Redwood / Maple Tenor Ukulele

Tonewoods

  • Redwood soundboard

  • Curly Maple back and sides

  • Canarywood binding

  • Mahogany neck

  • Abalone rosette

  • Ebony fretboard with dolphin inlay

  • Slotted headstock with Curly Rosewood front and Canarywood back

  • Rosewood bridge

  • Bone nut and saddle

  • Rubner tuners

  • Royal-Lac shellac based finish

When I used CA glue around the binding, I found that redwood may require more than one coat of shellac to seal before applying the glue. The redwood easily wicks the glue and darkens. My wife suggested that I apply a sunburst finish which helped camouflage the feature.

Voicing and Construction

I planned to build a classical guitar with open harmonic bracing based on plans from Guild of American Luthiers. This ukulele was a practice run of the bracing pattern. The cross brace openings have a 0.5mm strip of Bloodwood against the top. The width of the five fan braces varies from 3.5 to 5mm.

Top thickness 1.8mm to 1.65mm perimeter. Back thickness 1.7 mm.

Resonances:

Top monopole 358 Hz

Top cross dipole 500 Hz

Back 390 Hz

Air 193 Hz