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by dpo
Fri May 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Southern Cross Banjo Uke new build
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Southern Cross Banjo Uke new build

Handcrafted in New Zealand using Locally grown Timbers.
Open back banjo uke built in Tasmanian Blackwood, Purple Heart, and Claret Ash.
Concert Scale, Gotoh planetary geared tuners, Southcoast Strings, Remo fibreskin head. Handmade bone nut, Purple Heart bridge, and Tasmanian Blackwood armrest.
by dpo
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Build. Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Re: New Build. Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor Scale

Purple Heart is one of my favorite feature timbers. Great for accents etc. Can be a sod to work sometimes, splinters easily, hard on tools, but worth it in the end.
"Military Uniform", I quite like that. :)
by dpo
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Build. Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 542

New Build. Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor Scale

Just completed. Tenor scale open back banjo uke.
Main wood is Tasmanian Blackwood. Feature ring is Purple Heart and Claret Ash. Neck is TB laminated with a skunk stripe of Purple Heart and Claret Ash. Fingerboard PH with TB fret markers.
by dpo
Sat May 13, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to match solid paint colours
Replies: 2
Views: 722

Re: How to match solid paint colours

Excellent tutorial.
by dpo
Thu May 11, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Latest Build
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

Re: Latest Build

That looks great Dennis. I have never been too fond of Purple Heart before, but there is something about the "out there" brassiness of a banjo that makes purple wood seem appropriate. The whole design comes together very well. And your building is obviously very good. Hi Mark, Yes I think the solid...
by dpo
Tue May 09, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Latest Build
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

Latest Build

Southern Cross open back banjo Uke Tenor scale. The neck is Heart Rimu with a Kahikatea and Purple Heart stripe. The body is a block construction using Kahikatea with a feature ring of Purple Heart, ninety-six blocks in all. Fretboard Purple Heart with Kahikatea position markers, Gotoh planetary gea...
by dpo
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin

I always trim the skin while it is still wet, I find it easier and get a neater finish. I agree, the reason I personally don't trim the skin whilst wet is sometimes, after drying I cannot achieve the desired tension, this means I start the process again and make things a bit tighter. If I was to tr...
by dpo
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: Been a while, how to replace a banjo skin

I always trim the skin while it is still wet, I find it easier and get a neater finish.
by dpo
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4557

Re: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

routout wrote:That is some fine laminating of wood there ,wish I had my eyes back my joints only look good from a distance now :lol:
Thanks John, Some days my 71 year old eyes work well and on others they don't. I try to cut the joint angles on the good days :D
by dpo
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4557

Re: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

DarwinStrings wrote:Nice job on that headstock shape Dennis.
Thanks, not quite the Gibson shape but pretty close.
by dpo
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4557

Re: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

Bob Connor wrote:Nice work Dennis.

Regards
Thank you Bob.
by dpo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4557

Re: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

Hi,
Sliced and stacked
Dennis
by dpo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build
Replies: 9
Views: 4557

Southern Cross banjo Uke Latest Build

Latest creation using Rimu, Kaihikatea, and Purple Heart.
by dpo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lurker revealed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Lurker revealed.

Hi Dennis, Welcome, and I have a question: Is it an "ordinary" banjo, or does it have a shorter-than-banjo neck? Tenor banjo, maybe, or banjo-ukelele? Thanks, Greg Luker. Hi Greg, My mistake I should have made it clear in the first post. These are banjo ukes, this is a concert scale. It's pretty mu...
by dpo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lurker revealed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Lurker revealed.

In that case here's another one. :mrgreen:
by dpo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lurker revealed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Lurker revealed.

Hi,
Dennis O'Neil from NZ here, long time lurker finally shamed into joining, actually I could not afford the beer. :)
I make these things under the banner of Southern Cross. Probably not pc on a mainly guitar forum, but here goes.