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    Default Four Different Kinds of Myrtle

    Following up on our last myrtle thread, I though I would share some photos of the diversity of myrtle we have on hand. The really stripey stuff is the same board we used for the Eddie Vedder uke, which we have all set aside for signature models.

    The frog's hair is as I mentioned last week, super tight curl.

    The curly soprano is one piece top and one piece back.

    The plain myrtle is, well, plain myrtle. Economical, easy to work with, darkens over time, and local to us. IMG_1350.jpgIMG_1351.jpgIMG_1352.jpgIMG_1353.jpg

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    Hi! Aaron,
    thank you for posting these pictures.
    I have been thinking about asking you this question about those bridge clamps you guys use. Sorry, it is not about the Myrtle wood.

    I also have a few of those and I found that they are not very stiff at all. Therefore, I was not sure whether these clamps can provide enough clamping pressure.
    I guess for string through type of bridges, these clamps work ok.

    From your experience, do these clamps provide enough clamping pressure for the tie style or knot style bridges? Have you encountered any problem using those?
    Thanks a lot..

    JC

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    We are up to 700 ukes with only one or two bridges popping off. A good joint needs very little glue and not as much pressure as most people think. Those four clamps working together are usually enough without extra help. You see a small piece of mdf on that one to help spread the pressure, I often don't even need that. Sometimes I add one more stiffer clamp if I have a problem area or a couple more cauls on the wings. I think it helps that our tops are flat in that area and not domed, so the joint is simple and the clamping isn't difficult.

    I think many new builders over clamp and starve joints, which results in failure.

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    Looks really nice. I like the stripey one.Really nice job.

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    Thank you for your input. That makes a lot of sense.

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    Very pretty woods!!

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    I'd love to have one of the EV signature models. How many ukes do you think you can make with the amount of wood you have set aside from that board? Is the really stripey myrtle rare?
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    Loving my striped myrtle tenor! I read somewhere that myrtle "soaks" up minerals in the soil that give the wood it's coloring. Do you have any insight on this?
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    Nate- I think we have 10 more sets from the Eddie Vedder board.

    Ryanvt- I have never heard that but it sounds cool!

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    is that pic from your place in CO?

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