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    New Onos

    Lately, I've been working out a new construction method. The description is a little too long to post here so I've put the details in my blog at: Here are two instruments that are built with the new technique. The first is a Pheasant wood tenor that will soon be off to...
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    New Ono Tenor - Claro Walnut and Port Orford Cedar

    I've just completed this 17 inch tenor and it will soon be available at The back and sides are remarkably figured and colored claro walnut. The one piece back is unusual because it's not easy to find wood of this quality that is wide enough. The top is master grade Port...
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    Stew-Mac Spool Clamps

    24 Stew-Mac Spool Clamps. Barely used. $100, includes mailing in conus only.
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    New Ono Tenor - Bubinga, Ancient Spruce and 18" Scale

    Yesterday I took photos of this new tenor before packing it up to send to the owner. The back and sides are unusually figured bubinga that shows both curl and quilting. Both are laminated with combinations of bubinga, cherry, maple and Adirondack spruce. The top is ancient spruce that took on...
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    New Ono Amazon Rosewood Tenor

    This is a 17" tenor built with laminated sides and back. The sides are three layers with Amazon rosewood on the outside and inside and ebony as the core. The back also has Amazon rosewood on the outside and inside and Adirondack spruce as the core. The top is Adirondack spruce with Adirondack...
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    Ono Myrtle Tenor

    This new 17" tenor has myrtle back and sides with a creamy Port Orford cedar top. The body and fretboard bindings are curly koa. Spherical fret ends are an extra touch that improve both the feel and appearance of the radiused fretboard. It's strung with the excellent "soft" Uke Logic strings...
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    New Ono Baritone

    This is some very unusual claro walnut. I've seen it called "marblecake," which is just somebody's idea of good marketing but, nevertheless, that's a pretty good description. The construction is my new laminated technique with the inner layers being some nice but less distinguished claro and the...
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    New Laminated Ukuleles from Ono

    For the past year or so, I’ve been working out techniques to laminate sides and backs. The point isn’t to streamline construction and it certainly doesn’t do that. The goal is tonal with the secondary advantage of durability. This is not the sort of lamination that we see at the lower end of the...
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    Shop-Built Bridge Clamps

    If off-the-shelf bridge clamps don't do it for you, try making them from a steel drawer pull, aluminum tubing and standard furniture bolts that are widely available at hardware stores.
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    Problem with login

    I’m unable to connect to the UU server from a Mac using either Safari or Chrome. Is anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?
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    Ono Cocobolo Tenor to Benefit Fire Victims

    We're up the road a ways from the horrible fire in and near Paradise, California. Through a local nonprofit, my wife and her buddies are getting together a package of clothes, toys, other items and cash for a family that lost everything. All proceeds from the sale of this instrument will be...
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    New Pernambuco Tenor from Ono

    Pernambuco is among the rarest of tone woods and its tonal qualities are often compared favorably with the most sought-after rosewoods. It is also prized for the beauty of its grain and unique color. This tenor has a standard 17” scale and 14 frets to the body. The top is Adirondack spruce...
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    New Ono Koa Tenor - 18" Scale

    This new tenor updates the classic Hawaiian look with some more current features: 18" scale tuned to Bb using TI basses and Savarez trebles Torrefied Sitka spruce top Macassar ebony top bindings Side sound port Radiused ebony fretboard EVO gold frets K&K Aloha Twin pickup
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    New Ono Ebony Tenor - 18" Scale

    I just learned that it's not easy to photograph shiny ebony. This back and sides set is West African ebony and has some subtle grey streaks that are hard to capture. The top is reclaimed redwood, the radiused fretboard is Brazilian kingwood and the body and fretboard bindings are ebony. It's...
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    Ono 18" Scale Amazon Rosewood Tenor - Tuned Linear G

    No kidding. DGBE on a tenor body. Other than that unusual departure, the build is my "Wahoo Tenor" model, which has premium features including a slotted head stock with Rubner tuners, radiused fret board, EVO gold fret wire, glossy lacquer finish and side sound port. The top is Adirondack...
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    New Ono Koa Tenor

    This one is ready to ship so I grabbed a few photos before boxing it up. The koa is truly master grade from Notable Woods, with excellent color, figure and tonal properties. The bindings, board and bridge are Macassar ebony. The finish is glossy lacquer on the body and epoxy on the mahogany...
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    New Quilted Maple Ono Tenor with 18" scale

    This quilted maple tenor has an 18" scale, which I feel contributes to a nice, resonant tone while providing a bit more finger room and one more fret to the body. Here are the full specs: 18” Tenor with 15 frets to the body and 19 total frets Quilted maple back and sides Master grade Carpathian...
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    New Ono 8-String Baritone

    The design brief from the owner was to build an 8-string baritone, pretty much however I thought best. This lead to a bubinga body with a torrefied Sitka spruce top, finished with Tru-Oil. The ebony fret board is radiused and features pocket slots cut with CNC so that the tang ends don't show...
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    Shop-built Buffing Machine

    This buffing machine has proven to be a useful and safe addition to my shop. The photos show the general layout of the machine and ought to make it obvious that anyone who can put an ukulele together can probably build a similar machine at less than the cost of a commercial unit. My original...
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    Anyone Want My LMII Fret Slotting System?

    I've got one of these that I haven't use lately: Included are the main unit, the matching LMII fret saw, the index pin and the instructions. It's had only light use and is in very good condition. $75 plus mailing