License Plate Uke

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I'd like to make a uke based on a license plate, but it seems to me that it would need a pickup. Drilling a large sound hole in the license plate would defeat the purpose. If I made the body larger than the plate, I could put four sound holes in the corners.

If I have to buy a pickup, that would make this a relatively expensive project. Any suggestions?
 

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Wait. You need a pickup for your license plate. Don't you have that backwards? :p;)
 

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I'd like to make a uke based on a license plate, but it seems to me that it would need a pickup. Drilling a large sound hole in the license plate would defeat the purpose. If I made the body larger than the plate, I could put four sound holes in the corners.

If I have to buy a pickup, that would make this a relatively expensive project. Any suggestions?

Sound hole(s) can go in the sides.

If you go back through the archives a few weeks, there was a thread with a lot of information about inexpensive diy preamps that can be used with dirt-cheap piezo pickups.
 

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OK, I'm officially flummoxed. What the heck is a "license plate Uke," and what does it look like? I can't imagine what it would be. But, nonetheless, I won't let that stop me from commenting. What about using one of those silly "love" plates, like "I ❤️ NY" and making the "❤️" the sound hole?
 

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Nice. Where did you locate the pickups? Did you try different places to see how they sounded?
 

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Nice. Where did you locate the pickups? Did you try different places to see how they sounded?

The pickup has two "pickups," and I attached them to the backing board under the bridge. Each one comes with a peel-off backing, and they are very sticky. I've always seen pickups stuck under the bridge, so that's where I put them.

I took advice and put some double-sided cushioning tape between areas of the plate and the body. I think that deadened it more that I wanted. It's rather quiet without the amp. I used my little Honey Tone amp, and it sounds great (as far as I'm concerned). I'll try the Fender later.

In trimming the neck, I wound up cutting off the little piece of fretboard that used to overhang the plate. Too bad. I put the plug-in thingy on the bottom side so I can still stand it up on end. I also replaced the black tuners. They were garbage!

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If I make another one, I might use the neck that's a stick straight through the body. I like the traditional look, though.
 

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The pickup has two "pickups," and I attached them to the backing board under the bridge. Each one comes with a peel-off backing, and they are very sticky. I've always seen pickups stuck under the bridge, so that's where I put them.

I took advice and put some double-sided cushioning tape between areas of the plate and the body. I think that deadened it more that I wanted. It's rather quiet without the amp. I used my little Honey Tone amp, and it sounds great (as far as I'm concerned). I'll try the Fender later.

In trimming the neck, I wound up cutting off the little piece of fretboard that used to overhang the plate. Too bad. I put the plug-in thingy on the bottom side so I can still stand it up on end. I also replaced the black tuners. They were garbage!

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If I make another one, I might use the neck that's a stick straight through the body. I like the traditional look, though.

Thanks for this shot. I have a better view of your tailpiece setup. I'm figuring you bolted the bridge on before you sealed it up. Wood brace underneath right?+
 
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Thanks for this shot. I have a better view of your tailpiece setup. I'm figuring you bolted the bridge on before you sealed it up. Wood brace underneath right?+

I have a thin strip of wood under the bridge. I knew that no kind of glue would hold the bridge to the plate, so I used four tiny bolts. I used super glue and those four bolts. The plate is attached with four license plate screws, so it's easy to remove. I might make another one using 1/4" plywood and a straight-through neck.

I'm not sure what you mean by "tailpiece," but I didn't use what I consider a tailpiece.