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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits Walnut Top

Walnut Top

Item # 5383
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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits Spruce Top

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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

About This Item

The one build you'll take with you everywhere
Ukuleles are comfortable, portable, and sound amazing. They're easy to take to the park, the beach, or throw in your backpack—you'll always want it there when inspiration strikes. Why not take up the craft and build one?

You've wanted to start building (or have a project with your kids), but it's challenging to know where to start. Let's face it, you don't need experience at all to build a great instrument on your first try. These tenor uke kits are designed to make your first build enjoyable from start to finish; we've precisely crafted each part to fit perfectly, letting you focus on the building without worries.

No woodworking experience required!
We give you detailed instructions and bracing plans to guide you through each step of the build to get you to the finish line. There's a good chance you already own most of the tools you'll need to build your uke.

To reduce spring-back and aid stability the back and sides are made from high quality Pacific Walnut (Dracontomelon dao) laminates—this will go a long way to ensuring your first build is painless and enjoyable.

We have two models so you can choose your sound. The solid spruce top gives the uke a dynamic sound and will age beautifully over time. The laminated walnut top is more travel friendly and easy to care for.

    Included with each kit
  • Solid European Spruce (Picea abies) top or laminated Pacific Walnut (Dracontomelon dao) top
  • Laminated walnut back
  • Laminated walnut sides
  • Fully shaped mahogany neck with two dowel pins for neck joint
  • Walnut fretboard, slotted and inlaid with position markers
  • Tuners with mounting hardware
  • Shaped string nut
  • Carved, drilled walnut bridge
  • Shaped saddle
  • Plastic dowel for making side dots
  • Fretwire
  • Rubber binding bands
  • Spruce braces, quartersawn and carved for top and back
  • Two spruce soundhole braces
  • Bridge plate
  • Full-size bracing plan
  • Instruction book
  • Strings

Tenor specs
Overall length: 25-7/8" (657mm)
Scale length: 16-31/32" (431mm)
Width at the nut: 1-3/8" (35mm)

What's needed to build this kit? See our kit instructions for a complete list of all tools and supplies needed to complete your uke.



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Instructions

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StewMac Ukulele Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions and bracing plans for our StewMac Ukulele Kits.

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5.0

Great Company

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Verified Buyer


I’ve built 3 ukuleles already and I’m about to start on my 4th. The kits are in fairly accurate pieces and any issues I’ve had were handled by StewMac. I’m a satisfied customer.

5.0

Great kit, great customer service

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Verified Buyer


This is the third stewmac uke kit I've built with my 12 year old son as a diversion during the Covid no fun 2020 season. The first two went together wonderfully and are playable instruments. Something was off with the carve of the top braces on this one (I think, could have been a humidity issue as well) and the top had a convex dish so extreme we could not glue it onto the sides. I emailed stewmac and heard back in 10 minutes that they were sending me a new top and braces. They arrived yesterday and we are back in business with our Tenor. Thanks stewmac!

5.0

High quality kit

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Verified Buyer


I typically build guitars, so this was my first time building a Ukulele. My daughter asked for a Tenor, I said sure but she had to work for it. :) We build this kit together over the summer months. It came with very straightforward instructions and high quality wood. ( aside from the tuners. I'm a bit picky on tuners... but they were decent enough to use so I did not have to order better ones) I do regret using the Suggested Poly Finish. I'm not familiar with this product. I should have stuck with my usual French Polish techniques. :( . I somehow created these white blotches while here and there while sanding as you can see on the picture. I eventually gave up trying to resolve the issue as my daughter was getting anxious to start playing the instrument... The tone came out great and she loves it!

4.0

Decent little kit

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Verified Buyer


I chose the spruce top version of the kit. The bracing for the top and back is similar to larger instruments with an X brace. The side wood is nicely bent and looks good. The top and back wood are nice - good grain and free of defects. Even a little bear claw in the spruce top. My one concern is that the neck is made of two pieces butt joined at roughly mid-neck. The resulting assembly has a bow under the fingerboard. I will be discussing with Stew Mac on whether to try and sand that out or simply glue it up against a flat surface (like a cast iron table saw top). Tuners are descent.

4.0

Fantastic project

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Verified Buyer


So far thoroughly enjoying this build, (have completed the body and now onto the neck. Instructions and videos are very clear and helpful. The only thing preventing a 5 star review is that the walnut veneer feels a bit "cheap" and were I going to do this again I would probably opt for the spruce top (or pony up for the solid wood, but this being my first build did not want to risk ruining higher quality materials), though i do love the look of walnut. Overall excellent kit and definitely would recommend.

5.0

very nice kit

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Verified Buyer


Very nice kit. Goes together well.

5.0

Very nice materials and instruction

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Verified Buyer


I was a little concerned by how thin the walnut veneer was, but it never proved to be a problem. The quality otherwise was really nice... The instruction book alone is worth the price of admission if you think about this in terms of it being a instrument building class. I built this for my daughter, as she has become quite skilled with her lower-end ukuleles... I figured she deserved an upgrade and my building it would make it particularly special... She's thrilled...

3.0

Wood Could Be Better

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Verified Buyer


When I opened the kit I discovered that the walnut veneer on the plywood for the sides was flaking off. For $100 I would expect higher quality wood. Everything else about the kit is good. The instructions are clear and easy to follow but be aware that assembling this kit is not a trivial task. Be very careful to read and reread the directions and practice your clamping set up before you apply glue. So far I have only gotten as far as assembling the ukulele body but I'm excited to finish it.

Response from StewMac


Hi Benjamin,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits did not work for you as expected. We have sent you an email so that we can work on getting you a replacement kit that would be handpicked by one of our technicians. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything. We look forward to hearing back from you and thanks again for the feedback.

5.0

Yes, You Can

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Verified Buyer


I was very nervous about every aspect of taking on this project. I was worried about shipping, and buying something unseen and untried by myself. I was worried because I have never built an instrument before. My wife wouldn't describe me as handy, so I had no confidence in my ability to actually do a nice job. However I was driven to take a chance because of the isolation and social distancing policies where I work. I had the room and the time to try.
Now for my rave for StewMac and these kits. Shipping was great and I would recommend to everyone to take advantage of their membership offer, shipping alone proved worth it, not to mention the news letter and information about other kit packages that you will receive.
I found the kit packages to be very fairly priced so I was concerned about quality of the wood and other accessories. I needn't have. For the product and service I received it was small price to pay. These are good kits well organized and packaged with care. Thanks.
As I said earlier I am no craftsman, but the plans and videos talked me through every stage of my build. It is literally fool proof provided you take the time and show the proper amount of respect for your own work. (I did a lot of thinking and dry runs, but it was worth it).
My end product has resulted in a number of very kind compliments and you can hear the respect in their voices, some have asked me to build for them. (they don't realize that this was a kit). Even my wife was amazed.
In short if you are thinking about buying this kit GO FOR IT you can do it and have fun.

5.0

More than satisfied

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Verified Buyer


I have not yet started to work with the kit itself but I just want to say how impressed I am with the instruction book. Best that I've seen.

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