Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another Baritone Scale Banjo Uke

Or is it a tenor banjo???

It is made out of a vintage banjo pot, a new neck and a mix of old and new hardware. All the wood is recycled or salvaged. It features:
-20 Inch scale, which is the same as a baritone ukulele. It has steel strings tuned dgbe. It can be strung with steel or nylon strings and tuned many ways. Tell me what you want and I will try to make it happen!
-2 piece flamed maple neck from an old table top
-Walnut fingerboard with brass dots, walnut headstock overlay. (from old walnut paneling)
-New Gotoh friction tuners. I will upgrade to guitar tuners ($35) or planetary banjo tuners ($50) on request.
-New hooks, nuts, end bolt, head and shoes. Original tailpiece, dowel stick hardware and tension hoop.
-All the wood is finished in a translucent black stain and hand rubbed finish that is a little bit "antiqued" to give it a vintage character.
-Bone nut and maple bridge.

On Ebay at: 220611514716

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Boulder Acoustic Society's New Cd- Crowd Funding!

BAS is making a new Cd called Coal, Cotton, and Dust. We are taking pre-orders and offering some cool stuff on our crowd funding page, check it out!


Wanna learn more about the Coal, Cotton, and Dust tour?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Musical Instrument Museum!

A couple of weeks ago Boulder Acoustic Society played at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. It is a huge museum that includes a beautiful concert hall. Here is a video of song we sang there:

If you want to see the whole concert, you can link to it here:

We had about an hour to walk around the museum, and as a luthier and musician, I thought it was great. Someone sunk some serious money into this place and it is trully a gem. They have the instruments organized by continent and country. As you walk near a section of the museum, your headphones play audio that goes along with the appropriate video. Cool.

I took lots of photos of the many small guitar shaped instruments somewhat related to ukuleles, which was fun.

Check out this sweet Gibson Harp Guitar

And a Macaferri plastic guitar. Yes, its the same guy who made Django's guitar when he built for the Selmer company in Paris. Later, he moved to the US and made all kinds of cool plastic stuff.

And The Rickenbacker lap steel guitar, nicknamed The Fry Pan!

Here is a room of American guitars. Notice the cool Les Paul front and center. It is one of the first few ever made.

AS promised, here is a whole bunch of ukuleleish instruments from all over the world. Charango, Timple, Quatro, Tres, Cavaquino, Bandolim, etc...

Here is the ukulele section of the Hawaiian exhibit. Three Kamakas, a Kumalae and Nunes.

They also had a great section on all different styles of American music, including a mock up of a Martin guitar workshop.

MMM, Nudie suit and string band shwag:

I could have spent a whole weekend there. It was awesome. Really.