Welcome to Ukulelear

Back in 2005 I brought a Roy Smeck ukulele to school. Kids were intrigued and wanted to try to play it themselves. The sound was pretty cool with just a few simple chords. Within a few weeks kids had bought their own Mahalo ukes and started to really enjoy playing.

Since that first ukulele group the Cal-Mum Uke club has had about forty students join-up every year. It has been a joy to teach in a school that is filled with the plinkety-plunk of the uke music.

Friday, January 20, 2012

1920s Supertone Rebuild

Well, the old Supertone has been hanging on the wall for a couple years now, and I though I'd better do something with it - so it would stop looking at me. It does have a few problems to overcome before it will be playable.

  1. Remove and re-glue bridge into proper position so it can be tuned
  2. Fix four cracks in the top 
  3. Fix one small crack in back
  4. Fix broken brace
  5. Reposition neck because it is 1/16" lower than top
  6. Remove polyurethane
  7. French polish to replace finish
I'll post a recording of how it sounds after I get it all done.