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Tukanu

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i’m working on my first 12” scale right now. what strings are you planning on trying out?

D'Addario EJ87S Titanium Ukulele Strings, Soprano​

They will work with shorter scales using the D tuning (ADF#B) and with GCEA.

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Just closed up these 5 and getting ready for binding.
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The latest set of three. They are all commissions, and while they are all tenors, they are all rather different from one another and a bit unique, from the subtle to the full Nashville. From left to right:
Aromatic cedar top, caramel sycamore back & sides, rosette in green recon stone, casuarina fingerboard & bridge, curly koa binding, bookmatched sycamore headplate.
Port Orford cedar top, spalted tamarind back & sides, Kasha bracing, ebony fingerboard, bridge & headplate, black bog oak binding, pink abalone rosette, sea turtle inlay, 'piper' fingerboard inlay.
Pennsylvania red cedar top, spalted mango back & sides, Brazillian ebony fingerboard & bridge, east indian rosewood binding, paua abalone spiral rosette, stylized Hawaiian turtle 'honu' headplate inlay.

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The latest set of three. They are all commissions, and while they are all tenors, they are all rather different from one another and a bit unique, from the subtle to the full Nashville. From left to right:
Aromatic cedar top, caramel sycamore back & sides, rosette in green recon stone, casuarina fingerboard & bridge, curly koa binding, bookmatched sycamore headplate.
Port Orford cedar top, spalted tamarind back & sides, Kasha bracing, ebony fingerboard, bridge & headplate, black bog oak binding, pink abalone rosette, sea turtle inlay, 'piper' fingerboard inlay.
Pennsylvania red cedar top, spalted mango back & sides, Brazillian ebony fingerboard & bridge, east indian rosewood binding, paua abalone spiral rosette, stylized Hawaiian turtle 'honu' headplate inlay.
Heck of a nice trio of ukes. What is the lighter colored neck woods?
 

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Nice... Does the Kasha braced uke sound noticeably different from the other two and how does it stand up?
 

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Heck of a nice trio of ukes. What is the lighter colored neck woods?
The lighter wood is Pennsylvania poplar (aka tulip poplar) Liriodendron tulipifera. I started using it when I went looking for more local woods and found that the stiffness/weight ration of poplar was very good. Makes a nice balanced instrument, weight wise, and I can get/cut perfectly quarter-sawn chunks.
 

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Nice... Does the Kasha braced uke sound noticeably different from the other two and how does it stand up?
The Kasha bracing yields a bit more on the low end sound, but the difference is not dramatic, at least compared to my normal modified X bracing. I did some more direct comparisons and wrote it up on my blog, http://jupiteruke.com/blog/, "The Three Tenors" down toward the bottom of the page.

By how does it 'stand up' I assume you mean top-deflection wise. I have built a number of Kasha braced instruments and have never seen or heard of any problem with bridge rotation etc.
 

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The lighter wood is Pennsylvania poplar (aka tulip poplar) Liriodendron tulipifera. I started using it when I went looking for more local woods and found that the stiffness/weight ration of poplar was very good. Makes a nice balanced instrument, weight wise, and I can get/cut perfectly quarter-sawn chunks.
I had a feeling that was tulip poplar. I have for some time thought it would be suitable for uke necks and I guess you've confirmed that for me. Around here we just call it "poplar" or "yellow poplar".

I've got some colorful quartered poplar boards that I may turn into uke bodies but I worry they might turn out "dull" sounding.
 

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The Kasha bracing yields a bit more on the low end sound, but the difference is not dramatic, at least compared to my normal modified X bracing. I did some more direct comparisons and wrote it up on my blog, http://jupiteruke.com/blog/, "The Three Tenors" down toward the bottom of the page.

By how does it 'stand up' I assume you mean top-deflection wise. I have built a number of Kasha braced instruments and have never seen or heard of any problem with bridge rotation etc.
When I wrote "stand up" that meant how does it compare to the fan braced instruments.
 

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When I wrote "stand up" that meant how does it compare to the fan braced instruments.
A while ago, when I made fan braced instruments, the Kasha sounded noticeably better. Now I am using what I call a modified X brace, with some Kasha principals involved, and the difference between Kasha and my X braced is rather slight.
 

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More progress on a Koa/Cedar soprano. The finger board and bridge are in temporarily to see how things are coming together. Maple headstock, edgebinding, and accents in the rosette:

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Hey Tukanu, I see you have the single "fan" brace down the center. I recently did that on a thin RWC soprano as well, and it's by far the best sounding uke I've ever made.
 

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This Lemmy tribute bass uke is based on Rickenbacker's Lemmy signature design. Wood species include: Spotted gum fretboard, Tasmanian oak through body neck and rear body stripe; meranti body sides and back; Tasmanian blackwood volume and tone knobs.
Carving was done by marking out with X-acto style knife, removing spaces between the oak leaves with a usb rechargeable rotary tool, chisels and gouges. Leaves were shaped more with knives, chisels and gouges. The rotary tool was used to texture areas, especially between the leaves. A dark oak stain was used between the leaves for contrast. Star shaped fret markers cut from abalone shell kitchen leftovers. Strings are Aquila thunderguts. Binding is white ABS. Generic tuning pegs, under saddle piezo pickup and preamp off Aliexpress or Ebay.


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Hey Tukanu, I see you have the single "fan" brace down the center. I recently did that on a thin RWC soprano as well, and it's by far the best sounding uke I've ever made.
I am always worried about the center seam opening up, so the single brace acts as both a cleat on the seam, and resistance against bridge...if that makes sense. On a one-piece top, many builders skip the bracing altogether.