I'm not posting pictures of ukujos here anymore..sorry..came out fine except i put some crappy hilo strings on and need to change them out to Aquilas.
I needed another project to take my mind off some other things going on and decided to cut up a midcentury modern meat serving tray of teak..got three skins from the tray so I made a tenor larger than the others,thinner soundboard and back..chechen sides,teak neck and a piece of rosewood for the fretboard.The neck and rosewood were a couple $2 pieces of wood off craigslist..the teak tray was $6..Anyway..I wanted something that might compare to a koa 8 string kamaka for sound and volume..I think I surpassed that..but will have to let a couple owners of those instruments play it and give me their honest opinion.I know my volume is greater.
I just got the strings on today and the first playing is always scary with the strings going out of tune faster than you can play it.I made up a soundbyte by tuning,playing a few chords and notes,then repeat that process as the strings settle down some..getting better all the time..so people would have an idea how scary it really is not knowing if you screwed up or not after a lot of work building one.Unfortunately..it came out at 12 mb with a limit of 5mb..so I'll have to bag that idea and make a new soundbyte from this point forward..from about the 6th tuning after an hour or so of playing..So you don't get to hear the worst of breaking them in.
I'll load it up here asap..
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