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    Default Building Solid body Electric ukes

    So, for those here who are building solidbody ukes (Pete, for one I know). What type of neck is best? Bolt-on? Set? Or neck through design? What are the processes to making each of the different ones? Any tips?

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    Can't see the point of the bolt on - this was designed specifically for mass production by unskilled labour and has all the blah de blah that goes with lifetime warranty etc. I use a simple mortice/pocket joint. I have a pile of acoustic ukes to build at the moment and have put the Firefly on hold til January. I have been documenting the build but want to release it as a single 10 minute movie with overdub voice and music - a little different from my regular vids. You will see the pocket joint being cut...

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    If its four string you don't even need to pocket it. Just extend the fretboard a little bit and add a heel. Really I mean it the wood will give way long before the joint will and it will be easy to build and repair if needed later on.


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    Unless I have a shoulder to work to I don't get the clean lines my work is reknowned for. When you see the build you will see how easy it is to achieve the complete build with 5 routing jigs, a decent rasp and some sandpaper. The expense in these projects is in the top woods, finish and electrics.

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    Pete I have been using double sided sand paper held against the neck joint and the body to make a good contact it seems to work well.

    I was just suggesting it for the first time builder. The pocket is a better solution but it requires a bit more tool specialization .


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    If I were interested in building a solid body electric, could I start there?

    Or is it best to learn acoustic building first?

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    It depends what you want the experience to be doesn't it? Building an electric is quite satisfying because there is not a lot that can go wrong, you can purchase premade parts, your local joiners/cabinet shop would help you out and best of all, you can get by with a rasp,file, bock plane and sandpaper near enough!

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    Is there a video (or book) that is good to look at first?

    You would suggest a kit for a first try?

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    I have a little vid here. Contact me if you want a kit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    I have a little vid here. Contact me if you want a kit...
    I've seen that vid - it's a good one - but not a detailed as hoped and no part two?

    Do you have one showing the whole process or just the basic assembly?

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