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Thread: Build Thread: Custom Guilele by Jonathan Dale/Jupiter Ukulele

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    Jim,

    I live near Jonathan Dale's winter residence in Florida, and for the past couple years, I've paid him a visit or two each winter to play his ukuleles.

    His ukuleles are fine instruments. I'm considering ordering one myself.

    Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the final guilele!
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    I will be following the progress with interest. I really love your choices of wood and design elements. Thanks, Jim, for taking us along on your build journey.

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    Very cool Jim.
    The only reason I'd want a guilele is to have a smaller scale resonator "guitar" so I can play slide stuff on a uke instead of a big heavy guitar.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Thanks for allowing us to follow your build, Jim. I really like the glossy finish Jonathan is able achieve with Tru-Oil. Pretty amazing!
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiteruke View Post
    I was going to be bending the sides today, but when I started to set things up late yesterday, my heat blanket shorted out, blew the circuit breaker and fried the controller. Manure happens.... There is always something ...
    Doh! Sorry about that!
    Hopefully, we've got our glitch out of the way, and it'll be smooth sailing from here out.

    Thanks for all the responses, folks. Should be a fun ride.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    Jim,

    It is going to be beautiful! I like your choices and reasonings. This is a build thread I will be looking out for.

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    Default More design choices - binding

    https://imgur.com/a/0OZYMgW


    Rosewood, koa

    Maple, bog oak

    Paduk

    I jokingly said koa since I don't have a koa uke and this means I wouldn't need one.

    But really I said "luthiers choice" as Jonathan will have a better idea how all this will look under finish and how it all looks together with the chosen back, side, and top pieces. Jonathan might be leaning koa anyway, so we'll see.

    That is my side piece of sycamore though.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    The sycamore side looks "sick".......as in awesome!!!!! You never asked for my opinion but that never stopped me before, I vote the last one, paduk, for the bindings. It will add a really nice color component to the completed unit
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I vote the last one, paduk, for the bindings. It will add a really nice color component to the completed unit
    I think you nailed it with the "completed unit" - I think all of these could look good depending on the rest of the elements. This uke, er guitar, will not be lacking for color components in any case.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    I agree with Dave, the Padauk looks the best to me. Mahogany might be a nice contrast binding too.
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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