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Reply #135 - Jul 28th, 2008 at 2:16pm
 
Yes, Steve Schaefer at Hawaiian Hardwoods has very nice products and he is a very nice guy (web site is www.curlykoa.com). If you sign up for his site you can sometimes get additional discounts from his displayed prices. Besides Koa and Mango Steve has some very hard to find Kamani wood.  I hand picked some Koa and curly mango at his shop and was very happy with the tap tones and looks. One thing I always try to remember is that extraordinarily beautiful wood doesn’t necessarily mean a better sounding instrument. Some of the best sounding ukuleles that I have seen played by pros have been nice looking Koa, Mango, or plain Mahogany. I have also seen instruments that will knock your socks off with their beauty only to sound ok. As I say this I remember I have a really beautiful set of figured myrtle that my wife picked out just waiting for me to get time. I guess it is what ever floats your boat. Just remember that highly figured woods can sometimes cause problems when bending.

Another location for koa is http://www.volcanoguitarworks.com. I believe they are having a summer 20% off sale but you will need to email them for availability of ukulele size wood.

Bob Gleason at Pegasus Guitars and Ukuleles also sells Koa. He has some select Koa and some student grade Koa available at some fair prices right now. Wood prices are displayed on his front page and other info via the site map. It is better to call then to email.http://www.pegasusguitars.com/

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Reply #136 - Jul 28th, 2008 at 3:50pm
 
yeah danish oil, that's what I meant...oops
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Reply #137 - Aug 2nd, 2008 at 4:39pm
 
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Reply #138 - Aug 2nd, 2008 at 5:24pm
 
My second ukulele is strung-up and sounds good.
Time setting up the frets really pays when using the zero-fret. All the adjustment is on saddle height.

Pineapple tenor  Unkabob 02

soundboard & back- three part mahogany 0.073"
sides          - mahogany 0.070"
string-guide - 1 1/2"
saddle        - ebony
finish          - truoil  20 coats
fretboard & bridge - Watco Danish oil  2 coats
strings        - Aquila low G
string width - 1 1/4  between outside strings

I am already thinking about the next project.

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Reply #139 - Aug 2nd, 2008 at 6:28pm
 
Bob,

That baby is sweet.  Did you build from plans or is it your own design?

Mark
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Reply #140 - Aug 2nd, 2008 at 9:08pm
 
Great job Bob.

Good luck on your next build.
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Reply #141 - Aug 2nd, 2008 at 10:18pm
 
Unkabob. 

Very nice.

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Reply #142 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 8:18am
 
Mark:
A long boring story.
I was at Hana Lima Ia last February and asked about pineapple plans. Mike was there and said "Just use the regular plans with a pineapple shape".
I took the tenor plans and a steel ruler and while I flexed the ruler, my neighbour drew the shape on the plans. I will try to post a picture that will explain.

It may be a bit primitive (no banding or rosette or dots) but it has a nice "round" sound. The wood is a little thin so it may require a humidifier in the case in the winter.

I am thinking how to build a case.

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Reply #143 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 12:56pm
 
Bob:

Great looking uke.

Until you mentioned no banding, rosette or dots I had not noticed that they were not there -- so they are not needed for a great look.

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Reply #144 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 1:49pm
 
Don;
The Truoil is much lighter than Danish oil.
I would like to have banding to protect the corners, maybe teflon or lexan.
I picked up a pua rosette and dots but I can't find them now.

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Reply #145 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:19pm
 
Bob,

Seems like too easy of a design modification.  Does the increased internal volume require a modified soundhole size to get maximum volume?

Hope you find you paua dots.  I know I'd get lost on the fretboard without markers.

I knew I saw a case somewhere.  Check out the coffin cases that Glyph Ukuleles offers.  Seems like an idea you could easily work into a pineapple case.

Mark

http://www.glyphukulele.com/Glyph_Instruments.html
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Reply #146 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:30pm
 
Bob,

Great Job on the pineapple ukulele. SmileyI have been thinking about using a zero fret on my next build too. How do you like it?

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Reply #147 - Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:58pm
 
Philip:
You have to take real care to level your frets (particularly zero, one and two) before you glue it on. You set your height at the twelfth fret by adjusting saddle height. You may need a thicker bridge to keep the saddle exposure less. I used a standard Hana Lima bridge and saddle.

Its hard to say whether the zero-fret alters the sound unless you build two identical and compare them side by side.

The wide string width feels wider on this one but not on my first one. A "D"chord is still tight for me and "B"flat is still a stretch. I just need more practice. Barring a "D7" makes me think that a radiused fretboard might help.

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Reply #148 - Aug 4th, 2008 at 2:54am
 
Beautiful job, Bob.  I'd love to do a pineapple desing on one of my future builds.  Did you make a side bender to match the shape?

Looks really lovely.  You did a great job on the finish.

(Oops!  Nevermind - I saw you mods on the other board Wink)
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Reply #149 - Nov 27th, 2008 at 3:46pm
 
Aloha Everyone,

I am very excited to say that I have my first Ukulele that is ready for sale.

The name of it is KT-RJBJR-0004 ( Kasha Tenor, made by me, # 4 ).
I call it the Koi tenor for short.

This Ukulele was finished today 11/27/08 after working on it for about 2 months.

Here is a little info about it.
Sound board, Back board, Sides, and Head cap = Koa
Neck= Sapele Mahogany
Braching system = Modified Kasha Schneider
14th fret neck/body connection, 18 frets total
17 3/32'' Scale ( Tenor )
Gotoh SGM Mini tuners Chrome with MoP buttons
Aquila ( High G all nylgut ) Strings.
Inlay material = Curly Maple, Rosewood, Koa, and Sand ( yes, I said sand ).
Here are some pictures, I hope you guys like them.

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I'll put up a sound sample soon.



Aloha
Bob
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