What’s Happening

In the Workshop

Headless or not? That is the question.

Headless or not? That is the question.

Headless or not? As we've been playing our first solid body electric basses, we've definitely noticed the weight, particularly after playing ukuleles. Our v1.x basses, while lighter than most full-size basses, still are quite hefty. So the notion of going headless, as...

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Finished up the bass body

Finished up the bass body

Base Layer The finish started out with a layer of deep red. This is Milk Paint and it has a very, very flat finish. This is the base layer.   Top Layer The next layer is Oyster White This will be the final surface. Milk paint starts out very flat but with a...

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the iPbass pickups just arrived

the iPbass pickups just arrived

More progress on the iPbass. We just got in our Geezer Butler signature pickups from EMG so we'll be routing the body to get it ready for the electronics. We're progressing on the neck and the truss rod gets installed next. Good fun.

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Our Little Bass is Taking Shape

Our Little Bass is Taking Shape

We're working on a solid body, short-scale, electric bass. Here's where we are so far. The solid body is plywood. Since she's a prototype, we're going with simple utilitarian wood. Not too heavy, not too light, but very stable and strong. It's something we can really...

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Lots going on in the shop these days

Lots going on in the shop these days

We're working on a lot of Keystones including a very special chopsticks braced one. We've just added the finish on the interiors of this set and we'll be closing them up this week. We've added this step of finishing the insides to increase the weatherproofing of our...

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Shop Update: ukulele_Triumph

Shop Update: ukulele_Triumph

A new chopsticks braced ukulele is taking shape in the shop. Named "Triumph" for a number of reasons, it represents the pinnacle of our chopstick bracing development. There are two key improvements to our design shown here. The first is clearly visible. We added two...

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Shop Update – “Maria”

Shop Update – “Maria”

Updates on ukulele "Maria" December 26, 2014.   Soundboard has been braced and the bridge plate is in place. The interior of the body has three coats of finish and has been final sanded. Also the K&K Sound Twin Spot internal pickup has been installed. Next...

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Shop Update – Sakonnet

Shop Update – Sakonnet

November 7, 2012 Ukulele Sakonnet got her soundboard installed today. We cut her 'wobbly' soundhole, installed her bracing and her soundboard is in place. Next we're actually going to apply some finish to the inside. Since "Sakonnet' may be subjected to some unusual...

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In Other News

San Diego Festival of Arts

San Diego Festival of Arts

Diana and I just got back from the 2019 San Diego Festival of Arts held in Waterfront Park. We decided to go to the festival sort of at the last minute and we're glad we did. It was a terrific show, we got to hang with lots of friends, made many new friends and also...

news UPDATE

We've been doing some backend work on the websites recently. We updated security on the front- and back-ends and upgraded a number of other things. Now we can get to some overdue updates and keep getting back in the groove.  It's kind of short-notice, but we've...

Stepping Back Into the Sunshine

2018 has been a... significant year. The most significant event was that my Dad died May, 24, 2018. After a difficult few years, he passed away quietly of natural causes. While I could see it coming for some time, when he actually died, I wasn't quite as...

Looking forward to 2018

2017 has been a watershed year. It's been a year of unforeseen events that have significantly altered our view of the world as well as our role in it. These events have not been ukulele related, in fact the ukulele part of our life, in stark contrast, has been a...

What’s with the bridge?

What’s with the bridge?

The New Drilled-Through Bridge In our most recent ukulele builds we've changed over to a drilled-through bridge. There are a number of reasons for this and we'll go over them here. Besides looking very clean and simple, the drilled-through bridge offers several...

Cutting soundboards and backboards

Cutting soundboards and backboards

As I rehabilitate my shoulder, I'm doing what I can in the shop, making the various bits and pieces I need for building our ukuleles. I've got some beautiful Poplar and a nice piece of Mango that we've been cutting up. Poplar is so varied. It's amazing how different...

Workshop – V2.2_opt.B

Workshop – V2.2_opt.B

Design of the workshop continues apace Space planning is fascinating to me. We recently re-designed our kitchen and it is now a functional masterpiece. You won't see it's modest design featured in Architectural Digest but whether you're cooking for two or 22, it...

Back to the bass drawing board

Back to the bass drawing board

So the "California" bass gave us a LOT of information and we're incorporating some changes into the next design in the development of our short-scale bass. Here's a bit of a rundown on the changes. Scale Length We're actually going to open the scale up just slightly....

UPCOMING EVENTS

Palm Strings Ukulele Festival
February 25-28, 2016
Hilton Palm Springs

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Reno Ukulele Festival
April 14-217, 2016
Nugget Hotel, Sparks, NV

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