Myrtle and Black Walnut Ukulele
One of my favorite ukulele woods is Black Walnut. This particular set of wood is from Oregon and is a variation or hybrid of the standard. This variation is a lower density wood than Claro Walnut. For a sound board, I have paired the black walnut with a blond, curly Oregon Myrtle. This is the Myrtle and Black Walnut Ukulele–a standard tenor.
I’m trying to find acceptable alternatives for neck wood. Here I am using domestic black walnut with a blond myrtle stringer. Presently, black walnut is readily available and of moderate price. I’ts a bit harder to shape than Honduran mahogany and just a touch heavier but not enough to be really noticeable. Black Walnut–check!
Accent woods are Asian Satin Wood burl–a perfect match with the black walnut. Otherwise, I kept it simple with just a blue abalone rosette and red/black fiber accents.
The walnut is a lower density than the myrtle. Sound-wise the myrtle compares with Hawaiian koa. The combination is definitely easy to listen to with good low ends and bright trebles without sounding thin.
A Myrtle and Black Walnut Ukulele is always a fave in my book. Oh, this instrument will probably be available at Hale Ukulele soon.