Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Although most of the Sapele sets that I have are similar in appearance, I am not yet tired of a Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele.


Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele

Port Orford sound board.

It’s All About the Wood

Body:  African Pomelle Sapele.   Too much figure?  I don’t think so.  This wood is warm in tap tone but sparks up plenty with a little back bracing.  I added a classic brown and maple chevron back strip for a little variation with this instrument.  This is a super tenor shape.

Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele

Pomelle Sapele back and sides.

Sound Board:  Reclaimed and figured Port Orford Cedar.  This is probably the tightest grain of the figured stuff that I have received and is a bit brighter in tap tone than the wide grained wood that I have used in the past.

Neck:  Honduran Mahogany with carbon fiber truss rod.

Finger Board and Bridge:  Brazilian Rosewood.

Binding:  Curly koa with maple/black purfling.

Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele

Curly koa binding.

Accent Wood:  The last of my Asian Satin Wood Burl.  Boo Hoo!

The Rest of the Build

Strings:  Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.

Case:  Crossrock ABS in beautiful blue.  I like the Fiberglass case but prices are going up and I’m trying to keep prices down.  I’ve found that this ABS case is more than adequate.  Fiberglass may become an option only in 2023.

Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele

Crossrock ABS case.

Amplification:  Mi-Si.

Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele

Mi-Si amplification.

Tuners:  Gotoh Upt.

Saddle and Bridge:  unbleached bone stained vintage brown.


Just a nice sounding instrument.  With the Sapele and Port Orford combination I would say this instrument is warm.  Because of the size of the instrument it has good volume and sustain.  Easy to play and easy on the ears with the low “G” set-up.  I still need to try some alternative tops with this sapele.  Maybe next time.   Pomelle Sapele Tenor Ukulele, you betcha!