Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Another “the tree” uke.  Guess I’m not tired of it yet!  This is the Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele.  It’s a standard tenor and was meant to be a “for sale” instrument but got snapped up off the Instagram “first look” post.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

The Tree back with malle burl and green opal.

It’s all about the wood.

Back and SidesThe Tree Honduran Mahogany.  The sides are double walled construction with a combination of the tree and a very thin quarter grain Honduran Mahogany.  This is my current standard for these particular builds.  I wanted a standard tenor shape but the back panels were sukoshi narrow so I added a brown mallee burl back strip with some green opal dots to offset the width.  This is another example of the “tortoise figure” of the tree wood.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

The Tree.

Sound Board:  Another set of Alaskan bearclaw spruce but with “lightning strike” figure and a bit of color.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

Alaskan “lightning strike” bearclaw spruce.

Neck: Honduran mahogany with ”the tree”, curly Honduran laminations and carbon-fiber truss rod.

Binding: Pomelle Sapele and emerald green/black fiber purfling.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

Pomelle sapele binding with emerald green and black purfling.

RosetteThe Tree mahogany.

Accent woodsAustsralian brown mallee burl.  The neck back strap is “the tree”.  Hope you’re not tired of the combination of tree and burl for the head stock face because I’ve done it again and added green opal.  I’d like to think it’s a natural look.  Girls just got to have fun!

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

Keeping it natural with the tree, burl and opal.

Finger board and bridgeBrazilian rosewood with Martin 16″ radius and 1 3/8″ nut.

The rest of the build.

StringsPepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.


Case:  Crossrock fiberglass.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

Comfy in Crossrock.

Nut and Saddle:  stained bone.

TunersGotoh UPT.

Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele

Gotoh UPT’s work really well.


This is my first “Tree” uke with spruce.  This instrument is on it’s way to a standard tenor “Tree” client but with a redwood  sound board.   I will be able to get a direct comparison from him upon receipt.

I did have the other current “Tree” uke here for comparison although it is a super tenor in shape.  My take is that the super does have a warmer tone even with the redwood.  The smaller body Tenor has a more focused tone, maybe “brighter” is a better term, which I also found to be true in the redwood/tree/standardard tenor ukulele as I remember.  Both are similar volume.

Otherwise, no complaints.  Made to be played, not stored in a box, is the Tree and Bear Tenor Ukulele.