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Thread: New Build Thread: Beau Hannam Sinker Redwood / Amazon Rosewood 19" Selmer

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    Default New Build Thread: Beau Hannam Sinker Redwood / Amazon Rosewood 19" Selmer

    I thought some of you might enjoy seeing a few pics of a uke I'll be picking up at the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii show in November: a Beau Hannam 19" Selmer-style tenor.

    I had another Selmer by a different luthier that simply did not work for me, so I was concerned about trying one again. I shared my concerns with Beau, who took it on as a challenge.

    After running very scientific calculations on a super computer (LOL), he determined lighter bracing, larger (vs. petite bouche) sound hole and a 19" scale would get that top moving to make sufficient sound. Now, whether or not I can make make music with it is another question altogether. ;-)

    Specifications:

    Top: Sinker redwood
    Body: Amazon rosewood, Selmer-shape
    Headstock: Slotted with Brazilian rosewood overlay
    Tuners: Rubner tuners
    Scale: 19"
    Tuning: Linear, likely Bb
    Strings: Aquila Carbonblacks
    Appointments: Custom rosette, end graft, sunburst finish, black MOP fretmarkers

    A few pics:

    The man himself, sporting his Luthiers for a Cause tee:




    Beau the Ham sprays a mean burst:



    I love Beau's rosettes:


    Rubner tuners:
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    That already looks outstanding Eddie. The finished instrument should really be something to see.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Rubner tuners.

    I'm looking forward hand delivery this to Eddie in Hawaii Nov 14th

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    I love, love, love the look of that ukulele. It’s a stunner!

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    Sweet! I look forward to seeing this one next month.

    Only one problem: are you sure you want an upside-down picture of Beau with with a mad grin on the back of your instrument? Maybe he can sand it off and reshoot it.

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    Luv the rosette!
    Lanikai LU-21C concert - nato laminate (my starter uke!)
    Ohana CK-42R concert - solid sinker redwood top, solid rosewood back and sides, maple binding
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding

    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a ukulele which is basically the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltytri View Post
    Sweet! I look forward to seeing this one next month.

    Only one problem: are you sure you want an upside-down picture of Beau with with a mad grin on the back of your instrument? Maybe he can sand it off and reshoot it.
    LOL. Good point!

    BTW, congrats on the gorgeous spruce/myrtle Ono you delivered to HMS that sold in about 5 seconds.
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

    Curious about the relative importance of tonewood vs. the luthier? See Luthiers for a Cause to learn more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post

    BTW, congrats on the gorgeous spruce/myrtle Ono you delivered to HMS that sold in about 5 seconds.
    That was sweet, also, and more proof that Corey's sublime playing can sell just about anything.

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    So that beautiful Uke is yours. Just gorgeous.

    My Players model will be ready soon also.
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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Current Instruments:
    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted/Waterfall Figured Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Players Model - Tenor - Vintage Sun Burst all Tasmanian Blackwood

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollisdwyer View Post
    So that beautiful Uke is yours. Just gorgeous.

    My Players model will be ready soon also.
    IMG_1498.jpg
    Beautiful! Very cool that they are basically litter mates.
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

    Curious about the relative importance of tonewood vs. the luthier? See Luthiers for a Cause to learn more!

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