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    Cuban Mahogany is a specific species regardless...

    Cuban Mahogany is a specific species regardless of where it grows. It's export out of Cuba has been limited or nonexistent for decades, so if you can actually get it as lumber these days it has...
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    It probably boils down to style of play and...

    It probably boils down to style of play and sensitivity of your hearing more than any other factor. The irony is, if all else is equal (strings are the same material and gauged correctly, action is...
  3. A composite uke is easily the best choice from a...

    A composite uke is easily the best choice from a temperature/humidity stability standpoint.

    Barring that, stay away from solid wood tops. I'm sure some will balk at that recommendation, since the...
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    Ultimately, my philosophy is that there isn't...

    Ultimately, my philosophy is that there isn't really a "right" or "wrong" way to do a setup, it's about matching the instrument to the player's preferences. And knowing enough about how instruments...
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    The Zoom unit is (in my opinion at least) the...

    The Zoom unit is (in my opinion at least) the best place to start if you want to try effects and don't really have any idea where you want to start. Zoom does very well as a brand at digital...
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    Keith - I think that's a noble idea but I'm not...

    Keith - I think that's a noble idea but I'm not sure it would play out. You won't be able to put the way-oversized bass strings on a typical baritone bridge without irreversible modifications....
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    Little hard to prescribe a solution without...

    Little hard to prescribe a solution without seeing/feeling/handling to get an idea of the scale of the chips (do they go into the wood or just finish), how thick the finish is, what the finish feels...
  8. Thread: Neck Shapes

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    I can relate to the sentiment that person was...

    I can relate to the sentiment that person was expressing to her. For someone who knows ukes and knows their preferences (or lack thereof) for neck shapes, it's "easy" to shop online or buy without...
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    I don't want to sound all doom and gloom - I'm...

    I don't want to sound all doom and gloom - I'm writing this from a builder/tech perspective, so I may have different motivators than some "end users." If you're going to use oil, use it very...
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    Hi Rick! There's a whole subforum on here for...

    Hi Rick! There's a whole subforum on here for builders, you might want to check it out:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/forumdisplay.php?30-Ukulele-Building-Luthier-s-Lounge

    I haven't...
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    I'm going to get on my fretboard oil soapbox for...

    I'm going to get on my fretboard oil soapbox for a minute. I've mentioned this before on this forum and I know some people will disagree, but I think it's an important educational point, so here...
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    There are a lot of nuances to how this pandemic...

    There are a lot of nuances to how this pandemic is affecting businesses and industries. Frankly I'm a little surprised about GC. I know they've been circling the drain for a while now, but the...
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    At it's simplest, installing a piezo pickup...

    At it's simplest, installing a piezo pickup generally means drilling one small hole in the saddle slot (which gets totally hidden by the saddle), and replacing the endpin/strap button with an endpin...
  14. Those frets don't really look that big to me....

    Those frets don't really look that big to me. Bigger than many uke frets perhaps, but not gigantic in the grand scheme. I don't think the fret size is really an inherent part of the flush style,...
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    How thick is your top? What's your sanding...

    How thick is your top? What's your sanding technique like? I'm assuming that you're talking about finish sanding the assembled instrument?

    I think titch is basically correct. A top (especially...
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    If you're keeping your instrument clean...

    If you're keeping your instrument clean (microfiber cloth, tiny bit of hot water if you need it), and at the right humidity, you really don't need to put anything at all on the fretboard.
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    One thing to consider, though it depends on your...

    One thing to consider, though it depends on your headstock design. Since that rod appears to have round nuts at each end (instead of a square block) it could be made easily removable, if you're...
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    LMI's instrument glue which is similar to...

    LMI's instrument glue which is similar to titebond.
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    Yes, the face of the nut gets aligned with the...

    Yes, the face of the nut gets aligned with the edge of the fretboard.
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    If this weekend goes to plan, I should have this...

    If this weekend goes to plan, I should have this batch finished in time for Christmas shopping!

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=130751&stc=1
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    I use those same generic blue-wrapped rods all...

    I use those same generic blue-wrapped rods all the time in basses and guitars, and I don't do anything special to prevent rattles. If the slot is the right dimension there's really no need. Sometimes...
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    Someone needs to photoshop a picture of Bones...

    Someone needs to photoshop a picture of Bones holding a bottle of nail polish remover...
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    And a lefty, if those are fretting calluses!

    And a lefty, if those are fretting calluses!
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    19mm is more than thick enough for a typical...

    19mm is more than thick enough for a typical truss rod - as long as you have 3 - 4 mm behind the rod you're fine. I think you'll find your plan to end up with a total thickness of 30 - 35mm will feel...
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    A bar for reinforcement certainly won't hurt. It...

    A bar for reinforcement certainly won't hurt. It may contribute to neck dive, though on such a short neck that's not really an issue. FWIW I make short scale classical guitar necks at a slightly...
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