Tenor Ukulele Kit

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Meet the big brother of our popular Soprano Ukulele Kit! It's just as easy and rewarding to assemble, and the finished instrument delivers a bigger, warmer sound.

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Tenor Ukulele Kit

Tenor Ukulele Kit

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Meet the big brother of our popular Soprano Ukulele Kit! It's just as easy and rewarding to assemble, and the finished instrument delivers a bigger, warmer sound.

The Tenor Ukulele kit is 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.

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

By Steve from Walnut Creek, CA 
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 07, 2014


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.

By Dennis Breene from Sterling IL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 23, 2013


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

By CWM from Santa Barbara, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 05, 2013


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.

The good and the bad

By K A Lebens from Rock port Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 05, 2013


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.

Fun to build and play!

By Dan-o from Houston, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 09, 2013


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!

Tenor Ukulele

By Ronald J. MacPherson from Port Colborne Ontario
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 03, 2013


I received the Tenor Ukelele kit with instructions on how to assemble and found it to be adequate though I doubt that it could easily be assembled by an inexperienced woodworker. The tuners that were sent did not completely match as one of the tuners was for the wrong side. The neck assembly is a bit unsound as the connection to the body is accomplished with dowel pins rather than the conventional heel assembly that is integral to the block having the sides attach via slots on the side of the block. Nevertheless the instrument when completed looks and feels quite satisfactory and the price is right.

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By Greg from Antioch, IL 
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013


Waited a long time to write this review. I can only give this kit two stars. Materials are cheaply milled. Have purchased three kits now and not one could be put together with "simple" wood working tools. For sure, there is no quality assurance given to these kits. Two of three kits had warped tops or backs. I have received untrue neck blocks in all three kits that would need to be unglued straightened up and sanded for a proper fit. Two of the backs and tops cracked under light pressure from the rubber bands during glue up. The slots in all three finger boards are way too deep and showed gaps at every fret. Some nuts and saddles were plastic instead of bone. The proposed jig is a nightmare to build accurately. The measurements are off in the manual. The best quality parts are actually the tuning machines which is not what I would have expected. With their reputation for quality, I would have expected a much easier build from Stew Mac. For the price of this kit, I would have expected nicely milled parts. I'll give it two stars only because the top, back and sides are solid mahogany. Having priced the raw materials $155 would be a fair cost if the individual components were not so poorly milled. The tenor uke is a great introduction to uke making but this particular kit really makes building it an unpleasant experience. After three bad kits I give up. I don't mind buying the proper tools either, but I shouldn't have to rework the parts that are supposed to be done for me.

Simple and Fun

By Adrian Stuckey from Gold Coast Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013


Amazingly Simple and quality

First Ukulele

By UncleTom from Buckley, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 23, 2012


Being retried and a hobbist woodworker I was doubtful before I ordered my Ukulele, that I could actually finish it. The kit was very complete, it had a very good instruction booklet. Start to finsh it took about two weeks, as I was working on other projects at the same time. I gave it away at a family reunion in Sept. as a fund raiser. Also, I had some CNC engraving done on the front, to commemorate the event. It sound great and the new owner is very happy. I will make another for next years reunion. very gratifying project.

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By Mikuke from Milford, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 30, 2012


I purchased my tenor kit along with the DVD in October. As I built the uke, I often referred to the DVD, which I considered a great help. The directions were very straightforward. I completed it in two weeks. I applied 10 coats of spray laquer and rubbed it out with pumice and rottenstone and gave it a final polish with paste wax. The finish turned out beautiful. The sound is as good or better than my $300.00 concert. I will definitely be building more in the future.

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