Cigar Box Ukulele #8 with Case

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Project by drbyte posted 02-02-2011 10:02 PM 4205 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cigar Box ukulele made from a small ‘Perdomo’ box. I already have a guitar made from a slightly larger ‘Perdomo’ box so I figured a ‘matched pair’ was in order. The neck is laminated, walnut-maple-walnut with a cherry fretboard on top. The headstock ‘ears’ are birch, left over from my dad’s kitchen cabinet project nearly 50 years ago. It is a 17” scale, Tenor Ukulele. The case is just 3/4” #2 pine shelving and 1/4” plywood for top and bottom. Cigar box lids are laminated onto the top. The insied is custom cut/fitted foam, soon to be covered in a nice satin or something. Cannot get to a yard goods shop right now. The frets are nickle-silver. The nut is white corian. Bridge and saddle are lexan/brass rod. I recessed all of the neck but a small peg under the bridge about 1/4” by 1/2” away from the box top. The top resonates pretty good. There are two piezo elements epoxied to the bottom of the top directly under the bridge, one on either side of the small peg so it can be ‘Plugged-In’ and ‘Turned-On’. I’m keeping this one for myself as a mate to the guitar.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 11:17 PM

Very very cool. Incidentally, I like Perdomos! Awesome job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 11:21 PM

These are cool… would love to hear it. maybe you can post a YouTube sometime.

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 11:29 PM

Wow, that’s very very unique!!! Cool.


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#4 posted 02-03-2011 01:45 AM

I second what bvdon said. We need a sound check. Looks great by the way.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 04:31 AM

That is so cool!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 04:52 AM

Thanks guys. When I can find a camera I’ll do a video, but sad to say, I build a lot better than I play I think.

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 12:13 PM

I think this is the most beautiful cigar box instrument I have ever seen!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 03:58 AM

Why thank you so very much MsDebbie!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 02:20 AM

Thanks for the kind word RLow!!

-- Dennis, WV

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