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M3Ukulele
05-27-2017, 04:43 AM
Curious on players thoughts on all Maple baby ukuleles. I'm considering all Maple body or Maple bacc/sides and spruce top tenor. I like bright, articulate sound for finger picking and blended strumming sounds. By blended, I mean nit harsh or jangle. What should I expect with maple? General comments because I do know builder has a lot to do with it. Just curious from anyone who has a maple tenor. Thanks

M3Ukulele
05-27-2017, 04:43 AM
Sorry, iPad...one finger typing. You get the idea....

Patrick Madsen
05-27-2017, 05:30 AM
Spruce/Maple combo has been around since beginning of time. It produces a bright and clear sound. I'm having a custom parlor guitar made with S/M combo by Canadian luthier David Webber; he said it's perfect for smaller instruments.

Here's a photo of a baritone S/M I had made by Toby Chennell of Jazzboxukes.com.

M3Ukulele
05-28-2017, 05:12 AM
Thanks for comments. There is a nice all Maple LoPrinzi tenor for sale. I've never played a maple ukulele or Lp
OPrinzi but both seem highly regarded on this forum. The Oya custom is truly amazing sounding. Just out of my price range. I've also followed Toby's arch top and they look amazing.

DownUpDave
05-28-2017, 05:22 AM
Most everything talked about here is maple body with a "spruce". Fabulous combo, violin makers have been doing that for centuries. An all maple instrument is another thing all together. I know Doc J has an all maple Grimes which he just loves, but it is really out of your price range.

Loprinzi make great instrument so if they have an all maple tenor it would not be a dud.

OhioBelle
05-28-2017, 05:27 AM
Barron River makes all maple instruments. I was drooling on their website last night and noticed some all maple in the gallery. I thought this one was particularly gorgeous.

http://www.brguitars.com/gallery/concert/curly_maple/

PhilUSAFRet
05-28-2017, 05:40 AM
I have a concert that, even with Aquila strings, is loud, articulate, and bright sounding without sounding brash to my ears. If I want to tame it down a bit, I'll just get some mellower strings, but that isn't why I buy a bright instrument. Additionally, I think maple ukes happen to be gorgeous, especially with some nice, contrasting but complimentary trim.

Tootler
05-28-2017, 08:03 AM
I had a mole soprano at one time. It was solid maple top with laminate back and sides, but with maple top layer to give a matched finish. It looked nice and was very bright. In the end I found it too bright, verging on harsh so I passed it on.

Doc_J
05-28-2017, 09:21 AM
One of my top ukes is all maple by Steve Grimes. Much depends on the builder, but mine has both warmth and crispness with lots of resonance. I keep it in B-tuning. https://app.box.com/s/dncl6nn40baw0tnb1vvximzw5jpmrh82
http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag56/Doc_Jenkins/grimes%20maple/P1070324_zpsiknpww2z.jpg

DownUpDave
05-28-2017, 10:30 AM
I've gotta say Ubulele you're the KING of finding maple tenors. Thanks for sharing that was some mighty fine stuff. That Rebel was really sweet as was the Loprinzi satin. I got a hankering for some fancy maple now.

actadh
05-28-2017, 10:35 AM
I have an all maple soprano Brueko. It has a wonderful clean sound and I prefer it for finger picking.

Ukulele Eddie
05-28-2017, 03:06 PM
I love maple so much I have been dubbed Maple Whore Monnier or MWM for short. ;-) Below are videos and sound samples of a variety of maple bodied instruments for several different builders. I believe these are all exceptional sounding instruments.

As I can only post on video per message, I will post the other two videos in separate messages:

A Pepe Romero that I previously owned:

http://www.theukulelesite.com/pepe-romero-custom-spruce-maple-tenor-2014.html

Sound sample of my Kinnard torrefied spruce/maple baritone:
https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie/kinnard-baritone-linear-g

I also have a Collings UT3MSB spruce/maple tenor:
https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie/collings-ut2smb-with-worth

Ukulele Eddie
05-28-2017, 03:07 PM
My Adirondack spruce/maple Hive:

https://vimeo.com/125222729

Ukulele Eddie
05-28-2017, 03:08 PM
My Collings UC3MSB spruce/maple concert

https://vimeo.com/93590285

skyduck
05-31-2017, 09:05 AM
100633
N.O.B. custom quilted maple
It's very bright and well made. Took a chance on an ebay listing and got lucky.

M3Ukulele
05-31-2017, 04:23 PM
Great examples and some beautiful ukuleles. To answer the question, Mike at Uke Republic has a awesome all Maple Loprizi tenor. Price is great. Nice looking European maple. I've never seen this wood before but learning there are many different types of maple.

Johnzalez
09-08-2017, 07:52 PM
100633
N.O.B. custom quilted maple
It's very bright and well made. Took a chance on an ebay listing and got lucky.

That's gorgeous. Pardon the newbie question but what is N.O.B? Is that the maker?

Ludwig.
09-08-2017, 09:01 PM
Claus Mohri is building me an all maple concert ukulele right now. It is gonna be pretty similar to this one (sound demo at the very bottom): https://www.radl.com/index.php/ukulele/claus-mohri-ukulele

I have no doubts that it is gonna sound gorgeous!

WCBarnes
09-09-2017, 02:36 PM
Great examples and some beautiful ukuleles. To answer the question, Mike at Uke Republic has a awesome all Maple Loprizi tenor. Price is great. Nice looking European maple. I've never seen this wood before but learning there are many different types of maple.

I played an all maple LoPrinzi tenor at UWC this year. It was absolutely amazing! The sound was bright but balanced. I didn't think I needed another tenor until I played it... lol