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Laouik
11-24-2014, 05:13 PM
So a few months ago I splurged and ordered a custom LFdM tenor. I have one of his spec ukuleles (#6, one of the early ones), which will be my low-G and this new one my high-G tenor. It's near completion and couldn't help but share some pictures!

Sitka top, milo sides and back, leopardwood appointments. I'm very glad to have taken his advice on the leopardwod. I'm lucky and live near Luis and saw it in person, that wood has an incredible 3D effect to it.


http://i.imgur.com/oZQXk4P.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JME5yrC.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2YsxJKC.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/O6exFZ2.jpg

Ukulele Eddie
11-24-2014, 07:15 PM
Very, very cool. That is going to be one nice looking Uke. I have never seen an LFdM in person yet, but have heard great things from those who have and have certainly enjoyed the online sound samples I tasted.

mds725
11-24-2014, 07:31 PM
Sweet! Is the indentation on the lower boud designed to accommodate your strumming arm?

Rakelele
11-24-2014, 09:48 PM
This is going to be a wonderful Uke, with the Petite Bouche and the Arm Rest. Very nice details. That Leopardwood looks amazing.

Doc_J
11-25-2014, 03:33 AM
Gorgeous ! Yes, the leopardwood was a good choice, very cool. Luis' Petite Bouche with the armrest and cutaway is awesome looking ( and sounding ).

wayfarer75
11-25-2014, 03:51 AM
That looks great! The leopardwood will look especially nice once finished.

sam13
11-25-2014, 04:09 AM
Hey ... this is fabulous ... so pleased you are picking up a LFdM ... he is a gentleman, an incredible builder and his wisdom about tone and building is pretty amazing. Look forward to the sound sample.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 06:55 AM
Very, very cool. That is going to be one nice looking Uke. I have never seen an LFdM in person yet, but have heard great things from those who have and have certainly enjoyed the online sound samples I tasted.

If I hadn't had the chance to see/try one about four years ago, I would likely have gone a safer route and acquired one of the K brands, there's so much or a luthier's personality in these custom instruments. He has over 40 of them in the wild now, and form his website it seems that he's directing customers to HMS...

Laouik
11-25-2014, 06:57 AM
Sweet! Is the indentation on the lower boud designed to accommodate your strumming arm?

Yes yes. A "Laskin-style" armrest he calls it. I love it. The feel of it, the sophisticated touch it adds.

RichM
11-25-2014, 06:57 AM
If I hadn't had the chance to see/try one about four years ago, I would likely have gone a safer route and acquired one of the K brands, there's so much or a luthier's personality in these custom instruments. He has over 40 of them in the wild now, and form his website it seems that he's directing customers to HMS...

You deserve a lot of the credit for introducing Luis to UU-- I know I learned about him from your posts, and my LFdM is one of my prized possessions.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 06:58 AM
This is going to be a wonderful Uke, with the Petite Bouche and the Arm Rest. Very nice details. That Leopardwood looks amazing.

Can't wait to see it with the finish on... he gave me a hint by applying a touch of lighter fluid to a piece of leopardwood and it looks like no other wood I've seen before. Reminded me a bit of amber.

RichM
11-25-2014, 06:59 AM
Yes yes. A "Laskin-style" armrest he calls it. I love it. The feel of it, the sophisticated touch it adds.

Is it beveled? I can't tell from the photos. The bevel is what makes the Laskin (named for incredible luthier Grit Laskin) armrest unique. I have one on my Allan Beardsell guitar, and I love it.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 07:00 AM
Gorgeous ! Yes, the leopardwood was a good choice, very cool. Luis' Petite Bouche with the armrest and cutaway is awesome looking ( and sounding ).

:)

I'm looking forward to it, and with a side soundport it'll give me even more of a relationship with the sound so I can focus on improving my tone.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 07:00 AM
Is it beveled? I can't tell from the photos. The bevel is what makes the Laskin (named for incredible luthier Grit Laskin) armrest unique. I have one on my Allan Beardsell guitar, and I love it.

Yes, and Luis is clear that it's a Laskin-style armrest giving him full credit.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 07:02 AM
Hey ... this is fabulous ... so pleased you are picking up a LFdM ... he is a gentleman, an incredible builder and his wisdom about tone and building is pretty amazing. Look forward to the sound sample.

Thank you. And can't agree more with your description of the man. I've been very lucky and met him a few times, even had a couple of meals with him at his home/workshop as we talked ukuleles, methods, sound, woods, etc. Having a custom instrument is one thing, having an instrument built by someone whom you know, respect and trust is another.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 07:04 AM
You deserve a lot of the credit for introducing Luis to UU-- I know I learned about him from your posts, and my LFdM is one of my prized possessions.

Haha he deserves all the credit and his instruments speak for themselves. I only rambled on when in the thralls of UAS :)

Laouik
11-25-2014, 07:09 AM
Is it beveled? I can't tell from the photos. The bevel is what makes the Laskin (named for incredible luthier Grit Laskin) armrest unique. I have one on my Allan Beardsell guitar, and I love it.

Here's a better pic of the Laskin-style armrest from a recent build he did for HMS (I looked at a lot of his pics before deciding on the details of mine...):

http://lfdmguitars.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IMG_2100.jpg

RichM
11-25-2014, 07:54 AM
Here's a better pic of the Laskin-style armrest from a recent build he did for HMS (I looked at a lot of his pics before deciding on the details of mine...):

http://lfdmguitars.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IMG_2100.jpg

Mmm, that's a tasty set of ukes!

sam13
11-25-2014, 08:34 AM
Thank you. And can't agree more with your description of the man. I've been very lucky and met him a few times, even had a couple of meals with him at his home/workshop as we talked ukuleles, methods, sound, woods, etc. Having a custom instrument is one thing, having an instrument built by someone whom you know, respect and trust is another.

Hey DownUpDave and I live out east of Toronto ... we should get together some time and have a uke jam ... you are very fortunate ... and while I have not had some meals with him I really cherish the time with Luis. In addition to his passionate luthier skills, his diplomatic nature and gentle spirit really impact his instruments.

I am in line for an April 2015 build date ... Sinker Redwood, with Malaysian Blackwood back and sides, sound port and arm rest ... can't wait! A tremendous birthday gift to myself.

Camsuke
11-25-2014, 09:21 AM
These really are great looking ukuleles, congratulations! Please post a sound sample when you get a chance, I'd love to have a listen.

Laouik
11-25-2014, 10:35 AM
These really are great looking ukuleles, congratulations! Please post a sound sample when you get a chance, I'd love to have a listen.

Will do! :D

Laouik
11-25-2014, 10:38 AM
Hey DownUpDave and I live out east of Toronto ... we should get together some time and have a uke jam ... you are very fortunate ... and while I have not had some meals with him I really cherish the time with Luis. In addition to his passionate luthier skills, his diplomatic nature and gentle spirit really impact his instruments.

I am in line for an April 2015 build date ... Sinker Redwood, with Malaysian Blackwood back and sides, sound port and arm rest ... can't wait! A tremendous birthday gift to myself.

Totally. I'm midtown Toronto. I've tried the UkeJam twice at the Dominion... but it's a regimented strum fest. Totally not my thing. So I've not found any places to play along with others.

Sounds like you've a sweet build coming up! Blackwood tends to have incredible grain.

Laouik
11-26-2014, 02:17 PM
More update shenanigans (!!!)

http://i.imgur.com/FU3I593.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/XRQZU9s.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rpkf7Nf.jpg

vanflynn
11-26-2014, 02:42 PM
Wow, thanks for sharing the progress of this beauty. I love all the special details and accents.

The body looks like it will be a sound cannon.

Please keep us updated.

Phuufme
11-26-2014, 02:53 PM
Can wait to see (and hear) some youtube samples.

Ukejenny
11-26-2014, 03:55 PM
Amazing. Beautiful. Love the leopard wood details - the binding, the arm rest.

Nickie
11-26-2014, 04:31 PM
Wow, how cool. Love the armrest! That's a must on my next uke!

sam13
11-26-2014, 05:52 PM
Totally. I'm midtown Toronto. I've tried the UkeJam twice at the Dominion... but it's a regimented strum fest. Totally not my thing. So I've not found any places to play along with others.

Sounds like you've a sweet build coming up! Blackwood tends to have incredible grain.

Have you heard of the Rooster Uke Jam and the Scarborough Uke Jam? I think both are strum fests as per your comment. Perhaps we just meet up and play ... maybe have a song list of 4 or 5 tunes ... DownUpDave is also in line for a LFdM ... Sitka top I think.

Laouik
11-27-2014, 05:28 AM
Have you heard of the Rooster Uke Jam and the Scarborough Uke Jam? I think both are strum fests as per your comment. Perhaps we just meet up and play ... maybe have a song list of 4 or 5 tunes ... DownUpDave is also in line for a LFdM ... Sitka top I think.

I've heard of it but have never attended. 12th Fret also has uke nights, from what I read a lecture setup then a jam. PM me when you get a time/place in mind as well as some of the songs that'd work for you, ten DownUpDave and I could pipe in.

Edgeguy
11-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Very beautiful uke. The finish will really make this Uke stand out.

KimosTherapy
11-27-2014, 02:05 PM
Aloha Laouik,

WOWEE! Congrats on your soon to be finished LFdM Petite Bouche tenor! It looks awesome! Welcome to the LFdM Ohana. I never did post a NUD Thread when I received my LFdM Amigo Red Western Cedar top over Macassar Ebony tenor with armrest/beveled edge, side sound port, and radiused fretboard. Everything that I wanted in a custom uke. It is from the batch of "Super 7" LFdM ukes that were completed back in January 2014.

For those who haven't tried playing a uke with a Laskin's style beveled edge, it is super sweet and comfortable! Here's a few amateur pics that I took with my smartphone:

http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s657/KimosTherapy/LFdM2_zps973ab87b.jpg (http://s1310.photobucket.com/user/KimosTherapy/media/LFdM2_zps973ab87b.jpg.html)

http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s657/KimosTherapy/LFdM1_zps1176b1c4.jpg (http://s1310.photobucket.com/user/KimosTherapy/media/LFdM1_zps1176b1c4.jpg.html)

KimosTherapy
11-27-2014, 02:08 PM
A few more pics:

http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s657/KimosTherapy/LFdM6_zpsc31306ca.jpg (http://s1310.photobucket.com/user/KimosTherapy/media/LFdM6_zpsc31306ca.jpg.html)

http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s657/KimosTherapy/LFdM7_zps39d6f118.jpg (http://s1310.photobucket.com/user/KimosTherapy/media/LFdM7_zps39d6f118.jpg.html)

Laouik
11-27-2014, 04:08 PM
Very beautiful uke. The finish will really make this Uke stand out.

He gave me a hint of that when I was at his workshop. It made me grin like an idiot.

Laouik
11-27-2014, 04:22 PM
Aloha Laouik,

WOWEE! Congrats on your soon to be finished LFdM Petite Bouche tenor! It looks awesome! Welcome to the LFdM Ohana. I never did post a NUD Thread when I received my LFdM Amigo Red Western Cedar top over Macassar Ebony tenor with armrest/beveled edge, side sound port, and radiused fretboard. Everything that I wanted in a custom uke. It is from the batch of "Super 7" LFdM ukes that were completed back in January 2014.

For those who haven't tried playing a uke with a Laskin's style beveled edge, it is super sweet and comfortable! Here's a few amateur pics that I took with my smartphone:



It looks incredible! The Macassar Ebony looks unbelievable. And the top is a really lovely selection of wood. Have you posted a video/sound sample? I can't wait until he's completed mine... but at the same time don't want to rush him at all. All I know is that when I do get it, I might disappear from the world for a solid week.

I'm really glad I got my order in when I did. I was actually looking at that "7" series on his website to consider the woods, etc. before making a final decision. I believe that's yours peeking out on the right at the same stage as the pictures I've been posting :D

http://lfdmguitars.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/IMG_1592.jpg