“I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful…”
A few months ago, I received a YouTube message suggesting that I make a ukulele shaped like a lightsaber. After thinking about it, I decided to do it. 🙂
The neck/blade and the fretboard is made of poplar. The handle portion is some PVC pipe that is just big enough to fit a 9V battery. I wanted to have the neck as long as possible while still staying in the ukulele realm, so I went with a 19 inch scale length.
The whole instrument was primered, then the blade got florescent green and the handle got chrome spray paint. At this point I had installed the SPST switch to control the LED fret markers, so that had to be masked off.
To add some extra pizazz to this project, I installed 4 LEDs in the fretboard. To accommodate the wires and resistor, I routed out a channel under fretboard. I then drilled a long hole from the handle to the channel to connect everything.
The 4 green LEDs are powered by a 9V battery in the handle. This tool is handy for figuring out what resistors to use and generating the above image.
The bridge has a under saddle piezo rod connected directly to the combo strap peg/jack. Because this has no soundboard, it needs some amplification.
It is tuned in standard ukulele tuning (high G, C, E, A).
With and without blade extended. 😀
The Force is strong with this one.