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Gotta Have Curl Ukulele

Full frontal.

It’s all about the Wood

Body:  Curly African Pomelle Sapele.  I’m still not tired of the look of this wood. It’s got mega looks and chatoyance.  This is the first I have seen with a sap wood inclusion.

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Pomelle Sapele with sap wood accent.

Sound Board:  Curly Western Redwood.  I’ve said before that this is a tough material to work with.  It is prone to cracking, especially at the bridge.  After making my first one back in 2006 or something I swore I’d never do it again.  Since that time I’ve done some heavy curl tops with this wood and also with Port Orford Cedar.  So far, fingers crossed, the bracing that I use to compensate for the cracking tendency is working.

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Lightly spalted curly Redwood.

NeckHonduran Mahogany with carbon truss rod.

Accent Wood: Asian Satin Wood Burl.

Fret Board and BridgeEbony species. Radiused to 16″ with gold “evo” frets and white MOP fret markers.

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Ebony fret board with mop markers.

The rest of the Build

Nut and Saddle:  brown stained bone.

Binding and PurflingIndia Rosewood with Tahitian black mother-or-pearl.

Gotta Have Curl Ukulele

India Rosewood binding with black mop purfling.

StringsPepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.

TunersGotoh UPT.

Gotta Have Curl Ukulele

Gotoh UPT tuners and Asian satin wood burl accents.

Case:  Crossrock ABS.

Amplification:  Mi-Si.


Because of the warmth of the woods including the Redwood I was expecting an instrument with darker notes.  I’d have to put it mid though.  I believe that the smaller, standard body with less volume than the super tenor and also bracing of Adirondack promoted a little more brightness in the instrument.

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