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Doc_J
08-28-2014, 05:39 AM
Sorry for the late post. Just collected my new elegant & awesome Moore Bettah Tenor from the post office this morning. I would have had it yesterday, but that job of mine got in the way. :)

It's the perfect combination of 5A master grad koa, ebony, and elegant abalone. Chuck outdid himself on this one.
While it is new and hasn't opened up it sounds better than anything I play or have played. I'll wait a while for it open up a bit before posting any samples. The glassy smooth finish is perfection, as is the case with all Moore Bettah ukuleles. This uke has it all, gorgeous looks, great tone, playability and feel. I can't imagine a better uke for me.

And truly, Chuck is the salt of the earth. Can't say enough about his talent, humbleness, and kindness.

Here are the build details.

Body materials: 5A master grade Koa
Binding:Ebony
Purfling: Paua abalone with B/W/B top & sides
Neck Spanish cedar (carbon fiber reinforced)
Head stock design: Slotted
Head stock overlay: Ebony with "M-Wave" logo Inlay
Side sound port: Upper bout
Fret board: Ebony, bound
Fret Board Markers: Pau abalone
Bridge: Ebony
Rosette: Paua abalone
Nut & saddle: Bone
Tuners: Grover Sta-Tite
Strings: South Coast HML-RW with Fremont Soloist Low G
Finish: Glossy nitrocellulose lacquer

And here's the first pics. Had a helper to unpack it. Got a few pics before my camera battery died.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060714s_zps8a72e209.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060724_zps3a1a39a3.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060718_zps69650425.jpg

Doc_J
08-28-2014, 05:44 AM
OK, here's two better pictures (camera battery is now recharging).
(More pics on page 3) (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?100073-NUD-Moore-Bettah-Tenor-elegant-amp-awesome/page3)

Day 5 Sound Sample: https://app.box.com/s/ch6uoubh8su9g9qxgxd0

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060720_zpsff045e65.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060721_zpsa8c67e61.jpg

guitharsis
08-28-2014, 05:47 AM
Elegance exemplified. Congrats, Hodge!

Bao
08-28-2014, 05:47 AM
Look at the curl on that! Beauty!

kvehe
08-28-2014, 06:05 AM
Congratulations! It is wonderful!

katysax
08-28-2014, 06:11 AM
Beautiful!

Dan Uke
08-28-2014, 06:12 AM
That's some really nice koa and I love abalone purfling. What's especially nice is the bwb accent in the carving of the headstock and I see he put some Southcoast strings. I'm sure it's going to sound even more amazing when it opens up.

I wonder how many people own a soprano and tenor from him...when are you going to get a concert? hahaha

coolcow
08-28-2014, 06:19 AM
Congradz...it's beautiful!!!
a couple UU members received a MB from this batch wow...it's like a happy family reunion

Doc_J
08-28-2014, 06:24 AM
That's some really nice koa and I love abalone purfling. What's especially nice is the bwb accent in the carving of the headstock and I see he put some Southcoast strings. I'm sure it's going to sound even more amazing when it opens up.

I wonder how many people own a soprano and tenor from him...when are you going to get a concert? hahaha

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Yes, the SC HML-RW strings are perfect on it. First time I have tried these strings. I have it tuned low right now (B-flat) and will work up to C tuning. But in B-flat it sounds so rich, resonant, clear, loud, even ...and it is still just opening up!

I think Stan has dibbs on a Moore Bettah concert. :)

Ukulele Eddie
08-28-2014, 06:27 AM
Baby got some curl!! Enjoy!

wickedwahine11
08-28-2014, 06:31 AM
It is lovely, congratulations. Don't they play like a dream? :)

Steveperrywriter
08-28-2014, 06:39 AM
Jeez, this place is suddenly jammed with Moore Bettahs! Everybody is getting one.

Well. Almost everybody ...

Dan Uke
08-28-2014, 06:43 AM
This last batch should cater to all spectrums of uke players...there are those that want bling and there are those that like simple elegance and I believe Chuck pleased both sides. Chuck will even do satin finishes but I don't see why anyone would want one as he does the best mirror glossy finish in industry. I bet his glossy finish is thinner than some satin finish out there. Great job Chuck!

vanflynn
08-28-2014, 06:49 AM
Beauty, will definitely need more pictures once you come up for air!

GinnyT11
08-28-2014, 06:49 AM
Hodge, your MB tenor is fantastic! You will come to love it more and more as you play it. If we tune them the same way, we can play our MBs together one day.

Your very-close-up photo show nice details; I like the very thin abalone around the headstock. And don't you love the finish?

Gmoney
08-28-2014, 06:53 AM
Oh, MY! What a beauty. Simply, gorgeous.

hawaii 50
08-28-2014, 06:56 AM
Congrats Hodge...

wow had no idea that was your MBU nice.....:)
I think nothing comes close to a Moore Bettah tone wise....and Chuck's builds are so nice and the best finish in the business....I think that is why Chuck so willing to share his finish technique...no one can do what he does....

but the tone/sound of his MB's are hard to describe...like you say Rich,Deep,Resonant...clear etc..is what makes a MB different from all other ukes....and it will still sound better over time....wow!

congrats again...hope to see it and you one day here....:)

sukie
08-28-2014, 06:57 AM
Welcome to the family! It's a beauty. Amazing how Chuck turns a tree into an ukulele. :-)

Cornfield
08-28-2014, 07:43 AM
Another beautiful Moore Bettah

Doc_J
08-28-2014, 08:01 AM
It is lovely, congratulations. Don't they play like a dream? :)

Absolutely! The feel, playability and sound are as wonderful visual beauty.
I swear I play better on this tenor than any other. (Not that I play well. :) )


Hodge, your MB tenor is fantastic! You will come to love it more and more as you play it. If we tune them the same way, we can play our MBs together one day.

Your very-close-up photo show nice details; I like the very thin abalone around the headstock. And don't you love the finish?

I am slowly cranking up the tuning, now up to B, standard C will be coming soon. I really enjoy hearing how a uke sounds in different tunings.

Chuck's finish quality and beauty are truly unreal, like no other builder. More pics are coming soon, as the camera battert is almost recharged.


Congrats Hodge...

wow had no idea that was your MBU nice.....:)
I think nothing comes close to a Moore Bettah tone wise....and Chuck's builds are so nice and the best finish in the business....I think that is why Chuck so willing to share his finish technique...no one can do what he does....

but the tone/sound of his MB's are hard to describe...like you say Rich,Deep,Resonant...clear etc..is what makes a MB different from all other ukes....and it will still sound better over time....wow!

congrats again...hope to see it and you one day here....:)

Same here brother. Hope to meet you one day, too Len.


Welcome to the family! It's a beauty. Amazing how Chuck turns a tree into an ukulele. :-)

Thanks. Yep. The process of going from tree to uke is seems like a long and complicated path. Most of my wood skills end at making firewood and mulch.

I still think your Flamingo rosette is the coolest!

Daktari
08-28-2014, 08:32 AM
Wowser! Gorgeous uke :drool:

Happy new uke to you!!

UkerDanno
08-28-2014, 08:33 AM
Congrat's, that's a gorgeous hunk of wood!

Doc_J
08-28-2014, 08:36 AM
Beauty, will definitely need more pictures once you come up for air!
OK, camera is now ready and it's a beautiful day south of Atlanta.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060736_zps70062058.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060739_zps9c2e9738.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060734_zpscf9ccd55.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060731_zps5ae65209.jpg

Doc_J
08-28-2014, 08:36 AM
Here's a few more
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060729_zps56ea3aab.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060732_zps6913abca.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060735_zpsb4e94422.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060727_zpscbd26736.jpg

Pueo
08-28-2014, 08:38 AM
So nice to see all the UUers get such nice ukuleles from such a nice man.

Yours is very classy indeed.

One day, I will join all you folks!

mds725
08-28-2014, 09:12 AM
Congratulations on your new Moore Bettah. It's absolutely beautiful! It's nice to see the MB joy and Aloha being spread among so many!

mm stan
08-28-2014, 09:37 AM
Aloha Hodge...
Wow wow wow congratulations. on your amazing MB and welcome to the MB family....wow you got two now and I hear you have a soprano too...holy moly
happy strummings man..... as always, chuckie did an amazing job, love the abalone and flamed koa....

mkatz
08-28-2014, 10:00 AM
Congratulations Hodge, it is beautiful!

Mitch

GinnyT11
08-28-2014, 11:19 AM
Great photos, Hodge! I love your uke!

costaricadave
08-28-2014, 11:30 AM
Nice One!!!!

dkcrown
08-28-2014, 11:35 AM
Ah, it is truly Christmas in August. Evidently our UU memebers have been very nice this year! Congratulations Hodge! What a beauty!

Camsuke
08-28-2014, 12:09 PM
Congratulations Doc! You are very lucky! Well done.

geetee
08-29-2014, 12:25 AM
Congratulations. I love the M Wave logo, says everything that needs to be said.

Dan Uke
08-29-2014, 11:17 AM
You guys should also post to the Moore Bettah thread so we can see them all together and will also be reminded when the next lucky owner gets one.

Teek
08-30-2014, 09:48 AM
Gorgeous! And congratulations!

With the big lot of MBs arriving lately, does this mean there is room on the wait list now? You all could have your very own section of the forum, not just a thread, like the VIPs. There's probably enough owners to even have your very own forum, like the Tacoma guitar forum. I think there are about as many registered there as there are MB owners here. :cool:

PS: Your lovely cat was a nice intro, and the phenomenal color in the koa looks like it matches your cat. Is that coincidence?

bigphil
08-30-2014, 04:37 PM
I've said before that it is difficult to pick a favorite uke that Chuck built because he is still building them and each time he reveals another glimpse of his handiwork we are awestruck again. There are also many great choices for amazing wood combinations when building a uke, to me though the traditional solid koa is among the best. There is koa, and then there is koa like in this beautiful uke, the abalone makes it absolutely amazing. A true dream instrument! Congratulations!

DownUpDave
08-31-2014, 11:39 PM
Class and elegance galor. Very very well done Doc. This instrument is a fine cigar, single malt scotch and vintage MGB sports car rolled up into one. I love Moore Bettah ukuleles that just allow their natural beauty to shine through. This is a shining example of that, congratulations.

guitharsis
09-01-2014, 02:20 AM
Also love Moore Beattah ukuleles that allow their natural beauty to shine through. Would probably be my choice.
Though some of the inlays, rosettes etc. on this latest batch took my breath away.:o

Doc_J
09-01-2014, 05:41 AM
Thanks everyone!

Have to share some sounds with you. As beautiful as this uke is, it has the sound that matches its looks, awesome. I've played a lot of excellent ukes, but this one is in a class by itself. And I mean that!

While it sounded excellent on the first day, I've been working it over the last 4 days, and I'm ready to post a
1st sound sample (C tuningwith South Coast HML-RW with Fremont Soloist Low G)
https://app.box.com/s/ch6uoubh8su9g9qxgxd0
Recorded with a Blue Snowflake and Audacity, without any effects or filters.

And another pic!
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060745s_zps47d7c029.jpg

Steveperrywriter
09-01-2014, 06:02 AM
Gee, that doesn't look nor sound good at all, Doc. You should let me take it off your hands, Hundred dollars, cash money, small bills ...

wickedwahine11
09-01-2014, 06:24 AM
It sounds great -- as lovely as it looks.

hawaii 50
09-01-2014, 06:29 AM
Doc...why did you change the Low G string to the Soloist...was it just for the sqeaking?

Doc_J
09-01-2014, 06:32 AM
Doc...why did you change the Low G string to the Soloist...was it just for the sqeaking?

I didn't change it. Chuck set it up that way. It's a great combination.

hawaii 50
09-01-2014, 06:35 AM
I didn't change it. Chuck set it up that way. It's a great combination.

OK I gots to email Chuck..we been working on strings for a while now...never knew he changed...:) I got a bunch of Soloist so I will give
it a try....

Dan Uke
09-01-2014, 06:40 AM
I didn't change it. Chuck set it up that way. It's a great combination.

The uke's sounding awesome already and the strings are well balanced.

I bought some more HML-RW and Dirk said he polished the G string more so it squeaks less. Probably someone mentioned it him...maybe it was Chuck? hahaha

hawaii 50
09-04-2014, 09:57 AM
I didn't change it. Chuck set it up that way. It's a great combination.

Hi Hodge...I got a message from Chuck...and he says he uses the Fremont Soloist LowG with the South Coast HML-RW's for a more balanced tone....
I can live with the squeaks,but I have a bunch of the Soloist so going to give it a try too....

I am sure you liking the tone of your Moore Bettah....:)

Doc_J
09-04-2014, 06:40 PM
Hi Hodge...I got a message from Chuck...and he says he uses the Fremont Soloist LowG with the South Coast HML-RW's for a more balanced tone....
I can live with the squeaks,but I have a bunch of the Soloist so going to give it a try too....

I am sure you liking the tone of your Moore Bettah....:)

Len, You are correct ! This Moore Bettah tenor has such great tone. I'm loving it. The SC HML-RW + Soloist strings are very balanced, and no squeak, too. The SC wound C is also smoother than most wound strings.

hawaii 50
09-04-2014, 08:43 PM
Len, You are correct ! This Moore Bettah tenor has such great tone. I'm loving it. The SC HML-RW + Soloist strings are very balanced, and no squeak, too. The SC wound C is also smoother than most wound strings.

like Chuck was saying to bad Dirk can not do a flatwound C string too(hint)....but Dirk told me a while back to expensive to do a flatwound C for the HML-SW set...

I just wanted to hear if Chuck did it for better tone....:) nothing close tone wise as a Moore Bettah...but I have seen some ukes that are really close...:) but can not say better....IMO

Landshark
09-05-2014, 08:32 AM
Beautiful welcome to the club

Stevelele
09-05-2014, 10:05 AM
Congratulations Hodge--I know you've been hunting for the very best ukulele for quite some time now. I have a feeling that your hunt might have just finished with the acquisition of this ukulele. Awesome!

Stevelele
09-05-2014, 10:06 AM
For a second, I thought that Chuck had gone into the cat-selling business! Meow Bettah Cats!


Sorry for the late post. Just collected my new elegant & awesome Moore Bettah Tenor from the post office this morning. I would have had it yesterday, but that job of mine got in the way. :)

It's the perfect combination of 5A master grad koa, ebony, and elegant abalone. Chuck outdid himself on this one.
While it is new and hasn't opened up it sounds better than anything I play or have played. I'll wait a while for it open up a bit before posting any samples. The glassy smooth finish is perfection, as is the case with all Moore Bettah ukuleles. This uke has it all, gorgeous looks, great tone, playability and feel. I can't imagine a better uke for me.

And truly, Chuck is the salt of the earth. Can't say enough about his talent, humbleness, and kindness.

Here are the build details.

Body materials: 5A master grade Koa
Binding:Ebony
Purfling: Paua abalone with B/W/B top & sides
Neck Spanish cedar (carbon fiber reinforced)
Head stock design: Slotted
Head stock overlay: Ebony with "M-Wave" logo Inlay
Side sound port: Upper bout
Fret board: Ebony, bound
Fret Board Markers: Pau abalone
Bridge: Ebony
Rosette: Paua abalone
Nut & saddle: Bone
Tuners: Grover Sta-Tite
Strings: South Coast HML-RW with Fremont Soloist Low G
Finish: Glossy nitrocellulose lacquer

And here's the first pics. Had a helper to unpack it. Got a few pics before my camera battery died.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060714s_zps8a72e209.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060724_zps3a1a39a3.jpg
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/Moore%20Bettah%20Tenor%202014/P1060718_zps69650425.jpg

Doc_J
09-05-2014, 10:33 AM
For a second, I thought that Chuck had gone into the cat-selling business! Meow Bettah Cats!

That's one of my herd of critters here at the 'ranch'. She's the only critter here that knows a good uke just from the shipping box. :)
Cats love boxes. She's another reason all my ukes are in cases when not being played.

Nickie
09-05-2014, 04:03 PM
Aww, she looks like my little kittie "Goofball"....she loves napping in my case!

Nickie
09-05-2014, 04:05 PM
If I haven't said so already....WOW! Congrats!

Teek
09-06-2014, 08:54 AM
I has a kind of Schrodinger's cat moment and was absurdly pleased to find it "alive". The gorgeous uke was the yummy gravy, but I loved that it seemed to match the cat.