View Full Version : Monkey Wrench Solid Body Electric is in the house!

02-08-2011, 03:42 AM
So, I finally got a solid body steal string tenor. I must begin by saying I am one incredibly picky guy when it comes to my instruments. Ok that being said, I want to fill ya in one this tenor.

I first looked at Risa, Eleuke, and Monkey Wrench. I decide to go with Monkey Wrench for several reasons. They are made by a single luthier, he offered a money back guarantee, and his price were outstanding.

It is a tenor, grover open back tuners, single EMG pick-up which is a humbucker, but is made to sound like a single coil. Alder body with Spalted maple top. I think it is a maple neck, but I forget what the finger board is....

So, the build quality is top notch, intonation is dead on, the balance it perfect. I looks better in person, the pictures ready don't pick-up all the nuances of the wood. Action is low and buzz free.

So, how does it sound? It kicks serious butt! It is a different beast than an acoustic for sure. I had Jim set it up with a high-g, but he made the nut a bit wider to accommodate a low-g, if I want to switch it out.

Does it sound like a uke? Well, it sounds like a single coil electric uke and it is tons of fun. I've been playing through Logic while my kids are asleep in the next room, just fantastic.

The is a serious instrument and is definitely at a professional level on all counts. Currently Jim charging 600 dollars for one, which seems insanely low.

I love this instrument and it is near impossible to walk by it without pick her up. I had some friends come by and one of them plays uke. They all were blown away by how it looks. My friend gave his wife the instant OK to get one. I had to put it away, since the focus my daughters birthday, was quickly moving away from my daughter.

I've played electric guitar for years and this is a different instrument. If you are thinking of expanding to electrics, I could not recommend Monkey Wrench any higher. I am seriously considering picking up one of his solid body Nylon Strings.

Another great selling point, Jim answers emails and is a great guy to work with.

02-08-2011, 03:47 AM
$600 for all that in a solidbody is great! It's cheaper than the RISA Les Paul that I've seen

02-08-2011, 04:54 AM
Looks great! Making me excited to get mine!

02-08-2011, 05:16 AM
Looks great!

I wonder if he makes basses??!!

02-08-2011, 10:58 AM
Looks great!

I wonder if he makes basses??!!

not at the moment, but he seems to be expanding his line