My Pink Whale Custom Ukulele
I don’t want you to get bored with Koa and Myrtle custom ukuleles so I am posting a new CONCERT ukulele with a locally harvested wood which is seldom, if ever, used in ukulele construction–CAROB.
I must admit that I know very little about this wood execpt it is pink and it stays pink. I don’t expect to ever have the opportunity to acquire this wood again, and this is the last of two sets I was able to obtain. Since the wood has dark to black streaking in it I decided to use a black bindingwith red/black purfling.
I used a curly maple neck but stained it blood red to go with the red purfling–yowza!
In the past I have favored an extended scale length with the concert ukuleles but decided to go with the standard 14.7″ this time. Originally I used all flourocarbon strings but really didn’t like the sound that much. By changing to a silver wound low “G” the instrument took on a whole new personality, and by that time the flourocarbon strings had finally stretched in and the instrument started to show its colors. The whale inlay was a “gimme” with this instrument. Who could possibly resist?
Oh, I forgot to mention that this custom concert ukulele is available for a trial strum at Hale Ukulele, in San Diego. Mele Kalikimaka!