Five String Super Tenor Ukulele
A rare (well maybe not that rare) alternative string combination is this new Five String Super Tenor Ukulele.
The project started as a standard build, the only request being a wider than average neck. The Koa back and sides were first selected and then a very highly figured Alaskan, bear claw spruce top was added to compliment. This particular set of koa is not the curliest, but is it pretty–lots of chatoyance, color and figure variety. I get these unusual but striking sets from Hearne Hardwoods, and I refer to them as sets that the big named builders won’t purchase–yes, really!
I decided to go with a California black walnut neck and added some locally salvaged Melaleuca both for visual appeal and also to add width to the black walnut blank.
The accent wood is Asian Sindora burl. The binding is India Rosewood with red and black fiber accents and the finger board and bridge are ebony species. Romero high “G” strings are a perfect fit with the addition of a wound low “G”.
Well, there you go. Five won’t get you ten, only a whole lot of fun!