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    Default Steel String

    Although I'm sure many of you will hate me for this, I really want to build a steel string electric ukulele this summer. I really like the sound of it; however, I don't like the price.

    The problem is, I don't really know what I'm doing. I know I need to use magnetic pickups but I don't know specifics (active vs. passive, etc.) Also would a mainland neck be able to stand the pressure of the steel strings and what should the body be made of and where can I find a body or materials for one. Finally how could I wire the pickup into the body with volume and tone knobs.

    Would it be possible to modify a small electric guitar?

    Again, I would appreciate any insight, even if it's to tell me I am nuts.

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    You're not nuts. You can get everything you need here in kit form. The scale of the mandolin is the same as a soprano uke, the mandola is close to a concert uke. Tune these instruments in GCEA and you've got yourself an electric ukulele.

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    Thanks a lot mzuch, I'll look into that, it seems really doable for me.

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    http://www.sagamusic.com/catalog/pro...=3&BrandID=131

    What do you think of this in comparison to the moongazers, the price is significantly lower so I would like to know the difference,

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    If you dig through the Moongazer site you see that it's possible to order all the parts separately too. By ordering a body blank you could shape it like a uke instead of a mandolin. Very cool!
    Allan

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    I wish I could do that but I am don't own a saw

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    A ten dollar coping saw and some sand paper will do it...it is the long way, but it will work

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    A steel string ukulele is a cavaquinho.

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