Claro Walnut and Cedar Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold
Another week and another uke. This is the Claro Walnut and Cedar Tenor Ukulele.
Well, this build was a request by a talented young violinist in the area. He definitely had a vision in mind for the ukulele since it didn’t really take that long for him to make his wood selections. I wasn’t sure about the Mango Binding and the abalone purfling but, I try my best not to get in the way too much. The back and sides were picked purely for appearance and the cedar sound board for it’s tonal qualities. Super Tenor shape. Done!
Back and Sides: Claro Walnut from Vince at Pacific Coast Woods. You know how I like walnut ukuleles so I was very pleased to show this spectacular set.
Sound Board: I have two sets of this striped Western Cedar. It’s a little different than some of the cedars I have. I felt it a bit harder and somewhat stiffer than the usual–something like the Alaskan Earthtone Cedars but with a more open grain. Great tap tone and sustain.
Neck: California Black Walnut with matching Mango Laminate. I decided on the black walnut neck and since we have the mango laminate on the back of the instrument I matched with the neck.
Binding: Curly Hawaiian Mango with fuchsia/black accent. I am so impressed with the curly mango binding that I’m putting it into another new all Koa ukulele.
Purfling and Rosette: Blue Paua Abalone.
Accent Woods: all curly Hawaiian Mango.
Finger Board and Bridge: Munn Ebony.
The Rest of the Build
Tuners: Gotoh UPT.
Case: Crossrock Fiberglass.
Strings: Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.
I expected more warmth from the cedar but found it to be a bit brighter–hmmm! As usual the strings hadn’t fully stretched in at the time of pick-up so I’m thinking that the Claro Walnut and Cedar Tenor Ukulele combination is going to open up substantially with a little playing time. There definitely were smiles all around.
Getting close to Christmas, y’all!