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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.


Instructions

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Tenor Ukulele Kit Instructions

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

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2.0

I'm deeply ambivalent about this kit

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As I reach the final stages of assembling the tenor uke I become increasingly convinced that it would have been easier to build the instrument from scratch and avoid the constant wrestling with the kit's poorly cut parts. But at the same time I recognize that I probably would have never begun the project without the crutch of a "kit." The problems began with the off-kilter curves of the head and tail blocks, and continued with the asymmetrically cut top and the undersized predrilled holes in the neck that my dowel centers will not fit, with various small glitches caused by imprecise parts and/or incomplete instructions. The instructions were a regular challenge -- do not attempt this kit with getting the DVD. It all would have been much simpler to have the plans for the very helpful construction jig and enough wood to lay out and cut the pieces, although having to bend the sides myself would probably have been a game stopper. I guess in the end I recommend this kit, but be prepared to have to solve a bunch of dilemmas that will arise because parts won't be a accurately prepared as you would do from scratch. If you're a complete beginner, without a good deal of woodworking experience, you'll be frustrated and possibly stymied unless you can get someone more experienced to help you get out of the inevitable binds. I built the uke as a warm up for building a guitar, and I'm glad I had the experience. In fact, the problems I encountered and solved may have taught me things that a higher quality kit wouldn't.

5.0

Fun Weekend Project

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Verified Buyer


I built a couple of electric guitars before and wanted to try building an acoustic instrument.
Decided to try a ukulele kit first before embarkling on an acoustic guitar build.
This is a decent quality kit which fits together nicely. The instructions are good.
The wood the body is made of is very good and looks very nice after finishing.
The neck though is lighter colored mahagony which is somewhat roughly shaped. Needed a lot of sanding.
The fretboard has some white streaks in it - not perfect, but not a major problem.

I built the ukulele over the weekend and then finished it with tru-oil over the next few days.

Some notes on the build. I modified the body jig by adding a cople extra brackets to keep the body
aligned to the template lines. Also wrapped it in packing tape instead of using the wax paper.
The instructions don't say how to build the neck/tail block clamping cauls so I simply glued them
in place in the body jig.

There is no need to buy $1000 worth of tools for this project. I used basic hand tools which
I already had from home improvement projects (saws, hammer, chisel, tape measure, square, a few clamps and electric drill).

It turned out very well. Looks and sounds great.

5.0

Perfect gift!

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Verified Buyer


Gave this to my dad for Christmas. He loved it and can't wait to start working on it!

5.0

Great service.

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Customer service is second to none. I have never been disappointed.

3.0

Kit quality degraded from previous incarnations

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I purchased and assembled with great success a tenor kit this summer. I would have given that kit 4, perhaps even 5 stars. I purchased another kit this fall and it might have been from another planet. Head and toe blocks cheaply milled, fretboard is too narrow for the neck, neck wood may be mahogany (it was mahogany for sure before) but is much lighter in color than the sides, back, and soundboard, kerfing was split and cracked, sides were made from two pieces not one like it was in the earlier kit (the instructions do nothing to address this change), and overall the quality of the wood was drier and splintery than in the past. This is only the beginning - we'll see about the rest as I progress in the assembly. I am deeply disappointed that they lowered the quality of what WAS a decent product.

In addition, I'll also concur on other reviewers on the method of attaching the neck to the body. I used the dowels they included but the suggested method of aligning and attaching was just bonkers. It becomes completely useless on glue-up. Another reviewer said he made his own jig but I do not know how he did this. It would be great if StewMac would post a pdf update to the instructions with a better technique for attaching the neck.

4.0

Nothing Beats Fun

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Verified Buyer


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.

4.0

An excellent starter kit.

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Verified Buyer


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.

4.0

Fun project

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Verified Buyer


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.

3.0

The good and the bad

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There are a lot of things to like about this kit but there are problems as well, starting with the freehand method they use to glue the neck block to the sides. This procedure is dealt with much better in the soprano kit, don't know why they didn't just copy that. I did it with a jig, after totally being unable to do it the way they show. I've built several guitars and ukes, I think a total beginner would be frustrated right off the bat. And I had the DVD too. The neck dowel problem was mentioned. How hard would it have been to just have the manufacturer predrill the holes? The mahogany is rough textured but I don't use a gloss finish, I use a shellac and wax finish I learned from Michael Dresdner in a class. I give the uke one or two coats of polyurethane natural stain, then do the shellac and wax, it looks great if you like a non-gloss finish.

4.0

Fun to build and play!

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Verified Buyer


This was not my first instrument build, but it was my first uke and first Stew Mac kit. Having some experience and lutherie tools it was not a terribly difficult build. The wood is nice and instructions were pretty clear for the most part. I added my own modifications, including herringbone purfling and rosette, tortoise body and fretboard binding, rosewood end wedge and heel cap, and friction tuners. I finished it with colortone stains and Behlen's vinyl sealer and lacquer with Preval units. The sound is really nice and better than most of the imported tenors that cost more money. I'm looking forward to building my next Stew Mac kit!

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