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Thread: Build Thread: Custom Tenor Ukulele by Marshall Stapleton

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    Steve, The ebony is going to look fantastic. It's a beautiful, deep rich looking wood. And the pieces you chose are wonderful. The torrefied spruce should be a nice counter to the ebony and project like crazy. It's gonna knock it out of the park.

    As far as pickups go, I prefer passives because I don't play amplified all that often. (I have 2 K&Ks & a Pono) So I don't want to chance having the battery go bad by leaving it in the instrument for months without charging. (Or changing.) If you are going to use it with an amp a lot, then the Baggs and the Misi both have great reputations.

    Really great to be able to watch the build in progress. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    PS: Your HUG ukulele club looks like a fun group. Very active as well. That's terrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Steve, The ebony is going to look fantastic. It's a beautiful, deep rich looking wood. And the pieces you chose are wonderful. The torrefied spruce should be a nice counter to the ebony and project like crazy. It's gonna knock it out of the park.

    As far as pickups go, I prefer passives because I don't play amplified all that often. (I have 2 K&Ks & a Pono) So I don't want to chance having the battery go bad by leaving it in the instrument for months without charging. (Or changing.) If you are going to use it with an amp a lot, then the Baggs and the Misi both have great reputations.

    Really great to be able to watch the build in progress. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    PS: Your HUG ukulele club looks like a fun group. Very active as well. That's terrific.
    Thank you for your kind words, hopefully it will turn out to look and sound fantastic.

    It will be used at a lot of gigs, so will be plugged in a lot.

    I've already purchased the L.R. Baggs Five.O, and it's with Marshall, so decision is pretty much made...

    HUG takes a lot of time for the those of us that help run it, but it's worth it.
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    And here's the design of the rosette.

    I do not like a lot of bling on my ukuleles, and I think this looks pretty classy, ebony with maple veneer.

    Rosette 2.jpg
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    More progress

    Top Bracing 01 UU.jpg

    Top Bracing 02 UU.jpg

    Soundport 04 UU.jpg

    The faint white line you can see on the side is about the final shape.

    Comment from Marshall about the top.

    "This one sounds amazing with the struts glued on! The tap tone really rings out with different notes depending where you tap it"
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    And even more

    Wiring for the pick-up

    Pick Up UU.jpg

    Rear showing fillet etc.

    Rear 01 UU.jpg

    Back with strengthening strip

    strengthening strip UU.jpg

    Glueing the top on

    Glueing Top On UU.jpg

    Top fitted

    Top Fitted UU.jpg
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    Congratulations, Steve, you'll be having an amazing birthday present! Great choice of wood, that ebony looks spectacular. The bracing looks very interesting as well. Looking forward to see more.

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    That's going to be a great looking & sounding ukulele. It's nice that you can have the pickup installed during the build. I'd think it would make positioning and securing the wiring and the battery easier? Anyway, thanks for posting the photos. Fun to see.

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    And a few more photos from Marshall.

    Neck joint, lots more carving to do on the neck though

    Neck Joint UU.jpg

    Fretboard trial fit, bindings are just temporary for fitting purposes.

    Fretboard Trial UU.jpg

    Back braces getting glued.

    Back Braces UU.jpg
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    Getting so much closer, what a gorgeous ukulele. So enjoying following along.
    I may be getting as excited as you are Steve.

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    I'm currently trying to decide what shape the end of the fretboard should be.....

    Straight, wavy, angled, circular, pointed

    So much choice my head is spinning.
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