Ukuleles

Ukuleles are fun. After years of never getting around to making any, some friends asked me to make one as a family gift and it has gone on from there. On the right is a soprano ukulele build in the style of the early Hawaiian ukuleles. It is made almost entirely from Tasmanian blackwood (a close relation to Hawaiian koa), with a 13.5"/34.3cm scale. Soundboard bracing is two spruce transverse braces, either side of the soundhole and a spruce plate under the bridge. Fretting is done to the Rule of 18, building in the bridge compensation.This one is available for A$800

In preparation is The Ukulele - An Illustrated Workshop Manual, which will describe the construction of Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone ukuleles. More information here which will be updated as work on the book progresses. Several of these instrments have been to illustrate the various methodologies described in the book.

Above is a 15"/38cm scale concert size ukulele. The body is of Huon pine and the neck from Australian red cedar. The fretboard and head overlay are from gidgee, an extreemly hard dry country acacia from Western Queensland.

This is a 17"/43cm scale tenor ukulele. This made from mahogany with soundboard made from Californian redwood, recycled from a staircase built in Australia over a century ago. The fretboard and bridge are Indian rosewood.The binding and rosette are tortoisehell celluloid. The body shape is based on a Gibson LG-0 guitar. This one and another with an Australian Red cedar body and a 14 fret to the body neck are available. A$1200 each

To the right is a more traditionaly shaped concert ukulele. This one is all mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. This is also available, A$1000

Below is a 20"/50cm scale baritone ukulele. The soundboard is Sitka spruce, the body is tamarind, with a Queensland maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The tamarind can be seen in the rosette. A$1200

Pricing is dependant of trim and decoration. Prices start from A$750 for a plain small soprano ukulele. The rope binding is optional with all body styles for an extra $200. Ukuleles will be available in a range of Australian timbers, such as blackwood, huon pine, blackheart sassafras, streaky myrtle and tulip satinwood as well as mahogany and other exotics such as monkeypod on request. PegHeds - a clever geared tuner in the shape of a wooden peg - or Gotoh UPT planetary tuners will be standard.

Currently available are the six ukuleles built for the book, most of which are mentioned above. Here is a photo with all six. Contact me for more information of photographs.