Soph from France recently completed this “Avatar” themed travel. She used my basic travel ukulele plans as a start, but then added her own customizations and personalizations. Make sure to check out her delightful video about the project above.
If you want to make your own ukulele only using basic tools, look at my article below:
Fender has released an awesome new line of ukuleles. It is the Fullerton series and it has acoustic ukuleles shaped like Telecasters, Stratocasters, and Jazzmasters. Each body style is available in two colors.
I am checking out the Black Tele Uke. I’m a huge Telecaster fan, so this is a homerun for me.
Below is my video about the ukulele. I talk the specs, give a acoustic and an electric demo, and share the unboxing video.
If a neck folds for storage, the strings need to be managed. The new folding ukulele made by Astro Ukulele has a moving bridge that prevents the string from getting too floppy when it is folded for travel. When unfolded, it is a soprano ukulele. It even has two “wings” that pop out to make it easier to hold.
The Astro Ukulele comes in two different models, A and E. The A is acoustic, and the E is electric.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Astro Ukulele just launched. Check out the ukulele models and other perks of the project.
Here are some helps and hints to make your own Backpacker Guitar. This project takes some knowledge and skill, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a first instrument building project.
Parts and supplies:
2 inches of bass fretwire (for the zero nut)
Enough guitar fretwire for 15 frets
2 strap buttons
Angled aluminum and aluminum tube for the bridge
Material for the string turnaround
Metal rivets (to make string ferrules for the ball ends)
A set of “extra light” acoustic guitar strings
Solid hardwood at least 24 inches long, 3.5 inches wide, and 1 inch thick.
Wood at least 9.5 inches long, 3.5 inches wide, and 1/8 inch thick (for the back)
The rectangular body section is 9.75 by 3.5 inches. After the 9.75 inches, it curves in towards the neck.
Making the turnaround is very important. I modified the turnaround so that each of the strings turn independently on its own roller. That is not shown in the video. The string spacing (from string 1 to string 6) at the bridge and turnaround is 52 mm. The string spacing at the zero fret is 36 mm.
I recommend that you print out the fret template, and combine it with the dimensions of the body. The tines of the of the body are around .5 inch wide.