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Black Walnut Koa Custom Tenor Ukulele

Black Walnut Koa Custom Tenor Ukulele

This is Fae's new Black Walnut Koa Custom Tenor Ukulele.  Fae asked for something a little different and I suggested this combination of woods.  I have used this combination of woods before and  found the end result to be very pleasing in…
Custom Tenor Ukulele

Custom Tenor Ukulele

Here's another of my Custom Tenor Ukulele featuring alternative woods.  I've used the last of this particular set of Claro Walnut for back and sides and the second and last set of a very unusual, curly Koa for the sound board (see "Moonscape…

Hulu Hulu Tenor Ukulele

A renewed interest in my Hula Hips Ukulele.  Now the Hawaiian Ukulele pattern that I developed about 15 years ago is attracting attention.  Mark ordered this lovely instrument with specific requests: Curly Claro Walnut Northwest Red…

As Good as Gold

This is still one of my favorite wood combinations for the Hawaiian Ukulele:  curly Hawaiian Koa and curly Black Walnut.  The wood densities are a close match for sound and the color contrast makes for an appealing…

Takayama Surf

This custom tenor ukulele was co-designed by pro surfer Guy Takayama (www.takayamasurf.com).  The ukulele is a modified hula hips but with a slightly wider waist and a rounded lower bout.  Instead of the usual center sound hole, Guy opted…

New Black Walnut Concert

This concert ukulele is made from the following woods: back and sides--figured Claro Walnut; sound board--Canadian Red Cedar; neck--Oregon black walnut;  accents--Maidou burl.  The binding is East India Rosewood.  I also used an extended…

More Myrtle

Just finished this Myrtle Wood and Black Walnut tenor ukulele.  I don't think the pictures do justice to the beauty and unusual qualities of the sound board--it's a cross between tiger strip, curly, figured and crazy.  It compliments the figured…

Hula Hips Redux

Here is a Hula Hips tenor--overall dimensions the same as the tenor except for the lower bout which is 10 1/4 inches.  The result adds a ton of volume to the instrument, resulting in a lower pitch with more volume and sustain.  I used a classic…

Curly Curly!

Another tenor ukulele with a combination of my favorite woods.  The back and sides are curly Oregon Black Walnut.  The sound board is curly Hawaiian Koa.  The binding is curly Oregon Maple.  The accents are Indonesian Maidou burl.  The…

New Black Walnut

Got this Claro Black Walnut from my good friends at Gilmer Woods in Oregon.  I've topped this uke with a 60+ year old Sitka Spruce that was rescued from the Gibson factory.  I left the age stain down the middle just to give it some credibility.…