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Thread: NUD: Tennis Racket Uke

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    Default NUD: Tennis Racket Uke

    After seeing a couple of tennis racket ukes here and online, I thought I'd give it a try. I bought a few rackets on eBay in April and moved slowly toward completion. It it perfect? Of course not, but I'm satisfied, and I did learn a lot along the way, with help from members here.

    The body is western cedar, and the additions to the handle and headstock are oak, with a layer of cedar on top of the headstock. I wanted to make the headstock match the shape of the body, but I forgot about the need to place the tuners within a half inch of the edge. That resulted in a sharp angle for the C and E strings. People here suggested using string guides. They arrived from Stew-Mac today, and I attached one. The next time, I'll be more careful placing the tuners.

    The strings are Worth Brown with low-G. The sound is nice and mellow. It's loud enough, and it has nice sustain. It isn't really finished yet. I still have adjust the action, clean it up, and center the nut, which I just noticed it is off-center. Looking at the pictures, it seems like the bridge is tilted, but the ruler says it's straight. It's a tenor, by the way.

    Total cost was $61.55.

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    Last edited by Jerryc41; 11-13-2020 at 07:14 AM.
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    That’s really cool, Jerry!

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    That's fantastic! It's been fun watching your journey with it and great to see the payoff!

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    Thanks!.....
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    A Dunlop Pineapple! I like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    That’s really cool, Jerry!
    I agree, that is cool!

    Congratulations Jerry!
    -Hodge
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    Love the look of it and especially love the contrast of the woods selected and shallow body profile that preserves its racket-y origin as much as possible.

    Bluesy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    A Dunlop Pineapple! I like it
    It started life as a Wilson Chris Evert.

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    I love it! It looks great. To be honest I think the "V" shape created by the string guide is really a great design detail. Perfect place to add your logo.

    Terrific build. I envy your skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I love it! It looks great. To be honest I think the "V" shape created by the string guide is really a great design detail. Perfect place to add your logo.

    Terrific build. I envy your skill.
    Thanks. My "skill" look great in a small picture, but I learned from my mistakes. I was surprised the string guide was so small. The spacing is less than on the nut, and that was made for a guitar.
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