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    That's some pretty wood!

    That's some pretty wood!
  2. Thread: Sawing by Hand

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    Good luck! Are you talking about cutting the...

    Good luck! Are you talking about cutting the outline of the headstock shape? What type of hand saw are you planning on using?
  3. Thread: No go bar deck

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    That's great! I do agree they can be big and take...

    That's great! I do agree they can be big and take up a lot of room in a small shop. I wonder if those cam clamps come in sizes long enough for a larger instrument?

    One nice thing about go bar...
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    If I were going to do something like that I'd use...

    If I were going to do something like that I'd use a waterslide decal. I found a few images of kamaka ukuleles with the pineapple on them and to me, they look like waterslide decals. Here's an...
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    So what are you building out of it? :)

    So what are you building out of it? :)
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    This site is my favorite reference for string and...

    This site is my favorite reference for string and tuning options on tenors, since it breaks things down by scale length and lists multiple tension options per tuning:
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    Steel strings can seem intimidating but after a...

    Steel strings can seem intimidating but after a few weeks/months of regular play you'll forget all about the discomfort. If you're still concerned, you can switch to light gauge strings and/or softer...
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    With respect to your current uke - have you tried...

    With respect to your current uke - have you tried different strings? Have you played other baritones (and hence have anything to compare to)? Are there other things you like or don't like about it...
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    Nice! What materials did you use in the inlay?

    Nice! What materials did you use in the inlay?
  10. Thread: Decision Time

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    I think that's true in theory, but probably...

    I think that's true in theory, but probably applies more to larger instruments - guitars etc. Ukulele headstocks are really short, only have four small tuners (so they aren't weakened by large or...
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    A back joint reinforcement is somewhat of a...

    A back joint reinforcement is somewhat of a hand-me-down from guitars and larger acoustic instruments where it makes more sense - on a wide back, the forces due to wood naturally expanding and...
  12. Thread: squeaky strings

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    I agree with that. D'Addario aren't inherently...

    I agree with that. D'Addario aren't inherently more or less squeaky than any other plain wound string IME. The polished/groundwound/halfround (depending on which marketing engine you're subscribing...
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    I'm not sure that's strictly true. Raw bone...

    I'm not sure that's strictly true. Raw bone saddles at retail are maybe $5-$10 and in small quantities are basically a dollar or two each. A Graph tech (i.e. Tusq) ukulele saddle lists at $13.65...
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    Yeah I agree with sequoia, it would be great to...

    Yeah I agree with sequoia, it would be great to see the experiment deliberately carried "too far" to the point that the top is so thin it's no longer acceptable. Then you know for sure where your...
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    Can you show us a photo? Are the braces inside...

    Can you show us a photo? Are the braces inside all intact? Any indication as to what originally caused the crack - and if so, has that cause been dealt with? Same for the uneven repair - any...
  16. Thread: Big dent repair

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    Sometimes you need to repeat a few times, letting...

    Sometimes you need to repeat a few times, letting it dry/rest in between for a few days...
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    "floppy" would be my guess!

    "floppy" would be my guess!
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    Tillman certainly deserves credit for...

    Tillman certainly deserves credit for popularizing the J201 in this application!

    Tayda make a "universal" preamp/buffer kit based on the J201, which is nice if you want a board meant for...
  19. Thread: Big dent repair

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    I've never had steam fail me when it came to...

    I've never had steam fail me when it came to removing simple dents like that. Although sometimes you need to get creative. I like to let some water soak in, then pool some water in the dent and put a...
  20. Thread: squeaky strings

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    Is it just the wound strings you're unhappy with,...

    Is it just the wound strings you're unhappy with, or all four?
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    Haven't tried a banjo but I'm sure you could work...

    Haven't tried a banjo but I'm sure you could work something out. I've put these on ukes, uke basses, tenor guitars, short scale and full size acoustic guitars, and even solid body electric guitars...
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    Sure. It's pretty dirt simple. 7 components in...

    Sure. It's pretty dirt simple. 7 components in total.

    Mouser part numbers:
    C1 4.7uF electrolytic cap 667-EEU-FR1H4R7
    C2 10uF electrolytic cap 667-EEU-FR1H100
    R1 3M resistor 660-RK73H2ATTD3004F...
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    Glad it worked - but for others reading the...

    Glad it worked - but for others reading the thread, I'd check with the manufacturer before trying anything other than a dry cloth or one dampened with warm water, if you don't know what the finish is...
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    I honestly don't remember if it has gain or not,...

    I honestly don't remember if it has gain or not, but if it does it's a small amount. I plug these instruments directly into an amp - that was the whole goal, get the instrument to the point where...
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    I have a design I use based on a J201 FET. I get...

    I have a design I use based on a J201 FET. I get the boards from OSH park:

    https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/FUMGrz31

    Less than a dollar each if you get the cheapest service and order 3 or...
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