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Thread: Build Thread: Tenor Guitalele by Jonathan Dale/Jupiter Ukulele

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    Cool Build Thread: Tenor Guitalele by Jonathan Dale/Jupiter Ukulele

    This will be my second Jupiter. The first is #47, a baritone scale and body parlor guitar
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Custom-Guilele

    This one is going to be somewhat similar, just shrunk down to tenor scale and body size, and designed for standard linear ADGCEA guitalele tuning.

    This thread will present some of the design choices.

    Discussion on this one began with a blog post for his previous batch. This one:
    http://jupiteruke.com/2019/11/18/ive-got-your-backs-2/

    I really liked the look of the tamarind one and even asked if it was available to maybe turn into a guitalele. Alas, it was too far gone down the path to being a regular tenor. (And a very nice tenor it turned out to be. As of this writing, it is still available? What?!? http://jupiteruke.com/tenor-ukuleles...redwood-tenor/ )

    Anyway, Jon penciled me in for the next batch and contacted me about a month later to start talking specifics. He had some more of the tamarind so that was a shoo-in for the back&sides. For the top, Jon suggested Port Orford cedar. As he put it, "I have some nice sets cut from old beach logs out west. I have used it once, and I sent a set to a friend and fellow ukulele builder out west, and we both independently used the same words to describe the tone - "bell like". It had a kind of sparkling clarity, yet still a nice warm low end. "

    That sounded good to me so away we go.
    Last edited by Jim Hanks; 03-08-2020 at 05:12 PM.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Default Back Choices

    Two sets to choose from for the back:

    Higher res pics:
    https://i.imgur.com/P3YDVVG.png
    https://i.imgur.com/xT4AIOd.png
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    I like back #2 the most. The concept sounds very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    I like back #2 the most. The concept sounds very interesting!
    I think I'm going to keep my selections to myself until the big reveal.
    But y'all can feel free to guess or express your own choice.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Oh, thought it was a poll...I like polls!

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    Default Top choices

    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Oooo I really do love that Tamarind! Do you have anything in mind for possible binding?
    Soprano
    KoAloha Opio - Acacia

    Tenors
    aNueNue UT200 Moon Bird - Spruce/Rosewood
    Jupiter Ukulele #64 - Cedar/Sycamore
    KoAloha KTM-00 - Koa
    Pono PC-5 Series Pineapple - Mango

    Baritone+
    Pono UL4-30 - Spruce/Rosewood Steel String

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaminTheWeaver View Post
    Do you have anything in mind for possible binding?
    Binding will be black bog oak like #67 linked above. Here it is (not mine)
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    I like back #2 the most. The concept sounds very interesting!
    I agree with your choice. Imagine how either one will look with a finish applied!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I agree with your choice. Imagine how either one will look with a finish applied!
    That was my thinking too. I also tend to go for the straighter grain on top. A nice gloss finish on the body, satin finish on the neck, classy!
    It makes more sense to me to have the less complicated of the spalted backs/sides for long term reliability.
    So, just to be annoying (again?), my choices: back #2 and top #4

    Annoyance mode off, over and out.

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