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GX9901
04-09-2009, 04:07 PM
I had ordered a William King custom concert (http://www.chantus.com/journal/index.php?/archives/680-still-life-with-ukulele.html)around last December. Today the pictures are up on his website. It's a Macassar ebony/Adirondack spruce combo. I guess I'm the his first customer to specify some Gilbert tuners becasue this is the first instrument he's built with those tuners. They look pretty cool and William thinks they're great.

Once I have it in hand I'll try to post a couple of videos with it.

Anyway, here are some pics from William's website:

http://www.chantus.com/journal/uploads/n4-30-25.jpg

http://www.chantus.com/journal/uploads/n4-30-16.jpg

http://www.chantus.com/journal/uploads/n4-30-3.jpg

http://www.chantus.com/journal/uploads/n4-30-21.jpg

thejumpingflea
04-09-2009, 04:13 PM
I had ordered a William King custom concert (http://www.chantus.com/journal/index.php?/archives/680-still-life-with-ukulele.html)around last December. Today the pictures are up on his website. It's a Macassar ebony/Adirondack spruce combo. I guess I'm the his first customer to specify some Gilbert tuners becasue this is the first instrument he's built with those tuners. They look pretty cool and William thinks they're great.

Once I have it in hand I'll try to post a couple of videos with it.




I am SOOO jealous. Congrats dude. Seriously that is so cool.

dnewton2
04-09-2009, 04:14 PM
Speachless!!!!

Kanaka916
04-09-2009, 04:14 PM
Damn George! Beautiful instrument, can't wait for your review, as well as vids . . .

deach
04-09-2009, 04:18 PM
I see you didn't give up UAS for Lent.

bluesuke
04-09-2009, 04:29 PM
That is absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to see a video of you playing it

drubin
04-09-2009, 05:07 PM
Dang, GX, that's one stellar looking King! Enjoy!

Ahnko Honu
04-09-2009, 05:20 PM
I bet she'll sound even better than she looks which is gorgeous, can't wait to hear a sound bite from her. :shaka:

Link
04-09-2009, 05:27 PM
I want to rob you so badly.

GX9901
04-09-2009, 05:55 PM
I want to rob you so badly.

I guess that sucks...I better move the ukes to a secret location or something.:p

nikolo727
04-09-2009, 06:07 PM
very beautiful. if you dont mind me asking, how much did that run you for???

8 miles.....9 even???

psesinkclee
04-09-2009, 06:08 PM
Gorgeous! And those tuners look great :eek:

grappler
04-09-2009, 06:26 PM
thats awesome george!

DeG
04-09-2009, 07:04 PM
That is awesome, can't wait for the videos...

experimentjon
04-09-2009, 08:35 PM
I want to rob you so badly.

The strategy is to go for the ten or so in his collection that he doesn't play too often. He probably wouldn't notice for days or weeks...maybe even months depending on which one(s) you took. :D

Congrats on the new uke, George!

Link
04-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Haha, sound advice.

scooterguitar
04-10-2009, 01:11 AM
That is awesome George! Hope it brings you many happy tunes.

deach
04-10-2009, 01:27 AM
The strategy is to go for the ten or so in his collection that he doesn't play too often. He probably wouldn't notice for days or weeks...maybe even months depending on which one(s) you took. :D

...

A field trip is in order.

Raygf
04-10-2009, 01:28 AM
Absoulutely gorgeous! Congratulations.
Ray

ichadwick
04-10-2009, 01:38 AM
A beautiful ukulele shown with the complete works of the Bard. Two masterpieces in one photo. Wonderful.

Hmm. Bridge pins. Not many builders use them. Nice.

beeejums
04-10-2009, 02:48 AM
very beautiful. if you dont mind me asking, how much did that run you for???

8 miles.....9 even???

If you have to ask... you can't afford it.

GX9901
04-10-2009, 04:39 AM
The strategy is to go for the ten or so in his collection that he doesn't play too often. He probably wouldn't notice for days or weeks...maybe even months depending on which one(s) you took. :D

Congrats on the new uke, George!

Hmm...you know, I could use some help with some of the ukes that doesn't get played much...:o

GX9901
04-10-2009, 04:41 AM
I am SOOO jealous. Congrats dude. Seriously that is so cool.

Don't be jealous man, order one!

Ukulele Friend
04-10-2009, 07:38 AM
Aloha George,

That's a gorgeous instrument. Can't wait to hear your review and a sound file. The macassar and adi combo would make for a quite full sounding and rich tone, i'm sure.

congratulations!
Shawn

http://ukulelefriend.com

experimentjon
04-10-2009, 12:53 PM
Hmm...you know, I could use some help with some of the ukes that doesn't get played much...:o

Send me the pineapple sunday. It'll be an ocean away from deach, and you won't have to worry about him randomly showing up at your doorstep. (他真奇怪, 我也不要他來到我家, 可是我可以保護你!)

...

I'll even pay for shipping. :D

GX9901
04-10-2009, 01:06 PM
Send me the pineapple sunday. It'll be an ocean away from deach, and you won't have to worry about him randomly showing up at your doorstep. (他真奇怪, 我也不要他來到我家, 可是我可以保護你!)

...

I'll even pay for shipping. :D

Don't tempt me :D

kailua
04-10-2009, 01:57 PM
I was on King's website earlier today. I saw your uke proadly displayed with many other beauties. For those that are interested, he list his base price plus options. Better hurry, he only has two more slots for 2009 orders! Congrats on a stunning uke!

Kaneohe til the end
04-10-2009, 02:16 PM
I guess that sucks...I better move the ukes to a secret location or something.:p

like, kaneohe or something.

arent those the super expensive jake-tuners?

fumanshu
04-10-2009, 02:23 PM
What a nice uke George!!! Congrats on this one man. I think you convince to own a King's custom one of these days!!!

Man ,I just don't know how do you find time to lay woth all the ukes that you have!!! I only have 7 ukes and a custom that will come in a couple of weeks...and I already don't have time to do a rotation and play with all of them!!

GX9901
04-10-2009, 07:54 PM
like, kaneohe or something.

arent those the super expensive jake-tuners?

Those are the Jake tuners (Gilbert tuners, to be precise). Those cost about the same as Waverly tuners, which is the "standard" tuners that William King use on his slotted headstocks.


What a nice uke George!!! Congrats on this one man. I think you convince to own a King's custom one of these days!!!

Man ,I just don't know how do you find time to lay woth all the ukes that you have!!! I only have 7 ukes and a custom that will come in a couple of weeks...and I already don't have time to do a rotation and play with all of them!!

Actually, I don't have time to rotatech through the ukes.:o It's pretty bad. I need to make some room soon.

ke leo
04-11-2009, 12:01 PM
Beautiful George!

GX9901
04-17-2009, 08:11 PM
It has arrived. I'll try to post a video or two soon.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/Sei6cC5uUlI/AAAAAAAAApE/s1PnYc2RqIM/s640/DSC02574.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/Sei6yO-10jI/AAAAAAAAApM/e2Gocy4hIHU/s640/DSC02575.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/Sei66jG1H5I/AAAAAAAAApU/y2OugsqQ1sw/s640/DSC02577.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/Sei7C7t7ASI/AAAAAAAAApc/PZKylnceo70/s640/DSC02581.JPG

grappler
04-17-2009, 08:18 PM
thats so neat!
does it sound like your other william king?

Spooner
04-17-2009, 08:25 PM
Sweet!!!!

Looking forward to seeing your YT clip! :shaka:

Link
04-17-2009, 08:42 PM
Crowbar.. check. Ski mask.. check. Van.. check. Donuts to bribe cops... check.

Be there in half an hour.

GX9901
04-17-2009, 08:56 PM
thats so neat!
does it sound like your other william king?

It actually sounds nothing like the other King. The tenor has a more percussive tone and is much louder. I think that's due to the much bigger body of the tenor (it's near baritone sized) and that the Adirondack spruce on the concert needs significant playing time to "open up". The concert seem to be more "ukulele-like" and has a pleasant clear sound. I think it's a good thing that the two doesn't sound similar, but I do hope the concert will increase in volume as it opens up.


Crowbar.. check. Ski mask.. check. Van.. check. Donuts to bribe cops... check.

Be there in half an hour.

My guard dog is waiting. See how he's viciously tearing into that plush turtle? ;)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/SB_vNXZYdPI/AAAAAAAAAOo/ouYwaNNKyfQ/s640/DSC02143.JPG

DeG
04-17-2009, 09:00 PM
Wow..I can't wait for a video G!!

Sayyadina
04-17-2009, 09:49 PM
Wow that thing is seriously beautiful. If only john King'S ukes weren't as expensive :).
Looking forward to the video!

SailQwest
04-18-2009, 08:31 AM
Gorgeous! I'm drooling all over my keyboard...

GX9901
04-18-2009, 10:34 AM
OK, here's the first video with this uke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eSgRvCr1o

Bluke
04-18-2009, 06:11 PM
GX, that's fabulous. I recognize William's photography style. I have a gorgeous uke from him, too. You are a lucky man!

JTY
04-24-2009, 08:42 PM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/Sei7C7t7ASI/AAAAAAAAApc/PZKylnceo70/s640/DSC02581.JPG
George, on yours, does the strings contact the headstock as it ramps down to the slots? Kinda looks like from your pics, but not sure. I would think that your tuners have a larger dia post where the strings wind onto would bring the strings away from the headstock.

Mine has the Waverlys and a smaller dia post, so the strings contact the headstock.. enough to put fairly deep indentations in the finish. Theres a few indents and each time I retune, I have to snap the strings as they tend to stick and ride in the indents.

Not a big deal at all, just wondered if yours is the same. :confused:

nikolo727
04-25-2009, 06:05 AM
If you have to ask... you can't afford it.

thanks for reminding me. :mad:

Lanark
04-25-2009, 06:43 AM
Dang, but that narrow waist is very sexy. It's a thing of beauty.