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pulelehua
09-10-2010, 09:58 AM
Mike just started the build yesterday. Contrary to some others on this forum who seem to order customs like I change my pants ;), I have sweated and fretted over this. Mike has been really great to work with. Patient. Unassuming. He has a way of offering suggestions and opinions which never seem overbearing, and he always tries to be accommodating. He's also very upfront when an idea just won't fly with him, and even offers the names of competitors who might be able to help. It has really been a very nice process.

So, the specs:

Solid Zebrawood top, back and sides
Longneck soprano, pineapple body
Neck width +1/8" (for just that bit more room on fiddly chords)
"Nuprin" style neck (he very kindly has allowed me to "borrow" his design)
Ebony binding, fretboard, headstock and butt wedge
Curly maple fretboard inlays, pinstriping on fretboard
Custom Honu petroglyph inlay on headstock in curly maple
K&K Passive pickup (didn't want the fuss of active)
Strap button

I was looking for a nice, clear, bright sound out of a 1-wood ukulele, and Zebrawood seemed the exotic way to go. Looked into Tasmanian Blackhearted Sassafrass, but it was tough to source. When I suggested Zebrawood, Mike said he had a supplier.

I still have yet to make a final headstock decision, but I think everything else is in hand.

Here is a pic of the first cuts. Mmm, Zebrawood.

http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3589/tbscut.jpg

Jerlial Prophet
09-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Congrats! Sounds like its going to be awsome. I've been thinking of getting a longneck soprano pineapple too.

AnnaUK
09-10-2010, 10:36 AM
Very nice looking, John. I can't wait to see and hear the finished uke. EXCITING.

Wherever did you get the idea for a pineapple uke????? :uhoh:

pulelehua
09-10-2010, 10:42 AM
Very nice looking, John. I can't wait to see and hear the finished uke. EXCITING.

Wherever did you get the idea for a pineapple uke????? :uhoh:

It was ACTUALLY ;) partly from my ukulele percussion work. A normal soprano figure 8 is just too narrow. Also some work I want to do with golpes, but that's a whole different kettle of fish.

AnnaUK
09-10-2010, 10:47 AM
It was ACTUALLY ;) partly from my ukulele percussion work. A normal soprano figure 8 is just too narrow. Also some work I want to do with golpes, but that's a whole different kettle of fish.

And I thought it was just Clifford copying my every uke... :uhoh:

I must be a real trend-setter... :biglaugh:

(JK)

pulelehua
09-10-2010, 11:26 AM
And I thought it was just Clifford copying my every uke... :uhoh:

I must be a real trend-setter... :biglaugh:

(JK)

It's the plastic kazoos. You represent the height of uke-cool.

Nuprin
09-10-2010, 01:04 PM
Beautiful wood set! Can't wait to see more pics as it comes along!

Lexxy
09-10-2010, 01:45 PM
Gather around Ukers! The MP ukulele building is about to begin!!

GIMME THE POPCORN

iDavid
09-10-2010, 02:37 PM
You are gunna dig Zebrawood. I have to Zebrawood Ohana and it is one sweet wood.

mm stan
09-10-2010, 04:44 PM
Mike just started the build yesterday. Contrary to some others on this forum who seem to order customs like I change my pants ;), I have sweated and fretted over this. Mike has been really great to work with. Patient. Unassuming. He has a way of offering suggestions and opinions which never seem overbearing, and he always tries to be accommodating. He's also very upfront when an idea just won't fly with him, and even offers the names of competitors who might be able to help. It has really been a very nice process.

So, the specs:

Solid Zebrawood top, back and sides
Longneck soprano, pineapple body
Neck width +1/8" (for just that bit more room on fiddly chords)
"Nuprin" style neck (he very kindly has allowed me to "borrow" his design)
Ebony binding, fretboard, headstock and butt wedge
Curly maple fretboard inlays, pinstriping on fretboard
Custom Honu petroglyph inlay on headstock in curly maple
K&K Passive pickup (didn't want the fuss of active)
Strap button

I was looking for a nice, clear, bright sound out of a 1-wood ukulele, and Zebrawood seemed the exotic way to go. Looked into Tasmanian Blackhearted Sassafrass, but it was tough to source. When I suggested Zebrawood, Mike said he had a supplier.

I still have yet to make a final headstock decision, but I think everything else is in hand.

Here is a pic of the first cuts. Mmm, Zebrawood.

http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3589/tbscut.jpg

Aloha John,
Congrats on your custom ordered ukulele...and thanks for sharing the pic and the details
too....Keep us informed of it's progress....and now the wait!!!Wow a super soprano pineapple
with a pickup and all the goodies....soooo jealous!! MM Stan...

SuzukHammer
09-10-2010, 05:00 PM
I've been curious about the zebrawood.

ANd now I'm even more curious about the percussive effect of pineapple vs. standard uke body design.

Clifford
09-11-2010, 04:42 AM
John, don't worry about what Anna says, she's just got so many damn instruments that whatever anyone else buys they get accused of copying her ;)

One question though, what on earth is an "ebony butt wedge"? I tried googling it and just got directed to porn sites! Any chance you can translate it into English for me?

Really looking forward to hearing it, also wondering what it would register on a bar code scanner.

Ahnko Honu
09-11-2010, 07:04 AM
One question though, what on earth is an "ebony butt wedge"? I tried googling it and just got directed to porn sites! Any chance you can translate it into English for me?



Thank you Clifford, you asked the question I was too afraid to ask. ;)

I like that pineapple shape, may have to give it a try some day. I asked MP for a quote on a walnut with redwood top pineapple a couple years back, will eventually get one probably a long neck soprano. I like MP's work.

MPereira
09-11-2010, 10:14 AM
Ok, maybe end graft is a more appropriate term than butt wedge...my bad. It's the wedge detail on the butt of the uke. I wouldn't recommend googling butt wedge :)

fumanshu
09-11-2010, 10:57 AM
Nice!!!! The Zebrawood is awesome!!!! Can't wait to see how your uke will come out and sounds like..I nver heard anything with zebrawood...Last time I've talked with Mike, he talked to me about this wood but it's really nice that you choose this tonewood for your custom!!!

I'm sure you will like your custom!

Clifford
09-12-2010, 12:28 AM
Ok, maybe end graft is a more appropriate term than butt wedge...

Whatever you call it, I love it. I want one on my next uke. Is it purely decorative or does it actually perform a function? Is it part of the end block?

MPereira
09-12-2010, 08:01 AM
Hi Clifford, It is purely decorative. I glue it to the end block, although some people do inlay them into the sides.

pulelehua
09-12-2010, 08:28 AM
Behold the BUTT WEDGE! (younger subscribers may wish to shield their eyes)

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/3888/buttwedgeandclamps.jpg

We're going with a 3 wood tone plan: zebra, ebony and maple. Zebra cos it is, ebony and maple to accentuate the contrast in the base wood. So, it was ebony or maple for the butt wedge. I opted for ebony, which Mike preferred, too. Maple, after all, causes more splinters...

I think it also looks nice with a pickup jack as it prevents the jack from being the only thing to break up the wood grain. Makes everything look very pre-meditated.

AnnaUK
09-12-2010, 08:33 AM
Oooooooh, John this is so exciting.

The grain is lovely. I can't wait to see how it comes together. You must be a patient man to wait until Christmas!

:)

SamD
09-13-2010, 05:47 AM
I may have to plan a trip down to Kent when it's all done, just to admire you're butt wedge.

Sam
x

pulelehua
09-13-2010, 08:19 AM
Ahhhhhhhhh, Sam.....

Working at a boys school, the butt wedge jokes were flying thick and fast today. Amongst the ukulele club anyway. Everyone else looked - well, a bit disconcerted.

pulelehua
09-15-2010, 11:04 AM
For me, one of the tricky things in getting a custom was to make sure that it really is a custom in some way or other. But of course, lots of the best ideas were taken 90 years ago. I am also a bit of a traditionalist, so wanted something which looked classy. Mike used to have a 5-pointed pineapple headstock, but he thought, and I agreed, that it looked a bit too KoAloha. And I had wanted a honu on it, but in a more petroglyph style than Big Island. So, I suggested a 3 pointed crown, and we agreed on the placement of the honu. It's also an all ebony overlay on the headstock, as his usually two-tone headstock wouldn't have enough ebony to work with the honu. Anyway, here it is, and I'm really pleased with it. I think it has that touch of tradition and class without looking like a KoAloha/Big Island love-child.

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2743/honuandheadstock.jpg

Lexxy
09-15-2010, 11:40 AM
Very very nice Honu logo :)

mikeg0232
09-15-2010, 11:51 AM
Love the both the honu and the headstock shape. The contrast of the Ebony on the buttwedge is very nice. This is going to be a beauty.

Are you going with a satin or gloss finish?

GX9901
09-15-2010, 12:07 PM
It's looking really good. Isn't it great to get progress pictures of a custom built ukulele?

By the way, I've always thought the "butt wedge" was called a "tail graft". I guess "butt wedge" is a technically correct term, but not so elegant...LOL!

pulelehua
09-15-2010, 12:07 PM
Love the both the honu and the headstock shape. The contrast of the Ebony on the buttwedge is very nice. This is going to be a beauty.

Are you going with a satin or gloss finish?

Mike does satin finishes, which I prefer anyway. I like the wood to look like wood, and too much shine takes away the rustic feel for me.

pulelehua
09-15-2010, 12:09 PM
It's looking really good. Isn't it great to get progress pictures of a custom built ukulele?

By the way, I've always thought the "butt wedge" was called a "tail graft". I guess "butt wedge" is a technically correct term, but not so elegant...LOL!

My first custom. Maybe my last. I'm pretty monogamous when it comes to instruments. Tail graft sounds like what you need when you have a bad encounter with a butt wedge... Yep, he went there.

BadLands Bart
09-15-2010, 12:19 PM
Looking really good.....can't wait to see that baby all done!!!!
Congrats!!

pulelehua
09-16-2010, 08:47 AM
Here's the fretboard. Nuprin was having his MP custom made when I was in the decision-making process (he made his decisions in something like 3 days!). I saw his fretboard and thought, "That's it!" I had been staring bleary-eyed at mother of pearl inlays, and just loved his all-wood look. So, I asked Chris if it was okay to "borrow" the idea. He was happy, and I went with maple and ebony, to match the zebra-style contrast. So, here it is:

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2680/fretboardsansfrets.jpg

pulelehua
09-17-2010, 10:33 AM
Amazing how fast it goes from being a few little bits of wood to starting to look like an instrument. Here's the inlay headstock done, and the headstock outline set next to the fretboard which is sitting on the neck, which has a maple centre thing (pinstripe? centre line?).

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/5831/headprecutwithinlayandf.jpg

And here's the body with rosette and binding all done. It half looks like some creature should poke it's head out...

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2671/bodyalltogether.jpg

Butt wedge in context.

fumanshu
09-17-2010, 12:35 PM
Wowwww....the body is very nice!!! The zebrawood with that black binding is just amazing!!! You will see that Mike's uke body is deeper than most of the ukes on the market and I think it contributes in some way in the way his uke sounds like.

And like you siad, Mike is working quite fast....it,s hard to believe that his already that far into your customs....specially that he just finish my squareneck uke not too long ago....actually, I just receive it a few days ago....and look where he's already been in the build process of your custom!!

seeso
09-17-2010, 12:46 PM
Sure looks pretty!

iDavid
09-17-2010, 01:26 PM
FANTASTIC!!!

love the look of this one

Jerlial Prophet
09-17-2010, 04:24 PM
I can't wait for you to get your hands on this so you can give us a review. I looks gorgeous, can't wait to hear how it sounds.

pulelehua
09-18-2010, 03:56 AM
So, Bao, is your squareneck serial number 100? I noticed mine is 101, which I'm pretty happy about. I reckon you've earned number 100. When we've established the Mike Pereira fanclub, that will be worth something extra. ;)

Nuprin
09-18-2010, 11:43 AM
I think that Bao was next in line after mine finished. I have serial #99 so I'm guessing he got the big 1-0-0.

fumanshu
09-20-2010, 08:27 AM
pulelehua wrote:
So, Bao, is your squareneck serial number 100? I noticed mine is 101, which I'm pretty happy about. I reckon you've earned number 100. When we've established the Mike Pereira fanclub, that will be worth something extra

Nuprin wrote:
I think that Bao was next in line after mine finished. I have serial #99 so I'm guessing he got the big 1-0-0.

Hi guys!!!! Yeah you're both right, I have the big #100 from Mike!!!! Mike was very happy when he announce it to me....and well what's a coincidence that I have that magical number since I'm such an established fan of Mike's work!!

By the way, my squareneck uke is AMAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! It's by far my prefered toy presently, I almost don't touch anythig else than my squareneck as well as my Weissenborn guitar.

The sound coming from my suqareneck is sooo sweet and simply magical....ok.......did I say that I love it??!!! Hahahah!!! :)

pulelehua
09-20-2010, 09:50 AM
Ok, Bao. Soundclip? ;) I've only ever heard James Hill play a ukulele that way, and never without amplification. Do you use open tuning or GCEA? And why are you bothering playing a guitar? Honestly.........................

Nice to hear you're enjoying 100. I'm still months from 101. He'll finish it, then I don't get my hands on it until December. Arg.

pulelehua
09-20-2010, 10:23 AM
Here's the neck. I really like the heavy contrast, and the zebra-esque fretboard. The honu at the top worked out well. I like the headstock, traditional with a little flare. Neck to be joined to body later today.

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/4762/neckwithheadfaceup.jpg

mailman
09-20-2010, 10:24 AM
Amazing how fast it goes from being a few little bits of wood to starting to look like an instrument. Here's the inlay headstock done, and the headstock outline set next to the fretboard which is sitting on the neck, which has a maple centre thing (pinstripe? centre line?).http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/5831/headprecutwithinlayandf.jpg

And here's the body with rosette and binding all done. It half looks like some creature should poke it's head out...

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2671/bodyalltogether.jpg

Butt wedge in context.

The maple stripe in your uke's neck is what is often referred to as a "skunk stripe"....

armytrucker77
09-20-2010, 10:46 AM
turning out to be a very nice looking uke....hope you enjoy

pulelehua
09-21-2010, 11:19 AM
Finally, the two pieces together.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/6236/bodyneckgluedtopsidevie.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/5529/bodyneckgluedupsidedown.jpg

Also confirmed that there is a hardshell case in which it will fit!

Finish next. Almost there...........................

AnnaUK
09-21-2010, 11:26 AM
WOW - that is seriously fabulous :)

Lexxy
09-21-2010, 12:02 PM
Looking really nice :)

Nuprin
09-21-2010, 01:38 PM
Beautiful!

Chris Tarman
09-21-2010, 02:43 PM
WOW - that is seriously fabulous :)

That's just what I was thinking!

mm stan
09-21-2010, 02:55 PM
WOW Awesome!! I Want!

pulelehua
09-22-2010, 09:56 AM
This was my last big question mark as to look. The first coat of finish is on. I was worried the lights would go too dark and drown the contrast, but it's actually got a lot more colour than I had been expecting. It's kind of jumped to life. And the maple matches nicely. As I said to Mike, now all that's left is the minor stuff, like what it sounds like and how it plays!

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9709/withfinishtop.jpg

Lexxy
09-22-2010, 11:48 AM
Drooooooooool :)

santamacx
09-22-2010, 06:15 PM
wow it's kind of yellowish. that's funky :D

pulelehua
09-22-2010, 09:53 PM
wow it's kind of yellowish. that's funky :D

Yeah, I keep staring at the unfinished photo and the finished one next to each other, thinking, "How did THAT happen?" Mike uses a really neutral finish, I believe. That being said, it now looks more like photos I've seen of Zebrawood than it did before.

But I love that it's actually colourful. I've always liked ukuleles with natural wood which is colourful, red-orange koa, yellow and black ebony. Real colours. So, I'm really happy. Had it gone dark/brownish, it would have looked MUCH more like my Kala acacia, which is beautiful, but as everyone always says, "Why have two ukuleles which are too similar". Of course, tonally, this promises to be worlds away from my Kala.

Can't wait to hear it.

joeybug
09-22-2010, 10:52 PM
Looks beautiful, wonder how it will sound when you finally get your hands on it! :D

rock_and_roll_camera
09-22-2010, 11:26 PM
Wow, thats a beauty of a uke! I can understand how you've spent so long planning this but you certainly made all the right decisions! Amazing how quickly it seems to have come together! The zebra wood is beautiful and the fretboard looks great! I'm not really one for traditional dot markers but I had never thought of anything like that, it looks amazing! Infact, I've never been one for pineapples but I sure would take that off your hands!...

pulelehua
09-23-2010, 11:42 AM
Wow, thats a beauty of a uke! I can understand how you've spent so long planning this but you certainly made all the right decisions! Amazing how quickly it seems to have come together! The zebra wood is beautiful and the fretboard looks great! I'm not really one for traditional dot markers but I had never thought of anything like that, it looks amazing! Infact, I've never been one for pineapples but I sure would take that off your hands!...

Nuprin got an MP custom with that fretboard. It was loosely based on some other fretboard, but I just instantly loved it. I asked his permission to use it, and he was nice enough to say yes. Didn't feel I could just take it without asking.

As for the pineapple, Mike uses a more evenly rounded pineapple than a lot of manufacturers. I've always thought KoAloha pineapples are a bit bottom-heavy, and Kamaka a little squared. Mike's pineapples are more lute-shaped. Graceful.

@Joeybug - I imagine it will be quite clear. My current ukulele is not, so that will be a nice change. While I like strumming, I do a lot of fingerpicking, and trying to get my head around John King's campanella technique, so I'm hoping it will work well with that harp-like tone. We shall see.

rock_and_roll_camera
09-25-2010, 06:37 AM
More pictures please!... Maybe a video or sound sample to go with it too?...

pulelehua
09-25-2010, 09:05 AM
I have no new pictures to send. I have some old ones. Mike sends EVERYTHING. You really get a sense of the construction process. I have one when the binding is being glued on, and the body is all covered in tape. Ugly as anything. Sadly, I won't have my hands on it until December 22. Sorry. :( Your pain is my pain.

I assume when the finish is all done next week, the last bits and pieces will go on (bridge, nut, etc.) and I'll get my final round of photos. Then begins the painful wait.

rock_and_roll_camera
09-26-2010, 03:25 AM
Why such a long wait?

pulelehua
09-26-2010, 04:22 AM
Why such a long wait?

I'm going to California in December to visit my parents, who live there. So, I'm having Mike send my ukulele there to avoid the massive customs duty I would pay if it were sent here by post. Mike is doing it now as there is time in his schedule, and I had finalised all my decisions.

rock_and_roll_camera
09-26-2010, 09:22 AM
Ouch! Complete torture! I've got a banjo uke in the post at the minute, only bought it Thursday and it was posted Friday but already I'm at my wits end waiting! If it doesn't come tomorrow I don't know what I'll do!?...

pulelehua
09-28-2010, 11:12 AM
All done. Mike says it has much better bottom end than he had thought, and that with Aquilas! He's going to send some sound clips at some point. But this is just my own little bit of revelling in the eye candy.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/479/completefulltop.jpg

http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/8946/completefullbottom.jpg

http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/250/completebottomup.jpg

More to follow.................

pulelehua
09-28-2010, 11:15 AM
And the close-ups

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/3467/completecloseonbody.jpg

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/6682/completecloseonbottom.jpg

pulelehua
09-28-2010, 11:19 AM
http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/9508/completecloseonheadstoc.jpg

http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/9940/completecloseonfretboar.jpg

Well, it's visually surpassed my expectations in every way. I wanted something a bit traditional, and a bit bold, and Mike has certainly delivered.

fumanshu
09-28-2010, 12:15 PM
Wooaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! It is soooo nice!!! It's visually stunning and I'm sure you will like the sound of it too!! I see tha Mike put some Aquila strings on it, it is you that ask him to strung with them?? I'm quite surprise since I never saw Mike strung with Aquila!!!!

By the way, I'll get make a clip of my squareneck as soon as I found the right strings gauges combo for the tuning I'm using.

Anyway, you really have a nice uke!

RyRod
09-28-2010, 12:17 PM
very impressive! I like that wood a lot. Can't wait to hear it. Congrats.


oh! and on a very off topic side note...

everytime I read your username (pulelehua) that commercial pops into my head. "Pulelehua, Pulelehua..." I think its some hair care or spa thing in Hawaii.

mikeg0232
09-28-2010, 12:26 PM
That is a beauty! You are a lucky Uke'r.

pulelehua
09-28-2010, 12:36 PM
Bao, no I didn't ask for any strings in particular. Not sure why he went with Aquilas. I'll spend some time experimenting I'm sure. I sort of hope they're the new Aquilas, as I've never tried those and was curious about them.

Never knew I was a Hawaiian ad... LOL. I wonder how many people have that reaction. "Hey, it's the shampoo guy again!"

pulelehua
09-28-2010, 12:37 PM
BTW, Bao, really looking forward to hearing the squareneck.

GreatGazukes
09-28-2010, 12:45 PM
Wow, that is a beautiful ukulele, a great combination of woods and design. That should you provide you with a lot of pleasure for many years to come. Congratulations.

fumanshu
09-28-2010, 02:16 PM
pulelehua wrote:
Bao, no I didn't ask for any strings in particular. Not sure why he went with Aquilas. I'll spend some time experimenting I'm sure. I sort of hope they're the new Aquilas, as I've never tried those and was curious about them.


Hey I just realized that your custom is a long neck soprano and not a tenor. From what I know from Mike, he used to strung almost all of his ukes (at least his concert and tenor) with Worth Brown.....well all the 4 traditional ukes that I've got from him came with Worth Brown. But I always found that these strings simply don't drive enough his soundboard and that's why I always put strung them with classical guitar strings.

So I've talked with him a lot about strings and how they change a lot the sound of his ukes and it's recently that he tries the T2 on Nuprin and Jake's uke....but they we're tenor ukes.

But on a soprano, it's not possible to strung with T2, they are just way too big for the slots!!

It's possibly why he went with Aquila. If you never try Aquila, it will give you the chance to try them then! I think it should sound very nice with Aquila since it's possibly one of the most versatile strings on the market for ukes.

Anyway, let me know how you find Aquila on your uke!

thanks


For sure

pulelehua
12-21-2010, 06:30 PM
Well, after what has seemed a long time, I have finally come face to face with my ukulele. It's not quite as bold in colour as the photos, which is fine by me. I've just finished a 36-hour travelling day (thanks to UK snow and needing to drive unexpectedly from LA to my parents near San Francisco) so my initial thoughts and comments are limited.

LOOKS
It's beautiful. The craftsmanship is really first rate. I tried to look over it with a fussy eye and couldn't find a fault of any kind.

THE SOUND
I always find it hard to judge a ukulele's sound without another reference ukulele. It's got a very nice sound, very balanced across the spectrum. Not the trebly sound you'd expect from a little zebrawood. I think the deeper body really makes a difference with resonance. It's loud but not overly so. A softwood top would have made it really bark I think.

Percussion on the body has a great smooth range of sound from bottom to top, thanks to the pineapple shape. Love it.

THE FEEL
This is going to take a long time to get to grips with. The neck is amazing. Very different. Flat on the back. It's 1/8" wider than standard which makes a BIG difference in the feel. Shallow and wide overall. A bit like an exaggerated classical guitar. But different.

OTHERS
It's got a great hardshell case. Looks professional. Gives it a cool home. Also has electronics, which I've yet to test.

When I opened it, it was in tune. I love when that happens. It has sat at my parents for a few weeks, so that's impressive. And Mike finished it a few months back. So, I'd say my first taste of friction tuners is quite positive.

More when I can focus my eyes and ears.

Bosconian91
12-21-2010, 06:40 PM
Very nice uke!

iDavid
12-21-2010, 10:36 PM
Looks great! I wanted to get a uke form mike, but all the choices made me nuts. He really does some fine work.

guitharsis
12-22-2010, 12:24 AM
Congrats! It's a wonderful unique looking ukulele. Enjoy!

fumanshu
12-22-2010, 01:20 AM
Hey it's nice that you did get your uke from Mike!!!!

Like you said, Mike's uke is very well finished and very clean clean!!!!!

It's nice that you like how how he shapes his neck...all the person that try the ukes that he built for me really like the feel of the neck and how easy it is to play on it.

I just try out last week and Kanilea that I got and didn't play for a while.....and when I switched back to my MP's, I just understand why I only play with MP ukes.....man it is sooo easy to play compare to my Kanilea!!!

As for sound, like I said in other posts, you really have to wait so it opens... Mike's uke for some reason can take some time before it gets its true potential but you will see.

Also, you have to consider the strings....I think he puts some Aquila on it right? I don't know if you do like d'Addario T2 but they sound great on his uke normally..

Anyway...talk to you soon and Merry Xmas!

Thanks