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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
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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. Or try brush-on application with Brushing Varnish.

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Tenor Ukulele Kit
Tenor Ukulele Kit
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4 12-23-2013
An excellent starter kit.

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.

Dennis Breene  Sterling IL
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4 6-05-2013
Fun project

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.

CWM  Santa Barbara, CA
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3 5-05-2013
The good and the bad

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.

K A Lebens  Rock port Wa Read my reviews (2)
4 4-22-2013
tenor ukulele

I came out with a nice sounding well functioning instrument. I have very good tools, however. Fretting and joining neck to body are difficult operations. The DVD demonstrates dowel joints drilled freehand. This is a very high risk procedure. I made jigs for doweling and still couldn't keep the holes centered. I don't recommend a dowel joint. The neck in my kit was unusable due to tear out and a tuning machine was inappropriate. StewMac rectified this promptly. The mahogany had difficult grain with deep pores. A lot of scraping was required and a lot of finish to fill the pores. I used HVLP spray gun to finish. You have to thin the brushing lacquer about 10% to spray it. I can't wait to build another one. I will not use a dowel joint.

P Anderson  Duluth, MN, USA
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1 3-23-2013
Tenor Uke Kit

Recently I purchased the tenor uke kit. I have purchased kits for various instruments in the past, and I expected the uke kit to be of the same fine quality. It was not. The brace wood is crude the instructions are poor and I did not want to lay out another $20.00 for the DVD. I would not buy another one of these uke kits.

Elaine Filion  Austin, Texas Read my reviews (7)
4 3-09-2013
Fun to build and play!

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!

Dan-o  Houston, TX Read my reviews (3)
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3 2-03-2013
Tenor Ukulele

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.

Ronald J. MacPherson  Port Colborne Ontario
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2 1-27-2013
tenor uklele kit

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.

ukulele joe 
5 1-27-2013
Simple and Fun

Amazingly Simple and quality

Adrian Stuckey  Gold Coast Australia Read my reviews (29)
5 11-23-2012
First Ukulele

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.

UncleTom  Buckley, WA
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