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Ukulele Eddie
10-05-2017, 01:41 PM
I thought some of you might enjoy seeing a few pics of a uke I'll be picking up at the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii show in November: a Beau Hannam 19" Selmer-style tenor.

I had another Selmer by a different luthier that simply did not work for me, so I was concerned about trying one again. I shared my concerns with Beau, who took it on as a challenge.

After running very scientific calculations on a super computer (LOL), he determined lighter bracing, larger (vs. petite bouche) sound hole and a 19" scale would get that top moving to make sufficient sound. Now, whether or not I can make make music with it is another question altogether. ;-)

Specifications:

Top: Sinker redwood
Body: Amazon rosewood, Selmer-shape
Headstock: Slotted with Brazilian rosewood overlay
Tuners: Rubner tuners
Scale: 19"
Tuning: Linear, likely Bb
Strings: Aquila Carbonblacks
Appointments: Custom rosette, end graft, sunburst finish, black MOP fretmarkers

A few pics:

The man himself, sporting his Luthiers for a Cause tee:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/37314448781_27715d32e9.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/YRmiBc)



Beau the Ham sprays a mean burst:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37473241426_1a773d16ff.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Z6oa8q)


I love Beau's rosettes:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/23669247388_673b4435b6.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/C4z5Cd)

Rubner tuners:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/37456554451_40cf2622ee.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Z4UCEX)

DownUpDave
10-05-2017, 01:52 PM
That already looks outstanding Eddie. The finished instrument should really be something to see.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
10-05-2017, 03:48 PM
Rubner tuners.

I'm looking forward hand delivery this to Eddie in Hawaii Nov 14th :)

Osprey
10-05-2017, 03:53 PM
I love, love, love the look of that ukulele. It’s a stunner!

saltytri
10-05-2017, 05:08 PM
Sweet! I look forward to seeing this one next month.

Only one problem: are you sure you want an upside-down picture of Beau with with a mad grin on the back of your instrument? Maybe he can sand it off and reshoot it.

mikelz777
10-05-2017, 05:24 PM
Luv the rosette!

Ukulele Eddie
10-05-2017, 06:08 PM
Sweet! I look forward to seeing this one next month.

Only one problem: are you sure you want an upside-down picture of Beau with with a mad grin on the back of your instrument? Maybe he can sand it off and reshoot it.

LOL. Good point!

BTW, congrats on the gorgeous spruce/myrtle Ono you delivered to HMS that sold in about 5 seconds.

saltytri
10-05-2017, 06:13 PM
BTW, congrats on the gorgeous spruce/myrtle Ono you delivered to HMS that sold in about 5 seconds.



That was sweet, also, and more proof that Corey's sublime playing can sell just about anything. ;)

hollisdwyer
10-05-2017, 06:14 PM
So that beautiful Uke is yours. Just gorgeous.

My Players model will be ready soon also.
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Ukulele Eddie
10-05-2017, 06:40 PM
So that beautiful Uke is yours. Just gorgeous.

My Players model will be ready soon also.
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Beautiful! Very cool that they are basically litter mates.

Ukulele Eddie
10-31-2017, 08:59 AM
Quick update photo. Beau used a pyramid bridge, which Hollis inspired with his gorgeous BH that was just ahead of mine.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4473/38017483496_db61ee31a1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZVtxko)

Nickie
10-31-2017, 10:34 AM
Oh My God....
If that doens't produce some uke envy, I don't know what will.

hollisdwyer
10-31-2017, 12:42 PM
That pyramid bridge looks great with your sunburst too. We’ve started a new fashion, LOL!

Ukulele Eddie
10-31-2017, 01:27 PM
That pyramid bridge looks great with your sunburst too. We’ve started a new fashion, LOL!

You started, I recognized a beautiful thing and latched on! Hope you don't mind, by the way!

hollisdwyer
11-01-2017, 07:30 PM
You started, I recognized a beautiful thing and latched on! Hope you don't mind, by the way!

Don't mind at all Eddie. Actually I latched on to the Art Nouveau leaf design for my headstock that Jim Salmon asked Beau to do in his guitar. Jim was very generous as he put a lot of time into design research for that project.

Rakelele
11-04-2017, 04:30 AM
Congratulations, everything about this uke is turning out awesome! I'm sure it will be worth every minute you had to wait for it.

Doc_J
11-04-2017, 04:41 AM
Quick update photo. Beau used a pyramid bridge, which Hollis inspired with his gorgeous BH that was just ahead of mine.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4473/38017483496_db61ee31a1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZVtxko)

Absolutely stunning! Well done to both Eddie & Beau!

Kanya
11-05-2017, 07:11 AM
What an incredibly beautiful instrument! :love:

DownUpDave
11-05-2017, 07:13 AM
Holy mother of sunburst.....that really is special looking. Nicely done Eddie and Beau

SoloRule
11-05-2017, 07:37 AM
Wow. Don’t think I have seen anything like it
Eddie you out did yourself again

sam13
11-05-2017, 08:52 AM
C'est vraiment Beau, Beau. Felicitations, Eddie.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-08-2017, 09:07 AM
So far (and for no particular reason) , i've strung up with Oasis, then Aqulia carbon blacks (i might have that name wrong), then Southcoast medium gauge (or forget the code number, there are too many).

All the string brands sounded great btw. I'll be leaving the South Coast strings on for the show because i really don't want to change strings a 4th time!

PS- you have no idea how much i've polished this darn uke!!!! hahahha:deadhorse:

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-13-2017, 01:06 PM
A final slow look at this beautiful Amazon Rosewood Selmer.
If you want to touch it, you can, in Hawaii, nov 17, 18, 19 at the UGH.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnVgjQVaAMs

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Alytw
11-13-2017, 04:11 PM
Wow, that finish is spectacular.

Osprey
11-14-2017, 04:01 AM
That is no doubt one of the most striking looking ukuleles I have ever seen. Class and beauty to the core. Congratulations


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Ukulele Eddie
11-15-2017, 10:01 AM
I took delivery of this uke last night. I'm extremely pleased. I think the Selmer body and 19" scale are a winning combination for me. I never did get very comfortable with the 20" baritone I had, despite it being an "oh, wow" instrument in all respects. The Selmer body shape is larger than most regular tenor bodies and a bit smaller than baritone. The 19" scale is just doable for me. I currently have it tuned Bb and love its voice.

As a reminder, this is a Selmer in shape only. Based on a prior experience with a more traditional, very popular Selmer from another builder that did not work for me, Beau braced this one differently. Whereas Selmer's usually have lattice bracing and a D-shaped or small oval sound hole, Beau used a larger oval sound hole and 5-fan bracing. It really, really works for me.

Anyone attending, Beau will have it on display.

Will do a full review post UGH's Hawaii Ukulele Festival.

Chapeau, Beau!

Peace Train
11-15-2017, 10:49 AM
Congratulations on an awesome build, Eddie! Happy to hear it’s working out! Beau is quite creative and makes some really beautiful instruments!

hollisdwyer
11-20-2017, 07:13 AM
Wish I could have been there with you Eddie to pick up mine and sit down to play a few bars together.
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Ukulele Eddie
11-20-2017, 11:43 AM
Thanks, y'all. Hollis, it would have been wonderful to take delivery together since they were built alongside each other.

It really turned out spectacularly. Beyond its wonderful tone, Beau got a lot of accolades for his elegant work.

saltytri
11-20-2017, 07:12 PM
Beau got a lot of accolades for his elegant work.

Oh, yeah. Serious understatement!!!!