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bassfiddlesteve
09-03-2010, 03:44 PM
I just got it today! I ordered a mahogany concert model with the older, large body style (the newer LoPrinzi concerts are not much larger than their sopranos). I also requested a 12 fret ebony fingerboard with no extension, peghed tuners and cream binding. It sounds great and I can't wait to perform and record with it. Here's a pic:

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz255/bassfiddlesteve/LoPrinzi%20ukulele/TBUS058.jpg

Here are some more pictures including some I took while it was being built: link (http://s833.photobucket.com/albums/zz255/bassfiddlesteve/LoPrinzi%20ukulele/)

- Steve

JT_Ukes
09-03-2010, 03:53 PM
Awesome!

hey.. that looks just like the one I want.... hmmmmm

mm stan
09-03-2010, 04:31 PM
Aloha Steve,
Contrats on the custom, it's a one beautiful ukulele...it kinda, sorta looks like a martin style 2 with the binding.
I like the nice tight, straight grain of the Mahogany and the finish in the sunlight make it pop even more...
Just wondering if you got it with a thin sounboard for volume of the old style or thicker like the current style for resonation and substain.
Many thanks for sharing...jus drooling and jealous.... Happy Playin'!!!! MM Stan...

thejumpingflea
09-03-2010, 04:32 PM
Looks fantastic.

Just out of curiosity, why the 12 frets? Is it purely aesthetic?

bassfiddlesteve
09-03-2010, 04:33 PM
it kinda, sorta looks like a martin style 2 with the binding.

That's the look I was going for :)

- Steve

bassfiddlesteve
09-03-2010, 04:52 PM
Just out of curiosity, why the 12 frets? Is it purely aesthetic?

I like the feel of a neck that joins the body at the twelfth fret. I also find that the upper frets on an extended fingerboard get in my way when I am fingerpicking. I certainly never play up that high, so I'd just as soon do without them. I was also going for the vintage asthetic of a 12 fret neck and a larger body like the Martin Concert and Harmony "Johnny Marvin" Professional Tenor pictured below.

http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/Vineyard/1945/martinconcertmine.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0K70sLCgQbE/SnCpLOSUM3I/AAAAAAAACwA/81ZeAHE8s5Y/s400/johnny01.jpg

Despite the name, the Harmony is actually a concert sized ukulele.

- Steve

thejumpingflea
09-03-2010, 04:57 PM
I like the feel of a neck that joins the body at the twelfth fret. I also find that the upper frets on an extended fingerboard get in my way when I am fingerpicking. I certainly never play up that high, so I'd just as soon do without them. I was also going for the vintage asthetic of a 12 fret neck and a larger body like the Martin Concert and Harmony "Johnny Marvin" Professional Tenor pictured below.


Despite the name, the Harmony is actually a concert sized ukulele.

- Steve


That makes a lot of sense. Better playability for you and a more traditional look. Win, win! It is a great looking uke and I look forward to seeing your videos and hearing recordings with it. I am a big fan of you and your daughters work. Keep it up!

Lexxy
09-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Now that, is nice. :)

Chris Tarman
09-03-2010, 05:35 PM
That's the look I was going for :)

- Steve

Yeah, it looks a LOT like a Martin Style 2. Very nice!

sukie
09-03-2010, 05:37 PM
Happy New Uke Day!

guitharsis
09-04-2010, 12:07 AM
Love it! Congrats!

Pippin
09-04-2010, 01:08 AM
I like the feel of a neck that joins the body at the twelfth fret. I also find that the upper frets on an extended fingerboard get in my way when I am fingerpicking. I certainly never play up that high, so I'd just as soon do without them. I was also going for the vintage asthetic of a 12 fret neck and a larger body like the Martin Concert and Harmony "Johnny Marvin" Professional Tenor pictured below.

http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/Vineyard/1945/martinconcertmine.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0K70sLCgQbE/SnCpLOSUM3I/AAAAAAAACwA/81ZeAHE8s5Y/s400/johnny01.jpg

Despite the name, the Harmony is actually a concert sized ukulele.

- Steve

Steve, that is a really important point about the upper frets get in the way of finger-picking. I never really thought about that even though I am constantly reviewing ukuleles for the magazine. I am going to have to be aware of that from now onward. That is an important observation and probably does explain the popularity of twelve-fret necks.

mds725
09-04-2010, 11:18 AM
Congratulations on the gorgeous new ukulele! I look forward to hearing what it sounds like.

iDavid
09-04-2010, 06:04 PM
Would that be considered a model C with added high-gloss.

How much did this beauty coast ya?

JT_Ukes
09-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Steve, that is a really important point about the upper frets get in the way of finger-picking. I never really thought about that even though I am constantly reviewing ukuleles for the magazine. I am going to have to be aware of that from now onward. That is an important observation and probably does explain the popularity of twelve-fret necks.

I have that problem with the frets geting in the way of finger picking on my Kala Tenor. Great idea to just not heve them there!

JT

Regster
09-04-2010, 08:09 PM
nice uke have fun :D

Graymalkin
09-04-2010, 11:41 PM
I like the feel of a neck that joins the body at the twelfth fret. I also find that the upper frets on an extended fingerboard get in my way when I am fingerpicking...

I find it feels a bit weird strumming with frets there, too, but that could just be psychological. I certainly prefer the look of a twelve-fret neck...

mm stan
09-05-2010, 12:20 AM
Aloha Steve,
I have seen you play an awesome 5K, did you just aquire that one too.....my ukulele of my dreams!!! MM Stan..

bassfiddlesteve
09-05-2010, 04:12 AM
Aloha Steve,
I have seen you play an awesome 5K, did you just aquire that one too.....my ukulele of my dreams!!! MM Stan..

Those 5K's belonged to a friend, they weren't mine. The vintage one was just sold by Elderly Instruments. I have a Martin style1 soprano and I used to have a Martin tenor.

- Steve

bassfiddlesteve
09-05-2010, 04:18 AM
Would that be considered a model C with added high-gloss.

It's a custom model. I chose the larger body, tuners, finish, binding and shorter fretboard.

- Steve

Gipserio
09-05-2010, 06:17 AM
Beautiful, You can't go wrong with LoPrinzi!