Cherry Tenor Resonator Uke

While Tucker’s uke is drying, it is time to start building another resonator ukulele. Resonator ukes are different from regular ukes in that the sound comes from a spun, aluminum cone that the strings rest on and not from vibrating wood. The body acts like a speaker box for the cone. They are louder and have a punchier tone. These traits were very desirable before electric amplifiers. Imagine playing to a room full of rowdy revelers that are having trouble hearing you. Not a fun scenario. Enter the resonator instrument. They made resonator guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and even a few violins.

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A lot of resonator instruments had metal bodies but some were made out of wood. I make wooden resonator ukuleles.

I cut this tree up in 2009. It takes about a year for a 1″ thick board to dry. This one is about 2″ so it’s ready to make music.

I found a nice piece of spalted cherry for the top.

The sides are bent and the end blocks glued in.

The back braces and the center seam reinforcement strip are glued in.

Next time it gets interesting – I will show you how I turn the soundwell for the resonator to sit in.

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