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    Default Pear wood for ukulele body

    I decided to take up a challenge and built my own ukulele. I am good with the shape, string and stuff but I am not very confident about the material. I need something unique. I was thinking about pear but I am not convinced. Do you have any ideas? What unique wood could I use? I was opting for fruit trees but perhaps I am totally wrong in that aspect.
    Hi I am Chris and I manage solar Albury

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    Join Date
    Jun 2020


    Hi Rick! There's a whole subforum on here for builders, you might want to check it out:

    I haven't built from pear but I've used it for other projects and it would do great for a uke body or neck. It's similar in it's qualities (stiffness, density, workability) to many commonly used hardwoods. Fruit woods in general are usually good to work with, although for instrument building you need to be mindful about quality of the lumber - specifically, choosing wood with good straight grain, as little runout as possible, and few defects. Wood with a lot of runout, crazy grain, knots, or other defects can be challenging, especially on the sides (since it'll be hard to bend) or for the neck (you want stable, straight grained wood for the neck).

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    May 2010


    Pearwood might work well - it's used a lot in recorders.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2014


    Marco Todeschini of Antica Ukuleleria builds in pearwood.

    If you go to his website ( or Facebook/Instagram you'll find some of his ukes with bodies out of pearwood. I have two of Marco's instruments, both have a pear fingerboard.

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    Jan 2016


    I had my most recent uke built from silver wattle and king billy pine. It turned out great. It's worth a try experimenting with more unusual tone woods.

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    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    Somebody just posted a pear Bruko for sale:
    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
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1


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