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  1. Wow . . . exquisite work, indeed.

    Wow . . . exquisite work, indeed.
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    I decided to go with a different building method...

    I decided to go with a different building method for the tenor uke, foregoing the foam building form and using an open setup similar to what StewMac recommends in their uke building videos. In the...
  3. Pre-ordered over here as well. I'm on the other...

    Pre-ordered over here as well. I'm on the other end of the spectrum from Beau . . . I''m currently working on ukes #3 & #4. I've learned a lot over the past couple of years, but I'm always trying to...
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    A bit more work over the past few days. I made a...

    A bit more work over the past few days. I made a 15 foot building board from Poplar to use for gluing back braces. After cutting each piece to length and rough cutting the arc on the band saw, I used...
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    Thanks for the replies. Something to think about.

    Thanks for the replies. Something to think about.
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    arching and body forms

    I'm in the early stages of a pair of uke projects, a steel string baritone and a tenor. For the baritone body, I'm going to use a 25 foot top arch and 15 foot back arch. For the tenor, the top will...
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    Beautiful looking instrument, sequoia. Yeah, it...

    Beautiful looking instrument, sequoia. Yeah, it was painful abandoning the tenor uke project, but I was talking with a guy who's been building high quality ukes for over 25 years, and he told me my...
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    Well, I'll have to accept 1 for 2 in this...

    Well, I'll have to accept 1 for 2 in this venture. I royally messed up the tenor uke body, and ended up ripping out the Aloha Twin pickup and binning the rest. I mentioned this in another thread, and...
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    Thanks Jardin. I was able to fill the tiny...

    Thanks Jardin. I was able to fill the tiny chipout with shellac and carefully scrape it and sand it flush. It's very near the edge of the bridge, and isn't noticeable unless I look close.
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    Thanks for the replies. I should have mentioned...

    Thanks for the replies. I should have mentioned the ding is not a compression but actually a small chipout close to the bridge. I messed up the first bridge I made and had to replace it, and made the...
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    fixing a ding in Redwood

    I have a project on which I have a small ding near the bridge. The top is Redwood. There is no finish on the area yet, but I plan for a clear wipe-on poly finish over shellac. Is there a method for...
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    I play guitar regularly at home and in church,...

    I play guitar regularly at home and in church, but also have several ukes. In the past couple of years I have started building my own, and have been mostly pleased with what I have produced so far...
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    Yes, I have the PhD GCEA strings on a 50s solid...

    Yes, I have the PhD GCEA strings on a 50s solid Mahogany Harmony baritone. As Shanmoon said, the strings are sweet and mellow with nice projection. Tension feels nice under my fingers.
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    I'm just a hobbyist, but for me, crafting a good...

    I'm just a hobbyist, but for me, crafting a good quality instrument is hard, really hard. I just demolished and discarded a tenor uke I had been building and had dozens of hours invested because I...
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    I decided to cut my losses and demolish the...

    I decided to cut my losses and demolish the thing. I retrieved the pickup I had already installed, as well as the heel and tail blocks. I cleared my head after that by cleaning and reorganizing the...
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    Not pleased with myself right now. I made a mess...

    Not pleased with myself right now. I made a mess of the Kasha tenor uke I had been building, trimming too much from the rear of of the treble lower bout when I was tapering the body. I pressed...
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    Yep, search Reverb for "PHD Ukulele Strings...

    Yep, search Reverb for "PHD Ukulele Strings BARITONE GCEA Low G". I tried to attach a link, but the forum software flagged it as spam. These strings sound great on my 50s all-Mahogany Harmony...
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    I have a 50s Harmony baritone with PhD low G...

    I have a 50s Harmony baritone with PhD low G strings. I like it better than when I had it tuned DGBE.
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    Interesting . . . I was thinking along the same...

    Interesting . . . I was thinking along the same lines, and also downloaded some Oaktown Strings baritone uke plans. Then I decided to shrink a 1940 Gibson L-00 to 73%. I like that shape better, so...
  20. Here ya go. I've seen a couple of videos about...

    Here ya go. I've seen a couple of videos about this guy's work: https://www.petrosukuleles.com/
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    I have PHD GCEA low G strings on both my kit...

    I have PHD GCEA low G strings on both my kit built Stew Mac tenor and my 50s era Harmony baritone. I bought both sets from Lucy's Ukulele through Reverb. I like pretty much everything about both sets...
  22. I have wondered what rift sawn meant. I know we...

    I have wondered what rift sawn meant. I know we say perfectly quartersawn is best, but I've seen other builders say the wood is OK if a top or back set is glued up like so: /////\\\\\ . I have...
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    The strings came in today . . . that's pretty...

    The strings came in today . . . that's pretty fast service from Lucy's. Although the strings are still settling a lot, I liked the tone immediately. They seem to drive the Harmony's Mahogany top much...
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    I will do that, John.

    I will do that, John.
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    new PHD product

    I just ordered a set of low GCEA strings for my 50s era Harmony baritone from Lucy's Ukulele via Reverb. Their listing and others I've found say this is a new product:...
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