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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradford View Post
    Thanks everyone. UkeforJC, it is not any harder to apply the finsh with the bridge on, I just mask the bridge off. The problem is trying to rub out and buff the finish with the bridge on. That like many aspects of building, is a compromise. I prefer to attach the neck and bridge before finishing and know that those glue joints are as good as I can make them, and deal with the cosmetic issues later. I have tried Bob Gleason's method of using a hot chisel to remove lacquer and found that a little too exciting for me.

    Brad
    Thanks Brad.
    I am always so tempted to just put the bridge on and string it up, once the body and neck are assembled. I am just so eagered to know how the instrument sounds and how is the intonation.
    I might give it a try ..

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    I keep looking at the pics. You have done an incredible job Bradford. Thank you!
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

    Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/richm2778

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    I am completely jonesing for this Uke!!!! I'm so psyched!! How's the finish going Bradford???
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

    Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/richm2778

    Custom Donaldson Concert Uke
    "Hugs & Kisses" Model 1.0
    "Na-ni"

    Lanikai Lu-21C
    "Cousin Larry"

    Charango of unknown origins by way of Trujillo, Peru.
    "Lolita"

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    This looks like (and sounds like) such a beautiful uke! It was great to watch the progress in this thread...post more pics when the uke arrives!

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    The finish has been sprayed on. I plan to rub it out next Wednesday and ship it on Thursday.

    Brad

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    WOW!!!! I thought it would be much longer for the finish! I cannot wait to get it in my hands and start strumming it!

    I have a question for you Bradford- I've been showing off the pics to my students and friends. I have some people that are curious if you also build guitars. In fact, one person told me that he has always wanted a simple mahogany handmade guitar for years. Not really any desire for bling type stuff. Just a hand-built acoustic. Do you do all fretted instruments?
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

    Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/richm2778

    Custom Donaldson Concert Uke
    "Hugs & Kisses" Model 1.0
    "Na-ni"

    Lanikai Lu-21C
    "Cousin Larry"

    Charango of unknown origins by way of Trujillo, Peru.
    "Lolita"

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    Hi mendel, I've built and sold 17 guitars, nine were arch tops and the rest flat tops of various sizes. The other fretted instruments I build are mandolins. I'm starting on an F model mando now. I'll post some progress pics of it in the non uke section. I happen to have some mahogany guitar sets that I got on sale from Hibdon, so if your friend wants a quote, send me an email.

    Brad

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    I will let him know tomorrow. Thanks Brad! BTW- I was playing the sound sample you posted on YouTube, and my son started dancing! Apparently, he likes your voice too. Sing it out Man!!!
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

    Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/richm2778

    Custom Donaldson Concert Uke
    "Hugs & Kisses" Model 1.0
    "Na-ni"

    Lanikai Lu-21C
    "Cousin Larry"

    Charango of unknown origins by way of Trujillo, Peru.
    "Lolita"

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    I'm so antsy!!! I can't wait to get it!!!!!!!
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

    Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/richm2778

    Custom Donaldson Concert Uke
    "Hugs & Kisses" Model 1.0
    "Na-ni"

    Lanikai Lu-21C
    "Cousin Larry"

    Charango of unknown origins by way of Trujillo, Peru.
    "Lolita"

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