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    Looks great Vinnie, almost like a real pineapple....

    Looks great Vinnie, almost like a real pineapple. Myrtle is one of my favorite woods and it comes in so many flavors! Bet your wife is happy. Couples that play together...
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    by Ken Franklin
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    And yet, Ken, I think you've moved on from catgut...

    And yet, Ken, I think you've moved on from catgut and nylon to fishing line IIRC ........
  3. Sorry John. Failed attempt at humor. It certainly...

    Sorry John. Failed attempt at humor. It certainly is a topic pertinent to building a ukulele. I suspect that you had a wolf note at D and by loosening the box you lowered the body resonance which...
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    What does your Kanile’a ‘ukulele have on it now?...

    What does your Kanile’a ‘ukulele have on it now? I'd be interested in the weight difference. Are you getting wood buttons? Some pics would be nice. I use the standard 510 minis on guitars and I...
  5. Sanding the bottom of the nut to get the proper...

    Sanding the bottom of the nut to get the proper clearance at the first fret can cause a lot of problems. It may seem like a a simple solution but it's really quite difficult to sand the bottom of the...
  6. I'm guessing this would be more appropriately...

    I'm guessing this would be more appropriately found on the Ukulele Tech Support board.
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    Gotoh SGi510 Tuners

    Anyone using these? Gotoh calls it a super mini 510.
  8. Mandolins and archtop guitars have steel strings...

    Mandolins and archtop guitars have steel strings and are often driven by thick flatpicks which aren't commonly used on ukuleles. A banjo uke with a floating bridge might use them but the sound is...
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    Creep is something that happens in service over...

    Creep is something that happens in service over time. I prefer Titebond Extend as it dries the hardest of the Titebonds.
  10. I would avoid any redwood that breaks easily...

    I would avoid any redwood that breaks easily across the grain. In my experience a redwood top can be a little thicker. Crossgrain stiffness isn't as important on smaller instruments in my experience.
  11. Very nice Pete.

    Very nice Pete.
  12. I use redwood a lot. Some of it splits easily....

    I use redwood a lot. Some of it splits easily. Some doesn't. Almost always sounds great.
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    Thanks Mezcalero, I did use that add photo...

    Thanks Mezcalero, I did use that add photo function and it worked initially but then it stopped working. So give the edited post a try. More photos with that link. Hope it's okay. Not only do I...
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    Custom Ken Franklin Tenor FS

    I have one of my custom P2 tenors, Marcy2, for sale. I'm not much of a salesman so I was hoping that folks here wouldn't mind the lack of slick professional photos and such in exchange for lower...
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    Ken I think those Stealth tuners are for a solid...

    Ken I think those Stealth tuners are for a solid headstock. You want the STP31 for slotted headstocks. I know that Japarts carries them in guitar sets of 3L + 3R but they might be able to configure a...
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    The skin of the spruce goose was birch plywood...

    The skin of the spruce goose was birch plywood and the ribs were laminated sitka spruce. I purchased two 1/8" x 8" x 8' boards from Park's Hardwoods in Santa Barbara, CA in 1973 for my first guitar....
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    I use it for linings all the time.

    I use it for linings all the time.
  18. On an ukulele I don't think it really matters....

    On an ukulele I don't think it really matters. It's a little cleaner look at the heel with a one piece neck but it will be a little more expensive and it's harder to find wider stock that is vertical...
  19. FYI, I haven't seen it mentioned here but Cathy...

    FYI, I haven't seen it mentioned here but Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have a wonderful new album of mostly ukulele music now called Wahoo. You might want to check it out...
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    There's always something. Good to have someone...

    There's always something. Good to have someone who does the FP.
  21. That's what I use too.

    That's what I use too.
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    Go man...go. Very well designed. Almost no need...

    Go man...go. Very well designed. Almost no need for a soundport with that soundhole placement.
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    Though I don't know for certain I suspect that...

    Though I don't know for certain I suspect that epoxy might be too flexible for braces which would cause more damping than other glues. It also has a tendency to penetrate wood and could affect a...
  24. I've had some luck reviving old finishes by...

    I've had some luck reviving old finishes by finding a solvent that will soften the finish usually lacquer thinner. I use some gloves and fine steel wool. At that point CA might stabilize cracks and...
  25. I think you mean Scheller rather than Schaller.

    I think you mean Scheller rather than Schaller.
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