Tenor Ukuleles #1 58 and 2 59

Completed June, 2008

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These ukes were designed by Gerry Snelson and built as a pair. One is all koa, and the other has a top from a red spruce tree that was cut and sawed in the year 1900. They feature abalone rosettes and purfling, ebony pin bridges, slotted headstocks with gold tuning machines, and nitrocellulose lacquer finish. To hear a Skipper ukulele being played, visit our Audio Video page.

Construction Photos


The first step is to join the plates. The sides are bent and placed in an external mold. The two-ring abalone rosettes are fitted.


The head blocks and bracing are glued in. The bracing is tap tuned, then the tops are glued to the sides.


The backs are glued on, and the binding is installed. The neck blanks are built up from solid mahogany and fitted to the body.


The abalone and mother of pearl inlay is recessed into the ebony fretboard and headplate. The headstock is shaped, and the neck is brought to its final profile.


The instruments are finished with nitrocellulose lacquer and set up with strings and hardware.

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