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dkcrown
11-10-2017, 07:05 AM
Well I guess the thread title says it all. But its a good thing! A few months ago on Jake Maclay's Facebook page, I saw a Snakewood and Adirondack Spruce uke that he had just started building. I know that some of you have seen this uke on his page as well. I had become completely enamored with the sound of the Redwood and Birdseye Maple uke that he had built for me earlier in the year, so I sent him an email to inquire about the Snakewood. He told me that he was building the uke to show and sell at the Luthiers Invitational festival in Woodstock, NY. Well, what if I went to the show, could I reserve the uke? Bingo, uke sold! Yay! I asked him to put the same Gotoh tuners and fingerboard markers on it that he had done on my other Hive. So fast forward to the end of October, and my wife and I loaded up the camper and headed up to Woodstock. Peace, Love, and Ukulele. Although Jake was only one of two uke builders there, we had a great time meeting him, talking shop, and playing the three beautiful ukes that he had there at the show. And that included the magnificent Luthiers For A Cause uke that he will be displaying at the Ukulele Builders Guild show in Hawaii very soon.

Jake shipped the uke out after he returned from the show, all cleaned and polished, and I received it yesterday. It is truly magnificent. He told me that Snakewood is the most dense wood that he has worked with, which resulted in incredible "reflection and projection." It is a fantastic compliment to my other Hive, which has a slightly warmer, more balanced tone. But both ukes are loud! Both are tuned low G for now, but I will change one of them to re-entrant. I am not sure which one at this point.

So now I join Eddie and Matt as a multiple Hive owners. Breaking out in Hives has never felt better!!

DownUpDave
11-10-2017, 07:44 AM
Wow.......what a pair..............of ukueles...... to stare at. Congratulations Dana they are incredible looking and no doubt sounding instruments. Are they both concert size??? Congratulations and I loved the Woodstock tie in, Peace Out Man

dkcrown
11-10-2017, 08:01 AM
Wow.......what a pair..............of ukueles...... to stare at. Congratulations Dana they are incredible looking and no doubt sounding instruments. Are they both concert size??? Congratulations and I loved the Woodstock tie in, Peace Out Man

Hey Dave, thanks. They are both tenors, and I am pretty sure that is the only size that Jake builds,
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mkatz
11-10-2017, 08:26 AM
Beautiful!

Mitch

Rakelele
11-10-2017, 09:46 AM
Congrats Dana, I love how the two ukes complement each other (dark top, light back and vice versa).

dkcrown
11-10-2017, 10:14 AM
Beautiful!

Mitch


Congratulations Dana, enjoy! :D


Congrats Dana, I love how the two ukes complement each other (dark top, light back and vice versa).

Thanks guys. The three of you certainly now a thing or two about nice ukuleles! Here's another pic

Ukulele Eddie
11-10-2017, 10:23 AM
Dana, what a striking pair of Hives! They are so different, yet both so beautiful, which makes it all the more striking. Congratulations!

You are correct in that Jake only makes tenors.

mountain goat
11-10-2017, 10:52 AM
They're so lovely Dana. Congratulations brother.
I think the redwood and birdseye maple tenor is one of
the most beautiful ukuleles I've ever seen.
Great to have two instruments whose tonal characteristics are quite different.

Peace Train
11-10-2017, 11:35 AM
I did see this build on Jake's page and what a fortunate stroke that you managed to get it! Both of your ukes are gorgeous! Hives are a pretty good thing to break out in, congratulations!

Those are lovely stands by the way. Who makes them?

dkcrown
11-10-2017, 12:38 PM
Dana, what a striking pair of Hives! They are so different, yet both so beautiful, which makes it all the more striking. Congratulations!

You are correct in that Jake only makes tenors.

Thanks Eddie. You have a pretty striking pair of Hives as well!

dkcrown
11-10-2017, 12:41 PM
They're so lovely Dana. Congratulations brother.
I think the redwood and birdseye maple tenor is one of
the most beautiful ukuleles I've ever seen.
Great to have two instruments whose tonal characteristics are quite different.

Thanks Jon. And although I am biased, I told Jake the same thing after I received the redwood and birdseye uke.

dkcrown
11-10-2017, 12:45 PM
I did see this build on Jake's page and what a fortunate stroke that you managed to get it! Both of your ukes are gorgeous! Hives are a pretty good thing to break out in, congratulations!

Those are lovely stands by the way. Who makes them?

Thanks Peace Train. And yes, I waited 14 months to get my first Hive. I only had to wait 3 months for this beauty. And this one is a beast! Very powerful.

I made the stands. I am a cabinetmaker by trade.

PhilUSAFRet
11-10-2017, 01:01 PM
Snakewood amazing. Been wanting to make some bodhran beaters out of some. Gorgeous instruments.

Doc_J
11-11-2017, 12:15 AM
Congrats Dana! That’s a quite a pair of Hives. Both wood combinations are outstanding. Thanks for the pictures. I was wondering who was the lucky new owner of that Snakewood Hive.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=104311&d=1510336724

Mattyukaholic
11-11-2017, 12:25 AM
We've done similar things my Hive brother! I wouldn't change mine for the world. Jake is a genius.

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dkcrown
11-11-2017, 12:29 AM
Congrats Dana! That’s a quite a pair of Hives. Both wood combinations are outstanding. Thanks for the pictures. I was wondering who was the lucky new owner of that Snakewood Hive.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=104311&d=1510336724

Thanks Hodge. All I can tell you is that good things come to those who wait. You Katalox Hive will be amazing!

dkcrown
11-11-2017, 12:31 AM
Snakewood amazing. Been wanting to make some bodhran beaters out of some. Gorgeous instruments.

Thanks Phil. Jake's ukes sound amazing. With or without a hearing aid!

dkcrown
11-11-2017, 12:35 AM
We've done similar things my Hive brother! I wouldn't change mine for the world. Jake is a genius.

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I couldn't agree more Matt. It looks like you have your walnut Hive strung re-entrant. I have to decide which one I will change over. Decisions, decisions!!!

DownUpDave
11-11-2017, 12:48 AM
I couldn't agree more Matt. It looks like you have your walnut Hive strung re-entrant. I have to decide which one I will change over. Decisions, decisions!!!

You might want to get a third so you can have a reentrant with a wound third as well. I am really enjoying this thread, congratulations again Dana. I am now itching for a Hive;)

dkcrown
11-11-2017, 01:15 AM
Good idea Dave! Haha. I do like wound thirds!

dsummers
11-11-2017, 02:19 AM
Dana, all I can say is wow!!!

dkcrown
11-11-2017, 02:42 AM
Dana, all I can say is wow!!!

Thanks. Maybe time to add a Hive to your already impressive collection? :)

hollisdwyer
11-11-2017, 04:26 AM
Congratulations Dana. Those sure are fabulous instruments.

Mattyukaholic
11-11-2017, 11:34 AM
I couldn't agree more Matt. It looks like you have your walnut Hive strung re-entrant. I have to decide which one I will change over. Decisions, decisions!!!

Yeah! I originally was going to have my newer maple and spruce re-entrant but it sounds so deep and almost piano like in low G so I decided to keep it that way. I like the mellower walnut in re-entrant. I'll be honest though - they both sound amazing either way!

dkcrown
11-11-2017, 12:23 PM
Congratulations Dana. Those sure are fabulous instruments.

Thanks Hollis

Nickie
11-11-2017, 12:33 PM
Wow....congrats Dana.
1st time I ever heard of a builder who works only in tenor world.

Mattyukaholic
11-11-2017, 12:55 PM
Sorry Dana - Hive sister not brother! :)
Yours are absolutely beautiful. I'm hankering for a redwood now!

dkcrown
11-12-2017, 01:35 AM
Wow....congrats Dana.
1st time I ever heard of a builder who works only in tenor world.

Thanks Nickie. I guess that Jake has decide to stick with what he does best.

dkcrown
11-12-2017, 01:48 AM
Sorry Dana - Hive sister not brother! :)
Yours are absolutely beautiful. I'm hankering for a redwood now!

Sister?, Brother?, doesn't matter. Family is family!

If you're hankering for a redwood, that LFAC lucky strike redwood/The Tree mahogany that he is going to show in Hawaii is amazing! I had a chance to play and admire it in Woodstock. However, I am sure that it will take quite a few shillings to buy that one at auction. But hopefully they raise lots and lots of money for the kids. As I said to Jake, I can't wait to hear all of the HMS demos of those great builder's ukuleles.

Ukulele Eddie
11-12-2017, 07:02 AM
Wow....congrats Dana.
1st time I ever heard of a builder who works only in tenor world.

I've discussed with Jake about adding a concert size, given that he did all of the Compass Rose ukes when he worked for Rick. Coming from a guitar background, he personally prefers a more like guitar-like sound and that is not easily achieved in anything smaller than a tenor.

Jake has honed his tenor designs over the years. He is absolutely meticulous in his work and some of his design elements are more labor intensive than most other builders. To wit, look at his headstock. It's incredibly elegant. It also takes a lot of time.

He routinely maintains a 12+ month backlog of orders. He simply does not have the spare time to develop another size that mets his own high standards in terms of tone. Maybe he will one day, but for the time being demands for his existing tenor designs remains strong.

UkeInTW
11-13-2017, 03:15 AM
I've discussed with Jake about adding a concert size, given that he did all of the Compass Rose ukes when he worked for Rick. Coming from a guitar background, he personally prefers a more like guitar-like sound and that is not easily achieved in anything smaller than a tenor.

Jake has honed his tenor designs over the years. He is absolutely meticulous in his work and some of his design elements are more labor intensive than most other builders. To wit, look at his headstock. It's incredibly elegant. It also takes a lot of time.

He routinely maintains a 12+ month backlog of orders. He simply does not have the spare time to develop another size that mets his own high standards in terms of tone. Maybe he will one day, but for the time being demands for his existing tenor designs remains strong.

I have to agree about his work being meticulous. Amazing work and just beautiful aesthetics as well as sound. Speaking of expanding into other uke models and that Jake likes more of a guitar sound, which matches my feelings, how about a larger body size in a tenor scale to get an even more guitar like sound?