If you familiar with this blog, then you know that I’ve built lots of ukulele (plus other instruments). But, this is the first acoustic ukulele that I’ve built with a traditionally shaped body. It was really intimidating to me, and I didn’t have all the required tools.
One of the tools that I needed most was a wood bender. I built a simple one with a metal pipe mounted to my work bench. A ball of aluminum foil stuffed into the end, and then the pipe is heated with a heat gun. Once it was hot, I started to bend the side wood. It is not an easy process, but with patience and a spray bottle of water, the wood slowly begins to bend.
This picture shows how applying a Tru-Oil finish brings out the color and beauty of the wood.
I am very pleased with how this turned out. It looks very pretty and plays like a dream. I put Worth Brown strings on it.
The bridge has a piezo pickup under the bridge. This pickup is connected directly to the endpin jack.
I learned a lot from building this ukulele. I’m going to incorporate this new knowledge into my next instruments.
See it in action!