Blond Bubinga and Cedar Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold
This is the Blond Bubinga and Cedar Tenor Ukulele–the mate to the Pomelle and Swiss ukulele two posts ago.
It’s All About The Wood
Body: Blond figured Bubinga. I’m calling this figure “paisley” for lack of better terminology. Whatever, it’s gorgeous. It is gold in color and extremely chatoyant. Some of the pieces have the classic Bubinga red so I’m guessing that this is sap wood from a very, very large tree. The back sports a Martin-style “mini zipper” back strip.
Sound Board: Western Red Cedar. While the sister uke had a lightly bear claw Swiss Moon top I decided on cedar for a different color and possibly a different sound.
Neck: Honduran Mahogany with internal carbon truss rod.
Accent woods: Brazilian Lacewood.
Fret Board and Bridge: Ebony species.
Binding: Ebonite with split herringbone purfling and maple/black accents. The rosette is black MOP.
The Rest Of The Build
Strings: Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.
Nut and Saddle: vintage bone.
Tuners: Gotoh UPT.
Case: Crossrock fiberglass.
The Sapele uke is a bit brighter and touch responsive. I attribute this more to the top wood than the back and sides since they are comparatively neutral. Both have the same set of strings. BUT, this cedar is a little warmer and I find that to be equally pleasing. I think it depends on your ear and mood. No complaints!
Just another Kimo Blond Bubinga and Cedar Tenor Ukulele!