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    I can't find the topic where people were discussing getting better tone by moving the uke off of your body, as much as possible and it reminded me of the Tonegard for mandolins, where I found out they are very expensive and the guy doesn't make custom Ukegards anymore, which got me to search for a DIY solution, which I found easy enough on google and I just adapted it to fit a Ukulele and I came up with this:

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    I made it with 2 hangers (with the cardboard tubes removed) a bit of electrical tape, some channellocks, a small amount of fabric to cover the tape, needle and thread.

    Works like a charm.

    In a few threads someone had some photos of a custom Ukegard and I was wondering how much money I saved?

    Anyone else made one of these?
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    Very cool idea.

    I try to hold my tenors at about a 30 degree angle out away from me with the tail end against the side of my belly. And the neck angle at 45 degrees upwards.

    I play with a strap as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Very cool idea.

    I try to hold my tenors at about a 30 degree angle out away from me with the tail end against the side of my belly. And the neck angle at 45 degrees upwards.

    I play with a strap as well.
    If I'm sitting down, I don't notice the tone issue so much, but when I get up and hold it against my chest or when I play lying down in bed, I get some tone issues that bother me. The thing sounds thinner and too bright, and I want a sweet mellow sound. Now with this thing, it's even easier to hold while standing up, and it brings out a nice tone as if I am sitting and holding the uke off of my belly. I guess it pushed the Uke out to a sweet spot for me to hold on to it. And the exoskeleton probably grabs onto my shirt a bit as well, keeping it up easier.
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    That looks like a pretty ingenious setup! Now, if you could get a patent on it, I bet it might sell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    That looks like a pretty ingenious setup! Now, if you could get a patent on it, I bet it might sell.
    I didn't invent this design, I adapted it for my uke from John Chappell's article Do It Yourself: Mandolin and Ukulele Tone Frame on the Harmony Central website (first entry in google search for "DIY Tone Guard for Mandolin". I did add in some hand sewn jackets for the electrical taped wire frame because my tape was funky and I didn't want it to ruin my Koa. After day 3 it is still working well, it settled in after day 1 and isn't adjusting any more. It is tight to the Uke body and doesn't shift as I hold it. I am enjoying the extra burst of pleasant tone and volume.

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