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Thread: Next on the cards- Selmer/Maccaferri style uke

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    Good luck Beau. Seems like there are a few fans of the shape and it's always good to distinguish yourself from the others.

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    I'll be watching this thread with interest too - love the selMac shape

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    Quote Originally Posted by nongdam View Post
    Good luck Beau. Seems like there are a few fans of the shape and it's always good to distinguish yourself from the others.
    Hey Daniel..

    you hear of Dennis Lake/Po Maina guitars/ukulele...he has been building ukes like this for 6 years now..i think he on the Big Island

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaii 50 View Post
    Hey Daniel..

    you hear of Dennis Lake/Po Maina guitars/ukulele...he has been building ukes like this for 6 years now..i think he on the Big Island
    Len, thanks for sharing...I just checked his website and he got some talented players endorsing his ukes. Double puka and the island jazz styles are nice.

    So many talented builders out there that I don't know about
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    So you curving the front before you joint it like a Mac?
    Pete-
    As far as I cant tell, no uke maker is joining tops like the original guitar tops were joined (like a European mandolin). I have seen a Selmer guitar copy professionally and meticulously made like the originals were, with bending/kinking the top halves separately then joining the angled kinked halves.

    I thought about doing that (I can use some pre made jointing jigs) and decided not to as I think it will just stiffen the top up way to much. I have discussed this with the customer and the Django sound I then considered joining THEN kinking the lower part of the top behind the bridge in a more simple way. Not sure how glue would hold up to this though but it may work- Ill do some scrap tests as ive never had a reason to try such a thing.

    This also leads somewhat to the bridge type. i really like those Selmer tail pieces but i think having those 4 strings leading to the back of the uke would be not so great, so im going with a normal bridge but with an idealised Selmer wings look. Having said that this Graziano fellow makes the tail piece version look pretty good.

    I'm doing the oval hole btw

    I'm actually wanting to build 4 or 5 of these all identical but with different bracing. 5 fan, ladder (like the guitars), lattice, X and radial. Any thoughts???

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Waldron View Post
    After I saw your post....... played with this a little, while I was away from the shop this afternoon. We don't have your guitar model shown drawn but we have the other style........ Be glad to play with this a little more and can give you a little more detail/dimensions if this will help.

    Attachment 54292

    Thanks Kevin- i think im going to go with the 10" lower bout which i came to simply by reducing the guitar plans until the body length was 12"- looking at the guitars, they are a strange somewhat squat shape so i was reluctant to bring in the LB to 9". I may change my mind but the 10" will fit into a standard baritone case.- the waist is at about the same place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Turner View Post
    One of the best sounding Tony Graziano ukes I've played was a SelMac style tenor. It sounded just fantastic.
    I hadn't seen that website Rick, thanks- his stuff looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    I'm actually wanting to build 4 or 5 of these all identical but with different bracing. 5 fan, ladder (like the guitars), lattice, X and radial. Any thoughts???
    Here's a Macaferri style uke w/ 9.5" lower bout that fits in a Ko'olau tenor case.

    Bracing.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Turner View Post
    One of the best sounding Tony Graziano ukes I've played was a SelMac style tenor. It sounded just fantastic.
    Oh, my, that's pretty sweet....




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    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    Oh, my, that's pretty sweet....
    sweet is the right word for that beauty

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    Oh, my, that's pretty sweet....


    Thanks for posting the Graziano..

    Tony very underrated builder..he has been building for over 30 years..great journeyman craftsmen..has many one off ukes,if you ever get a chance to go to his shop he has pictures of all his ukes,some wonderful looking ukuleles..
    the finish on his ukes done by Addam Stark also in Santa Cruz(his shop right next door to Rick Turner)

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    You can ask Graham MacDonald in Canberra about doing bent tops Beau. Or Nick Oliver over in Christchurch. Far more experience on bending tops than anyone else I know.
    Last edited by Allen; 06-11-2013 at 10:08 AM.

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