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    Default Custom Build Tenor - Your input is.....

    I'm considering having a ukulele custom made for me. It will be mahogany tenor size with a slot head. What suggestions would you have for me to take into consideration? I already am talking to a luthier and think I have taken most things into account, HOWEVER, maybe one of your ideas is just the thing I'd like to add to the mix. Thanks in advance for your input.
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    I don't know much about woods and what not, but I know if I was getting a custom built I would probably add some sort of personal inlay onto the fretboard or something.
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    I'd probably want my binding to be somewhat "distinctive."
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    Tuners...seems like lighter tuners are preferred but it's a price point issue but I don't think you're too concerned about price if you are getting custom and looking at your collection.

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    Does your luthier already build ukes? A lot of guitar makers turned uke makers overbuild their first instruments, then they underbuild the next ones, then they get it right...

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    Why Mahogony over all the other woods out there? If I was going for a custom job, I'd go for a higher end wood.

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    I'm considering David Newton. He has built both guitars and ukes.
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    I do not have a Mahogony uke, so I am leaning in that direction.
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    Thanks everyone for the input, and please keep it coming. So far, the comments have been very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Turner View Post
    Does your luthier already build ukes? A lot of guitar makers turned uke makers overbuild their first instruments, then they underbuild the next ones, then they get it right...
    Ha! This is true. Like Goldilocks and the Bears. I've been working with a luthier who regularly builds guitars. When I showed him my good ukuleles, he was floored that they are so lightly braced and the wood is so thin.

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