View Full Version : Not re-inventing the wheel

Pete Howlett
11-01-2014, 09:19 AM
Just a classic Hawaiian style tenor...

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/HawaiianCrop_zps59837c81.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/HawaiianCrop_zps59837c81.jpg.html)

and a close-up to show high gloss finish

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/HawaiianCrop2_zps846880da.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/HawaiianCrop2_zps846880da.jpg.html)

I've fitted D'Addario pro-Arte strings (Jake's choice?)to this and am not sure about them. They are quite low tension - I prefer D'Addario Titanium or eve Nyltec for a more positive feel.

11-01-2014, 10:11 AM
Stunning work Pete. I spotted the Koa concert on your website today, very very tempting!

11-01-2014, 10:34 AM
"Just" Elegant..................

Pete Howlett
11-01-2014, 10:47 AM
DazW - Thank you for your comments. I've now updated the website - all instruments now sold.
Phil - thank you. This is the body shape I have been using for about 12 years and is a slightly modified old Kamaka style.

11-01-2014, 10:52 AM
Cheers Pete. Thats a shame, I believe S.U.S still have one on their website so they maybe need to update (unless that's a private sale or something of course)

11-02-2014, 01:56 AM
Pete there are loads of different Daddario string sets...I believe the ones prefered by Mr Shimibuckaroo :)...are the Classical Guitar exra hard tension ones, Here
http://www.daddario.com/DADProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3769&productid=216&productname=EJ44_Pro_Arte_Nylon__Extra_Hard_Tensio n&sid=bfb277ae-7965-4634-a26b-10b356feacb0
He uses J4401's for the A & G J4402 for the E and 4403 for the C ....There is a youtube Video available. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzLF5owZz1s

Habanera Hal
11-02-2014, 05:53 AM
Beautiful in it's simplicity, Pete! Do you have a close up pic of the headstock? That's gorgeous.

11-02-2014, 06:43 AM
The lack of adornment really lets the beauty of the wood come to the front... Yes, I agree, elegant...

Pete Howlett
11-03-2014, 08:45 AM
As requested:

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/b07bd4e3-d9fd-4f2b-954b-2715005e924f_zps2ad3edbc.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/b07bd4e3-d9fd-4f2b-954b-2715005e924f_zps2ad3edbc.jpg.html)

Habanera Hal
11-03-2014, 01:37 PM
Thank you, Pete!

Ron B
11-19-2014, 09:56 AM
gorgeous! Rosette, binding and purfling would be "gilding the lily"

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-19-2014, 11:24 AM
what do you charge for a uke like this Pete???

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-19-2014, 11:27 AM
i just checked your website- our pricing is very similar for this kind of uke- good to know!

Pete Howlett
11-19-2014, 11:39 AM
I'm told that I am a 'master-craftsman' so price reflects this.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-19-2014, 11:50 AM
I'm told that I am a 'master-craftsman' so price reflects this.

haha- i love seeing 20 year old's with the "Master craftsman" title. I think you at least need grey hair, or no hair, both of which I possess but im far from calling myself the MC title!

11-19-2014, 10:27 PM
I'm told that I am a 'master-craftsman' so price reflects this.

What do you have to do Pete to get the title "Master-Whatever" ? I've thought about calling myself "Jose Ken Rodrigas Timms" and growing a long beard and getting a pair of those rimless specs that perch on the end of the nose?.....Yeh! that should do it ;)

Seriously tho "The devil is in the detail" and that takes a lot of a learning curve.

Capt Amazo
11-20-2014, 02:51 AM
There's something magic about that headstock. It just fits so well.

Pete Howlett
11-20-2014, 06:33 AM
No idea Ken. It's not what I consider myself to be....

11-22-2014, 07:58 AM
Very tasty!!