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Thread: Not your Grandpa's Cigar Box Uke

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    Default Not your Grandpa's Cigar Box Uke

    Here is something a little different. An asymmetrical cigar box uke with a Kamaka style peghead. All koa with graphics from Rancho Aloha Coffee Company.
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    Very cool!! Love it with the Fender headstock.
    That coffee box was actually koa or you used koa and put the graphics on?

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    A local engraver did the graphics with Bruce Corker's permission. Great coffee from the big island.

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    I see from your website that you are a pro and produce some beautiful instruments!

    This is an interesting looking 'cigar box ' uke. I'm thinking you must have a router jig to make those corner joints rather than simple butt joints?

    I wasn't aware that this is a Fender headstock, to me it was just unusual/different. I for one am interested to see the finished instrument and to read your impressions of the way it sounds.

    It's good to see something different.

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    The finger joints are hand cut. It isn't a Fender headstock, although it does look a little Fenderish. It is a copy of a Kamaka headstock used by Sam Kamaka decades ago. I have built dozens of cigar box ukes, and they sound pretty good for such a small soundbox. I decided to make this one full size tenor, and use koa for the body and neck.
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    Getting ready to close the box.
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    Looking good! I DO like a bit of asymmetry.

    John Colter

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    Thanks John.
    To the builders out there: Do you know what I mean by the "whooshing" sound? When the body gets attached to the neck, and you rub the headstock and you can hear that whooshing sound resonating from the sound board? You just know it is going to have a great sound when it gets strung up. This one has lots of whooooosh!

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    Yes, I do know what you mean, Tukanu. That dry, sibilant sound you get when handling the uke in its unfinished state. The portents are good!

    John Colter

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    You're right, definitely not a fender headstock but I love it.
    Really creative uke. Looks like it will be a lot of fun

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