The Jungle Beast Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold
Had to do it! The latest out of the shop is The Jungle Beast Tenor Ukulele. This is the kind of instrument I build for myself. It’s all about the wood baby!
Body: Fresh, or maybe not so fresh, out of the jungles of Honduras is this eclectic set of “Jaguar Scratch” Mahogany. That is the name that Rick Hearne of Hearne Hardwoods uses for this unusual figure. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve shown this to all of which gave it a ho-hum response. Personally, I love it!
Sound Board: Not fresh, but salvaged Cedar from Alaska. Aging by wind, rain and salt water gives this Earthtone Cedar from Alaska Specialty Woods its unusual appearance and color. Tonally, this wood is the brightest and has the best sustain of all the woods I am testing at the present.
Binding and Back Strip: Offcuts from my figured, blond Bubinga sets also from Hearne and combined with maple/black fiber.
Neck: Honduran Mahogany with carbon fiber truss rod.
Finger Board and Bridge: Brownish Macassar Ebony.
Accent Woods: Figured Hawaiian Mango.
The Rest of the Build
Strings: Romero with wound Low “G”. I like using the same strings initially on all instruments when possible so that I can compare tonal quality of each instrument. I can change change strings to suit my mood if necessary.
Case: Crossrock Fiberglass
Nut and Saddle: Bone
Tuners: Gotoh 4::1 offset on Headstock for easier access.
Nailed it! First I paired the top and body materials not so much for the appearance but for the sound. This particular mahogany compares tonally to “The Tree” sets that I presently have–very bright with good sustain. Combine tone with striking appearance and chatoyance and I felt I couldn’t go wrong. The Soundboard is, oh well, the most brilliant that I could find. The combination is unbelievable. This instrument barely needs to be touched to sing or maybe scream. But, watch out for those claws!