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Thread: I've now eaten my hat!

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    Default I've now eaten my hat!

    Many of you will remember how insistent I have been in the past about 'tradition' in ukulele design and building. Due to the way in which the market works here in Europe (K brands are king and I can no longer compete with them on koa grade or price, even with the exchange rate and duties to be paid!) I have done a complete mind shift and imagined the type of ukulele a 'guitarist' would want. As you can see from the video, the only thing missing is a cutaway which I am working to get right.

    The IR is 'orphan' dreadnought sides. For $25 I get a back and side set from these. The top is a particular type of spruce which the German seller calls 'moon-spruce' - lovely Alpine variety used principally for classical guitars. Flat African ebony fingerboard on this slotted headstock model - the flat headstock model will be fitted with UPT Gotohs) and will also have a radiused fingerboard and dot markers... I may try snowflakes if my back gets any better... Strung low G - re-entrant will be on request.

    So hat eaten more than once here

    Last edited by Pete Howlett; 06-16-2014 at 09:40 AM.

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    Wow! That's totally cool! Thanks for the video, and good luck with your new design.

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    Very nice Pete! I really like your new tenor design.
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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    Looks and sounds divine.

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    Kala KA FMTE - C (Low G)
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    Eugene Customised Tanglewood TU5 Baritone (High D)
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    Tenor Resonator Ukulele HB CLU 34-T
    Alida Electric Tenor
    Harley Benton CLU-Bass

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    Pete- do you like the sound better then your older trad models?

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    I am not qualified to judge the sound - Tommy likes it and I think most guitarists will. I love the immediacy you get from koa. This combo has a lot more 'throat'.

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    Very intriguing. Maybe because I was a guitarist first, this is very appealing.

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    I think it's lovely. I know that the purists are all about koa and perhaps grudgingly some mahogany but what's wrong with the sound of that? Not a uke traditional uke sound, pah? I say, play it and love it, enjoy the rich sounds and make something unique with it. I think you'll sell a bunch of them, the sound appeals to me for sure...

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    Very nice! Wishing you much success with it. Great design, and thoughts. Upt tuners on the flat head too.
    I'd rather be plucking at a ukulele on a faraway beach. I was not a soft-leather-Italian-shoe kind of man. I was a flip-flop man.
    J. Maarten Troost

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    Nothing wrong with permutation and utilizing an existing design to accommodate something new and different. Nice job!

    I went the opposite way and used a standard baritone uke design as the basis for my low tuned mandolin:

    http://www.bluestemstrings.com/pageMando.html
    The only thing better than playing is building!

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