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sequoia
06-14-2018, 09:45 AM
StewMac is offering a mahogany back and side set for $5,999.99.

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Maybe not the best choice of wood for the first time ukulele builder?

https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Bodies_and_Necks_and_Wood/WOODSTAX/?facet=%7cWOODTYPE%3aMHGNYHON

SandChannel
06-14-2018, 09:52 AM
I think I will need to stick to the $140 Honduran Mahogany set they offer instead.

Tudorp
06-14-2018, 10:25 AM
That is gorgeous though. Somebody should buy that, and make a toilet seat out of it.. lol

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
06-14-2018, 11:15 AM
'The Tree' - That's the wood the Luthiers For A Cause Charity ukes were made from.

https://www.luthiersforacause.org/

mmfitzsimons
06-14-2018, 11:19 AM
Beau, I thought that was Eddie's tree.... ;)

It would look better than a lot of $6k paintings, just hanging on a wall like that.... crazy wood!

mds725
06-14-2018, 12:30 PM
Personally, I prefer this one.

https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Bodies_and_Necks_and_Wood/WOODSTAX/The_Tree_3A_Extreme_Quilt_Back_and_Sides_For_Dread nought_Unsanded_-_001.html

Those eyes .....

sequoia
06-14-2018, 04:00 PM
Personally, I prefer this one.

https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Bodies_and_Necks_and_Wood/WOODSTAX/The_Tree_3A_Extreme_Quilt_Back_and_Sides_For_Dread nought_Unsanded_-_001.html

Those eyes .....

Such a deal! Only 3K.... Imagine bending one of those sides and hearing a cracking noise. Definitely could ruin your whole afternoon. Bad, bad language could follow. I'll bet even the most experienced luthier would take a deep breath before bending those sides.

Michael Smith
06-14-2018, 04:28 PM
I only pay that much for Koa sets

RichM
06-14-2018, 04:48 PM
It's amazing what some men will pay to get wood.

kerneltime
06-14-2018, 05:07 PM
the sizes are for guitar.. so if a luthier did decide to make a ukulele from it... what are the options for the unwanted wood? Seems like very previous per sq inch..

kohanmike
06-14-2018, 07:02 PM
I've been contemplating another custom by Bruce Wei in Vietnam, he turned me on to myrtle on this site, beautiful wood and great prices. http://www.pacificcoastwoods.net/ukelele.html

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mmn
06-14-2018, 11:10 PM
the sizes are for guitar.. so if a luthier did decide to make a ukulele from it... what are the options for the unwanted wood? Seems like very previous per sq inch..

Make 2 ukes? 🤔

kerneltime
06-15-2018, 03:01 AM
Make 2 ukes? ��
Hmm.. possible to get 2 tenors?

Jim Hanks
06-15-2018, 08:49 AM
I've been contemplating another custom by Bruce Wei in Vietnam, he turned me on to myrtle on this site, beautiful wood and great prices. http://www.pacificcoastwoods.net/ukelele.html
Yes, that's where I got the myrtle B&S for my Ono baritone. Highly recommended. The pics on the site probably aren't available any more, but Vince will send you photos of available sets.

saltytri
06-15-2018, 09:00 AM
Yes, that's where I got the myrtle B&S for my Ono baritone. Highly recommended. The pics on the site probably aren't available any more, but Vince will send you photos of available sets.

Yep, Vince is a reliable vendor and a good guy.

sequoia
06-15-2018, 10:48 AM
Hmm.. possible to get 2 tenors?

I don't think you could get two tenors from the set, but you could probably get one tenor and one soprano... I think the costs would be prohibitive for ukuleles unless you had a very deep pocketed client. A single guitar made with the stuff will sell for between 30K and 40K USD. I think the market for a $25,000 ukulele would be very limited. Not even Jake can probably afford that.

kerneltime
06-15-2018, 11:16 AM
I don't think you could get two tenors from the set, but you could probably get one tenor and one soprano... I think the costs would be prohibitive for ukuleles unless you had a very deep pocketed client.

What if the client bought the wood and gave it to a luthier? This could be a 8-10k uke?

tangimango
06-15-2018, 03:03 PM
Wow thats is nice, i think i can replicate that with a fraction of the cost by dyeing quilted maple brown:) :).

Theres even quilted maple with similar pattern and same color naturally. It may even look better then this $5999 set.

anthonyg
06-15-2018, 03:51 PM
Sometimes I think that absurd prices are a bit of a con. You LIST one set to sell at $6000 and then a number of sets at $3000. The $3000 sets now look like a bargain when they are really absurdly prices as well.

Pete Howlett
06-16-2018, 09:47 PM
These prices are not real. I sorry if I upset the blingsters here but even for a guitar that price is absurd.

BlackBearUkes
06-17-2018, 07:14 AM
Totally agree!


These prices are not real. I sorry if I upset the blingsters here but even for a guitar that price is absurd.

Jim Hanks
06-17-2018, 09:00 AM
These prices are not real. I sorry if I upset the blingsters here but even for a guitar that price is absurd.
Well yeah, but it's kinda like buying a Lexus car innit? You're really paying $30k for the Toyota underneath and an extra $60K for the Lexus sticker on the back. Here you're paying $500 for the actual wood and $5500 for "The Tree" :p

Pete Howlett
06-17-2018, 11:21 AM
I just built my last but 2 ukes from some fiddleback/curly mahogany that I will never see again - it just doesn't make it to the UK and there are no 'residual' stocks languishing in a barn somewhere. I am trying to secure 27 bd/ft of rare Brazilian for $424. If I get it, by the time it is in the workshop it will have cost me $25 a bd/ft before processing. That is a barely affordable price but one I am prepared to pay for perfect quarter sawn one piece necks. To offset the spiralling costs of raw materials my price went up 25% this year! They will probably do the same in the Fall as the UK gets into a trade war with the US and Trump finally kills off any hope I have doing repeat business with the many clients I have in the US.

Michael N.
06-17-2018, 10:30 PM
One thing we do know for certain: all these very fancy woods don't sound one dot better than their plain versions. If anything they are weaker and probably a touch more prone to cracking in comparison to good old quarter sawn, grain straight up and down stuff. People are drawn to the fancy stuff though.
I wouldn't like to take the responsibility of working wood at that cost (actually I'd flat refuse!). Imagine if one of the sides cracked or cupped badly. I've had that with birds eye maple. Out of 4 sets that I'd bought two cupped so badly they were unusable. I tried a number of things to save them but it was effectively 100 thrown in the bin - oh and the time.

kerneltime
06-17-2018, 11:57 PM
That brings up a question, where can one find a reliable way to get wood that sounds better than others? I saw past messages where the color of the wood or other aspects were focused on by luthiers.. these high end pieces are purely rated on aesthetics..

mmn
06-18-2018, 01:37 AM
There's no logic behind the going prices of exotic woods and instruments. The price is set simply by what people are willing to pay.

I bought a new strat in 1964 with case for $350. Traded it several years later for an acoustic Guild. That strat today is worth $10k - $15k. It's still the same cheap guitar!