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koalohapaul
01-21-2010, 08:32 PM
I finally finished up a custom for a friend in Japan. We're headed there next week, so I'll be able to hand deliver the ukulele. The idea behind this instrument was to tie Hawaii and Japan together. My friend is a Hawaii boy, but currently lives and works in Japan. He still jams and teaches classes on his off time. A really great guy and I hope he likes the uke.

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/pokami/mikku/69fc4367.jpg

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/pokami/mikku/d187ed86.jpg

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/pokami/mikku/d3e878c0.jpg

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/pokami/mikku/3f208480.jpg

Oops. I almost forgot to include the specs.

Curly koa body
Mahogany neck with double tulipwood and ebony head plate (It's hard to see with my iPhone pictures)
The inlay is the view of Leahi, as seen through Japanese shoji doors
Ebony binding

I decided to go with a satin finish, although most of my customs are buffed out high gloss. The overall theme is a subdued elegance, reminiscent of Japanese architecture.

MisoHappy
01-21-2010, 08:41 PM
That's a gorgeous uke!

I really like the satin finishes a lot more, and it goes great with that grain. And dang that is a NICE fretboard! I want! And you can't forget the bridge. That famous bridge lol

Steve vanPelt
01-21-2010, 08:44 PM
what a beauty. my guess is he'll like it

ukeCANjam
01-21-2010, 09:17 PM
AWESOME pokemon stickers!







and uke

raecarter
01-21-2010, 09:44 PM
One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen that fretboard id a genius idea

scottie
01-21-2010, 11:50 PM
That is a beautiful instrument, understated yet complete. I love the image on the fretboard.

snowy_zoe
01-22-2010, 12:13 AM
wait, so when you're not cutting wood to make ukuleles you are making other ukuleles - that's dedication for you

that is a beautiful uke, I love the fretboard I can see the japanese influence in it

well done, if he doesn't like it send it this way

zoe

buddhuu
01-22-2010, 12:24 AM
Lovely work, Paul! :)

hawaiianmusiclover06
01-22-2010, 12:41 AM
That's such a beautiful 'ukulele Paul!

Mim
01-22-2010, 03:24 AM
Wow! So awesome! You are very talented!!! It is like a Uke AND a piece of art :)

JCMcGee
01-22-2010, 03:28 AM
Beautiful.

Papa Dave
01-22-2010, 03:48 AM
Very nice work!

Ronnie Aloha
01-22-2010, 04:43 AM
Beautiful Paul. You've got to take better photos of it an upload them here. So does this mean you have an opening on your build list since you've checked off one?

MartinLil
01-22-2010, 04:57 AM
WOW! That is absolutely gorgeous, Paul!!! :drool: :drool: :drool: Too bad you didn't send this out with my sceptre yesterday

hoosierhiver
01-22-2010, 05:11 AM
I'm sure he'll love it. Beautiful work!

lonsilog
01-22-2010, 05:26 AM
that is one beautiful work of art

perep
01-22-2010, 05:49 AM
Great looking uke, must have SOMETHING close to this one built

surfer
01-22-2010, 06:09 AM
awesome looking uke!

pithaya9
01-22-2010, 06:23 AM
How could a person not love that 'ukulele it's beautiful.

sukie
01-22-2010, 08:35 AM
I agree with everyone. It's gorgeous.

agent61
01-22-2010, 08:41 AM
Yummy, yummy instrument. Great work, congrats!!

dominicfoundthemooon
01-22-2010, 10:17 AM
PAUL! AMAZING! This uke looks great.. and I love the idea behind it! I am also loving my CUSTOM you made... I have not even thought about needing another uke... UAS CURED by KoAloha!

Sic_Rob
01-22-2010, 04:00 PM
WOW! I agree with one (Actually all) of the other posts. This is a work of Art. The Headstock was sharp. The neck (front and back) is awesome. The inlay work is very nice. The finish is beautiful. How does it sound?

You do beautifil work. I wish I could afford 1 of you Uku's, Keep up this beautiful work.

peteandboodog
01-23-2010, 07:39 AM
Nice work, bet it sounds beautiful

MGM
01-23-2010, 08:47 AM
What Paul really does when he is not cutting wood Drinking Coffee Nice ukulele too!

seeso
01-23-2010, 09:29 AM
Wow, that is one beautiful piece of artwork. :drool:

Kekani
01-23-2010, 09:43 AM
What Paul really does when he is not cutting wood Drinking Coffee Nice ukulele too!

More like making coffee.