Sinker Redwood and The Tree Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This is the Sinker Redwood and The Tree Tenor Ukulele.

Sinker Redwood and The Tree Ukulele

Sinker Redwood sound board.

The Woods

Soundboard:  This is the second of my ” TheTree” experiments.  On the first I used Swiss Moon Spruce as the sound board.  For this one, I selected a Sinker Redwood for the top.   It looks like I didn’t sand the top well but I did and to 800gt as well.  Note the distressed pattern is duplicated on both sides.  Initially this did not appear as such but with finish it took on a  totally new look.  Lessons learned!

Back and Sides: “The Tree” Honduran Mahogany.  This is another one piece back exhibiting sausage style curl.

Sinker Redwood and The Tree Ukulele

Sausage Curl “The Tree” Mahogany.

BindingIndia Rosewood with Maple/Black fiber purfling.

Rosette and Head board:  The Tree Mahogany.

Neck: Curly Honduran Mahogany with Bloodwood/Maple Lamination and internal carbon truss rod.

Sinker Redwood and The Tree Ukulele

Curly Honduran Mahogany neck with bloodwood/maple lamination.

Accent Woods:  Domestic Maple Burl.  I’m liking the asymmetric tuner placement on the headstock.  It makes for much easier access with this style of tuning knob.

Sinker Redwood and The Tree Ukulele

Domestic Maple Burl backstrap.

Fret Board and BridgeEbony species.


My camera doesn’t like red!

This Redwood exhibits a brighter tap tone than the Swiss Moon Spruce and the body of this instrument is super tenor size as opposed to the standard tenor shape of the first Tree uke.  For accuracy I should have kept them the same size.  It is my opinion, at least so far, that this instrument is brighter and has a bit more sustain and volume than the first.  They both sound good and the owner of #1 is enjoying his and has made that report to the owner of #2.  I also believe the sound of the Jaguar Scratch Mahogany Ukulele is comparable to this instrument so, in my opinion, this has become the battle of the sound boards not the type of mahogany wood of the back and sides.

I much prefer using non-sinker woods but I just had to do it on this Sinker Redwood and The Tree Tenor Ukulele basically because of its dark coloration.  For my money, a non-sinker redwood exhibits additional brightness and punch while being more stabile.   Picky, picky me!

Maybe I’ll do the next one with a Bearclaw Spruce top.