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E-Lo Roberts
05-11-2009, 10:48 AM
Here's a new commissioned build that I just finished. Although I don't tiptoe down the yellow brick road myself...anymore, I did have fun re-living the days and coming up with this hemp inspired design. The bridge carving and the inlay work were most enjoyable. I think I got a buzz off the rosewood shaving!

Here are some specs on the completed tenor.

Spruce top with serpentine style hemp paua abalone rosette.
Tiger wood back and sides.
Back internal bracing: spruce with carbon fiber center.
Lacewood and maple butt joint with paua "happy" sun.
Lacewood and maple binding used for top and back.
Mahogany bolt-on neck with carbon fiber struss rod.
17” scale joined to the body at the 14th fret; 19 frets total.
Rosewood fingerboard with "smiley :) face" pearl dot markers.
Lacewood stockhead overlay over maple veneer
with paua abalone hemp leaves and "blunt" logo.
Lacewood and maple veneer overlay on back of headstock.
Kamaka "Jake" style slotted headstock.
11 degree neck break to allow for all 4 string clearance at nut.
Grover 18:1 Sta-Tite chrome and gold gear slotted peghead tuners.
Carved rosewood "hemp" bridge with thru body rosewood pegs.
Bone nut and saddle.
Top finished in Nitro lacquer.
Back, side, neck finished in Tru-Oil.

russ_buss
05-11-2009, 11:04 AM
very nice looking build! your customer is sure to enjoy blazing up and jamming away with that thing.:)

HaileISela
05-11-2009, 11:31 AM
WANT!

how awesome is that, someone built the perfect Uke! that abalone is the bomb!

eerteep
05-11-2009, 11:59 AM
very nice looking build! your customer is sure to enjoy blazing up and jamming away with that thing.:)

...think it's for ol' willie?
: )
p.

Ukeffect
05-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Dude I am such a sucker for Abalone inlay! 2 out of 3 of my ukes have it...LOL I let one of my girlfriends "learn" on the other one...I know UAS will strike again, hmmm maybe a Big Island Honu concert...or... **someone help me before I aquire again**:wallbash:

Spooner
05-11-2009, 06:50 PM
Dude...wait...what? :p

Nice uke man!!

JTY
05-11-2009, 07:13 PM
I think I got a buzz off the rosewood shaving!

hehe, must be that hi-grade Rosewood. I'd like one with a few of the sensi seeds inlayed in as fretboard markers. 5th, 7, 10, 12, 15th frets please. :p

Seriously, Nice job! Are you open for new orders?

grappler
05-11-2009, 08:57 PM
beautiful ukulele

Ahnko Honu
05-11-2009, 11:47 PM
The new owner should name her "Mary Jane". ;)

E-Lo Roberts
05-12-2009, 03:05 AM
hehe, must be that hi-grade Rosewood. I'd like one with a few of the sensi seeds inlayed in as fretboard markers. 5th, 7, 10, 12, 15th frets please. :p

Seriously, Nice job! Are you open for new orders?

JTY, hey I like the inlayed seeds for markers idea! Hummm...but where could I get some of those seeds?...perhaps my client has a few to spare... but with my luck, I would be the one busted for possession. hahaha...

New orders?...perhaps I should make this one a prototype for all the doobie ukers. As suggested by Ahnko Honu, called her "Mary Jane"...thanks for the view JTY...e.lo..

seeso
05-12-2009, 04:02 AM
So righteous. That bridge is so cool.

SuperSecretBETA
05-12-2009, 04:31 AM
I heard that to get the same high from a joint of marijuana, you would have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a lightpole.

E-Lo Roberts
05-12-2009, 04:41 AM
I heard that to get the same high from a joint of marijuana, you would have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a lightpole.

Super, you're right. "Hemp" is just easier for me to spell than mariijuuaanna..marjunana...errrr...marajuann...#$( %_#$!!!/damit!... marijuana....thanks for the view dude...e.lo...

ksquine
05-12-2009, 07:49 AM
Nice nice nice. Does the large bridge size hurt the tone??
You should have made the end graft open to reveal a stash compartment

E-Lo Roberts
05-12-2009, 08:13 AM
Nice nice nice. Does the large bridge size hurt the tone??
You should have made the end graft open to reveal a stash compartment

ksquine, oh dude, you are a smart, evil thinker.. damn, now I have to go back and put that feature in!

And yes, I believe that the large bridge size did mute the tone a bit. However, the client really, really wanted some sort of hemp leaf bridge.

The next hemp uke I build will feature the same bridge, but (after thinking about it) I believe I can "float" the extra wood (the leaves) like a shelf beyond the standard bridge size to eliminate this issue. And of course add your stash compartment.

Thanks for the very cool new ideas!....e.lo...

Drauff
05-14-2009, 04:32 AM
E-lo the Hemp gods will be Irie

SailQwest
05-14-2009, 08:36 AM
Fabulous! I want one!!!

E-Lo Roberts
05-14-2009, 10:44 AM
Fabulous! I want one!!!
Sail, that could be arranged...I believe the next one with be all koa though. thanks for the view dude...e.lo..

Drauff
05-16-2009, 06:14 AM
E-Lo,
I just wanted to thank you again for the beautiful job you did on my uke! The fit and finish is great. I was blown away by how well you executed the concept. I am recomending you to everyone on here. Everyone that has seen it are very impressed with it, and it sounds as good as it looks. You can't go wrong with E-lo.
Ed Nortin

Drauff
05-16-2009, 06:16 AM
The new owner should name her "Mary Jane". ;)

Thanks for naming her! I love you Mary Jane!

pithaya9
05-20-2009, 05:07 PM
Just want to say that you build some beautiful ukulele's.

E-Lo Roberts
05-21-2009, 03:53 AM
Just want to say that you build some beautiful ukulele's.

I appreciate you viewing my ukes and validating my work. Much thanks dude! e.lo.....

pithaya9
05-24-2009, 12:41 PM
E-Lo what do you charge for your customs? These build are such high quality and one of a kind that they are sure to become family hierlooms. :cool:

E-Lo Roberts
05-24-2009, 03:08 PM
E-Lo what do you charge for your customs? These build are such high quality and one of a kind that they are sure to become family hierlooms. :cool:

Pity, thanks for the interest in my work. At this time I am more inclined to refer you to more seasoned builders such as Chuck, Pete, Dominator, or William King for your custom needs, although I'm a sucker for a concept that might strike my interest. What would you have me build for you? Payment would be subject to interest level! hahaha...e.lo..

Pete Howlett
05-24-2009, 04:47 PM
Interesting you should refer to me as a custom builder - I get very few 'custom' requests in Europe. We are almost an anit-bling society :eek:

E-Lo Roberts
05-25-2009, 04:55 AM
Interesting you should refer to me as a custom builder - I get very few 'custom' requests in Europe. We are almost an anit-bling society :eek:

OK Pete, I'll take you off my top list...now get back to work!;) e.lo...

shanifawni
05-25-2009, 05:42 AM
dude!!! that thing is GORGGGGEOUS
great concepts and stuff too!

mary jaa- aaaane!

you know, i've always wondered. people have to grow hemp for all these hemp products and whatnot, liek string, and those hemp oil cosmetic shtuff. what part of the plant do they use, and what do they do with the leftovers? are the people who grow this marijuana like, very closely watched by the government? hmm

E-Lo Roberts
05-25-2009, 09:10 AM
dude!!! that thing is GORGGGGEOUS
great concepts and stuff too!

mary jaa- aaaane!

you know, i've always wondered. people have to grow hemp for all these hemp products and whatnot, liek string, and those hemp oil cosmetic shtuff. what part of the plant do they use, and what do they do with the leftovers? are the people who grow this marijuana like, very closely watched by the government? hmm

Shani, thanks for the "smokin'" kudos'! Good questions about the hemp processing, however, I will have to defer your questions to the keeper of The "Mary Jane" Uke; Drauff. I have long since retired from this arena...e.lo

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-25-2009, 09:26 AM
[QUOTE=shanifawni;

you know, i've always wondered. people have to grow hemp for all these hemp products and whatnot, liek string, and those hemp oil cosmetic shtuff. what part of the plant do they use, and what do they do with the leftovers? are the people who grow this marijuana like, very closely watched by the government? hmm[/QUOTE]

I don't know anything about this subject because as far as I know there is no marijuana grown anywhere in Hawaii, but a friend of mine told me that you would die of smoke affixiation before you got high from the stuff they grow to make the products you mentioned. I think this friend got desperate and tried to smoke his wife's hand bag once.

shanifawni
05-25-2009, 09:56 AM
I don't know anything about this subject because as far as I know there is no marijuana grown anywhere in Hawaii, but a friend of mine told me that you would die of smoke affixiation before you got high from the stuff they grow to make the products you mentioned. I think this friend got desperate and tried to smoke his wife's hand bag once.

oh no! that poor lady!
haha, yeah i've heard that about that, but like...i was just wondering about the farmers, wouldn't that be a strange job? or maybe we buy hemp and hemp products from other countries...who knows...

HaileISela
05-25-2009, 10:48 AM
dude!!! that thing is GORGGGGEOUS
great concepts and stuff too!

mary jaa- aaaane!

you know, i've always wondered. people have to grow hemp for all these hemp products and whatnot, liek string, and those hemp oil cosmetic shtuff. what part of the plant do they use, and what do they do with the leftovers? are the people who grow this marijuana like, very closely watched by the government? hmm

The farmers of that low THC hemp are always under very strong supervision. They are not allowed to use the seeds they produce in one year for next years sowing. it's a pretty hard job. btw, Marijuana and hemp are the same. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) is the plant. Marijuana is one name for one product (the dried buds) while hashish is the resin of those buds. Hemp was used for many good reasons during the last 6000 years all over the world, until the founder of the DEA, Harry J. Anslinger decided to get it prohibited. But I think it's better for you to watch this: GRASS (http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-5024743677399496923&ei=1gMbSoWYF6jS2gLX8dSNDg&q=grass&hl=en) otherwise I would write way to much^^

SuperSecretBETA
05-25-2009, 12:32 PM
The farmers of that low THC hemp are always under very strong supervision. They are not allowed to use the seeds they produce in one year for next years sowing. it's a pretty hard job. btw, Marijuana and hemp are the same. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) is the plant. Marijuana is one name for one product (the dried buds) while hashish is the resin of those buds. Hemp was used for many good reasons during the last 6000 years all over the world, until the founder of the DEA, Harry J. Anslinger decided to get it prohibited. But I think it's better for you to watch this: GRASS (http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-5024743677399496923&ei=1gMbSoWYF6jS2gLX8dSNDg&q=grass&hl=en) otherwise I would write way to much^^

These days, hemp is just referred to as the industrial extremely low THC stuff. Industrial hemp is one of the most efficient and sustainable ways to produce biofuel, but we have that stupid ban. Using corn and palm to produce biofuel has got to be one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard.

shanifawni
05-25-2009, 01:36 PM
The farmers of that low THC hemp are always under very strong supervision. They are not allowed to use the seeds they produce in one year for next years sowing. it's a pretty hard job. btw, Marijuana and hemp are the same. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) is the plant. Marijuana is one name for one product (the dried buds) while hashish is the resin of those buds. Hemp was used for many good reasons during the last 6000 years all over the world, until the founder of the DEA, Harry J. Anslinger decided to get it prohibited. But I think it's better for you to watch this: GRASS (http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-5024743677399496923&ei=1gMbSoWYF6jS2gLX8dSNDg&q=grass&hl=en) otherwise I would write way to much^^

oh sweet! i am no longer wondering, haha. that does seem pretty hard! yeah i know they are the same, but i didnt know all the specifics of the names, that's interesting!
hmmmm. this video starts out funny, hahaha. very informational though, thanks! :)

veep
08-24-2009, 04:11 AM
very nice....

WhenDogsSing
08-24-2009, 06:10 AM
I got high reading this thread...:D...That is one beautiful ukulele...:D

vahn
08-24-2009, 09:17 AM
you could make a soundport stash-hole, then build a little box to fit inside with a fake preamp cover on top.... no one would ever know....

hoosierhiver
08-24-2009, 09:24 AM
Gonna make a braided hemp uke strap to go with it?