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    Default NUD: Solid body --> Stick conversion

    I've been eyeing a fancy stick-uke (e.g., Risa), but realized that i had a cheapo solid body electric that I didn't ever use amplified. For me, the need is for an as-quiet-as-possible/as-small-as-possible practice uke.

    So, starting with a re-branded one of these (which I don't particularly recommend if you are looking for an electric solid body): https://cnzaudio.com/products/euk-200-electric-ukulele

    The process?
    1. Dug out the electronics
    2. Detached the (thankfully) screwed-on neck
    3. Table saw cuts to trim body
    4. Hand sanded to shape/smooth edges
    5. Resassembled and attached knobs as decoration


    I'm pretty happy with it; although it ended up being a little neck-heavy and a little front-heavy. I might fix both problem with some careful placement of counter-weights in the former electronics caverns on the back.
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    That's a clever conversion.
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    Nice! I had been thinking along the same lines with my Clearwater steel string electric - but I want to keep it as an electric at the same time.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Very clever, nicely done. Maybe you could reduce the weight at the headstock with some new lighter tuners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Nice! I had been thinking along the same lines with my Clearwater steel string electric - but I want to keep it as an electric at the same time.
    When I read your reply in my email, I figured you were from the UK. In this country, it's called the Vorson. I have the black and white version.
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    Yep, t'other side of the pond....

    (I find these quite heavy, & only really use it with headphones out of my Micro Cube amp, so cutting some weight off would be good.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Yep, t'other side of the pond....

    (I find these quite heavy, & only really use it with headphones out of my Micro Cube amp, so cutting some weight off would be good.)
    I wanted a traditional-looking electric uke, and for the price, the Vorson was perfect. Naturally, I read Baz's review before buying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Very clever, nicely done. Maybe you could reduce the weight at the headstock with some new lighter tuners.
    Good thought, but I think we're talking ounces, not grams here....
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    Tangi Mango Concert
    World of Ukes Eden Origin Tenor
    Koa Kalane Cutaway Concert Acacia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Nice! I had been thinking along the same lines with my Clearwater steel string electric - but I want to keep it as an electric at the same time.
    I'm positive I could have left the electronics in and just cut less. Just depends how much one wants to trim off. In this case, the electronics were for #$%! anyway....
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    Tiki King Flea Soprano
    J&D Solid Concert (a.k.a., CNZ EUK-200) - modded to stick
    Tangi Mango Concert
    World of Ukes Eden Origin Tenor
    Koa Kalane Cutaway Concert Acacia

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