Happy New Year Y’all! Here is the Last Ukulele 2020–well, not the last build but the last completed instrument of the year. It is a concert sized uke with a standard concert scale, a standard depth and volume custom build for a special guy.
African Black Limba.
This is a Christmas present for a young player. After seeing the size of this players hands I decided a the standard concert with a standard scale (not tenor scale as I am doing now) would be the best option for him.
Nice blacks and brown’s and a zipper back strip.
The body is made of African Black Limba. Limba is a pretty cool ukulele wood with a moderate density. It’s a little porous, but then again, so are some of the finer rosewoods. The wood sports a variety of appearances and colors from blond to almost totally black and from straight grain to curly. It also has surprising chatoyance.
Limba has surprising chatoyance.
I glitzed it up a tad with some abalone purfling.
A little abalone glitz.
I also added the new owner’s initials to the head stock. Believe it or not, this is a standard inlay from DePaul Supply.
The new owners Initials in abalone and mother of pearl.
I also used India Rosewood binding, Honduran Mahogany for the neck, and accents of Hawaiian Mango.
I’d put the sound of Limba somewhere between Mango and Koa. With a smaller neck and a shorter scale this instrument makes for easier playing with a bright ukulele sound–even with the Romero Low “G” strings.
Merry Christmas Mr. H. You got the Last Ukulele 2020.