Curly Mahogany / Cedar Ukulele


This ukulele is my first attempt at building a uke. The soundboard is Western red cedar, back and sides are quilted mahogany, curly maple binding, an abalone rosette and mahogany neck. The fretboard and bridge are rosewood, the headplate is koa. The finish is Royal-Lac shellac based finish.


After building several guitars with the typical challenge of registering the top and back plates onto the sides, I tried using registration pins in the outside mold. You can see the pins in the mold and the registration holes in these pictures. I really like this method and will adapt it to guitar making.

Bracing pattern is traditional three fan braces. The monopole response seems somewhat high at 360 Hz but I have no experience with other ukulele’s.