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.
It’s all about the wood.
Back and Sides: The 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.
Sound Board: Another set of Alaskan bearclaw spruce but with “lightning strike” figure and a bit of color.
Neck: Honduran mahogany with ”the tree”, curly Honduran laminations and carbon-fiber truss rod.
Binding: Pomelle Sapele and emerald green/black fiber purfling.
Rosette: The Tree mahogany.
Accent woods: Austsralian 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!
Finger board and bridge: Brazilian rosewood with Martin 16″ radius and 1 3/8″ nut.
The rest of the build.
Strings: Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.
Case: Crossrock fiberglass.
Nut and Saddle: stained bone.
Tuners: Gotoh UPT.
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.