Govt contracs not engineering, so my tinkering has been of my own accord. I'm also not stupid where I would take a dremel to a high end instrument to make a side port. A...
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    Arm sleeve

    A long time ago I looked into getting a padded sleeve because of Summer perspiration and sharp ukulele edges. Instead. I went with an arm rest. This was a piece together. I got the bracket from Cumberland Acoustic and had the koa arm rest made and attached. There are others out there that...
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    Show Off Your Hawaiian Made Ukes

    I have a couple of ukuleles made in Hawaii by Keith Ogata. I believe that Keith started making ukuleles in the late 1990's/early 2000's under the brand ASD. They are both 18" scale. I bought the darker one, his model Kinohi, in 2007. It only has a side port, which was rare back then. Keith...
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    Kala Uke Crazy Alligator Hard Tenor Case

    Keith Ogata Tenor... 6-15/16" upper bout, 9-7/16" lower bout. Fits snug, could probably "squeeze" another 3/8" more (7.3" as noted above) but it would be pretty tight. John
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    Klos ukulele anyone? Feedback?

    So... the bridge slots on my KLOS are all the same length from the end of the bridge, not from the saddle. This reduces the break angle of the 2nd and 3rd strings. I can't tell if this was by design or for aesthetic purposes, but it has bugged me. I decided to see how deep the string recesses...
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    Klos ukulele anyone? Feedback?

    One thing that bugged me was the chrome washers that sit under the hex bushings. Since the headstock is smaller than normal the washers look enormous; like 4 big buttons. I couldn't find any black metal washers that would fit, so I picked up some nylon washers at Ace Hardware. I used a dremel...
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    Tell Me About Pono TE Ukuleles

    I'm looking for an electric ukulele. I played the Godin Multiuke a few years ago and it was pretty nice. But the Pono looks pretty sweet. A few questions... Does the top wood make any difference since it is solid/chambered? Sound difference between Pono passive pick-up vs. MiSi? With no EQ...
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    Kamaka Baritone Scale Question

    Does anyone know when Kamaka went from a 19" scale to a 20-1/8" scale? Thanks! John
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    Improving Tone

    Tone is such a tough word to define. Is it brightness? Or sustain? Volume... ??? I agree that technique will improve how clean the notes are played and that should improve tone, but there is just so much technique can do with some ukes and there is no guarantee that you will get more of...
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    Help Identifying These Baritone Strings

    I recently picked up an old Harmony that has what appears to be Aquila Nylgut stings. But when I try to find them I can't find any sets that come with a single wound D string. Also the diameters don't match anything out there. 1st - E = .58mm/.0225 2nd - B = .75mm/.0295 3rd - G = .92mm/.036...
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    You Belong to the City Instrumental Tab?

    Just wondering if anyone has done any tinkering with Glenn Frey's You Belong to the City for the ukulele. I think it would be a great instrumental for the uke and an even better duet with a u-bass. John
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    does a through bridge cause more torque?

    The one I have is lower than the others. so maybe? I thought it would be a pain to string but it wasn't that bad. John
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    Ukulele Porn (post your uke pics here...)

    I recently picked up a John Fitzgerald tenor... John
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    What’s your favorite bridge type?

    I recently purchased a ukulele with a 12 hole bridge. I have never seen anything like this, but I understand that it is used on some classical guitars. I thought I would post a pic of the bridge. It works by running the string through the bottom center hole, back through one side and then...
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    High G Tenor, Where Has it Gone?

    This is not a High G Low G debate, but more of an observation. In the next year or so, I am planning on retiring. At that time, or sooner, I really want to find, or have made, on wait list, or ??? a new High G tenor. So I am trying to get an idea of the different brands/luthiers out there...
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    Beveled arm rest?

    This is a great suggestion! I would like to know more about this. About 5 years ago I had a concern about perspiration on the soundboard, pre-air conditioning, and added arm rests using a viola chin clamp and a floating rest. The tough part was finding clamps with the extra long turnbuckle...
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    Scale Length

    This may be better directed to luthiers. I'm not talking about the standard ukulele scales of 13-1/2" soprano, 15" concert, and 17" tenor. But I've wondered if the perfect ukulele design would lead to tweaks of the scales based on different woods and designs/bracing. For instance, instead of...
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    Side sound port: Does it improve the overall sound/tone of a uke?

    I have a couple of them. Obviously they are a lot louder for the player. But they do not blast. The ASD Koa tenor is interesting in that the sound from a listeners perspective is not as harsh/bright and sounds nicer. Keith Ogata has a write-up on his website how he came up with the...