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Thread: NUD: License Plate Uke

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    Default NUD: License Plate Uke

    I got it finished last night while watching TV, but there is still a lot of adjusting to do. The string tension has pulled up the edges of the license plate, and it vibrates, so I'll have to do something about that.

    The action is way too high, but I just stuck the saddle into the slot, so both nut and saddle will need work. I used two dowels and a screw to attach the neck. The body is heavy, so I wanted a strong connection.

    I used license plate bolts I had in the garage. When I opened the package, I saw a special Allen wrench. That's the only thing that will turn those bolts. Ridiculous. I'll be replacing them.

    I'm surprised at the deep, loud sound it produces, and it will sound better when I get the license plate secured and adjust then action. There are no sound holes, but I do have a pickup I might install later.

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    Very cool, Jerry! I think it's safe to say that you're handier than I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Very cool, Jerry! I think it's safe to say that you're handier than I am!
    Just don't look too close. And don't bring an angle gauge near it.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I like that Jerry, very clever.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
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    I'm pretty sure that's the quirkiest uke I've ever seen. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I like that Jerry, very clever.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 39)

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
    Thanks. It was a learning experience.
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    Pure whimsy and super fun. Will make anyone who sees it smile.

    Bluesy.

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    Nice! I’m surprised it’s loud without sound holes.

    The Hawaii plate’s great for a uke! How similar is it to a real plate size- and material-wise?

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    Nice! Need to hear a sound sample.
    What could possibly go wrong?

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    So how'd ya make it? Internal bracing etc.
    Looks cool.

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