Monthly Archives: May 2014

Plans in action: Altoids Ukulele

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 I received an email from a high school math teacher in Texas. Her class used my Altoids Ukulele plans for a final project in a geometry class.  Who knows?  Some of these students might be luthiers themselves someday. 

 

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They made some great looking ukes. Awesome work!

 

Build your own today. Download the plans here.

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Jazz Bass Ukulele

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Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$$

 

A bass ukulele can really round out the sound of a ukulele ensemble. I modeled this latest bass ukulele after the jazz bass made by Fender. I used Road Toad Pahoehoe strings on this instrument. The body is alder and the neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard.

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 I reamed out the slots for the bridge to accommodate the thicker strings. The piezo bridge is connected to the volume and tone control on the control plate. The control plate is made from three ply pickguard material.

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 The body has a sea foam green nitrocellulose finish. 

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 The scale length is 21 inches.  The overall length is around 30 inches. 

 

See it in action!