A Beginner's Ukulele Resource Kit

Handy links to learning the ukulele online.

  • 6th
  • July
  • 2013

Print Your Own Working Ukulele

If you need a uke pronto and have access to a 3D printer then you’re in luck, thanks to a few engineering students from Rochester Institute of Technology (lower image) and Erik DurwoodII (designer of the “Makerlele” at top).

This fully 3D printable ukulele (save for bolts and strings) uses an acoustic transducer to carry the lower frequency sound created by the strings to a very thin membrane on the bottom of the body. The sound is focused and projected out of channels in the body to (hopefully) create a fuller tone with reasonable amplitude.

(via 3ders.org  - 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News)

Tagged: uke ukulele 3d printing luthier RIT

  • 7th
  • May
  • 2012

Popsicle Stick Ukulele!

Made of about 1,000 popsicle sticks this is Tommy’s first attempt at building a uke:

I used wood glue to laminate, and the dark brown is just a cellulose wood filler. The neck is made from about 200-300 popsicle sticks alternated directions every layer (thats what gives it the alternating color).

He describes the sound as “a little bit muted”, but not as bad as you might think. More project photos on his blog. And please, take a minute to see his functional 14’ cardboard pirate ship — yes, cardboard sail boat, working sail and rudder, going down a creek.

Also checkout Jack Hall’s matchstick uke.

Tagged: uke ukulele popsicle luthier

  • 5th
  • November
  • 2011

Hina Pocket “Love & Peace & Smile” Baby Ukulele

Incredibly cool Kawaii uke by Japanese luthier Koji Sujiura (Cozy Guitar Craft), auctioned as part of Japan earthquake relief.

I’ve attempted anthropomorphizing the uke for a year, challenge being that centered sound hole. Solution: make two!

(via Ukulelia)

Tagged: Japan luthier uke ukulele kawaii