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Jul 1st, 2009 at 6:11am
Hi, I just finished a Hana Lima tenor kit. It was a great learning expereince and I am happy with the result for a first ever build. I made a number of non0-fatal mistakes: I didn't sand the front, back and sides thin enough before assaembly ao I sanded the fron and back after assemble. Sides weren't thinned at all. Spruce top, bubings back and sides, ebony fretboard. The materials were great and the manual was invaluable.

I have a Kala tenor. My uke is not as loud as the Kala and weighs quite a bit more. Also the tone is different, less "mellow" not worse, and not as much sustain.

My questions:

Is thinner better in sides, back, front, braces?
Should the sound hole patch be fairly thin?
How much difference do top, side and back wood type make?

What is the secret of great tone?
Thanks, Pat
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