Elegant Pineapple Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This Elegant Pineapple Ukulele left the shop yesterday.

Elegant Pineapple Ukulele

Dark and Sultry.

It’s All About the Wood

Body:  Curly Claro Walnut.

Elegant Pineapple Ukulele

Mmmm! Yummy, curly Claro Walnut.

Sound Board:  Ancient Sitka Spruce with Tahitian Black MOP purfling.  Waste not, want not–or so they say.  I have this one last offcut of ancient spruce destined for either a pineapple or a concert.  I think it works pretty well with the claro.  Dark and sultry.

Elegant Pineapple Ukulele

Ancient spruce has a certain “glow”.

Neck:  Curly Claro Walnut with internal carbon truss rod.

Elegant PIneapple Ukulele

Claro Walnut neck.

Binding:  Super Curly or Frogshair Curl Claro Walnut with black/maple purfling.   I think going Claro all the way was a definite call with this build.  I added binding to the neck as well which  I don’t normally do.

Elegant Piineapple Ukulele

Curly Claro Walnut binding.

Accent Woods:  a combination of  Brown and Red Australian Mallee Burl.  Definitely like my burl accents.

Elegant Pineapple Ukulele

Brown Australian Mallee burl.

Finger Board and Bridge:  Ebony species.

The Rest of the Build

Case:  Ohana.

Strings: Yozura topknot, high “G” by request.

Amplification:  Mi-Si.

Tuners:  Gotoh UPT.

Nut and Saddle:  vintage bone.  Actually this is unbleached bone that I have stained brown.  It brings out all the imperfections in  the bone and gives it a vintage look.  Anything but white!

Fret Board Markers:  white MOP.


I must say that I am not used to high “G” tuning anymore.  There was a time that I thought that I would never use low “G” but that sure changed.  Now I don’t want to use high “G” at all.  And why you ask?  I’ve gotten used to that few extra notes from the “G” string and I like the warmth that the low “G” gives to the instrument.  Not knock’n-just say’n.  So, I find this instrument to be  clean, clear and bright with that classic ukulele sound.  It can be strummed or finger-style played soft or hard.  It doesn’t have the humorous look that I so often use with the pineapples and that’s why I call it the Elegant Pineapple Ukulele.