Custom Tenor Ukulele #4 112

Completed December, 2012

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This all-mahogany tenor ukulele is the first in a new line of ukuleles designed by Gerry Snelson. It features a pin bridge, slotted headstock, gold tuning machines, abalone rosette, tortoise celluloid binding and strum guard, and nitrocellulose lacquer finish. We've made some small tweaks since -- small changes in headstock shape, bracing pattern and materials, etc. -- but the original design was a good one. This one went to Andrew Nelson of the rapidly-growing-famous Aurora Celtic, and you can both see and hear him playing it on our Audio Video page.

Construction Photos


The plates are joined with hot hide glue, and the sides are bent in a heated jig and placed into an external form. The head and tail blocks are fabricated and installed.


The rosette is installed, and the bracing is glued in, and the instrument is tap tuned. Kerfed lining is glued to the ribs.


The top and back are glued to the sides, and the end graft is recessed into the tail block. The tortoise binding is installed. The neck is roughly shaped, the carbon-fiber reinforcing is installed, and the ebony head plate is glued on.


The slots are cut in the headstock. The neck attachment hardware and frets are installed.


The neck is glued to the fretboard. The bridge is shaped and located, and the instrument is stained and finished with nitrocellulose lacquer. When it's fully cured, it's set up with strings and hardware.

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