|Here's the Skylark as we'd left it in my last update. I'd painted on my|
custom Yusaku Hanakuma design. But hold on a second... that Kaiju
wasn't there the last time I looked! That's right... +Ukulele Russ suggested
that I needed a Godzilla-type creature to finish the look. Using a little
bit of photoshop magic I added a Japanese monster just to see what it
might look like. It's been very well received as a concept, and I do like
it myself, but I'm not adding it to my design on this particular ukulele.
Sorry Russ~san... maybe next time!
|A number of weeks ago I'd dug out my box of tuners to see if I had anything|
that might suit this project. Nothing clicked, so I hopped onto google+ and
asked for some suggestions. +Kelvin Lee came to my rescue, suggesting
that I look at Gotoh tuners. I liked what I saw! Gotoh do a set of
planetary tuners. I've talked about these before, but never actually ever
bought any. I decided that this was going to be exactly the sort of
extravagance needed to top off my Pimping...
|Actually, the pegs fit like a dream! And I love the fact that they are|
Japanese like me and Yusaku Hanakuma! I'm going to use them!
|Here's a bit of fun I had a while back that I forgot to share on my last|
update. When I stripped the ukulele I'd discovered that the back was
coming away slightly at the bottom. I decided to glue it and devised
this complicated clamping system to hold it while it dried. It looks
decidedly unsavoury and altogether slightly erotic, so I shared it on
google+. Ha ha. It was an instant hit! Eric at +New Wave Ukulele was
kind enough to offer me suggestions for easier ways to have done this,
but like I said to Eric... we wouldn't have had half the fun if I'd done it
any other way. Ha ha! As it was - it worked.
|I masked the sound hole by sticking in a ball of kitchen tissue, hung it up and sprayed|
on 4 coats of lacquer. See here that I haven't yet fitted the frets. I'm going to do this
last. +Daniel Hulbert told me a good story this week about frets and lacquering.
Apparently the early Fender maple necks were lacquered after fitting the frets and
the lacquer was then scraped off using a nail with a groove cut into the head. I'm hoping that
I can avoid all that extra work by doing it the other way around. Time will tell whether
I'm being too clever for my own good.
So, I'm nearly there! I'll let it cure for 5 minutes and then I'll attempt to fit the frets. Wish me luck!