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StewMac Concert Ukulele Kit

Sweet island sounds from an easy-to-build package—included instructions walk you through the entire build!
Item #
68608
Rating:
78% of 100

Bring a bit of the Hawaiian islands to your workshop with these fun ukulele kits from StewMac. Ukuleles are a great introduction to luthiery, and these kits make it an easy introduction indeed. Follow the included step-by-step instructions and you'll be rewarded with an instrument that looks and sounds lovely, and is great fun to play. Each kit features a solid mahogany top for a warm, singing tone, and mahogany laminate back and sides for maximum stability. No woodworking experience is required—bracing plans are included, and the directions walk you through the entire build. Choose from soprano, concert and tenor sizes (all have the same tuning; they differ only in size).

(1) Pre-cut solid mahogany top
(1) Pre-cut laminated mahogany back
(2) Pre-bent laminated mahogany sides
(1) Fully shaped mahogany neck with two dowel pins for neck joint
(1) Walnut fret
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number 5352
Weight 2.0000
Tech Spec
  • Brand: StewMac
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 5352
  • Overall Length: 24'' (610mm)
  • Scale Length: 14-3/4'' (375mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1-3/8'' (35mm)
3.9 / 5.0
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Unique and fun project. Great gift for the novice ukulele player.
Great project for a gift for a granddaughter. Good to have some wood working experience. I had to make one of the cross supports for the front Because they put two supports with the crosscut on the same side. Other than that it was fine. Instructions were clear. Be sure to read them prior to starting the build and take your time.
December 27, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A Good Purchase
The quality was great! My husband finished the Uke and it looks very nice!
January 7, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
StewMac Concert Ukulele Kit
I'm 7 or 8 days into this project. Glue-up was super smooth. Grain-fill and stain went well but neck is a bit lighter colored than true mahogany so it took more stain to exactly match the body. Once a delivery of superglue, clamps and fret files arrives today from StewMac I will be able to inject superglue into and shape the frets. Then set neck, glue bridge with a special clamp I need anyway, apply two more coats of top coat, then nut, tuners, strings and I'm done. Three days tops. Fun project and it's going to be a nice Uke. Going to Denmark as a Christmas present.
Not finished yet but it looks like a Uke.
Not finished yet but it looks like a Uke.
November 27, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great kit with good instructions and video.
November 4, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Uke concert kit
In general, the kit was as advertised. The instructions were easily understandable when used in conjunction with the videos. It’s important to watch the videos prior to proceeding with every step of the assembly. A major omission was not clarifying the location of each tuner. There are two pairs — right and left and I found no reference as to how they were to be layed out.
Taping the joints prior to gluing is very important; and even when done, might leave behind small dots of glue residue - which only become apparent when ( or if) the uke is stained. This problem can be avoided on the solid mahogany uke face by careful and thorough sanding. However that option is risky on the sides and back, which are laminated with very thin veneer. I would suggest that stewmac offer at least a sold mahogany back option.
When gluing the front and back to the sides, I did not use the rubber bands to apply even pressure to the glued surfaces. Instead, using the template, I cut an oversized front/back blank from scrap plywood, and placed it on each face of the uke, with about 10 lbs of weight on it to create uniform pressure along the glue joint as it cured. When both faces were dried, I used my table mounted router, equipped with a “shear” trim bit to trim off the excess material. It worked very well with no visible chipping.
December 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Complete as promised, sort of
The kit is OK. It's what it should be - except the chance of a lemon out of the box is around. One of my mahogany sides arrived 2 inches short, looks like their planer ripped it apart, but they went and shipped it anyway. We'll see how the kit goes together now that I have a replacement side.
Rockler, on the other hand, was top-notch. Customer service as it should be done. They do it. They really are a pleasure to deal with.
December 15, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Neck is Short, Bridge Plate is Short, and Plan is Not Accurate
The parts look good, but the neck is so short that it meets the body 0.135 shy of the 14th fret. It should meet on the 14th fret.

The bridge plate is too short to fit as shown on the plans, BUT it is the wrong location anyway. I contacted Stew mac about these errors and they told me that the plans aren't to scale (despite the instructions telling the builder to use the plans to lay out the locations of all the braces and bridge plates!!) and sometimes bridge plates aren't used anyway.

So, rather than assembling a kit I'm making parts that actually fit and figuring out corrections to their plan. Very disappointed in Stewmac's support with this problem. A kit marketed to beginners with no woodworking experience should have an accurate plan and parts that fit correctly.
Here's the bridge location as measured per instructions. Note: Way forward of the bridge plate.
Bridge plate placed per the instructions.
Fretboard position when attached. Stewmac's pictures show the neck meeting the body at 14th fret.
December 17, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Have not done it yet !
Have not done it yet!
November 24, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
1. StewMac reputation for quality. 2. Sale price.
Bruce H on Nov 28, 2019
Wanted a fun project to share with my son who is learning to play guitar, good Christmas present!
Tim M on Nov 18, 2019
1. StewMac reputation for quality. 2. Sale price.
Bruce H on Nov 28, 2019
Cool gift for my daughter.
Mark C on Nov 23, 2019
Wanted a fun project to share with my son who is learning to play guitar, good Christmas present!
Tim M on Nov 18, 2019
Have been thinking about building a uke for a while, the sale on this was too good to pass up.
Thomas S on Nov 18, 2019
Christmas present for me!
suzanne f on Nov 5, 2019
Christmas gift, my granddaughter is learning to play this in school so I wanted to make her one, seems like a good kit, looking forward to the assembly …………….
Randy P on Oct 29, 2019
Christmas present
Glenn K on Oct 28, 2019
Christmas gift.
Susan P on Dec 15, 2018
My husband wants it for Christmas.
Sheri B on Dec 14, 2018
Gift
Carol R on Dec 11, 2018
Christmas gift
Eddie R. C on Nov 30, 2018
Have an inexpensive use that won't keep tuned. Made my own guitar about 30 years ago and know it's a fun project.
Eugene F on Nov 26, 2018
It looks like a really fun project for my dad, who loves woodworking and music!
bret stuntz S on Nov 20, 2018
I like kit projects. I play guitar and keyboards and wish to learn the uke.
Robert B on Nov 10, 2018
Cool gift for my daughter.
Mark C on Nov 23, 2019
Have been thinking about building a uke for a while, the sale on this was too good to pass up.
Thomas S on Nov 18, 2019