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    First body goes in the drying box.

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    Sometimes I do wonder if anyone is following this thread...

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    with interest Nigel!

    So you glued the rivets in and then cut them off? Clever!
    I wonder how many fret markers you get out of a rivet.

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    Pop rivets for fretboard markers - GENIUS!
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    Pop rivets for fretboard markers - GENIUS!
    I got the idea from Marty Jacobson.

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    I have a Risa solid-uke uke that I've tuned as a mandolin for many years. I use it as my travel mandolin and to play late at night so I don't wake my wife.

    Per the recommendation of Risa, I use the 4-3-2 strings from a cheap classical guitar set for the 4-3-2 and, I am not kidding about this: .05mm monofilament fishing line for the 1 string. It works great. I use nylon line, but somebody on this site who does the same says fluorocarbon is better. You can get a lifetime supply for a few bucks.

    The only issue I had was intonation. I had a modified bridge put on the Risa to get that right. Now it works great.

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    Looking good Nigel. I haven't tried Mando tuning on any of my stash of Ukes, but I was about to order a set of those Aquilla Mando-uke stings when the really inexpensive Rogue 100A caught my eye, so I got one of those instead. I think those strings are a great idea for users who want to try out the Mandolin.

    Great idea, John on that RISA. I bid on one of those last month, but didn't get it. I've always thought they sounded great.

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    I just saw (paid attention to) Nigel's use of the lathe for neck carving.




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    I’ve played uke for about 10 years and have noticed that Acquila’s make cheap ukes sound great and great ukes sound not to its fullest potential. Fluorocarbon strings really have a nice sound all around.

    Since I’ve about 25 ukes I may give a GDAE tuning a go. As long as the gauge matches the scale for desired tuning there should not be an issue.

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    That redwood is so gorgeous (all the instruments, but that one especially). Now that I have a kid playing ukulele, I really need to make some out of the pickel barrel aged redwood I got from Bruce Harvie. It's almost black.

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    Nice!
    I am forever tempted to put CGDA on my Uke. I write a lot in that tuning - though i usually capo my tenor at fifth. that said, for chords, it's not quite so needed. would be good for tunes though, and may save my lovely davidson from moving to pastures new (don't tell the boss though as I'm under orders to thin the herd!). I too thought the high E might struggle at anything other than baritone. Will be very interested to hear the results.
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    Nice!
    I am forever tempted to put CGDA on my Uke. I write a lot in that tuning - though i usually capo my tenor at fifth. that said, for chords, it's not quite so needed. would be good for tunes though, and may save my lovely davidson from moving to pastures new (don't tell the boss though as I'm under orders to thin the herd!). I too thought the high E might struggle at anything other than baritone. Will be very interested to hear the results.
    This mandouke was braced for steel strings. For half a mandolin set. If you want to see what your uke can stand, use a string gauge calculator to match tension and gauge.

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    Sinker redwood, Cuban mahogany body, one piece Cuban magogany neck and fretboard. Uke tuned, large bodies, nylon strings.

    On its way to her new home.

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    Gorgeous work Nigel!

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