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SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 05:53 AM
I've been getting some pix from Mike Pereira of the tenor he's building for me. Thought I would share:
A Neck is Born:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/Neck1.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck2.jpg

Add finger board:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/finger1.jpg

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 05:55 AM
And headstock:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/head1.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/head2.jpg

Put it all together:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck3.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck5.jpg

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 05:56 AM
A little carving:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck4.jpg

And you have a neck:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck7.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck6.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/neck8.jpg

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 06:00 AM
Time for some body:
K&K Twin Spot Pick-Up with Mi-Si preamp:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/pick-up.jpg

I'm not sure what the hell is going on here:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body2.jpg

Ebony binding on all Koa body:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body3.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body4.jpg

More as I get 'em

UKISOCIETY
03-19-2009, 06:13 AM
Wow, that's going to be a real beauty! I can't wait to hear it.

Kanaka916
03-19-2009, 06:14 AM
Lookin good, what's the approximate cost and how long to build?

1014
03-19-2009, 06:17 AM
i played a MP build recently. so `ono.

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 06:25 AM
Wow, that's going to be a real beauty! I can't wait to hear it.

Are you kidding? I can hardly sleep.


Lookin good, what's the approximate cost and how long to build?

Let's just say it's not cheap, more than I've ever paid for an instrument, but it's not crazy expensive either. About the same as a tenor Kamaka with a pick-up. It's been about 3 months since we first started designing it, about another couple of weeks until it's in my hands.


i played a MP build recently. so `ono.

???

Does that mean you liked it?

1014
03-19-2009, 06:30 AM
`ono = delicious. i think it was a concert size at a friends place. i don't know what was more beautiful, the `ukulele's look or its sound.

i really like that inlay on the headstock. price = kamaka tenor with p/u? wow!

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 06:33 AM
i really like that inlay on the headstock.

The inlays celebrate my two favorite things...
Music and Women

:p

Sayyadina
03-19-2009, 06:36 AM
Very cool! I am sure you will like it. When I first got mine I was completely blown away because it sounded so much better then all the ukes I heard before. Hope it will be the same for you!

Ahnko Honu
03-19-2009, 07:48 AM
The grain on that top is spectacular even without finish on it, it's going to look unreal with a few coats on there, can't wait to see the results. Interesting to see all the different techniques various luthiers use to attach the neck to the body. Thanks for sharing. ;)

dominicfoundthemooon
03-19-2009, 07:54 AM
love it.. thank you for sharing it!!

PaulGeo
03-19-2009, 08:19 AM
Looks amazing. I bet it'll sound just as good, if not better.

mailman
03-19-2009, 11:49 AM
Time for some body:
K&K Twin Spot Pick-Up with Mi-Si preamp:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/pick-up.jpg

I'm not sure what the hell is going on here:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body2.jpg

Ebony binding on all Koa body:
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body3.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/pingdum/mp2/body4.jpg

More as I get 'em


In the picture where you're "not sure what the hell is going on here".....

That's a clamping fixture. Often used to clamp the top or the back of an instrument after gluing. The long dowels fit tightly between the uke being clamped and the top of the fixture (not shown in the photo). The fixture has a "roof", for lack of a better description. It's like the underside of a table....get it?

The dowels are longer than the distance between the uke and the top of the fixture. If you bend each dowel slightly, kind of like an archery bow, and then place it between the uke and the fixture and relax it, it exerts pressure on the uke. Thus, the clamping effect.

Hope that helps. Now you owe me your new uke. For keeps. Soon.

drubin
03-19-2009, 11:54 AM
Congratulations on your new MP, Snakeoiler! Mike builds a killer uke! I love mine more and more each day. :D

Captain Google
03-19-2009, 12:22 PM
Hope that helps. Now you owe me your new uke. For keeps. Soon.

Have you not read the updated Rules of Answering?

PickNStrum
03-19-2009, 12:52 PM
Beautiful design! I'm sure it will sound great as well. I met Mike a couple years ago and was fortunate to play one of his instruments. Real top quality instruments.

SnakeOiler
03-19-2009, 01:37 PM
Hope that helps. Now you owe me your new uke. For keeps. Soon.

Maybe not, but you do get the consolation prize..
http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/bo/bontempi-dora-4-string-toy-guitar-ukulele.jpg

mailman
03-19-2009, 01:53 PM
Cool! Is that solid plastic, or a laminate? Enjoy the new uke....it's a beauty!

mailman
03-19-2009, 01:56 PM
Have you not read the updated Rules of Answering?


Didn't know there were any.....did I break the rules? I'm hoping everyone understands that I was just kidding....

Captain Google
03-19-2009, 02:36 PM
Didn't know there were any.....did I break the rules? I'm hoping everyone understands that I was just kidding....

We're an understanding bunch. :cool:

SnakeOiler
03-21-2009, 09:31 AM
So close I can taste it...
Unfinished...
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1492
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1491

And after a few coats...
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1494
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1493

SnakeOiler
03-21-2009, 09:34 AM
And one last close up...
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1495

GX9901
03-21-2009, 12:31 PM
Very nice! Must be really exciting!

Ahnko Honu
03-21-2009, 12:34 PM
WOW! :shaka:

Craig
03-21-2009, 01:55 PM
Looks beautiful!

deach
03-21-2009, 02:00 PM
Very nice!

scooterguitar
03-21-2009, 02:01 PM
Awesome!
How long does one of his builds take?

SnakeOiler
03-21-2009, 02:46 PM
Awesome!
How long does one of his builds take?

It's been about 2 months since we started communicating, I suppose I'll have it in my hands in another week or two.
So we're looking at about 3 months from start to finish. That's not too shabby as far as I can tell.

scooterguitar
03-21-2009, 04:35 PM
Wow, that does seem like a really fast tunraround!

Again, love the way it looks!

DanaC
03-21-2009, 04:42 PM
That is a really gorgeous uke. I'm loving the details, like the headstock and the treble cleft in the bridge... being a soprano makes you a little obsessed with treble clefts, haha.

I looove it. ^_^

Ukulele Friend
03-21-2009, 07:07 PM
lookin' good. i especially like the single inlay position marker on the 12th fret. classy...and elegant. :shaka:

aloha,
Shawn

http://ukulelefriend.com

SnakeOiler
03-28-2009, 02:30 PM
Well she's done...
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1524
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1525
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1526
A couple more days and she'll be in my hands, singing like the beauty she is.

scooterguitar
03-28-2009, 02:37 PM
Flippin' AWESOME! Can't wait to hear your comments after getting it!

fumanshu
03-28-2009, 03:13 PM
Wow!! Your uke looks very good!!!! What a coicidence since when he was building yours, I ordered him an all koa uke with a slotted headstock too!!!!

I'm sure it will sound very good since Mike is buiding very nice uke.... This will be my 3rd customs from him!!!!

Craig
03-28-2009, 03:16 PM
Looks great! I'm anxious to hear a sound sample!

Ahnko Honu
03-28-2009, 06:13 PM
When I make my first million I'm ordering a MP Pineapple Baritone fer shur. :D
http://mpukuleles.com/images/DSC01976.jpg

SnakeOiler
03-28-2009, 06:35 PM
When I make my first million I'm ordering a MP Pineapple Baritone fer shur. :D


Yea, I've been playing my Bari a lot this week and dreaming of one of those.

Captain Google
03-29-2009, 01:42 AM
Those are snazzy-lookin' ukes. If not for this government leash, I'd so order a custom from this guy. :cool:

scooterguitar
03-29-2009, 04:54 AM
Anyone play these, compare tonewise to others, playability, etc?

Kanaka916
03-29-2009, 07:22 AM
There are several members who have MP ukes and suffice to say, they are all extremely satisfied with the build quality, tone, sound, and playability of their instruments. Also note, MP is a member of UU.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5654
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2022
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3428
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6896

Captain Google
03-29-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm gonna have to do some major saving. :eek: I decided that I'll be ordering an MP uke of my own some day. Right now, I'm writing up an e-mail to ask him some general questions so I can figure out what I'd want.

AND IT'S ALL SNAKEOILER'S FAULT. :D

Craig
03-29-2009, 02:44 PM
When I make my first million I'm ordering a MP Pineapple Baritone fer shur. :D


I've got a tenor pineapple in the works from John at Ko'olau.... I'm surprised more people don't have them...pineapples, that is.

scooterguitar
04-06-2009, 03:22 PM
Any updates, get this yet! We want more!!!

SnakeOiler
04-13-2009, 07:57 PM
Well, I've had it for a week and it is beautiful beyond words. I'll have a real review sooner or later,it's a very complex issue.

drubin
04-14-2009, 10:07 AM
Looking forward to your review, Snake!

SnakeOiler
04-16-2009, 01:33 PM
Ok, so I've had it about a week and a half now so I'm ready for a few comments. It was weird taking it out as I have never played an instrument so new before. The neck is incredible, Mike makes it a nice depth with a slightly flat back, I love the way it feels. In general I absolutely love the way it plays. The frets are super low and small, you almost can't feel them. Chords up the neck have a clarity that allow you to hear every note and the sustain goes on forever.
Now a few other things. It's not quite as loud as I thought it would be. Maybe that's just me, I'm a little more used to playing vintage and I understand that it takes a little while for the wood to "open up" as they say. I've already noticed the tone getting deeper and richer. Also there's a buzz at the bridge from the first few frets on the C string. I've been in communication with Mike about this and he told me to send it to him (he'll pay the postage) and he'll set it up again to fix the problem. The main thing is I can't stop playing it and already the idea of being without it for 2 weeks or so is too hard to bear!
All in all a total bargain. A first-class professional instrument at a seriously cheap price. As I've said before it is completely gorgeous and stunning to look at and never fails to please me whenever I play it.
Check out my youTube page later today for a video.

Spooner
04-16-2009, 06:00 PM
I loved the play by play photos.
It looks gorgeous!
I hope all the quirks get worked out!
Good luck.