The Tree, Burl and Redwood Ukulele - Sold
Here’s the latest The Tree ukulele. For lack of better terminology I’ll call it The Tree, Burl and Redwood Ukulele. This is a super tenor shape.
It’s all about the wood.
Body: The Tree Honduran mahogany–tortoise curl. The sides are doubled with straight quarter-sawn Honduran mahogany. There’s a whole thing out there now with compound sides (for lack of better terminology) and what this adds to the instrument. Well, more work, that’s for sure! I’m resisting calling this a plywood although I guess it is–there are plywoods and then there are plywoods. Added strength, better sound? Only time will tell as more and more high-end builds are produced using this technique.
Sound Board: Fort Ross Chapel redwood–super nice! Bracing is Adirondak spruce.
Neck: curly Honduran mahogany with The Tree lamination. Carbon fiber truss rod. Sanded finish–super smooth.
Binding and Rosette: Pomelle Sapele with sea foam green/black fiber purfling. It’s a pretty subtle green. Looks almost white in the pictures.
Accent Wood: Australian brown Mallee Burl. I used this with The Tree on the head stock with a black epoxy river down the center.
Finger Board and Bridge: Brazilian rosewood. Sapele binding on the fret board with white MOP fret markers on the side only. Martin 16″ radius.
Nut and Saddle: brown stained bone. White is cool on light builds but I’m really liking this vintage bone look on the darker builds.
The rest of the build.
Tuners: Gotoh UPT.
Strings: Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.
Case: Crossrock fiberglass.
I don’t think I left anything out? The sound on this one is deeper, warmer and fuller than the last although the builds were almost identical. This I would attribute to the size of the instrument since the last was a standard tenor. I only put strings on today so it’s a bit early to give a more accurate opinion but it’s starting to come to life. I think this The Tree, Burl and Redwood Ukulele is a winner.