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Maple Soprano Ukulele Build

In December 2014 I started building a homemade soprano ukulele. This is a project that I had been wanting to attempt ever since Matthias Wandel posted a video series on this topic. I took away two important lessons from his videos: A great sounding ukulele can be built without the use of fancy instrument-builder tools or jigs, and even though most store-bought ukuleles are made from fancy exotic woods (mahogany, koa, rosewood etc.), domestic woods work fine and can sound great too.

The gallery below shows a collection of photos I took while I was building it. Each photo includes a detailed caption describing the building procedure. I finished the project on April 1, 2015. It took much longer than I had anticipated but it was a really fun project and I'm extremely pleased with the result, especially the sound!

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