Possible "steel string uke kit" at Stew Mac

besley

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From time to time some folks here express interest in a steel string uke. Personally I don't see the attraction, BUT, if you are so afflicted, I just got a note from Stew Mac about a sale on their mini guitar kits for $140. Now it's a guitar kit, so of course it comes rigged for six strings. But it would be a simple matter to give it a new nut and file new slots in the existing saddles to set it up for just four strings. Scale length is given as 16.3", so it would be almost a tenor size. Anyway, could be a fun project, and knowing Stew Mac quality the final result should be pretty good.

https://www.stewmac.com/Browse/Mini...&utm_source=NPA&utm_content=m12257_B_20200113


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You'd need a different pickup system as well.
At that point... you might as well get a neck from mainland, and strap it to a block of wood.
(I seriously keep wanting to do this)
 

besley

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You'd need a different pickup system as well.
At that point... you might as well get a neck from mainland, and strap it to a block of wood.
(I seriously keep wanting to do this)

Why a different pickup system? The poles wouldn't be located directly under the strings, but they wouldn't be far off.
 

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Interesting! Thanks for sharing, Besley. I'd never seen this kit. It looks like it'd be fun as-is too as a mini guitar. I just read it is tuned an octave above standard...That sounds really cool.
Also, if you wanted a four string bridge instead of a six, CB Gitty has those for very reasonable prices.

I also spotted the Kmise tenor guitar on Amazon recently that was about $70...pretty tempting... Looks like a baritone except with steel strings and could be tuned DGBE.
 
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You'd need a different pickup system as well.
At that point... you might as well get a neck from mainland, and strap it to a block of wood.
(I seriously keep wanting to do this)
That's not a bad idea either...and I have thought of doing something like that as well.. However, I wouldn't trust steel strings on a neck made for nylon...
I did build a box uke kit from CB Gitty and really enjoyed that (I dropped a string and made a 3 stringer)..and was happy with the result...so had thought of doing a solid body too.
 
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