Ukulele with headphone amp

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$$

For this project, I wanted to have a headphone preamp built into the the body of the instrument. I decided to make the instrument a tenor ukulele.


The outline of the body is a aluminum rod.



The heaphone amp is powered by a 9 volt battery.  The battery is housed in a little compartment on the back.



The body is basswood, the neck is maple and the fretboard is rosewood.



The output jack is is attached to a strat style jack plate.



On the top of the instrument is a combination volume control/power switch.  There is also a green LED power indicator and a headphone jack.


Here’s a video demo of it:


14 thoughts on “Ukulele with headphone amp

      1. Terry Coye

        Thank you for replying. Did you make the form out of plywood? Did you bend the rod the rod around using just your hands, or what other tools did you use?

      2. danielhulbert Post author

        I actually already had a tenor ukulele form. But plywood would work. I started out bending it on the side of a bench, but did the final shaping with a mallet and the form.

  1. Frootloop

    Can i please get the measurements for this ukulele. I’m doing this for a school project and I love this design. If you would be willing to give me the measurements that would be great 🙂

    1. danielhulbert Post author

      The body is 12 in long by 3 in wide by 2 in deep. The end of the neck to the body is 12.75 in.
      The fretboard is 35 mm wide at the nut and 45 mm wide at the end.

      1. Frootloop

        Thank you so much. I hope this comes out as well as yours does. I’ll make sure to send pictures 🙂

  2. Mark McRiley

    Daniel, I am now starting on my electric Tenor Ukulele stick. I have my rough design all drawn and am ordering my amp and hardware from C.B. Gitty. I’ve looked at this and all your travel ukes for ideas, and I’m doing a Zero Fret like you do. My question is: Zero Fret same size as rest of frets, or next larger size to space the string up? I know there are arguments both ways. And I see you use a larger Zero Fret on the Backpacker Guitar you’ve recently posted. But in your travel ukes, what do you do?

    Thank You Very Much,

    1. danielhulbert Post author

      Hi Mark. I like to use the next size bigger for the zero fret fretwire. It just makes setting up the string height easier. I do all my zero frets like that.
      Good luck!


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