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guitharsis
12-04-2010, 12:35 AM
Ordered a custom concert ukulele from Mike Pereira a little over a month ago.

He's already started and keeps me updated with photos of the build process. Absolutely fascinating!

I've been playing stringed instruments for about 10 years (now only the ukulele) and have had 4 luthier made guitars and 3 mandolins. Have never had this kind of commuicatiion with a builder before.

Mikes prices are also quite reasonable for a luthier built ukuele.

harpdog
12-04-2010, 12:50 AM
Congrats - keep us in the loop

Nuprin
12-04-2010, 02:14 AM
Congratulations! I love my MP tenor and I'm sure you'll love your concert! Mike is a great guy and his communication during my build was amazing. Post some pics once you get it. You should also post a video and bring it to Mike's attention...his video page is looking a little sparse.

mm stan
12-04-2010, 02:30 AM
Aloha Gutharsis,
Congrats on your order and purchase of the MP ukulele....Keep us informed on it's progress....MM Stan
Thanks for sharing!!!

fumanshu
12-04-2010, 07:19 AM
I'm sure you will love your uke...Well I've never been disapointed with the 5 custom MP ukes that Mike build for me....If you want you can hear them on Mike's site...last one been my MP lap steel sqaureneck uke....which I looooove soo much!!!

What wood combo did you choose for your custom?

Keep us updated...

guitharsis
12-04-2010, 08:50 AM
Thanks everyone. Will keep you updated and post pics once I have it.

fumanshu I chose spruce and Madagascar rosewood. I had four choices of Madagascar rosewood samples to choose from.The set I chose is very similar to yours.

fumanshu
12-04-2010, 12:14 PM
guitharsis wrote:
fumanshu I chose spruce and Madagascar rosewood. I had four choices of Madagascar rosewood samples to choose from.The set I chose is very similar to yours.

Nice! I really like my Mad Rosewood-spruce combo. I like how the rosewood brings this bottom end to the end and that kind of ''natural reverb'' to the sound.....If it's what you're looking, you will enjoy your custom!

marymac
12-04-2010, 01:25 PM
I bought the concert pineapple (mahogany/redwood) that Mike has on his website and I just love it. It's on a hanger by my bed and I play it every night when I go to bed. I don't sleep with it though! A girl has got have limits on this uke love thing...

guitharsis
12-05-2010, 01:23 AM
guitharsis wrote:

Nice! I really like my Mad Rosewood-spruce combo. I like how the rosewood brings this bottom end to the end and that kind of ''natural reverb'' to the sound.....If it's what you're looking, you will enjoy your custom!

Yes, definitely the sound I'm looking for. Something different from the koa K brands I have. Have always been a fan of spruce/Brazilian on my classical gutars (I've kept two of them) and fell in love with the looks of your spruce Madagascar rosewood when you posted "MP Negra Custom tenor" in May.

guitharsis
12-05-2010, 01:25 AM
I bought the concert pineapple (mahogany/redwood) that Mike has on his website and I just love it. It's on a hanger by my bed and I play it every night when I go to bed. I don't sleep with it though! A girl has got have limits on this uke love thing...

:) Mahogany/redwood sounds like a great combination. Do you have high or low G on your concert pineapple?

mds725
12-05-2010, 06:48 AM
He's already started and keeps me updated with photos of the build process. Absolutely fascinating!

Congrats on the upcoming new uke! For those of us who like to live vicariously, or who might someday get a custom build of our own, it would be cool if you could post the photos you get of the build process while the uke is still being built. :)

marymac
12-05-2010, 07:40 AM
:) Mahogany/redwood sounds like a great combination. Do you have high or low G on your concert pineapple?

I use a low G on it but both sound equally great. I really love the look of the Rosewood you chose - I'm looking forward to seeing how that one comes out! If Mike sends you any progress pics, post them in this thread so we can all ooo and ahhh :-)

pulelehua
12-05-2010, 08:18 AM
Almost bought that concert pineapple myself, but then decided to go for the full custom. Mike is a really genuinely good guy, I think.

marymac
12-05-2010, 08:32 AM
Almost bought that concert pineapple myself, but then decided to go for the full custom. Mike is a really genuinely good guy, I think.

I sorta wanted to give him a trial run at a pretty reasonable price before jumping into a custom. Trial run was successful: now that I've played this baby for a month or so I would definitely buy a custom from Mike. You're going to love his work.

marymac
12-05-2010, 08:36 PM
Just noticed that there's a "MP custom Redwood & Padauk Concert Ukulele" for sale on FMM for $525 including shipping, should anyone want to expand their herd with a nice MP uke...

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

guitharsis
12-06-2010, 12:02 AM
I use a low G on it but both sound equally great. I really love the look of the Rosewood you chose - I'm looking forward to seeing how that one comes out! If Mike sends you any progress pics, post them in this thread so we can all ooo and ahhh :-)

Going to use low G on the MP and re-entrant tuning on the others. Thanks, I love the look of rosewood too and also love the richer more complex sound of rosewood combined with the crispness of spruce.

guitharsis
12-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Congrats on the upcoming new uke! For those of us who like to live vicariously, or who might someday get a custom build of our own, it would be cool if you could post the photos you get of the build process while the uke is still being built. :)

Thank you. The body is actually already done. Mike works fast!

guitharsis
12-07-2010, 01:00 AM
At the point now where I'm choosing tuners. Googled MP Ukulele and came upon a You Tube video of Mike's build process. The video is: MP Ukulele Custom made for Parker Coleman posted by jinfuuu. Great video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhqHBVv8Wu8

fumanshu
01-04-2011, 03:00 PM
Hi guys! I was just dropping by to help ''guitharsis'' to post the pics of her new custom uke by Mike Pereira MP ukulele. Mike just finished hew new uke and she send to me the pics since I owned a custom tenor that Mike build for me with the same wood combo less than 1 year ago.

This is a spruce top with back and sides made of Madagascar Rosewood which is a very nice looking wood that sound as good as it looks like!!!

I think Mike did an awesome job once again with her uke!!! The Ying and Yang on the headstock is a nice personal touch!!

Anyway, so hope you enjoy guitharsis new baby!!! Congrats to you !! :)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c212/bao1975/DSCN1225-1.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c212/bao1975/DSCN1226-1.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c212/bao1975/DSCN1234-1.jpg

guitharsis
01-04-2011, 04:21 PM
Thank you fumanshu! And thanks for posting these pics! Mike just sent it out today. Looking forward to receiving and playing it.

Nuprin
01-04-2011, 07:05 PM
The rosewood is gorgeous and I'm loving the Ying and Yang!

guitharsis
01-05-2011, 12:15 AM
Thank you Nuprin! I love the rosewood too and also the inlay.

Mandarb
01-05-2011, 02:50 AM
Congrats on the new uke. Inlay looks great.

harpdog
01-05-2011, 03:23 AM
Wow - I like that A LOT!

guitharsis
01-06-2011, 02:08 AM
Thanks, Mandbarb and harpdog! Will be looking out for the USPS delivery. Don't want it sitting out in the cold.

johntz
01-06-2011, 03:45 AM
After looking at his site, that is exactly the type of person I would order a custom Uke from. Please do post your pictures and thoughts when you get it.

guitharsis
01-15-2011, 12:04 AM
johntz Yes, Mike is exactly the type of person you would want to order a custom uke from. Received the ukulele this week. It's everything I hoped it would be and more. Great sound and playability. Wonderful workmanship with attention to detail. Pics don't do it justice but I do appreciate fumanshu posting Mikes pics for me.

Plainsong
01-15-2011, 04:37 AM
A couple of years ago I got an MP koa uke + maple binding (paging Nuprin, maple binding alert!). It wasn't a custom, it was just the Christmastime, and there was this lovely koa concert sitting there in a corner all beautiful and unloved. I ended up ultimately selling it on, as the neck wasn't ideal for my fingers, but take nothing away from the uke itself, it's sublime. A local ukester friend has it, and I have visitation rights. If I was getting a custom from Mike, we could make that neck more ideal for me.

I say all that to agree that Mike is _exactly_ the type of person you _want_ to order a custom uke from. Maybe one of these days I'll make that right and get something from him made for _me_. :)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4901305029_9a942430e4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/apollostowel/4901305029/)

Nuprin
01-15-2011, 12:52 PM
(paging nuprin, maple binding alert!).

love it!!!!!!!!

Plainsong
01-15-2011, 02:14 PM
I would have never thought of maple binding, but after seeing it on the MP, love it, gotta have it. It even had some curl to it. I justified selling it at the time by telling myself I'd love to get a truly custom MP in the future. Otherwise I couldn't have done it, and it kinda stings a bit, looking at that pic.