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Locolele
08-03-2018, 03:56 PM
I haven't seen any fv ukuleles here. I couldn't resist this one. Been looking for a cedar/koa tenor. It's currently in Rome getting CITES permits for the Honduran Mahogany neck and Indian RW binding and rosette.

Entirely handmade instrument. New, June 2018.

Shape: Tenor
Diapason: 17 3/32" (434,18mm)
Nut Width: 34,9mm
Body length: 307,5mm
Fingerboard Radius: 20"
Finishing: Shellac w/ poly resin (french polish)

Top: Cedar (30 seasoned)
Back & Side: Hawaiian Koa (Master grade)
Neck: Honduras Mahogany (CITES)
Bridge: Ziricote
Fingerboard: Hawaiian Koa
Haedplate Cover: Ziricote
Kerfing: Tilia
Braces: Italian Val di Fiemme Spruce
Binding: Indian Rosewood
Frets: 18% Nickel / Silver
Tuning Machine: Waverly koa buttons
Nut and Saddle: Bone
Rosette Inlay: Koa/rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Koa

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Locolele
08-03-2018, 03:58 PM
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Locolele
08-03-2018, 03:59 PM
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Locolele
08-03-2018, 04:01 PM
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Locolele
08-03-2018, 04:02 PM
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Osprey
08-03-2018, 04:17 PM
Holly Cow!! That ukulele looks amazing. Love the wood grain on the back.

Locolele
08-03-2018, 04:18 PM
Clip of builder playing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=32&v=OFsTQoqRsjY

IMHO, this ukulele is a work of art. I love that it is just wood--no paua, no MOP, no ivoroid, etc. Can't wait to get it!

LL

Locolele
08-03-2018, 04:28 PM
Here is a quick vid of the shellac, polyresin solution french polish...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=QL8s-rf4tOk

The builder describes it on his site as having some advantages over pure shellac, one of which is greater durability, while still achieving the relative thinness of a french-polished shellac. Who knows how much it really matters in reality, but the results certainly look and sound nice, IMO.

etudes
08-03-2018, 04:31 PM
Wonderful classy ukulele. The wood sets of Koa and Cedar are amazing and the sound is sweet. Congrats. Hope you don't have to wait too long!

DownUpDave
08-03-2018, 04:51 PM
That is one of the classiest most elegant and refined ukuleles I have seen. Everything comes together beautifully. Congratulations on an awesome instrument

Locolele
08-03-2018, 05:10 PM
Wonderful classy ukulele. The wood sets of Koa and Cedar are amazing and the sound is sweet. Congrats. Hope you don't have to wait too long!


Congratulations Locolele, wow, what a stunner! :D


That is one of the classiest most elegant and refined ukuleles I have seen. Everything comes together beautifully. Congratulations on an awesome instrument

Thank you very much guys! I'm excited, as you can probably tell by the extensive post. :) I always love pictures and media, so...

There is very little about fv out there. I thought I would give some exposure.

It could be a while before it arrives, but I figured it is potentially worth it. You never know for sure until you have it in your own hands, especially with a relative unknown builder--to me here in NC, at least. But, I decided to take the risk. I've been looking at cedar/koa since almost purchasing a Fred Vento cedar/koa from Shawn at Ukulele Friend. I ultimately decided the Vento was a bit out of range. This fv comes in at just over half the price of the Vento. I really liked the sustain of the cedar, as well as the trebles, and it seems to match well with koa. From the clip, this fv seems to have the same general sound qualities. I also wanted some radius in the fretboard. Add the looks, and I was hooked.:drool:

Locolele
08-03-2018, 05:14 PM
Holly Cow!! That ukulele looks amazing. Love the wood grain on the back.

Thank you! Sorry, I missed your post squeezed in there with some of mine.

Pictures never do justice to the curl in the koa, either. You get some feel for the curl in the polish video, though.

CliveyG
08-03-2018, 07:49 PM
Congratulations Locolele. Beautiful and classy looking :drool: Very exciting, hope you get it soon so we can have an update. Sounds very sweet. Had a look on the website and looks like some great builds. I like the look and sound of the tenor Kasha, unique looking.

Jerryc41
08-04-2018, 12:20 AM
Absolutely amazing! That's the most beautiful ukulele I've ever seen.

Lapyang
08-04-2018, 12:47 AM
This Uke is a classy beauty. Sounded great too. Congratulations.

kvehe
08-04-2018, 01:12 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!

Locolele
08-04-2018, 09:19 AM
Congratulations Locolele. Beautiful and classy looking :drool: Very exciting, hope you get it soon so we can have an update. Sounds very sweet. Had a look on the website and looks like some great builds. I like the look and sound of the tenor Kasha, unique looking.

Thank you! I agree on the Kasha Tenor. In fact, I listened to the clips for several of Francesco's ukuleles, and I was impressed that they were all resonant and exhibited the characteristics of the tone woods used. The extensive pictures he shows on his site of the various builds, along with the sound clips gave me a measure of confidence in purchasing sight-unseen, so to speak.



Absolutely amazing! That's the most beautiful ukulele I've ever seen.


This Uke is a classy beauty. Sounded great too. Congratulations.


Absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you all! I can't wait to get it. The pressure will be on to play it to its potential, so to speak. It would seem a shame to own something so nice and not make beautiful music with it--or at least nice sounds. Not sure if I can live up to the "beautiful music" standard. :)

LL

Nickie
08-04-2018, 02:52 PM
Early congratulations! That is a beauty. 1st time I've seen one from FV. I hope you'll give us more pics when it comes, and a recording maybe???

wayfarer75
08-04-2018, 03:06 PM
That is lovely. I can see why you’re so excited!

Locolele
08-04-2018, 07:30 PM
Early congratulations! That is a beauty. 1st time I've seen one from FV. I hope you'll give us more pics when it comes, and a recording maybe???


That is lovely. I can see why you’re so excited!

Thank you again!

I only picked up the ukulele a little over a year ago, and then I decided to take classical guitar lessons starting last September. So, I've been moving among my ukuleles, classical guitar, and steel-stringed acoustic as I have felt inspired by one piece or another. (I'm not a very disciplined student at 47.) I've made a lot of progress, but it is split across the different instruments and styles. I aspire to "do it all," so to speak, and so I'm moving forward along many fronts at once, as the inspiration hits me. The result, however, is that I'm not very good at anything yet. I can do a little flat-picking, a little cross-picking, a bit of fingerstyle, some strumming, basic chords, the barre chords are coming along, a little chord noodling, a little bit of lead using major, minor and pentatonic scales. But, I don't have any pieces that are presentable.

I used to play wind instruments in jazz and orchestral settings, but never any strings. So, the theory and reading standard notation are not a problem. I understand the guitar and ukulele well, but I'm still in the early-intermediate phase of training my hands and fingers. And, I prefer not to read straight tablature--still working on that. I prefer to read standard notation and have the tablature as an aid, if needed.

The recent project has been working up Scott Tennant's arrangement of "Wild Mountain Thyme" on my classical. But, I've also been itching to work up "Here Comes the Sun" on the ukulele. That will probably be my first project with this fv tenor. My classical instructor also teaches ukulele (and acoustic and electric guitar), so we are a good fit, and I'll likely tap him for some help.

I've never considered recording myself to date. I'll need to get some recording equipment first, and a somewhat polished piece I can play. Not sure I want to use my phone.

I'd really like to find a group to play with at some point, but I don't have the confidence or repertoire yet.

LL

Ziret
08-05-2018, 04:25 AM
Thank you again!

I only picked up the ukulele a little over a year ago, and then I decided to take classical guitar lessons starting last September. So, I've been moving among my ukuleles, classical guitar, and steel-stringed acoustic as I have felt inspired by one piece or another. (I'm not a very disciplined student at 47.) I've made a lot of progress, but it is split across the different instruments and styles. I aspire to "do it all," so to speak, and so I'm moving forward along many fronts at once, as the inspiration hits me. The result, however, is that I'm not very good at anything yet. I can do a little flat-picking, a little cross-picking, a bit of fingerstyle, some strumming, basic chords, the barre chords are coming along, a little chord noodling, a little bit of lead using major, minor and pentatonic scales. But, I don't have any pieces that are presentable.

I used to play wind instruments in jazz and orchestral settings, but never any strings. So, the theory and reading standard notation are not a problem. I understand the guitar and ukulele well, but I'm still in the early-intermediate phase of training my hands and fingers. And, I prefer not to read straight tablature--still working on that. I prefer to read standard notation and have the tablature as an aid, if needed.

The recent project has been working up Scott Tennant's arrangement of "Wild Mountain Thyme" on my classical. But, I've also been itching to work up "Here Comes the Sun" on the ukulele. That will probably be my first project with this fv tenor. My classical instructor also teaches ukulele (and acoustic and electric guitar), so we are a good fit, and I'll likely tap him for some help.

I've never considered recording myself to date. I'll need to get some recording equipment first, and a somewhat polished piece I can play. Not sure I want to use my phone.

I'd really like to find a group to play with at some point, but I don't have the confidence or repertoire yet.

LL

You sound like you have the skills for any group I've played with. There will be some who are better than you at some things, while you may be better at others. That's what is nice about a group. You learn from each other. You'll also find you advance much more quickly than playing alone. Plus, you make friends and have fun. Do it!

MARKbOC
08-05-2018, 05:55 AM
Congratulations that looks awesome. Love the rosette, it's subtle but very cool

hollisdwyer
08-05-2018, 07:00 AM
Bravo! Not only for commissioning such a beautiful ukulele but also for having the good sense to move quickly to a fine instrument so early in your ukulele playing career. Did the same and believe that my enjoyment and level of skill in playing has risen because of it.

Locolele
08-05-2018, 12:35 PM
You sound like you have the skills for any group I've played with. There will be some who are better than you at some things, while you may be better at others. That's what is nice about a group. You learn from each other. You'll also find you advance much more quickly than playing alone. Plus, you make friends and have fun. Do it!

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll get the courage up before too long. Although, I haven't found much about groups in my (Charlotte, NC) area. The one website I found seemed "dormant," for lack of a better word. I can always drive the two hours to Asheville, I guess.



Congratulations that looks awesome. Love the rosette, it's subtle but very cool

Thank you! I agree on the rosette.



Bravo! Not only for commissioning such a beautiful ukulele but also for having the good sense to move quickly to a fine instrument so early in your ukulele playing career. Did the same and believe that my enjoyment and level of skill in playing has risen because of it.

Thank you! Unfortunately, I do enjoy playing instruments that sound better than I do. You could say I have champagne ears and beer fingers. :D

But, I am more likely to pick up the one I want than the one I settled for. I'm not very good at wanting what I've got.

LL

hollisdwyer
08-05-2018, 02:41 PM
Thank you! Unfortunately, I do enjoy playing instruments that sound better than I do. You could say I have champagne ears and beer fingers. :D

But, I am more likely to pick up the one I want than the one I settled for. I'm not very good at wanting what I've got.

LL

“Champagne ears and beer fingers” that’s so funny and such an accurate description of my situation also. Don’t get me wrong, my wonderful collection of instruments didn’t turn me into a virtuoso but they did encourage me to play more often and strive to be a better player because they are easier to play and sound so damn good.