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Timbuck
04-06-2016, 04:04 AM
One of my latest Sopranos has an eye shape knot in the neck..Would you call this a feature or a defect :rolleyes:..apart from that, its a great sounding little uke..would it put you o0ff or what ?
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0061_zpssulvcrjz.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0061_zpssulvcrjz.jpg.html)

Andyk
04-06-2016, 04:20 AM
I think in this situation the standard solution is some dark stain applied liberally to the whole neck ... very dark stain...

EssexRiver
04-06-2016, 04:27 AM
It would definitely put some people off. Myself, assuming it's stable (coming from you, I'd never question it), I think it adds a bit of character and a unique fingerprint.

ksiegel
04-06-2016, 04:36 AM
It is a natural feature of wood. It looks stable, and doesn't affect the instrument in any way.

Plus, it is a one-of-a-kind feature on a one-of-a-kind Timms ukulele. What's not to like?



-Kurt

(plus, you could always say that was where the stem was when you harvested it from the ukulele tree...)

Timbuck
04-06-2016, 04:40 AM
Mrs T says She dosnt know why I used that wood in the first place...I guess it was me being in an Ebenezer Scrooge mode at the time :old: Anyway if nobody wants to buy it, it will end up as a raffle prize or birthday gift or some thing like that..Or sold as a second at a bargain price...Come to think of it I think i'll sell it as a second :cheers:

saltytri
04-06-2016, 04:45 AM
A customer recently rejected this Honduras mahogany neck, and I don't blame him. There was no evidence of a defect until the neck was almost carved to shape. This little spot looks like a place where the tree started to make a branch and then decided not to. Sigh. I feel your pain.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/25668956103_23f55861f2_b.jpg

tobinsuke
04-06-2016, 05:12 AM
I like it....adds character and doesn't seem like it would compromise the neck in any way.

Ken, if my insurance claim (shop fire) were completed I would try to make you an offer on it right now.... I do plan to replace at least the 0 style that burned (I think your 17 fret soprano may literally be irreplaceable, though).

cml
04-06-2016, 05:21 AM
I dont mind it, I am sure the uke is a real stunner and sounds awesome. I have sent you a PM Ken!

Croaky Keith
04-06-2016, 06:32 AM
Wouldn't put me off owning it if you want to send it to me. :)

cml
04-06-2016, 07:09 AM
Cant wait to get it, very excited, thanks Ken :)!

ksquine
04-06-2016, 08:19 AM
Call it Bird's Eye Mahogany and charge a price increase. :rolleyes:
I guess it depends on the price if I would accept it. I'm certainly no wood snob when building my own instruments, but if I pay big $$ I would expect it to be knot free. I wouldn't pay much for wood like that to start with. Sometimes defects pop up during carving though.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
04-06-2016, 09:46 AM
i call that....wood.....

lauburu
04-06-2016, 11:30 AM
i call that....wood.....

Totally agree. It's not a defect or a feature........ it's a fact.
Miguel

stevepetergal
04-06-2016, 11:41 AM
Easiest question ever.
If you're selling, it's a feature.
If you're buying, it's a defect.

dwh
04-06-2016, 01:34 PM
Tis a feature

sequoia
04-06-2016, 06:16 PM
I don't have a problem with it. Call it character. Adds some interest. However when I see these sorts of "interesting" imperfections (basically tree branches) I think, hmmm... is that going to be a potentially weak spot in the wood that is going to cause problems down the line? As far this example goes I say no and it looks great, but one does start to think about "old twisty". I think each knot like this has to be judged on its own merits. A big manufacturer would probably reject such a neck which is why all their instruments look all the same and are so boring. This is where imperfections mark the exceptional, hand built instruments. These are not products, these are works of art. Each one is an individual and not just another number in a long line of serial numbers. This is an advantage.

Romski
04-06-2016, 10:02 PM
Except for the white/grey line inside it, the knot is very well executed... :)

Michael N.
04-06-2016, 11:27 PM
Visually I quite like it. I wouldn't term it a defect at all, although you might term it a defect if it affects the actual stability of the neck. Chances are that it will be perfectly fine for the next 100 years or so.
PS. I have some Yew back/sides with a knot or two or three. Wouldn't have it any other way!

kkimura
04-07-2016, 03:58 AM
Maybe "gift" it to someone special. After all, as the old saying goes, "never look a gift uke in the eye".

:D

cml
04-07-2016, 04:42 AM
It's actually on its way to me ;). Very much looking forward to the delivery!

kkimura
04-07-2016, 04:44 AM
It's actually on its way to me ;). Very much looking forward to the delivery!

Congratulations!

wayfarer75
04-07-2016, 06:16 AM
It's actually on its way to me ;). Very much looking forward to the delivery!

Nice choice! It'll be a great addition to your stable.

Something like that wouldn't bother me, especially considering it's in the neck. Soundboard might be a different story. Wood is beautiful.

Flyfish57
04-07-2016, 09:32 AM
If I'm making a uke for someone sight unseen it's a defect. If you come pick out the wood for your uke, it's a feature! I find a lot of people like these blemishes (if you can call them that).

Pueo
04-07-2016, 11:26 AM
I have a custom ukulele and it has a knot feature in the grain on the sides, on each side, in the same spot.
I like it.
It never occurred to me to consider it less than desirable, as it is a beautiful part of the grain.
Weird.

Pete Howlett
04-07-2016, 01:53 PM
I am about to start work on some very wild curly koa that has these features... doesn't bother me one bit - the only challenge will be bending the sides!. However, I know people out there who will be really exercised by this.

cml
04-14-2016, 04:56 AM
Very exciting! How long should I let it acclimatize for before breaking the box open?

Titchtheclown
04-14-2016, 11:07 AM
You sir have greater self control than i. I had mine open while the post office guy was saying sign here.

johnson430
04-14-2016, 12:29 PM
You sir have greater self control than i. I had mine open while the post office guy was saying sign here.

Seriously!
Why is that box not open?

ZappCatt
04-14-2016, 12:45 PM
Very exciting! How long should I let it acclimatize for before breaking the box open?

Unlike wines, I think you can get away with leaving it in the box for only 3 weeks. So check back in next month when you open it!

cml
04-14-2016, 07:09 PM
You sir have greater self control than i. I had mine open while the post office guy was saying sign here.
I gave it 5 hours, but damn, what a sweet looking uke. NUD thread will be coming today when I get a chance to play it (my baby daughter had fallen asleep for the night when I opened the box).

mvinsel
04-16-2016, 10:04 AM
Back to the original thread - When Marilyn Monroe was popular these were called beauty marks.
I'd name it Marilyn and call it very beautiful.
And she was an uke player!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5At3UCMQSiw

-Vinnie in Juneau

frisbee fred
04-16-2016, 12:59 PM
And you didn't even have to pay extra for it.