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Thread: Not a longneck, but a short neck!

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    Default Not a longneck, but a short neck!

    Kerry Bannister, Lynnwood, WA, shared a shortneck pineapple tenor with STRUM on Wed and I got to play it on Friday.
    It seems Kerry got a hardshell overhead carry on and designed and built this shortneck pineapple to fit inside
    It's got a tenor body with a concert scale. He designed it for low G. I requested a similar shortneck for reentrant tuning.
    This could be a wonderful 'strummer's' uke!
    Most likely not appropriate for you finger pickers who need access to the 12th fret and beyond.
    But for us strummer's, with attachment to the body at about the 10.5 fret (), it suits me almost perfectly...as when strumming, I rarely, if ever, need to use the frets beyond #8

    Anyway, something to think about!

    Happy New Year!

    And keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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    Interesting ... Should be nice to have some pics ... interesting ...

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    Yes, lack of frets is the only thing against such a design, but if you don't use them, then there's no loss.
    But there should be a gain in volume, tone, & sustain.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Yes, my way on my personnal ukes.

    But at 10.5 scale joining neck, with tenor scale, bridge should be on lower point of the table.
    Far away from le largest dimension of the table.

    Not the best place for vib's transmissions ...

    Anyway : good to heard some guys on own way design and buiding ...


    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Yes, lack of frets is the only thing against such a design, but if you don't use them, then there's no loss.
    But there should be a gain in volume, tone, & sustain.

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    Sounds interesting, at what fret does the body meet the neck?
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Eastman EU3C, Concert
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Martin T1K, Tenor

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    What I saw was a neck to body join at the middle of the 10th fret �
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
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    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
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    This is a short neck tenor we just finished for customer with a 15 in. concert scale on a tenor body with a 12th fret connection. We lightened the build on the body for the lighter string tension it sounded great
    Perry Bullinger
    Covered Bridge Ukuleles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    What I saw was a neck to body join at the middle of the 10th fret �
    Interesting.
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Eastman EU3C, Concert
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Martin T1K, Tenor

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    I think in the past many more ukes were built with neck/body join at the 12th fret.

    what I like about Kerry's short-neck build is the join at the 10th or 10.5th fret which
    removes access to the 11th and 12th frets and thereby shortens the neck allowing for
    a larger body (fuller sound?) and/or a longer scale in a shorter form factor

    I will let you know how it feels and sounds when I, hopefully, get a re-entrant model
    from Kerry.

    remember, Crazy G is available via a UU thread (search for 'crazy g', and look for
    'rendition') with links to both a YouTube demo and a Dropbox pdf file.

    I hope you guys are enjoying it.

    remember, please, this is NOT a definitive rendition of Crazy G, just a rendition and a
    resemblance based on what I think I remember hearing once about 50 years ago!
    It is the rendition I teach my students and members of STRUM (Seattle's Totally Relaxed
    Ukulele Musicians)

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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    i suppose one drawback to a shorter necked uke, esp soprano or concert scale is with regard to
    comfort of strumming motion, that is, since we typically strum around the 12th fret or where
    the neck generally meets the body, having a shorter neck may create some discomfort as to
    where our actual strumming will take place.

    other than that, so far, I like the concept of the shorter neck, concert scale, tenor body pineapple
    finding a case for it might be a challenge, though

    keep uke'in', and enjoying the New Year!

    RIP Ukulele Mike
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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