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    There are two methods that may work for you. One...

    There are two methods that may work for you. One is relatively safe and easy, the other is more involved.
    Try the easy one first.
    Leave the stuck string attached to the tuner post and detune it so...
  2. In the pre-internet days, I recall a journal...

    In the pre-internet days, I recall a journal article on the benefits and origins of bridge type design.
    The only points that have stuck in memory are that tail anchored systems were primarily suited...
  3. Thread: Latest new toy

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    This is a universal problem, Ken. Somewhere in...

    This is a universal problem, Ken.
    Somewhere in the family magna carta, there must be a clause absolving offspring from the obligation of returning 'borrowed' tools.
    I have to remind my lot that the...
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    Hey Mike, Very well done!! Anyone who has...

    Hey Mike,

    Very well done!!

    Anyone who has completed an instrument will appreciate the commitment it takes to build remotely without face-to-face tutelage and instruction, so I suspect that no...
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    If it is a new instrument, your hesitation is...

    If it is a new instrument, your hesitation is warranted, as there is no acceptable reason for bridge separation in a new build.
    If it is an old build that has been otherwise well-constructed, the...
  6. Thread: UST Query

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    That is correct, Miguel. The piezo element...

    That is correct, Miguel. The piezo element creates a variable output signal (millivolts) that is independent of the amplifier power source.
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    Beau, Firstly, I must say that it is a very...

    Beau,

    Firstly, I must say that it is a very brave move to take a router to such a cracker of an ukulele at this stage of its build.
    I would need a tranquilizer (or two) washed down with something...
  8. Thread: Two Tenors

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    Greenscoe, Thanks for that insight. These were...

    Greenscoe,
    Thanks for that insight. These were the first ready-made boards that I had bought, and as I said they didn't look quite right.
    The scale length shown in the specs was fictitious...
  9. Thread: Two Tenors

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    Both look great. My pick is the old shape (flat...

    Both look great.
    My pick is the old shape (flat bottom) … it is just that little bit different.
    Very nice work.

    Did you cut the slot and install the zero fret or was it supplied as is?
    I...
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    He dons his chain mail glove, grips the blade...

    He dons his chain mail glove, grips the blade tightly, and pounds them in with the handle.
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    Pete, Your bracing description is intriguing....

    Pete,
    Your bracing description is intriguing. All but the densest of readers can probably visualise it from the description, but after reading and rereading, I'm still not seeing it.
    Can you share...
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    Irrespective of sound, that is one handsome...

    Irrespective of sound, that is one handsome little uke.
    I can't say that I have seen or heard a ukulele with V bracing.
    I've heard a beautifully built, steel string, V braced 00 guitar being...
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    Chuck, The belt sander is a real time saver....

    Chuck,
    The belt sander is a real time saver.
    However, I'm always cautious to the point of checking any critical surfaces that come off mine with a straight edge... they're usually fairly good, but...
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    Mahogany/Meranti. If it looks insipid, it gets...

    Mahogany/Meranti. If it looks insipid, it gets dyed to complement the theme.
    Walnut should also be a good choice.
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    A few additions to the previously mentioned...

    A few additions to the previously mentioned points:
    The accurate placement of the nut (departure point) is necessary in preventing you from having to make further (ad hoc) scale adjustments.
    After...
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    For a tenor, depending on how much final shaping...

    For a tenor, depending on how much final shaping I want to do, I usually aim for a head stock thickness of ~12mm, a raw neck thickness of 14 -15mm at the first fret, and 17-18mm at the tenth fret. ...
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    I am not much of a player, so I am happy to leave...

    I am not much of a player, so I am happy to leave string choice to the more experienced, but I can offer a few suggestions to help get you off the ground.

    If 'heavier' = thicker, but not...
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    With ukulele, the size of the sound hole limits...

    With ukulele, the size of the sound hole limits the view of the inside, and if a generous label is used very little else can be seen.
    Some of the old rustic guitar builds that had rough-sawn ...
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    I am more than happy to leave string choice to...

    I am more than happy to leave string choice to the player.
    There are too many factors that go into matching a particular string to a particular instrument ...and the one that can never be...
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    Distortion is more likely to occur through bridge...

    Distortion is more likely to occur through bridge rotation (bellying) than neck curling.
    The forces generated by nylon strings rarely get to this level. The exception is bass ukulele, where an...
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    Unlike guitar, all of my ukulele builds have been...

    Unlike guitar, all of my ukulele builds have been aligned flat. The neck joint is assessed and adjusted with the closed box and raw neck surfaces face-down on my cast iron saw table.
    The combined...
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    I consider that bare wood to wood gluing is...

    I consider that bare wood to wood gluing is mandatory for the bridge, even for screw-downs.
    For bolt-on necks, some builders glue, others do not. I like to put a fine bead around the perimeter of...
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    I think that the truth is that most of us can't...

    I think that the truth is that most of us can't match that sort of output.
    I plod along making one instrument at a time and as a sideline, casually dabble in electronics (piezo systems, currently)....
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    If you think that is clever, then my system was...

    If you think that is clever, then my system was pure genius... with NO MACHINES involved.
    I went like this.

    Step 1. Mount empty pickup spool onto holder stand.

    Step 2. Start winding, around...
  25. Thread: what a waste

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    …. and all of those larger limbs that get left on...

    …. and all of those larger limbs that get left on the forest floor or chipped for composite sheeting. A lot of uke sized wood is squandered and left to rot, or fuel wild/bush fires. Anyone for a...
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