Friday, February 19, 2010

Ben Doverlele

here are some pics of my latest Grizzly kit mutilation. i got the idea from the foldable Voyage-Air guitars. we usually backpack when we travel so we try to carry as little as possible. i thought maybe a foldable ukulele would be something easy to stuff in the backpack.

after the build was complete, it turns out the uke really isn't any more compact than it was to start with. so perhaps it was all a waste of time, just another conversation piece. the good news is it doesn't sound like shit. the strings actually hold the tuning fairly well after unfolding and folding. only minor tuning adjustments need to be made. i had to remove the fretboard at the 11th fret, but the hinge serves well as a 12th fret. intonation still good.

  • kit and hardware = $30.

  • hours of my life i'll never get back = a few

sound sample here:

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You are the McGyver of the ukulele world. Awesome!

Grumpy Coyote said...

There's cool, then there's cool, then there's this.

Who cares if it's practical - it's a convertible uke. I guess spring loaded like a switchblade might be cooler - but not by much.

Adelle the Great said...

Just the name alone makes this the coolest thing I've seen all day. Awesome idea, Russ. Rocky... road?

RussBuss said...

@adelle: heyyy...youuuu...guysss!!!!!

DeG said...

You've opened a door to all kinds of new possibilities... wait, no, that's just the uke. It was the hinge that threw me...

Douglas said...

Good effort! It's always fun to see creative attempts at innovation.

How 'bout a telescoping neck?

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