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#1 Feb. 26, 2015 13:24:15

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Silent 7 Euro DIY Uke

I made myself a silent uke. For others it is hard to stand my practice and I tried to reduce stress around me when play the boring scales. The sound is good enough for its size. With a transducer it can be heard plugged in an amp or portable amp if available. The uke is also good for travel, it is 10 cm shorter than standard soprano ukulele (it is 43 cm long and fits well in backpacker). I put the tuning keys in the body. It is fretless because I wanted to keep it as simple as possible (good for thick fingers too) and to avoid wrong positions of frets which give false picks (as does many ukuleles in the shop). It is very cheap too, 5 euro the guitar tuning keys and 2 euro nylon strings. I found an abandoned wood stick and I have the drill in the house too (so I didn't spend any more money). It took about 2 hours to mount the keys. I was inspired by an ukulele from youtube. If anybody have a DIY instrument please post it. I would like to make a new bass electric ukulele. Travel guitars are extremely expensive on internet, for me it is better to cut the price.



I like ukulele, recorder, guitar, drum, piano (absolute beginner)

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#2 Feb. 26, 2015 17:17:37

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Congratulations on building your travel ukulele!

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#3 Feb. 27, 2015 16:10:58

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Did you already play it in our jam sessions? I would like to hear it!

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#4 Feb. 27, 2015 16:57:51

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Woah man, it looks great!



Main Instrument: Electric Guitar (Intermediate, 3 years).
Styles: Jazz Rock (Fusion), Smooth Jazz, Progressive Rock, Blues & Funk.
Gear: Fender Stratocaster HSH, Peavey Zodiac EX Bass Guitar, M-Audio KeyStudio Keyboard, Pod HD 500x and Pod Farm II for FX.





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#5 Feb. 28, 2015 01:44:51

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Wow that is very impressive, i wish i could do that
Awesome work i want to hear the sound of this!
Keep rocking my friend.

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#6 Feb. 28, 2015 10:44:10

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Nice job adi!

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#7 Feb. 28, 2015 13:25:46

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Thank you all for your nice words! Perhaps travel instruments from great brands sound very well but with such a toy I can enjoy playing from time to time when I am out! I tried micing an amp for the record, the sound is not perfect, just let you know how it is. Chords are often out of tune because the ukulele is fretless, but with scales is better! The real sound is the silence (transducer and amp are secondary)!!!



I like ukulele, recorder, guitar, drum, piano (absolute beginner)

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#8 March 1, 2015 02:03:31

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Wow! Man, sounds great!!!



Main Instrument: Electric Guitar (Intermediate, 3 years).
Styles: Jazz Rock (Fusion), Smooth Jazz, Progressive Rock, Blues & Funk.
Gear: Fender Stratocaster HSH, Peavey Zodiac EX Bass Guitar, M-Audio KeyStudio Keyboard, Pod HD 500x and Pod Farm II for FX.





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#9 March 4, 2015 16:30:26

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Hey Adi, I have to admit, that I didn't expect such a nice fretless ukulele sound, thats something special. Really good job Adi!

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#10 Aug. 20, 2021 16:38:46

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Very impressive! Sounds much better than it looks

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