Backpacker Ukulele Waiting List

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.)


One Million Views and 4000 Subscribers Giveaway

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

Good luck!


Travel Ukulele (3D Model Files)

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!

Fretboard necklaces and keychains 

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.

Lafayette Lilt Contest Voting

Here are all the video entries in my Lafayette Lilt contest.  I’m very impressed with the entries.

Please vote for your favorite entry.  You may vote every day until January 15, 2016.  Feel free to share the link to this post with family and friends.

Good luck to the contestants!  You guys are awesome!




Alden Vines

Ryan Mars Hall


King Uke


Butter BiscutBob


Ethan King


Lightning Stinger


Daniel Pullicar



Tennis Racquet Ukulele

Difficulty:  Advanced

Cost:  $$

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.

Goodbye strings!

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.