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  1. BuzzBD

    Style 3 Myrtle Soprano

    It looks like my old account has been restored, thanks you mods. I am just finishing binding the back. Pics to follow shortly. Brad
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    Used Kamaka Tenor - Should the fretboard be Flat?

    A small amount of neck relief is normal. Brad
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    Style 3 Myrtle Soprano

    Just testing things, been having some problems posting lately. We will see if this works. Brad
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    archtoppery

    Thanks for the info, I will be following closely
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    Showing location in messages

    That would be nice. Brad
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    Posting Pictures-- WOW, what a difference!

    Yes it is much better
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    Moving the forum today!

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    Can not Post

    I have been thrashing around trying to post the last couple of days and can’t get past this needs moderator approval thing. I will try posting a new thread.
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    What's Up With The New "Points" Thing By Posters?

    So far I have been unable to post without getting getting the waiting for moderator approval message, which does not ever seem to happen. So I will try here.
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    Style 3 Myrtle Soprano

    I will try this again, hopefully it doesn’t result in a double post, Here are some pics taken right before closing things up. I used Alaska yellow cedar for the linings, which smell delightful. https://photos.app.goo.gl/cM24JQobV6WH67ycA Brad
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    Style 3 Myrtle Soprano

    Getting ready to close the box. One nice touch on this uke, I used Alaska yellow cedar for the linings. I love the smell of that wood.
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    Style 3 Myrtle Soprano

    Aloha Everyone, I am very excited about this project. Some time ago, UU member richntacoma asked me to make him a myrtle soprano. So I went through my stock of myrtle and found a nice and unusual billet, and sent him some pics of the wood for his approval. As I was up to my eyebrows in previous...
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    Making an Archtop Ukulele- Take Two

    Around the end of January, my old thread on building an archtop ukulele got a bump. That got me motivated to revisit the process as it has been a while since I have made an archtop instrument. I wanted to start the process by reviewing my old books on the subject, but most of my books are in...
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    Some Mundane Luthier Work

    Needed to resaw some koa for some vintage model concerts this morning. Found a good billet measuring 2
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    Building the Youthalele

    This project got started some years ago, a teacher from California wanted to get some ukulele in his students hands. The problem was they were mostly poor, with very little resources. I told him I would try and design a ukulele that could be built with under $10 in parts and materials, by some...
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    Youthalele 3

    There has been an ongoing discussion in the Luthier’s Lounge about books on how to build ukulele. One issue is that the woodworking skills and tools necessary to do this right are significant. Some years ago I designed the Youthalele as an instrument that could be built in quantity by teachers...
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    FS: New Hoe Wa’a (canoe paddle) Concert by Brad Donaldson

    This is #3 of my Hoe Wa’a series with a center sound hole and a side sound port. All solid wood construction, body is koa with walnut splines on the top and back. Neck is H. mahogany, fretboard and bridge are walnut. The tuners are Grover friction. Price is $425 plus $30 shipping to US...
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    New 10th Anniversary Fun Build

    Ten years ago I was finishing the final assembly of the first Fun Build ukulele. The concept was conceived by Vic Jones of Blue Frog Ukuleles. Basically several uke builders from around the world built the various parts of a ukulele based on the Scott Antes Martin O style plans and sent them...
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    FS Ditson/Martin Style 3K reproduction by Brad Donaldson

    While going through the Tom Walsh-John King book on The Martin Ukulele, I noticed that the only koa ukulele made by Martin for the Ditson dept. stores were either a style 1K (12), or a style 5K (22). Thinking that doing a Ditson/Martin style 3K soprano concept ukulele would be a fun project, I...
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    Hoe Wa’a Ukulele by Brad Donaldson

    Aloha everyone, I have been working on this design for a while now, trying to add a little more diversity to my lineup. Introducing the Hoe Wa’a (Canoe Paddle) ukulele. This is a 15” concert scale. All solid koa body, with a solid walnut strip on the top and back simulating the paddle shaft...