Curly Mahogany with Cedar Uke


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.

Voicing and Construction

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. Top thickness 1.65 mm. Back thickness 1.9 mm.


Top 360 Hz

Back 436 Hz

Air 191 Hz