Tag Archives: DIY

  1. Banjo Ukulele Head Replacement


    October 22, 2010 by Tim

    When I purchased my vantage banjo uke, I knew I was taking a chance that it would be a wall hanger. The head was torn and I had never replaced a banjo head or tried anything like that before, but I figured what the hell, how hard could it be? It is not hard to do once you know how, but finding out how ro replace a head of an in-line banjo ukulele compared to a regular banjo head with the outside brackets proved to be impossible. That is why I wrote this. So that someone else who is looking for how to do this may find something on it.

  2. Fleamarket Ukulele rebuild


    October 3, 2010 by Tim

    Some would say there is a special place in hell for what I did to this uke. The first rule when finding a vintage ukulele is to never, I mean never ever strip the original finish off. So I did it anyways. In my defense the name on the head was gone, head was torn, and the tuning pegs were shot. Not to mention that there was no bridge or tailpiece.

    So here is the list of what I did:

  3. Fleamarket Banjo Ukulele


    August 15, 2010 by Tim

    My wife and I try to go to the Third Sunday Market a few times during the summer here in Bloomington IL. When I am there I am always on the look-out for ukuleles. Last year I found a 1920’s Richter with the big 10 flags on it. Plays great and I got it for $40, put very little into it to get it to play. This year I found one that was not in as good a shape but it was $30. What I know about it is that it is a bango ukulele, looks like maple body, but I have no clue who made it. I am hoping in time that I will and that it will be resurected and playable. I will update this as I know anything and as I “restore” it.

    Take a look at the gallery and plaese comment on what you know about it.

  4. Papas Boxes Concert Build: The Build


    December 31, 2009 by Tim

    Well here I am ending the year with a built, and by no means finished, cigar box ukulele. In all this project took me a few more weeks than I thought it would. Part of it was life and part of it were things that I did not expect while building this crazy thing. Below I will talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Most of it good with the ugly things stemming from my issues)

  5. Papas Boxes Concert Build: The Box

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    December 22, 2009 by Tim

    Being that the cigar box is the main part of a cigar box ukulele I felt I had to make it really interesting and fun. Since I used a box that never held a cigar in its life I also had to make it look like a cigar box, but how to do that is a challenge. On the other hand since it was not a real cigar box it gave me a great opportunity to do whatever I wanted, so I did!

  6. Papas Boxes Concert Build


    December 4, 2009 by Tim

    A month or so ago the kind folks at Papas Boxes sent me an e-mail saying that they were back to taking orders again. On a whim I e-mailed them and told them about my blog and they responded really quickly and asked what size, I went with concert. Not very many people have seen the soprano cigar box ukulele that I made 2 years ago, but I found the kit on EBay and it was basically a fret board, rough neck, floating bridge, and zither pins for tuning, Very basic and well-made kit. It played ok and the tuning was a little hard to do, so I bought the tuner kit and also replaced the bridge that came with it with a Grover 4 string banjo bridge. Now it plays really well and is a ton of fun. That is one of the best things about the kit. You can either put it together and play, or keep changing it and adjusting it until it is what you want.

  7. PAPA IS BACK!!!!

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    September 5, 2009 by Tim

    Papa (AKA: Bill Moore) is back!!!

    You don’t know who he is?

    Well, I believe he is the best cigar box ukulele kit makers and after about a year or so of not selling his ukes and his kits he is back, and by back I mean back in full force.

  8. Ukulele Straps


    July 9, 2009 by Tim

    How do you strap your instrument on? Do you have leather straps? Nylon? Pink fur? Or do you prefer to …
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