Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

It’s always a great event in Hawaii when the first Humpback Whale arrives.  My celebration of that event is the Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele.

The Woods

The client picked all the woods and the inlay for this instrument and even contacted Kamuela Hardwoods in Hawaii for the Milo.  This is a standard tenor.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele

Simple yet elegant.

Back and Sides:  lightly figured Hawaiian Milo with a Martin-style mini-zipper backstrip.  The tap tone for Milo is a bit like Maple.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele

Milo back and sides.

Sound Board:  California old growth Redwood.  This is a perfect combination for the Milo both in color and also in tonal temperament.  Redwood is bright and crisp to compliment the less reflective Milo back and sides.

Neck:  Honduran Mahogany with carbon fiber tone bar.  Sanded finish.

Accent Woods:  Hawaiian curly Koa.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele

Mini-zipper back strip.

RosetteMilo with black MOP accents.

Binding:  Hawaiian curly Koa and maple/black purfling.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukuleleu

Redwood sound board and curly koa binding.

Finger Board and BridgeEbony species.

The Rest of the Build

Nut and Saddle:  unbleached bone.

Head Stock InlayHumpback whale in black and white MOP.  This is one of my stock humpback whale designs and it just squeezed into the headstock.   I left my LOGO off on purpose, feeling that the overall appearance would be enhanced.

TunersGotoh UPT.

CaseCrossrock ABS in crystal blue.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele

Crossrock ABS case is just right.


These instruments always go out too soon.  The strings start to settle in, final tones start to develop and I have to get them in the mail.  Here’s a couple of comments from the new owner: “Seriously, another job well done!!”  “I especially like how the mid-higher notes sound on this uke…almost a little bell-like. . .is that the redwood talking?” “Wow, so (physically light!)”.

Hawaiian Springtime Tenor Ukulele no ka oi!