Tenor Ukulele Kit, Tenor Ukulele Kit with DVD

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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 with DVD

Tenor Ukulele Kit, Tenor Ukulele Kit with DVD

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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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Tenor Ukulele Kit, Tenor Ukulele Kit with DVD

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Good New/Bad News. Mostly Good

By Rick Harris from Little River, CA 
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 02, 2014

First for the good news: The customer service was first rate and shipping prompt even in these rural parts. Technical help was precise and, for the most part, prompt. The parts were well milled and someone had obviously taken time to get them right. Tolerances were fine. The wood was top-notch and the mahogany figure was gorgeous. The price was cheap for what you get.

Now the not so good. The instructions were obscure and parts poorly identified. Directions unclear. Pictures of another model than mine (soprano rather than tenor). This could be fixed with another printing run (please Stew-Mac, do it). The CD was helpful, but really, like we all have a $5,000 drum sander.

This kit can be built by a begginner - intermediate wood worker with only commonsense skills. You will however need a few specialty tools which Stewmac is only happy to sell you.

Bottom line: The uke sounds and looks fantastic. Dark, with an almost classical guitar feel (tenor) and sound with a long sustain.

First EVER Build!

By John from Salt Lake City, UT 
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 28, 2014

For each of my children, I build them something special (a big doll house, or a fantastic train set) for when they turn 8 years-old. For my youngest, I decided to build him a ukulele, as he had received a cheap one for Christmas an took to it quite quickly.

The kit, as it's presented, is easy enough for a novice builder to do. Although there were some problems with it here and there (warped fretboard, top and bottom boards not square to the grain), in all, it was a good build. I did end up having to purchase additional tools I didn't have (chisel, files, router bits, router guide/base, etc.), but I think it could have been assembled without the aid of too many specialized tools. (Sound hole clamps are a MUST! Borrowed those from a local acoustic music repair shop.) Customer service was great in quickly getting me replacements for the defective parts at no charge. Friendly too! The instructions were easy to follow. Even though some of the steps were for the soprano uke, the measurements were all spot on.

Because this was to be a special gift, I didn't want this to be a basic looking ukulele. I wanted it to be something my son would cherish for a long time. So, after watching NUMEROUS online videos, reading the reviews here, and looking at LOTS of pictures, I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like!

I did the cut away AFTER I installed the neck and tail blocks. I just cut out the piece, flipped it over and reinforced the joints inside with some hardwood trim from the hardware store. The jig they have you build REALLY helped with this step.

Because I was adding binding and perfling to the build, I needed better kerfing than the linings that were supplied with the kit. The standard triangular kerfing worked perfectly and fit in easy.

Routing the sides was a little nerve-racking (never done it before). But, after a little practice on some scrap wood, the Stew-Mac router base/guide worked VERY well! No screws slipping out of where I set them, EVER!

The binding is cocobolo with some white and green perfling as accents. Bending the binding was a challenge, and since I didn't want to spring for a bending jig/press and a heat blanket....I built my own and used a heat gun. Worked GREAT and they fit wonderfully! However, the press and heat blanket would have taken A LOT of guess work out of the equation.

For the inlay on the fretboard and the headstock, I purchased some pre-cut shapes from an inlay supplier. I practiced on the two (yes, TWO. Had to order two replacement fretboards because they were either warped or chipped.) extra fretboards I had before I did the final routing on the actual board. The Stew-Mac router base worked WONDERFULLY for this step!

I used some mahogany grain filler before joining the neck. However, I'm not sure I did it right, and I might not use it next time.

Joining the neck wasn't too bad. As per some of the reviews here, I did reinforce the neck with a carbon fiber rod before gluing on the fretboard. Also, I used a little piece of carbon fiber rod to supplement the two wooden dowels that are used to join the neck to the body. Probably didn't need to, but doesn't hurt to be safe.

Getting the neck to be flush to the body was a challenge, and getting the pins/dowels in the right place was too. BUT, all it takes is a little patience and working slow and in small increments.

The whale shark is a drawing I found online. I used a colorless transfer marker to transfer the design onto the body, and then engraved it with a wood burning tool.

I finished it off with a couple coats of water-based varnish that is suggested in the instructions. Went on easily. Even though it looks finished in the pictures, it's just two sealer coats. I plan on adding more coats in a couple days to protect it and give it more gloss.

In all, it was a fun build, and I enjoyed it very much. My son LOVES his new uke, and likes telling people that it's the only one like it in the world! I learned A LOT with this build, and look forward to building another!

Thanks, Stew-Mac, for a great FIRST EVER ukulele build!

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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