I’m selling handmade fretboards necklaces and keychains. They are made by me in my garage. They come in various sizes (ranging from 1″ to 3″) and the majority of them are dark brown (although I did make a few maple ones). Send an email to me to order and let me know if you want small, medium, large, or random size. PayPal is the preferred method of payment.
Above are the results of the voting. Congratulations to the winners. Everyone who entered did a great job.
Winner of my Tennis Racquet Ukulele:
Winners of guitar holders. (There are 3 winners instead of 2 because 3rd place was a tie)
Here are all the video entries in my Lafayette Lilt contest. I’m very impressed with the entries.
Please vote for your favorite entry. You may vote every day until January 15, 2016. Feel free to share the link to this post with family and friends.
Good luck to the contestants! You guys are awesome!
Ryan Mars Hall
I made a tennis racquet ukulele before, but this time I wanted to do a few thing differently. I wanted to have a wooden top and back, and I wanted to widen the neck enough to use a normal sized fretboard.
I planed down the body and the handle.
To make the neck wide enough for the fretboard, I glued cherry wood pieces to the side.
Gluing on the basswood top and fretboard. It has a tenor (17″) scale length.
After gluing on the bridge, I applied a few coats of Tru-Oil.
With the tuners installed, this uke is ready for strings.
Here is the ukulele compared with Tennis Racquet Banjo ukulele that I made a few years ago.
Check out the demo video of the tennis racquet ukulele.
Win my Tennis Racquet ukulele by playing the “Lafayette Lilt”.
Contest info and rules:
1. Make a video covering “Lafayette Lilt”.
2. Upload the video the video to YouTube. (Make sure to have “Lafayette Lilt” in the title, but add whatever flair you want to the song)
3. Email CircuitsAndStrings@gmail.com to share your video with me. (Only one entry per person)
4. Video submissions until December 31, 2015 at midnight.
5. Finalists will be posted to this blog on January 2nd.
6. Voting until January 15th.
7. First place wins the Tennis Racquet Ukulele. Second and Third win Guitar Wall Hangers.
Tennis Racquet Ukulele
Lafayette Lilt Tips and Hints
Tablature – Lafayette Lilt
Sheet Music – Lafayette Lilt – Main Riff
If you follow this website, you know that my Travel Ukulele plans are popular. This ukulele is a variation of that design.
I took my travel ukulele design and cut off the back portion. I also omitted the pickup and jack. Requiring an amp definitely make a ukulele less portable. Not having the pickup also meant that I could start out with a piece of wood only .75″ instead of the normal 1″. This uke has a concert scale length (15″) but the overall length is just 17.5″.
Because I took out the pickup, I decided to add a thin piece of wood to the back to help out with the resonance.
I stamped my last name into the back.
The main wood is maple and the back piece is basswood.
Even after applying a few coats of Tru-Oil and adding strings, this ukulele weighs just 11 ounces.
This uke even has a working compass inlayed into the neck.
This ukulele is heading on an epic trek. Check out Her Odyssey to follow along with the journey.
Video demo time!
A few years ago I made a travel ukulele with features similar to this one, but this one has a Stratocaster style body. This has a tenor scale length (17″) and an overall length of just 20 inches.
The body is maple, and the fretboard is walnut. Before painting, I made sure that all of the hardware fits.
Painting the body blue.
The tuners are mounted to two additional pieces on wood on the back. The output jack is a Stratocaster jack plate mounted upside down.
I love how this turned out. It’s pretty and it sounds great plugged into an amp.
Check out the demo video!