Tenor Ukulele Kit

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Tenor Ukulele Kit

Tenor Ukulele Kit

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Tenor Ukulele Kit with DVD

Tenor Ukulele Kit with DVD

Item # 5348-DVD
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Tenor Ukulele Kit

About This Item

A great kit for beginners: the neck has already been shaped, and all parts are included, even the strings. No plywood! This kit features solid traditional woods for great tone. The finished instrument delivers a big, warm sound.

SAVE! Order your kit with our 109-minute DVD, How To Build a Ukulele Kit. Gordon and Char Mayer of Mya-Moé Ukuleles guide you step-by-step through assembly. Great tips from pro luthiers!

The kit includes:
Solid mahogany soundboard and back
Bent solid mahogany sides
Shaped neck
Slotted inlaid rosewood fingerboard
Shaped rosewood bridge
Spruce braces and linings
Geared tuning machines
Nut, saddle and soundhole purflings
Fretwire and strings
Detailed instructions

This tenor ukulele has 17-3/32" scale length.

Easy finishing options
ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is an economical way to apply a finish without complicated setup or equipment. Only a few cans are needed to completely finish your ukulele.


Product Instructions

Tenor Ukulele Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions and body template for the Tenor Ukulele Kit.

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Nothing Beats Fun

(Customer's Reviews)

I quite enjoyed putting this kit together, and the resulting instrument is very nice (don't actually know how to play a uke, but I do know how to pluck a sting, and it has a lot of tone. As far as beginners- hard to say; the instructions are available on line, good idea to check them if you have doubts; at any rate, you probably won't find an easier instrument build. Tools, too, are sort of open- you could do it without much, but some of the steps will be difficult- if nothing else, you should probably invest in some nut slotting and fretting tools- specialized tools are never cheap, but if you have fretted instruments in your future, you;ll almost certainly buy them some day. The wood is quite thin, but that's standard for mahogany instruments- bindings will be unnecesary if your joints are clean, and it certainly looks better without. Some have expressed concern about the dowel joint of the neck to the body, but I have no problem with it- a properly fitted dowel joint is much stronger than it's usually given credit for, and, unless you're El Kabong, this joint is acting almost entirely in compression. Many people also do this joint with a biscuit or a shop made floating tenon. You will need dowel centers to line up the joint, and unless you have a horizontal boring machine will have to drill them by hand (a drill press really won't help). The supplied dowels were not the right size. As others have noted, the fret slots are awfully deep- don't know why. As far as the instructions, not great, but they come much worse- I changed some of the procedures (didn't use the pattern at all), but you should be sure you know how the rest of the project will play out before you do so. The wood is nice, and the finish should be simple- it is a bit grainy, and will need a filler for a glossy finish; it seems to me that people go to far too much trouble to make wood look like plastic; I finished it as is with spray lacquer (I used a HVLP gun, but a single spray can would do it). They suggest a brushing varnish as an easy finish, I would dispute the ease of brushing an object with this many corners and edges.


An excellent starter kit.

(Customer's Reviews)

Having already done a couple of acoustic guitars in training, this kit was an excellent way to dry run my own shop and develop some of the necessary jigs. I was concerned about the integrity of the neck and the heel joint so I routed a channel in the neck and placed a carbon fiber support rod. I also routed a mortice into the neck heel and the top of the body and fashioned a tenon to join both parts. I used mahogany binding on the neck and the body. The finish is vinyl base coats followed by grain fill and nitro cellulose lacquer. I used my own bone nut and saddle. All in all, it was great fun.


Fun project

(Customer's Reviews)

It is possible to build a nice instrument without a shop full of tools. A drill press, and band saw are helpful but not necessary. You definitely do need a scraper, fret hammer, chisels, sanding blocks, etc.. A 6" piece of closet dowel with sandpaper stuck on it is helpful for sanding around the waist areas. The instructions are not nearly as good as the guitar kit manual but they are good enough. I dressed mine up with ebony binding and heel cap and finished with zpoxy for grain filler, vinyl sealer, and lacquer. The results are pleasing. It sounds as nice as my 1950s Gibson tenor uke.

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