View Full Version : Wts rebel spruce/ rosewood tenor (n.e.o. S5-06) $1100.00

10-15-2018, 11:13 AM
Hi All,

Up for sale is my Tenor Rebel, it's an awesome uke I just find myself playing my Pepe Romero Tiny Tenor way more.

I bought it from Andrew and the guys at HMS a year ago and it gets no playing time from me. I had Joel install the LR Baggs 5.0 pickup. (It sounds awesome, he hid it in one of the sound holes.) He also added a offset neck strap button as you can see in the pictures.

Let me know if you have any questions. This is a one of a kind!

This is a new model we got from Rebel, each one an original. They ironically grouped these models under the name N.E.O.(Not Even Original). Peng explains their theory on this further down the page, but the bottom line is that these ukes are each unique and all have a wonderful voice. Video shows the exact ukulele available here.

The Alchemist was a recent custom offering from Rebel in limited numbers. The sound and quality has impressed those that got to try it, but at two thousand dollars it exceeded the budget many have. This new tenor has similar specs, but with a full solid spruce top, solid rosewood sides and back, and two sound ports. The tone is also very much like the Alchemist and we are able to offer it for much less cost to you.
We asked Rebel owner Peng to give us some thoughts on the creation of this model and why they decided to call it the "Not Even Original".

N.E.O. (Not Even Original) “It is better to be good than to beoriginal.” once said Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-born American Architect, 1886-1969.He’s the person who made “Less is more” so well known. Neo comes from the ancient Greek word meaning young or new. This project was originated based on the three driving forces. First, to make a prototype by creating something new from the limited resources using controlled variables. Second, to build responsive ukuleles for different playing style. We believe that good sound is subjective and can vary. Third, to build semi-custom ukuleles at an affordable price range but yet very unique in style. We will not build the same style after this run so customers who support us will get a one-off unique-designed ukulele. That’s our way to say thank you for being the Rebel’s supporters. “Beyond Natural Selection,” our motto comes from Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution by natural selection. It said, to survive is to adapt. If a species fails to adapt to its environment, eventually it will die and extinct! Evolution may take extremely long time to see changes so we mimic that theory but put it in a shorter time span. The word “Original” is like a mantra and a highly desirable trait that designers would go to great lengths to pursuit. Once they found it, they seemed to get trapped in that mindset - being original being stagnant. Ironically, the “Original” seems to be vey faithful but at the same time, it’s a silly rule that proves itself to be dangerous to creativity. In the postmodern era, there seems to be an invisible force behind people pushing them to be unique, to find their own identity and to find their place in the society to be even recognizable.

Again, ironically, it’s the society that rolls itself back to the past whether it’s the retro style in music, fashion, beauty, design, etc. The world has come so far in the past few decades but what really changes are that we all look more alike nowadays. “Not Even Original” is because it’s not just an original. It’s totally something else. It’s not just a prototype to make more copies after. It’s the possibility to discover something new from old. “There is nothing new under the sun.” We keep asking ourselves this question and profoundly contemplating what our identity really is. We don't know the answer. There might not even be the answer. But to say the least we always keep changing, keep adapting and avoid getting trapped in the past. Being original is nothing to us. What excites us is the possibility to discover new things, new paths and to reach new heights. We don’t believe in the one and only highest point. The same goes for beauty. That’s the Rebel’s N.E.O!

*Solid spruce top
*Solid rosewood sides and back
* 17" scale neck, mahogany neck
* Ebony fretboard bridge and faceplate
* Wood custom fretboard marker and logo
* Bone saddle and nut
* Gotoh tuners

Oahu Hardshell Ukulele Case (tenor) and Rebel canvas case
It has 3 humidifiers in the it as well.
I will ship it with tons of padding and we can work out shipping costs.

You can call me at 520-235-6895.

10-16-2018, 03:44 AM
Very impressive sound on the sample with Kalei ....

10-17-2018, 03:18 AM
Where is the link to the sound sample? I see in OP it says video shows this exact uke, but I can't find the link to the video.

John S Bell
10-17-2018, 04:41 AM
Sometimes the video disappears from old pages on the HMS website. I tracked it down on their Vimeo site where most of their video sound sample appear first and are archived: https://vimeo.com/220060957

10-17-2018, 10:21 AM
Thanks John, I appreciate you putting the link in.

10-18-2018, 08:18 AM
That is a way-cool tenor. I love the look of it. Very sexy. The sound in the sample is really nice.

I'm very curious about how well the sound projects forward.

Best of luck with the sale. The lucky buyer will get a unique, one-of-a-kind instrument.

10-19-2018, 01:04 PM
Hey Ken,
You are right it is super cool looking. The sound really pumps out of the soundboard, its definitely not quiet. Also you get a lot of sound out of the soundholes in the shoulders so it projects up to you as well.

10-25-2018, 02:27 AM
Jason- Sent you a PM. thanks Russ

10-25-2018, 03:05 AM
How thick is the neck?

10-26-2018, 01:43 PM
Trading to Russ for his Kanilea 6 string tenor and cash. I hope you Love it Russ!



10-27-2018, 03:15 AM
Trading to Russ for his Kanilea 6 string tenor and cash. I hope you Love it Russ!



Wow. Looks like a beautiful instrument.