Just spotted this video of a very different kind of electric ukulele. This one is electric in it’s method of playing. Well, possibly more electronic. It is built using an arduino, a mobile phone vibration motor, and a servo. Pretty clever, huh?
I’d been hoping that I could get my Sharkfin Ukulele finished before Christmas, but it ain’t gonna happen! Construction has officially stopped. I’ve tidied up my tools and packed them away. I’ve also tried to vac up all the sawdust… hope Mrs Uke doesn’t look too closely at the carpet… :-s
|Everybody out of the water!!!|
I have to say that the way this came out is beyond my wildest hopes. I’m REALLY pleased with it.
It is surprisingly resonant, and seems to play nicely in tune. I haven’t found any dead or ‘off’ notes yet. It sounds just like an acoustic ukulele when it’s plugged into a clean amp, but of course you can crank the gain up and play the top 3 strings like a guitar – that high pitched 4th string catches me out though.
I will see if I can record some sound clips
Thanks and congratulations to anyone who has made it this far through my ramblings.
(Note to self: Must clean the paint off the end of that binding…)
Even my glue and sawdust filler came out OK. I think I got off lightly for my inattention!
Today’s update isn’t meant to be happening. I should have been out and about with Ma and Bro, but a bad back has laid me low. I feel like crap. Still, with the benefit of pain killers, I managed a little bit of ukulele-building therapy…
Time for another update on my Sharkfin Ukulele build. In my last post I was quite literally fretting over frets. I was tired and had foolishly rushed ahead with gay abandon. My head told me to take things slowly and make sure that I was getting things right. My heart told me to bang ’em in and thunder on. Unfortunately, my heart won out and things didn’t go according to plan. I’m sure there is a lesson to be learnt here somewhere.
|When you know it’s wrong, but you do it anyway…
Photo courtesy of aintitcool
I spent a bit more time on the Sharkfin Ukulele build today. In my last post on this subject I prepared a blank for the body. Now I wanted to start shaping it. I almost came a cropper, but thanks to the power of Progressive Metal… I managed to pull through!
|Progressive Metal Uke
It’s the future!