Gibson SG ukulele build

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  1. beerbelly

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    So I'm sitting around wondering what guitar project I should do next, and came across a guy on YouTube that makes all kinds of crazy ukuleles. Well jeez, there's something I haven't done, an electric ukulele! So I downloaded some drawings of an SG, then modified them for a smaller 17" scale tenor uke. It'll match my old '64 SG as much as possible, including the transparent cherry red lacquer finish and black headstock. Here's the progress so far:

    sketch & ruler.JPG parts.JPG drilling & routing front.JPG drilling & routing back.JPG front mock up.JPG fretboard & dots.JPG front chamfered & naptha.JPG back chamfered & naptha.JPG '64 and Uke body.JPG
     
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    Looks like a nice project coming together
     
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    Awesome, I don't think I have ever heard an electric ukulele.
     
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    Oh, Gawd! Tiny Tim's version of Tiptoe Through The Tulips would be more awful with that thang.
     
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    Tiny Tim is spinning in his grave, as we speak.
     
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    Just kidding! If Paul Mc Cartney can play a small-sized bass and get it to sound good, it stands to reason that this "Paul" uke will also sound good. Besides, the attraction, mainly, is the uke's appearance.
     
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    Sabbath for uke.jpg
     
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    Do you build Accordions too??
     
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    What's the difference between an accordion and a kazoo?















    You don't wear golf shoes when stomping on a kazoo.
     
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    I was going to say that an accordion burns longer.

    I belong to a "ukulele group" that meets weekly. We're somewhere between Don Ho and Black Sabbath (Remember when Pat Boone sung Smoke on the Water? That sounds like something we would do, but on ukuleles.). An SG uke would definitely be a hit at our gatherings. What are you using for a pickup, and the bridge?

    Keep posting updates!

    Joseph
     
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    You are an Artist !
     
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    You know what they say, ...

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    "What are you using for a pickup, and the bridge?"
    I'm using a covered single-coil pickup from a ukulele parts supplier (C.B. Gitty) and a cheap wraparound bass bridge from China. I'm trying to mimic the look of my '64 SG as much as possible. I got the neck & headstock roughed out today after gluing up the tilt-back headstock angle yesterday, and will start carving the neck shape next. I didn't think a full-size truss rod would work too well on this thinner neck, so for extra neck support I installed a carbon fiber rod. Also drilled the fretboard and installed pearl dot markers. Here's some more progress photos:

    scarf joint & CF rod.JPG fretboard & dots.JPG neck & pocket.JPG neck in pocket.JPG
     
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    Led Zep- cool!
     
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    Beerbelly, i own a SG copy, brand is Vintage VS6 and it looks to me the pickups are far from the strings, what basic distance would you recommand for the neck and bridge pickups to start tuning please ?
     
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    Here's a video that tells you everything FrenchFan.
     
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    Thanks a lot, need to find a ruler now.
     
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    I made a lot of progress on the neck today, including installing the frets, the side dots, and shaping the back of the neck. Gonna dress the fret ends tomorrow, glue the neck to the body, then it will be ready for finish lacquering.

    fretted neck.JPG side dots.JPG neck & body mock up A.JPG.JPG neck joint A.JPG neck joint B.JPG
     
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    I'm loving the progress! Keep posting pics!

    Joseph
     

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