The Ukulele is now available and
details the construction of soprano, concert,
tenor, and baritone sized ukuleles. The four instruments
can be made with an integrated neck (in the style of a
classical guitar), or with the neck constructed
separately and attached with a violin style mortice or a
small bolt and threaded insert.
The printed copies book has more than 140 pages with
almost 300 black and white photographs and diagrams. The
ePub version has the same text with full colour
illustrations. There are downloadable full-sized
drawings for all five types of ukulele, as well as
sections on making rope binding, tuners, finishing
methods and calculating fret positions for four
different scale lengths.
The link to the downloadable drawings in the printed
book may be wrong, as the book was sent to the printers
before I realized my new ISP insisted on all lower-case
file names. The correct file name is ukuleleplans.pdf
not UkulelePlans.pdf. Later print runs have the link
Click here for a pdf of the introductory chapter, a chapter with comprehensive information on tools and materials as well as a chapter on building ukuleles in the style of the early Hawaiian builders, based on the 1917 film produced by the Ford Motor Co.
Retail price for the print version is US$24.95 and
available in the US and Canada through Independent Publishers
Group in Chicago. Any bookshop should be able to
get copies, as well as on-line stores such as Amazon.
In Australia the RRP is A$30 for the print version, plus $15 postage. Copies can be sent overseas from Australia, but the postage will be prohibitive and Amazon is likely to be cheaper.
The ePub version is available for iBooks and Kindle for US$9.99. It comes as a zip file with the pdf of the drawing and plans. Other ebook formats may be available on request. Please email me to enquire.
The six ukuleles constructed for the book. From the left: An Old Island Style soprano ukulele, another soprano based on a 1920s Regal, a concert size inspired by CF Martin model, a 12 fret to the body tenor with a body after a Gibson LG-0 guitar, a 14 fret tenor with a pin bridge and a more modern styled baritone.