Ukuleles are fun. After years of never getting around to making any, some friends asked me to make one as a family gift. So I made a couple to give them some options The instrument pictured below is a soprano ukulele built along the lines of the early Hawaiian made instruments. Not an exact copy but very much in the style of those light and responsive instruments. This one is very simple, no binding or decoration, made almost entirely from Tasmanian blackwood (a close relation to Hawaiian koa), with a 13.5" / 343mm scale. Soundboard bracing is two spruce transverse braces, either side of the soundhole and a spruce plate under the bridge. It is built using Spanish heel construction, with the neck extending into the body and individual tentalones holding the soundboard to the sides, in the manner of traditional Spanish guitar construction. Fretting is done to the Rule of 18, building in the bridge compensation.
This narrow waisted body design will be available in a range of Australian timbers, such as blackwood, huon pine, blackheart sassafras, streaky myrtle and tulip satinwood.
Also available is a 15" scale concert size instrument with a more modern style of body with the same timber options. The rope binding is optional for both body styles. PegHeds - a clever geared tuner in the shape of a wooden peg - or some very nifty Gotoh planetary tuners will be standard.
Pricing is dependant of trim and decoration. The plain small soprano will start from A$600 and the concert size from A$800