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Message started by Dave Gentner on Nov 15th, 2010 at 5:22am

Title: 8 String Bracing
Post by Dave Gentner on Nov 15th, 2010 at 5:22am
I've completed two tenor ukuleles and am in the middle of building a third using the Hana Lima 'Ia construction manual and tenor fan braced plans.  A friend recently asked me to build him an 8 string tenor uke.  What should I do differently to the bracing for an 8 string?  The body will be all koa with red spruce bracing.

Title: Re: 8 String Bracing
Post by unkabob on Nov 16th, 2010 at 11:54am
You are doubling the force of string tension by going to eight strings.
My guess is a thicker top and possibly a thicker bridge-patch would do the job but Asa would know for sure.


Title: Re: 8 String Bracing
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Nov 17th, 2010 at 2:08pm
Sorry, I don't know for sure...I never made a 8 string instrument. 

Bob is right about the doubled tension and the need to compensate, but I don't have any exact numbers.


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