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    Default The Pixelele

    Just finished this for my grandkids. It's has a baritone scale. The body is mostly poplar.

    Pixelele

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    Very cute idea... How about calling it a Legolele?

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    How does it sound? Kinda boxy I imagine
    Ukulele:
    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, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

    !Flukutronic!

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    I don't know what I'm looking at here. The photo of the head looks real. But the photo of the entire Uke looks like graphics to me. Is this a real, or virtual instrument?
    "The sole cause of all human misery is the inability of people
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    pixelele by Thomas Snape, on Flickr
    Ukulele:
    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, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

    !Flukutronic!

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    Very nice, the grandkids will love it. It would go well with a Minecraft Halloween costume. It does look like it’d be a bit uncomfortable for your left forearm, though.

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    OK, that shows what it is. I assume from the first picture that the Uke is finished now. Very cool idea! Hopefully, it sounds good too!
    "The sole cause of all human misery is the inability of people
    to sit quietly in their rooms." - Blaise Pascal, 1670

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    It was built by request for two rambunctious boys (ages 4 and 6) who for all I know will put it on the floor and jump on it, haha. So no, it doesn't sound like a Martin, but it doesn't sound bad either. It sounds pretty good when picked, strumming is meh. The sides are 1/4" (6mm) thick and the top and back bracing is heavy. The body is poplar, and I tried to pick some with interesting grain, but in the end I think the streaks are too much and overwhelm the rosette, which is sort of a parquet thing of walnut tiles. For the tuners I pulled the plastic knobs off of some Grovers and made some square ones from ebony. By the way, if you take the screw out of the gear on the Grover tuner, you can take it completely apart which greatly aids knob removal. It also allows you to swap parts between the 8 series and 9 series tuners so you can mix shaft lengths and knob styles.

    Yes, the jagged lower bout edge is the antithesis of a comfortable arm bevel. But what are you going to do in a square edged world? It can be compensated for by holding the instrument in a certain way. If any of my grandkids show interest in playing music when they're older I can make them proper instruments.
    Last edited by Tom Snape; 03-14-2021 at 10:43 AM. Reason: spelling corrections

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    Great concept! I'd love to see the finished instrument when it's done.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Here are some more photos of the completed ukulele.

    Pixelele_04

    Pixelele_01

    Pixelele_03

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