Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fluke Style Ukulele

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$

I decided to make a ukulele for my mom for Christmas.  She liked the look of my other transparent red instruments, so I gave it a “heritage cherry” finish.  The scale length is 15.5 inches, so this is a concert sized uke.

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The body and neck are made of cherry wood.  I’ve never used purpleheart before, but I used it on this fretboard.  This a very hard wood with a beautiful color.

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The top is made of cedar wood.

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I sealed the body, then sprayed red nitrocellulose lacquer on it.  After that, I applied about ten coats of clear lacquer.

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“Twinkle, twinkle little uke…”   (Who can guess what the symbol on the green bulb represents?)

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After the lacquer cured, I buffed it and glued the bridge and fretboard on.  I strung it up with Aquila strings.

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Just in time for Christmas!  Add a eBay soft case, and my application for “son of the year” is complete.

See it in action!

“Ukulele Christmas And New Year” iOS app

My friend Eric from Uke4U has just released a new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  It’s a really fun app that plays holiday tunes while you strum along on your ukulele.  The lyrics are displayed along with the chords so someone can sing along Karaoke style.

Here are the songs included in this app:

  • “Auld Lang Syne”
  • “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
  • “Oh, How Joyfully”
  • “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
  • “What Child Is This

This app is available now right.   Download it here.

(UPDATE!  I have a few promo codes to give away so this app could be free!  Contact me and I’ll send you one.  Hurry, they won’t last long.)

Ukulele Learning Christmas Playalongs is also available in the App Store.   This is an app that Eric released last year.  It has the following songs:

  • “Jingle Bells”
  • “O Christmas Tree”
  • “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
  • “Deck The Halls”
  • “Silent Night”

(UPDATE!  Contact me for a promo code.