UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: I’ve stopped accepting new submissions to the waiting list. The list was getting long, and my ability to fulfill the requests was limited due to other obligations and projects. I’m now exploring some partnerships with luthier shops to make more of these ukuleles. If you want to get in touch with me, head over to the contact page.
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.)
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.
I’m selling handmade fretboards necklaces and keychains. They are made by me in my garage. They come in various sizes (ranging from 1″ to 3″) and the majority of them are dark brown (although I did make a few maple ones). Send an email to me to order and let me know if you want small, medium, large, or random size. PayPal is the preferred method of payment.
I made a tennis racquet ukulele before, but this time I wanted to do a few thing differently. I wanted to have a wooden top and back, and I wanted to widen the neck enough to use a normal sized fretboard.
Here is the racquet before the strings were removed.
I planed down the body and the handle.
To make the neck wide enough for the fretboard, I glued cherry wood pieces to the side.
Gluing on the basswood top and fretboard. It has a tenor (17″) scale length.
After gluing on the bridge, I applied a few coats of Tru-Oil.
Check out the beautiful lamination of this racquet.
With the tuners installed, this uke is ready for strings.
I used a string retainer since this ukulele doesn’t have an angled headstock.
Here is the ukulele compared with Tennis Racquet Banjo ukulele that I made a few years ago.
Check out the demo video of the tennis racquet ukulele.