Baritone guitalele? 6-string baritone uke? or just a small travel guitar?

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Project by Johnny75 posted 01-27-2013 03:03 AM 7041 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoyed making the first guitalele so much that I decided to make another one. This time I used a more common body style, but I retained the slash sound holes. I also borrowed a certain headstock shape from my favorite guitar company…again, don’t sue me because I’m not selling these. Future instruments will have my own design. I’m fortunate to have a brother-in-law who is a contractor and owns a cabinet shop. I used some scrap mahogany and maple for the neck and body. I dug through the local lumberyards stacks of western red cedar before I found a board at Home Depot with the straightest grain I have ever seen. Virtually no run out in the entire 12 feet, and knot free. Cedar is supposed to be a good tonewood so that’s what I went with. It sounds great! The only issue with the cedar is how soft it is. I think if I simply looked at it wrong, it would scratch. This time, I bought a special router assembly for my dremel tool from to cut channels for plastic binding around the edges. Great little tool and it worked out well for my first time doing it.

The fist guitalele I built had a 17” scale. With that short scale, it had to be tuned up to the key of A. With the 19’ scale on this one, I can tune it down to E like a normal guitar and not have to re-learn all the songs I like to play with different chord shapes.

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 03:20 AM

Looks like a great guitar ,nice work,


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#2 posted 01-27-2013 03:52 AM

Cool looking project.


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#3 posted 01-27-2013 04:49 AM

Great looking Guitar! Nice job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 11:24 AM

A great looking ‘guitalele’ and looks very well crafted. Good choice of BIL too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 08:49 PM

You must have fun making that project! Cool. You should post a video here while playing that. :)

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 04:37 PM

Absolutely amazing work – I really appreciate having the opportunity to see this much effort put into a project!

-- William Benedict

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