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Thread: Next up- 'AstroCaster' Ukulele build

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    Default Next up- 'AstroCaster' Ukulele build

    I had fun building my last 2 ukes, an electric SG Jr. tenor and a StewMac mahogany Tenor. So I decided for a winter project I'd make another electric uke based on a guitar I designed & built, called the 'AstroCaster'.

    The AstroCaster has (3) P90 pickups, but the uke size will only fit 2, and this one will have a 20 fret Soprano scale to make it all work out proportionally. Maple neck, Poplar body painted lime green pearl, (2) Alnico 5 single coils, and the big challenge, a Stratocaster-style tremolo cut down to 4 strings.

    Here's the sketch alongside the guitar:
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    Your guitar looks so cool! Annie Clark (St. Vincent) recently made one w/ a similar looking design too! 000E421A-E706-44BF-92D9-251C10C4C13B.jpg

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    Yes, that's the signature guitar made for her by Ernie Ball Music Man guitars.

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    I got the tremolo cut down to a 4 string using a jeweler's saw, files, sandpapers and JB Weld:
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    Excellent job on the tremolo modification. That guitar design will look great as an electric uke.

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    Finally got all the parts rounded up; some came from China, so it took a while.
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    Looks great!

    Will it use steel or regular ukulele strings?
    The crew...Giannini Baritone Uke, Washburn Rover "4-string tenor guitar", Yamaha G-85A classical guitar.

    In the works....LP style long scale wide neck solid body electric tenor guitar.

    Wall hanger...The Loar Honey Creek type-A Mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old and slow View Post
    Looks great!

    Will it use steel or regular ukulele strings?
    Magnetic pick-ups will not work with non-metal strings.

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    Sorry for the delay; holidays, hooking up a new heater in my garage, etc.

    Today I routed & glued the carbon fiber rod in the neck blank, and made a jig to cut my very first fretboard slots. Turns out to be pretty easy using cheap materials that I had on hand- a Harbor Freight Japanese pull saw, a carpenters square, some left over wood chunks and some carpet tape. I used a piece of 1/4" MDF taped to the saw blade to stiffen it & set the depth of cut. The same setup could be used on a full size guitar as well.
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    Got the neck roughed in today:
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