"AstroCaster" ukulele build

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  1. beerbelly

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    This originally got started in the "Gibson SG ukulele build" thread, but I'm moving to this new thread as it develops.

    Building ukuleles is turning out to be pretty fun. Next up, a version of the "AstroCaster" guitar I designed & built:

    Today I routed & glued the carbon fiber rod in the neck blank, and made a jig to cut my very first fretboard slots. Turns out to be pretty easy using cheap materials that I had on hand- a Harbor Freight Japanese pull saw, a carpenters square, some left over wood chunks and some carpet tape. I used a piece of 1/4" MDF taped to the saw blade to stiffen it & set the depth of cut. The same setup could be used on a full size guitar as well.

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    IF you were to make one of these to sell, what would the price be? Maybe a little Gretch?
     
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    Thanks for asking TD. I've never considered putting prices on these ukes, since they're the first I've made and I plan to keep them. To answer your theoretical question though, I'd have to say 500-ish.
     
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    I forgot to mention that this uke will have a tremolo, just like the guitar. But with only 4 strings, I had to modify a 6-string version. A jeweler's saw, some files and JB Weld, and Bob's your Uncle. The standard tremolo springs were going to be WAY too big to use, so I rummaged through the Ace Hardware springs and found some that I modified; time will tell if they work.

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    You'd be ripping yourself off. $800?
     
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    Cool project BB, are you having the pickups custom made? or are Ukulele pickups like that generally available. Im not sure if i have seen a solid body Ukulele before, but not really looked for either.
     
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    Thanks Jimbob. I'm using a set of Fender Precision Bass pickups; they come wired in series, but I'm splitting them into two separate units so I'll have individual volume & tone controls.

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    There are a surprising amount of solid body electric ukuleles out there- check Vorson or Risa.
     
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    So there are BB! ...it looks like you can get little biddy Ukuele humbuckers also. Bass Pickups should work okay, never thought of that, after all they are just the same as regular pickups less two pole pieces.
     
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    Got the maple neck roughed in today:

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    you sir, are an artist!
     
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    Did you build her Bass Guitar? Fits nicely..
     
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    Excellent ergonomics!
     
  13. Huevos

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    Now I know why Guitars are shaped like they are..
     
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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you guys are old perverts.
     
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    and??? :D
     
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    Yeah, men attracted to women; that's just wrong!!
     
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    Yep!
     
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    Finished the fretboard and glued it to the neck today:

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    Just curious, why the routed out area under the fretboard?
     
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    That holds a carbon fiber rod, which stiffens the neck against string tension in lieu of an adjustable truss rod used on full-scale guitars.
     
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