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Ukulele Eddie
03-22-2017, 04:12 AM
Yesterday I received the J. Rieck 16" Concert I commissioned from Josh. I'm pretty spoiled with the ukes that I have and even still this one has me going "Oh, Wow!" out of the gate. I'll do a full review with sound sample after I spend more time with this new beauty.

Check out the figuring in that sapele! I don't know if it's already taken or not, but I believe Josh has one more set of this gorgeous wood.

Key specs:



Torrefied Sitka Spruce Top
Sapele Body with Side Soundport
16" Scale Length
Philippine Mahogany Neck
Ebony Fretboard and String-thru Bridge
Gotoh Tuners
Florentine Cutaway


https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2851/33431095712_9fb4286bfc_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SWc72W)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3848/32745030904_a6fd415d2f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RTyQSm)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3715/33458786821_7402b68f63_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SYD2CR)

Ukecaster
03-22-2017, 05:06 AM
Wow! You got the bling there:drool: Very interesting design, the heel is wild looking.

rappsy
03-22-2017, 05:08 AM
WOW! That's all the comment that is necessary, Eddie.

Use it well.

DownUpDave
03-22-2017, 05:31 AM
Ok that looks kinda nice.......UNDERSTATEMENT of the year. Just gorgeous Eddie, a work of art.

dkcrown
03-22-2017, 08:42 AM
Congrats Eddie. That is one beautiful uke!

luv2uke
03-22-2017, 09:19 AM
Beautiful looking uke! Congrats Eddie.

Doc_J
03-22-2017, 09:53 AM
Thanks for the pictures and update. Another gorgeous uke from Josh Rieck ! Great composition of woods and features.
That is probably the prettiest Sapele wood I have seen. Congrats!

Would love to hear how this one sounds with the Torrefied wood.

Alytw
03-22-2017, 10:14 AM
Stunning! I had no idea that Sapele could look like that. Congrats.

14kremz
03-22-2017, 11:48 AM
:drool: That's one awesome looking ukulele. Congrats!

sam13
03-22-2017, 02:15 PM
:drool::drool::drool::drool:

Ukulele Eddie
03-22-2017, 05:08 PM
Thanks, y'all! It seems to me that 16" is the perfect, do it all scale for this camper

janeray1940
03-22-2017, 05:35 PM
Really stunning. And I love the headstock, so unique!

Nickie
03-22-2017, 05:46 PM
Holy cow! That's a 10.5! congrats....really....

turtledrum
03-25-2017, 03:56 AM
Eddie, as beautiful as beautiful gets. Wishing you many hours of joy together! Linda

Ukulele Eddie
03-28-2017, 06:33 AM
Thanks for the pictures and update. Another gorgeous uke from Josh Rieck ! Great composition of woods and features.
That is probably the prettiest Sapele wood I have seen. Congrats!

Would love to hear how this one sounds with the Torrefied wood.

Here's a sound sample with two fingerstyle songs:

https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie/j-rieck-first-sample-oasis

It's strung with Oasis Brights and tuned linear Bb.

DownUpDave
03-28-2017, 04:23 PM
Here's a sound sample with two fingerstyle songs:

https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie/j-rieck-first-sample-oasis

It's strung with Oasis Brights and tuned linear Bb.

Sounds great Eddie and nice playing. But what did Kevin Bedoe say about that first song.........guess you aren't getting anymore Kinnards, lol.

I had my 16" Ono concert strung low G with South Coast ML-WB and really liked it. Never thought of tuning a concert down to Bb, seems to work.

Jim Hanks
03-28-2017, 04:51 PM
Wow. Love the Bb sound. So warm and smoooooth. This seems almost a "short scale tenor" than a true concert?

Ukulele Eddie
03-29-2017, 09:24 AM
Thanks, @DownUpDave and @JimHanks.

Dave, LOL, hopefully Kevin doesn't bar me. I can't imagine a future without more Kinnards in it!

natchez
03-29-2017, 10:59 AM
Here's a sound sample with two fingerstyle songs:

https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie/j-rieck-first-sample-oasis

It's strung with Oasis Brights and tuned linear Bb.

Nice playing and your new uke has great depth of sound- wow!!!! Enjoy.

Kenn2018
10-09-2018, 04:23 PM
All of those features and unique design packed into a concert-sized ukulele. Just amazing! "Gorgeous" is too mild a description.

hollisdwyer
10-09-2018, 05:52 PM
Well, thatís a bloody beauty!

Steve in Kent
10-10-2018, 10:33 PM
More of a sculpture than a ukulele, love the sound too.

Do you think the toreffied spruce makes a big difference?

Ukulele Eddie
10-11-2018, 06:17 PM
More of a sculpture than a ukulele, love the sound too.

Do you think the toreffied spruce makes a big difference?

Of course, the luthier makes the biggest difference. Beyond that, I do think that torrefication has benefits. I've owned three instruments with torrefied tops. This shows how wood changes with torrefication and how it more closely resembles a naturally aged top: https://www.pre-warguitars.com/torrefied-wood/


Also, interestingly, Josh uses x-bracing which is not so common in the uke world. The only other x-braced uke I've played, I believe, is my TODA. Also a fantastic instrument.

slackkey007
10-11-2018, 09:50 PM
Of course, the luthier makes the biggest difference. Beyond that, I do think that torrefication has benefits. I've owned three instruments with torrefied tops. Also, interestingly, Josh uses x-bracing which is not so common in the uke world. The only other x-braced uke I've played, I believe, is my TODA. Also a fantastic instrument.

I LOVE ukes made with x-bracing!!!:drool: I own(ed) 4 tenors with x-bracing ... or modified x-bracing ... and one custom in the works as we speak. My newly acquired phenomenal Josh Riecke Flamed Myrtle/Torrefied Spruce tenor w/cutaway, beveled edge/armrest, side sound port, and radiused fretboard; a Leonard Young Koa/Spruce tenor w/slotted headstock; an aNueNue Moon Bird UT200E E.I. Rosewood/Swiss Moon Spruce tenor w/aNueNue Air Air Dual Pickup System; and just recently sold Kala USA Custom Shop Myrtle/Spruce tenor purchased by a fellow UU member. They all look and ... especially, sound AMAZING!!! Both Andrew Kitakis and Corey Fujimoto (H.M.S./theukulelesite.com) agreed that the Kala USA Custom Shop Myrtle/Spruce tenor and concert ukes made with their new x-bracing system for this model, are the best sounding Kala instruments hands down!!! The one that I just sold, looks and sounds AMAZING!!! The only reason that I sold it is because it has a traditional headstock - my personal preference is slotted headstocks, plus the fact that I will be moving back to the mainland from Hawaii in the next few months, so I'm trying to downsize my personal uke collection to save money from having to ship all of my ukes back to the mainland. My non-slothead ukes are the first ukes to be sold off.

I am a HUGE fan of x-bracing!!!:shaka: