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    You've been involved in some amazing projects....

    You've been involved in some amazing projects. First the Luthiers for a Cause project, and now this. Congratulations.

    I see Paulownia all over the place in our woods. I know where there is one...
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    My current tenor guitar project, which will have...

    My current tenor guitar project, which will have nylon strings, has a V-style bracing adapted from the Taylor model. I can't say how it will sound yet, but I tried to keep both the braces and top as...
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    Yeah, I forgot to include the bolted mortise and...

    Yeah, I forgot to include the bolted mortise and tenon joint in my list above. I haven't seen Heidi's videos, just Robert's description of them. I've also picked up some solid tips from Jay's videos....
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    I think anyone with patience and perseverance...

    I think anyone with patience and perseverance could tackle those tasks, although not necessarily to a high standard. I added bindings, a bound side port, and a pickup to my first uke, and while there...
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    I started with guitar, and still play it...

    I started with guitar, and still play it regularly, but I go back and forth between guitar and uke. A tenor is as small as I'll go ... even that fretboard is somewhat cramped in the 1-5 frets. On the...
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    Not to blur the lines, but Pono has a baritone...

    Not to blur the lines, but Pono has a baritone uke built for steel strings. Some top luthiers like Jay Lichty have built 19" or 20" baritone ukes designed for steel strings. They are baritone ukes...
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    Maki, I found it on eBay. Brad, I haven't...

    Maki, I found it on eBay. Brad, I haven't measured the holes yet, but I will this afternoon when I remove the strings and Wavery tuners.
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    Well, I've not really cared for the D'Addario...

    Well, I've not really cared for the D'Addario rectified black strings, either. They are dark and I don't think bring out the best in the Mahogany top. My next strings on the way are a set of GHS...
  9. That is a nice looking build. I've looked at...

    That is a nice looking build. I've looked at those kits, but the cost does seem high to me. I've also considered buying one of their laminated Walnut kits and substituting a nice bear claw Sitka top...
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    According to Robbie, Heidi's videos are for a...

    According to Robbie, Heidi's videos are for a more basic uke. Jay's course delves into making a cutaway, bindings, a side sound port, installing a pickup, crafting an end graft, and adding an arm...
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    Yeah, the bindings on my other build, a nylon...

    Yeah, the bindings on my other build, a nylon tenor guitar, aren't perfect either, but they're not so bad that I'm going to redo them. I was working on the uke bindings around 0430 this morning, and...
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    I've been increasingly frustrated with myself on...

    I've been increasingly frustrated with myself on the way the bindings were turning out on my current tenor uke build. After watching the video segments in this course where Jay demonstrates cutting...
  13. Nice blog. I don't have any real opinion on the...

    Nice blog. I don't have any real opinion on the title. It works. I found your article on woods interesting. I've become quite obsessed with building stringed instruments over the past couple of...
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    Thanks for all of the replies. I think I'm going...

    Thanks for all of the replies. I think I'm going to start with Brad's suggestion and check out "Improvise For Real".
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    Playing up the neck

    I just hit my 60th birthday this spring, and I've been playing guitar a bit over 20 years. I've never been much of a picker, just a strummer. I play guitar in church almost every week. Through the...
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    I've watched many of Robbie's free YT videos. In...

    I've watched many of Robbie's free YT videos. In this course he took his video equipment to Jay's NC workshop, and filmed Jay building an upscale tenor uke. I wish I'd had teachers like Jay when I...
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    It cleaned up nicely. I have a Gibson restoration...

    It cleaned up nicely. I have a Gibson restoration kit, and I used it to polish the frets, oil the fretboard, and clean up the Mahogany. It was strung re-entrant, and a previous owner had cut another...
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    I set mine up for Low G. I don't care for...

    I set mine up for Low G. I don't care for re-entrant on my instruments.
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    Online uke building course

    This morning I purchased Jay Lichty's Advanced Ukulele Building course. I've long wanted to go to a guitar or uke building workshop, but just couldn't justify the high cost, especially when travel...
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    I have a Gretsch Roots Collection fan fret tenor....

    I have a Gretsch Roots Collection fan fret tenor. Apparently it was a prototype that never made it into production, and I bought it from a music store that is near their facility. It is certainly an...
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    NUD: Vintage Harmony Baritone

    My "new" baritone arrived today. Except for a small ding on one corner of the headstock, it is in fabulous shape, with not a single crack. A close examination with a magnifying glass verifies that it...
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    Thanks Peter and Mike.

    Thanks Peter and Mike.
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    NTD - New Tool Day

    A few goodies I ordered for my shop arrived this morning. My Dremel has been showing signs of old age in recent months, and some reviews I've read recently indicate a Black & Decker RTX is a good...
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    A bit more progress. Bindings mostly glued and...

    A bit more progress. Bindings mostly glued and scraped, necks temporarily in place to get a first glimpse of the final instruments.

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    Thanks Victor.

    Thanks Victor.
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