People from all over the world have utilized my free plans to make a travel ukulele (or it’s backpacker brother).
Here’s a ukulele made by Mark in Oregon.
The plans are for a concert version of the travel ukulele.
I’ve also made tenor and sopranino versions of that design.
Here are the downloadable and printable templates for the fret placement. They can be used in conjunction with the templates and hints.
Tenor fretboard template (17.5 inch scale length)
Sopranino fretboard template (11 inch scale length)
I busted out my handmade electric ukulele, my Namuai tenor ukulele, some bongos, and an 1980s Omnichord in this cover of the hit song “Don’t Let Me Down”.
I was able to attend the NAMM show in Anaheim, California for the first time this year. I (of course) searched out the ukuleles booths. Check out the above video to see some of the most interesting ukes (and other things) I saw at the show.
Michael from Ludwigsburg, Germany emailed some awesome files this week. We added upon the work that Craig from Seattle did.
He tweaked a few things according to his own taste.
He told me:
- I wasn’t very keen on the nut (0-fret) made of a bass fret, so I came up with the idea of modeling it from a piece of walnut.
- The turnaround will be made of a lathe-turned piece of walnut with a glued in 7mm dia. aluminium core with inner M4 thread (lathe + thread tap).
- The turnaround will be held in place by countersunk M4 x 25 screws (internal hex socket, cap-head).
- The position markers and strings will be black.
- The bridge is a thin aluminium pipe held in place by clamps similar to those you used in your early Travel Uke design.
- I skipped the electrical wiring and internal wire channels.
- I initially wanted to use black string pegs instead of simple holes but after a while I realized it would ruin the simplicity of the design.
Here are some great digital renders of the travel ukulele.
There are lots of thing that can be done to the original design.
Great job Michael! I can’t wait to see the final product.
Download file here: Travel Ukulele File
Ever since releasing the video about my Backpacker Ukulele, I’ve had people inquiring about purchasing one.
You can now join the Backpacker Ukulele Waiting List. The price is $130 which includes free shipping within the USA. International order costs will be based on the actual shipping.
(UPDATE: As of right now, I am only planning on making concert versions [the size shown in the videos]. I will also be making the ukuleles acoustic only. After testing the removable pickup, I’ve found that it makes too much noise since it is not permanently embedded.)
I hit 1,000,000 video views shortly after reaching 4,000 YouTube subscribers.
To celebrate, I’m giving away some of my fretboard keychains.
I’ll be picking around 10 of my favorite YouTube comment questions and mailing them a fretboard keychain. (I’m limiting this giveaway to US residents because of high international shipping costs)
Watch the video to learn more:
Make sure to leave the question on the YouTube video, not on this blog post
(YouTube link https://youtu.be/6RmmVvW1R9g)
Craig from Seattle emailed some awesome files to me. He made 3D computer models of my Backpacker and regular Travel Ukulele. He even made a model of the turnaround piece. (I use a tattoo grip, but his file can be 3D printed)
Don’t those models look pretty?
Here is Craig’s completed Backpacker Travel Ukulele. It looks great!
He used a CNC machine (the Shapeoko 3 to be exact) for the main body, and sawed the fret slots manually.
Download the files here: Travel Ukulele 3D files
Thanks for the proactive help, Craig!