Harley Benton Ukulele DIY-Kit Sopran

Ukulele DIY Kit

  • Do-It-Yourself kit
  • Soprano size
  • Body: Basswood
  • Set-in neck: Basswood
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • 12 Frets
  • Scale: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 35 mm
  • Total length: 53.5 cm
  • Open machine heads
  • Nylon strings
  • Colour: Natural
  • A certain degree of skill in handiwork and some tools are required for successful assembly
  • Body and neck are primed with pore filler (suitable for lacquer finish, but possibly poor for staining - may need to be sanded again)

Further Information

Body Basswood
Top Basswood
Frets 12
Neck Catalpa
Pickup No

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Good for experimenting, but that?s all
CSF , 02.04.2018
I had a feeling that this kit is simply a box filled random parts failed on quality control.

The neck and body had pre-drilled holes for alignment, but the neck was almost 4 mm off center. I had to cut the dowels, drill new holes and align the body and neck properly. The body is made with metal clamps and at some places the lining does not even touch the sides!

The fretboard is made from thermally modified wood and the material is very brittle. It was also badly warped. Probably that?s why it was uneven on the sides and almost 2 mm too narrow at the top. I had to use some leftover veneer from other projects to build up the missing part. However, since this is a finished fretboard, the frets are still 2 mm narrow at the nut.

The bridge is made from the same brittle wood. The holes for the strings are pre-drilled, but the strange spacing is uneven. The spacing two high strings is 3 mm(!) more then between the two low strings. The bridge location described in the instructions is completely wrong, you should measure it yourself properly, based on the scale length.

Conclusion - yes, it is possible to build a working ukulele from this kit, but you have to be familiar to the basics of guitar making. Maybe I simply got a wrong package, but the quality of mine was close to unacceptable. Thomann should either remove this kit from the shop, or design a better quality kit and raise the price with 5 euros or so. I bet this kit ends up in the trash bin in most of cases.
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Excellent kit!
GavChap, 02.09.2020
Brilliant kit, and everything fits together pretty well, you do need to do some fine tuning and have some equipment ready like clamps to clamp down the fingerboard and neck to the body, I'd recommend tite-bond resin glue (red label) to fit them together. It's worth the price as it just works.

There were a few minor issues, the fingerboard is slightly less wide than the neck, meaning you have to sand down the neck to make a nice fit. The dowels were relatively loose, but I guess this is to allow for tolerances, and once glued and clamped correctly it's fine.

My kids enjoyed decorating the ukeleles, over-all a good kit, turned out really well once finished with lacquer.

The sound though is rather weak, I think the strings with the kit are very low tension meaning they're quieter than you'd expect.
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You get what you pay for...
Customa, 23.04.2020
Cheap instrument (i was aware of that before buy) that would leave more satisfied if the following were better.
1. Holes and dowels for mounting the neck to the body have a play.
2. Fretboard narrower than the neck. I was also expecting better quality for the fretboard and frets.
3. The body came with predrilled holes for mounting the bridge in a way that the bridge was not parallel to the nut.
4. The instructions for mounting the nut were a bit confusing since the line/point that separate the neck from headstock was diagonal.

The whole experience could be better with better quality control of the individual parts.

All in all, if you are looking for a cheap uke just buy a finished one.
If you are looking forward to the assembly, while being aware of the actual quality, then go ahead and buy
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Kind of dissapointed
tara, 29.05.2018
I know it costs 20 euro but it had several issues. The holes to connect body and neck with the sticks(I don't know how these little wooden things are called :P) were close to 2mm wider and had fill them and redrill them(not an easy task considering you have to line up body and neck. The fretboard wood looked cheap and the frets were sharp and not even. Tuners and bridge had surprisingly no problem.
Concluding and I can't say I did not like the finished product or the process but you have to have some knowledge and several hours for this project.
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