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    Hey Everyone!

    Another thread got me thinking. If you were set loose to build something completely unique and new with no concern about $, what would you build?

    What woods would you use and why?
    What type of design would you choose?
    What would you do to set this- your masterpiece- completely apart from other Ukes you have built in the past???
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

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    It would probably sound aweful, but I'd love to see a uke made entirely out of glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casetone2514 View Post
    It would probably sound aweful, but I'd love to see a uke made entirely out of glass.
    That would be insane. Like a one piece full blown glass soundbox.... Absolutely nuts.
    Have a Happy Day, and remember- Take the time to play!!!!

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    That's exactly it! Although it would haveto be moulded, not blown (I'm not sure whether you meant blown glass) as I would want it to show all the bracing and kerfing inside. Plus, ground glass stoppers for pegs. I know it's totally mental, but I want one!

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    Seems to me I've seen pictures of a glass violin... (no idea when or where).

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    Oregon luthier Jayson Bowerman had a glass lap steel at Healdsburg. There are pics on his website, bowermanguitars.com .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave g View Post
    Seems to me I've seen pictures of a glass violin... (no idea when or where).
    Here She is Dave...Hand blown.

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    I don't think most luthiers think in terms building a one time masterpiece. What constitutes a masterpiece? Looks? It has to be sound, first and foremost in my opinion. Does a Strad look any different from most violins, no. Do they sound different, yep. Any well made uke in the right hands can be a masterpiece or sound like one. Yes, we build with every possible combination of woods, size, bling, etc. Do we call them masterpieces, not unless we have a very big ego. Ukes can get so fancy with so many extras that they don't get played, just collected. What's the point of that!

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    For me, I'd probably make a Tenor Ukulele, with a few features.
    - It tunes itself via a motor placed in the tuning pegs
    - Has a built in amp with stompbox effects, which can be turned on and off via a touch screen on the back of the ukulele
    - The fretboard lights up so that you can upload MIDI like files (like the ones for piano, except, well, ukulele) and learn new songs
    - OPTIONAL: Runs on Tridium
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    I want one with a built in rum flask.

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