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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Sorry, Hodge, the luthier has chosen: "I will go with the casuarina. The rest of the instrument is very 'woody', meaning that there is a lot of wood grain and pattern showing, and there are all the woods in the Picasso headplate, so using a casuarina fingerboard which while darker still shows a fair amount of wood grain is consistent. I think a flat almost black katalox board would look a bit out of place."

    Sound reasoning to me.
    Good rationale from the builder for his selection of Casuarina.
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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    Default Closing up the box

    "Got the 'box' closed up, and the first coat of sealer on, which I put on before doing the binding as it stabilizes the wood and makes the cutting of the binding channels go smoother and more chip-free. The sealer lets one see more the color of the finished instrument which is always exciting."



    Current Stable:
    -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
    -Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Once upon a time:
    RISA Concert Stick
    Bruko sop. custom #6
    Lanikai lam hog bari
    Kala SLNG
    Bruko bari
    Gold Tone BUT
    Ohana TKS-15E


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    Just before closing up the box (mine on the left):
    Current Stable:
    -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
    -Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Once upon a time:
    RISA Concert Stick
    Bruko sop. custom #6
    Lanikai lam hog bari
    Kala SLNG
    Bruko bari
    Gold Tone BUT
    Ohana TKS-15E


    Jim's Blog

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    #47 coming along:


    Current Stable:
    -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
    -Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Once upon a time:
    RISA Concert Stick
    Bruko sop. custom #6
    Lanikai lam hog bari
    Kala SLNG
    Bruko bari
    Gold Tone BUT
    Ohana TKS-15E


    Jim's Blog

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    Wow Jim thanks for the eye candy. Bunch o' good lookin' ukes there. Really nice use of different wood combinations for color and contrast. I'm impressed.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    What Dave said. Keep the pics coming. I’m drooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Just before closing up the box (mine on the left):
    Always cool to see the bracing design! Nice cross bracing! Thanks!
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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    Default Binding installed



    Looks like he went with the koa on mine. Although the one to the left says koa on the paper, it sure looks like sycamore to me.
    Current Stable:
    -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
    -Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Once upon a time:
    RISA Concert Stick
    Bruko sop. custom #6
    Lanikai lam hog bari
    Kala SLNG
    Bruko bari
    Gold Tone BUT
    Ohana TKS-15E


    Jim's Blog

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    Default Black light in uke building, who knew?

    "Just so you are prepared, the koa used as your binding glows pretty brightly yellow under ultraviolet (UV) light. So when you are up on stage shredding, and the lighting manager hits the black lights, the edges of your instrument will glow pretty brightly.



    Wood varies in its response to UV light, and koa itself is quite variable. Black Locust glows really brightly, bits of black locust sawdust on the shop floor glow like little stars. This koa (who knew) is almost as bright a glower as locust.

    I use a little UV flashlight to look for glue remnants when sanding down bindings. Titebond glue also glows yellow under UV, and one can find little bits of exposed glue or glue smears that are not visible under ordinary light."

    "This is what it looks like in 'regular' light. Bindings sanded flush, and the first coat of sealer applied."
    Current Stable:
    -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
    -Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Once upon a time:
    RISA Concert Stick
    Bruko sop. custom #6
    Lanikai lam hog bari
    Kala SLNG
    Bruko bari
    Gold Tone BUT
    Ohana TKS-15E


    Jim's Blog

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    Hi Jim......just a note to say I am watching this thread with interest.......It appears you are having a lot of fun and your homework is exemplary. I can't wait to see and hear the results!
    Mike

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