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    I've seen some guitars and some ukes with a second soundhole, one that faces the player. Has anyone built a uke with second soundhole, a hole on the shoulder? I'm wondering if I could make one with a simple trap door on the shoulder.? Has anyone had any experience with this or seen one?
    Will the second hole ruin the sound?

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    The second hole has been done, I believe it sounds good to the player, as it sends more sound his/her way. A trap door is an interesting idea.

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    I build all of my concerts and tenors with a side sound port. I think it opens up the sound a lot. The high notes ring especially clear and I feel like there is a substantial increase in sustain. There is still plenty of lower end too, and the volume and clarity are better from a players and audience standpoint. The only downside I can see is all of the questions people ask about the hole in the side.

    This is only my opinion and I am sure that someone will be along soon with the oposite opinion.

    About the trap door. Try it and let us know.

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    I fear that a trap door would lead to all sorts of strange questions. I used to have a motorcycle with the fuel tank under the seat. The visible "fuel tank" was a "glove" compartment for carrying various items. It was very convenient, but I spent a lot of time explaining things to puzzled strangers.

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    Check out Hana Lima's web page store and look under plans. The Kasha braced ukuleles plans have side sound holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I fear that a trap door would lead to all sorts of strange questions. I used to have a motorcycle with the fuel tank under the seat. The visible "fuel tank" was a "glove" compartment for carrying various items. It was very convenient, but I spent a lot of time explaining things to puzzled strangers.

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    I've seen guitars with a sliding door built inside the upper bout that is meant to adjust the output of a SSP. I'm not sure what the point would be however.
    Under what circumstances would you ever want the instrument to sound less than it's best? I agree with Thomas's observations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    I've seen guitars with a sliding door built inside the upper bout that is meant to adjust the output of a SSP. I'm not sure what the point would be however.
    Under what circumstances would you ever want the instrument to sound less than it's best? I agree with Thomas's observations.
    I take it you feel it sounds better to everyone, and not just to the person playing the instrument?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattclara View Post
    I take it you feel it sounds better to everyone, and not just to the person playing the instrument?
    I can only speak of my own instruments. It not only gives the player a little extra feedback but also increases forward projection. Perhaps more importantly it opens the instrument up. Curiously, I have found the same to be true of my dual puka (double sound hole) ukes. Makes one question the traditional sound hole size, placement and number............
    BTW, I have found that in order for a SSP to be effective, the main sound hole needs to be made a bit smaller than normal.
    This is MY experience on MY ukuleles. All usual disclaimers apply.
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    isn't it called a monitor hole?

    My 'ukuleles:
    • LU-21P Lanikai Soprano Pineapple
    • LFM-T Lanikai Flamed Maple Tenor
    • Lauren Baritone

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