Jenny B

Here she is, Jenny B, the new girl on the block. This is the first ukulele I’ve made using my new Jenny form, and of course I chose the name Jenny for it. The body shape is fashioned after a picture that I took of one of my close friends ages ago when we were both growing up and “discovering life together”.

It is a tenor ukulele with double (high/low) G-string. It has a “toasted” spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The fretboard and head plate are made from a single piece of rosewood and set together so that the grain is continuous. I’ll try to add some pictures where this is easier to see.

It has a simple three-ring rosette of maple and rosewood and simple maple binding. No tail graft this time, because the sides are made from a single piece of mahogany, but I did put in a tail block so that a strap button or pickup jack can be added, if anyone wants to.

The neck is alder with a heel made of “toasted” mahogany. This is actually the second neck I’ve made for this instrument. The original neck was mahogany with a maple heel, but I had some issues with the alignment and at some point got tired of fiddling with it and decided to put that neck away and make an alder one instead. 

Here are the details:

  • Top: toasted European spruce
  • Back and sides: mahogany
  • Neck: alder with toasted mahogany heel
  • Head plate, fretboard and bridge: rosewood (IRW),  fretboard with 20″ radius
  • Rosette: maple and rosewood rings
  • Binding: maple