Sugi Tenor Ukulele - Sold

This is the Sugi Tenor Ukulele.  This is simple build and a figured wood extravaganza!

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Lots to look at Sugi.

It’s All About the Wood

Back and Sides:  Curly Honduran Mahogany.

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Curly Honduran Mahogany back and sides.

Sound BoardJapanese Sugi (cryptomeria japonica a member of the cedar family) from the Big Island of Hawaii.  This is a new wood for me and one that I’ve been wanting to try for years.  When I saw this set at Kamuela Hardwoods I had to take the plunge.  The look is outstanding.  The chatoyance is unbelievable which the pictures do not do justice.  This wood is held in extremely high regards in Japan.

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Sugi is double wowsers with looks and chatoyance.

Binding:  curly Hawaiian Koa with maple/black purfling.

NeckHonduran Mahogany with carbon truss rod.

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Honduran Mahogany neck.

Fret Board and Bridge:  stripey, Asian Munn Ebony–radiused with Gold frets and gold MOP fret markers.

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Munn Ebony neck and bridge.

Accent Woods: Thuja Burl and Honduran Mahogany.

The Rest of the Build

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

Nut and Saddle:  stained bone.

TunersGotoh UPT.

Sugi Tenor Ukulele

Gotoh tuners.

CaseCrossrock ABS.


Very Full and Warm.  This was expected since the Sugi has a very warm tap tone and the mahogany is a mid-range wood as well.  I like an ukulele that is easy to play and easy on the ear–not too dark and not overly bright.  To me, this Sugi Tenor Ukulele fits that profile perfectly.

It didn’t last long.  I’ll have to say, when a new owner calls me to thank me and tell me that the new instrument lives up to all expectations, I’m pretty darned pleased.