The New York Minute Tenor Ukulele
Since this instrument went to New York, I’m calling it The New York Minute Tenor Ukulele. It’s new owner asked for a little bit of everything. For starters, the sound board and body have a highly figured and colorful set of Koa.
I understand that this particular Koa was imported from the Big Island many years ago by a high end cabinet/furniture maker in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since he downsized his shop and is looking toward retirement, a lot of wood for future projects was stored. I have now idea how old this wood really is. Fortunately, a good friend of mine sourced this out last year and sent me a few sets from one of the billets he was able to procure. The wood is not perfectly quarter-sawn but “wow”, what color and curl. So much for traditional looks!
Lots of bling. It did go to New York after all.
To add to the build, I used spalted Tamarind for the neck which was a good match for the spalt in the Koa. The fret board was inlayed with Starflowers in white mother-of-pearl and abalone. The accent wood is Maidou Burl. And, there’s also a Mi-Si pick up.
I’m glad that I have clients that are willing to go down some alternate pathways to traditional builds. The New York Minute Tenor Ukulele was definitely a trip.