Pineapple Frankenuke

Little cousin to the Frankenuke and sis to the Son of Frankenuke is this tenor sized Pineapple Frankenuke.  Just got the strings on yesterday and it’s pretty sweet especially considering the eclectic combination of woods in the instrument.  This might blow away all the theories about the “right” wood to use for a sound board, back and sides, or neck?

pineapple frankenuke

Curly spalted mango and spated tamarind sound board.

So the sound board is a combination of spalted curly mango and spalted tamarind wood.  It’s really freaky that the spalt pattern matched on the top–it sure wasn’t planned that way.

pineapple frankenuke

Camphor burl and lacewood back.

The back and sides are camphor burl, lacewood, ambrosia maple and koa.

pineapple frankenuke

Mexican “Dulce” neck.

The neck is a new wood from Mexico called “dulce” or Mexican pear that I found at Tropical Exotic Hardwoods in Carlsbad.  There is a myrtle head stock laminate and macassar ebony back strap.

pineapple frankenuke

Koa and ambrosia maple sides.

The accent woods are macassar ebony and satin wood burl.

Oh, the fret board is Hawaiian keawe. the bridge is bacote and the binding is a standard India rosewood with green/black fiber purfling.  Hmmm, let’s see, I’m counting 13 different woods on the outside of this instrument.  That might be a new record.

New owners first comments:  “. . .a professional level instrument in all respects.  Sweet sounding and yet mellow too. . . just pretty nice all around.”