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Allen
07-19-2018, 08:30 PM
This combination is one of my favorites for a soprano. Looks great and sounds even better.

Back and sides - Curly Austrailan Blackwood
Soundboard - "White Bait" figure Huon Pine
Bindgins - Birds Eye Sapele
Head Plate Veneers - Ringed Gidgee
Fret Board - Ringed Gidgee with 12" - 16" compound radius
Frets - EVO Gold
Bridge - Australian Blackwood with Gidgee Veneer
Tuners - 4:1 Peg Heads
Strings - Worth Browns
Finish - High Gloss Polyurethane

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Allen
07-19-2018, 08:31 PM
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Ken Franklin
07-21-2018, 10:29 PM
Another beauty Allen.

Spicysteve
07-22-2018, 05:44 AM
Absolutely gorgeous Allen. What would you compare the Hino Pine to sound wise? Cedar? Spruce?
Quite curious. It sure has a soft wonderful color that goes well with the Blackwood.
I must say I eagerly await seeing each new instrument you post.

Allen
07-22-2018, 11:12 AM
Huon Pine has a different sound to just about anything else I've used. The timber can vary a lot in it's oil content. It's used in the boat building trades in Tasmania (or was as it's very rare now). Only the very low oil content material works as a soundboard.

There is a really good sound sample (https://vimeo.com/134193938) that HMS did of another uke I built pretty much identical to this one.

Nickie
07-22-2018, 11:15 AM
That's beautiful, Allen. I love the grain patterns.
I'm curious, why does the bridge appear to be two pieces of different colored wood?

Allen
07-22-2018, 08:41 PM
That's beautiful, Allen. I love the grain patterns.
I'm curious, why does the bridge appear to be two pieces of different colored wood?

Because it is 2 pieces. The base piece that has the entire footprint of the bridge is curly Australian Blackwood in this case, and then there is a contrasting veneer glued on the string platform of Gidgee that carries the color of the bindings and fret board and peg head veneers. I do this as a feature on all my instruments and pick timbers to suit each instrument and it's color pallet.

Here is a selection of blanks that I made up last week for stock.

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