Resonator Ukes

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Resonator Ukes

Postby Greg Steil » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:48 am

Ideas/dimensions for "sound wells" for Reso Uke? I was thinking of just routing circles of plywood.
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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Chris Reed » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:27 pm

Plywood is a common choice. The important thing is to get the sound well and body really solid (and of course, different designs depending on what type of cone you are using).

I've only built one, and it sounds pretty good but weighs enough that I need a strap to play it standing.
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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Greg Steil » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:04 am

I'm gonna go for as light as I can build it.
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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Chris Reed » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:53 pm

Greg Steil wrote:I'm gonna go for as light as I can build it.


Conventional wisdom says the opposite - you don't want the cone to flex while you're playing or it will distort.

This was my skeleton (pear-shaped body), ready for cladding.

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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Bill Raymond » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:41 am

Conventional wisdom may dictate otherwise, but a lightweight soundwell can be successful. The Brazilian Del Vecchio Dinamico uses a 1/8 inch thick bent plywood ring that sits on a longitudinal bar running from headblock to tailblock, with a ledge which supports the cone. These guitars have a beautiful tone. They have a "biscuit bridge" and lightweight aluminum cone. However, if you're looking for something more in the nature of a National or Dobro sound, then you may want to go with a heavier soundwell.
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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Greg Steil » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:02 am

thanks folks!! 3/4" ply it will be!
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Re: Resonator Ukes

Postby Greg Steil » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:54 am

I am going to build the body lightly though, since I already have the Koa thicknessed.
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