Blond and Blue Tenor Ukulele - Sold
This is my latest “Builder’s Choice” instrument. I’m calling it the Blond and Blue Tenor Ukulele. This is a standard tenor shape.
Back and Sides: Central American Primavera. This is a new wood for me. I’ve been intrigued since I first saw it about 15 years ago. This is the first time, though, that I have seen the wood with grain and figure. It’s pretty easy to work and almost without pores. It also has a very bright tap tone.
The Top: Alaskan Sitka Spruce. I picked this particular set of spruce because of it’s low density (note that the growth rings are pretty far apart) and it’s very strong “Bearclaw” figure.
The Neck: another billet of Asian, Spalted Tamarind wood. I mean, what do you match the Primavera with anyway? Always with the large carbon fiber truss/tone rod. It’s has a sanded finish for smooth action.
The Binding: American Sycamore. I saw an instrument that I made many years ago with Sycamore binding and it looked absolutely great. The flecks in the wood had darkened a bit giving it almost a herring bone appearance. I just had to try it again.
The Purfling: Dark Blue and Turquoise for the top and back strip, while the sides have dark blue and black.
The Accent Wood: Asian Amboyna Burl.
The Headstock: I think I’m going to keep this pattern for some of my builds. I like the offset Gotoh Tuners a lot. I think the tuners are actually easier to access than the standard headstock shape. It’s a thought to go total Fender but I’m thinking that would be just a bit long in the tooth?
And the Final Word
Not bad. I think my opinion might be a bit conservative because this puppy really puts out some sound. I think it’s the low density top; but, without multiple instruments with similar woods I cannot say for sure. I’ve always liked alternative looks and Blond and Blue makes for a real head turner.