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Nuprin
03-10-2011, 03:51 PM
I had been in the market for a solid body, steel string ukulele. I was turned on to Monkey Wrench Music (http://monkeywrenchmusic.com/) by one of the members here.

On 2/1 I was put in the schedule...I was told it usually takes about a month until it was complete but might take a bit longer as he (Jim) had a number of custom orders in production. Some pictures during the process:

First, the woodset I chose...apparently Jim will be able to make 2 ukes from this set and he will be keeping the 2nd uke for himself:
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010170.jpg

On 3/2 he sent the following pictures:
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010185.jpg
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010186.jpg
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010191.jpg

Nuprin
03-10-2011, 03:53 PM
Got an email last night saying that the finish was done, he would be assembling the ukulele today and would send pics once done. Just got the pictures...looks mighty pretty!

http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010201.jpg
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010195.jpg
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010199.jpg
http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010197.jpg

Specs:
Solid body steel string tenor
Re-entrant tuning
Solid alder hardbody
1/4" solid maple veneer on top
Maple hardwood neck with fixed carbon fiber truss rod
Jatoba fretboard
Open back geared tuners
EMG dual blade pickup

He'll be sending me an invoice tomorrow and shipping once I send payment. Can't wait!

Lexxy
03-10-2011, 03:57 PM
Oooooh it's so pretty!

Now for the wait :)

kalmario
03-10-2011, 04:02 PM
thats mean as bro! what strings are being used (gauges etc)

cheers (and jealous as)

Cliff

TCK
03-10-2011, 04:24 PM
Man that is a thing of beauty- AMAZING uke. Must have (sigh)

Kalihonu
03-10-2011, 05:11 PM
Aloha Nuprin, wow that is very nice. Congratulations!

mm stan
03-10-2011, 06:39 PM
Aloha Nuprin,
Wow weee....good choice in luthier and such nice wood graining....absoultely stunning..Thanks for sharing, Congratulations, I betcha just can't wait for it!!! :music: MM Stan

Plainsong
03-11-2011, 12:19 AM
That looks pretty tight! Let us know when you get it!

Uke Whisperer
03-11-2011, 01:24 AM
That is beautiful!

Nuprin
03-11-2011, 01:51 AM
thats mean as bro! what strings are being used (gauges etc)

cheers (and jealous as)

Cliff

Not sure what brand or guages yet...I'll have to ask.

DAPuke
03-11-2011, 06:11 AM
Yeah, I can't wait to hear it:D
Don

Skitzic
03-11-2011, 06:57 AM
Looks awesome! Great wood!

Nuprin
03-12-2011, 12:16 PM
A few more pictures Jim sent me today. Can't wait to get my hands on it! For anyone in the market for a solid body steel string, Jim has been great to work with and his prices are very reasonable for a custom uke.

http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010203.jpg

http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010205.jpg

http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010208.jpg

http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/Monkey%20Wrench/P1010209.jpg

ADD
03-12-2011, 10:01 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations, enjoy and hope to hear you play it.

joeybug
03-13-2011, 12:00 AM
:drool: That is one nice Ukulele!

Can't wait to hear how good it sounds!

Huna
03-13-2011, 01:15 AM
can you play this on it?


INTRO
B |F#|E x2

Verse1
B F# E
What have we done with innocence
B F# E
It disappeared with time, it never made much sense
B F# E
Adolescent resident
B F# E
Wasting another night on planning my revenge

BRIDGE
E D E D E D E D
One in ten,
E D E D E D E D
One in ten,
E D E D E D E D
One in ten

CHORUS
B F# E C Ab F# E F#
Don't want to be your monkey wrench
B F# E C Ab F# E F#
One more indecent accident
B F# E C Ab F# E F#
I'd rather leave than suffer this
B F# E C Ab F# E F#
I'll never be your monkey wrench

iDavid
03-13-2011, 01:53 AM
I've had my Monkey Wrench electric for a while now and can easily say it is one of the best built instruments I have ever played. Jim also makes some really sweet acoustics and his prices are so reasonable.

spruce
03-13-2011, 07:10 AM
Love those island-made ukes... :)

Phantasm
03-13-2011, 07:41 AM
That is one beautiful uke! The wood is simply stunning. You must make a video as soon as it arrives :D

Teek
03-13-2011, 11:53 AM
It is really nice. Do you know if the tuners and the G and A strings are installed a bit off center or is it just the camera angle, and it looks like the nut is compensated?? Definitely need a sound sample, and he should have several on his site for people to hear what his instruments sound like. I'd be very interested in one of these beauties down the line a bit, if I can get my bills knocked down.

Nuprin
03-25-2011, 02:56 AM
It arrived yesterday and it is amazing! There are a couple of small issues...the C string, when played open, buzzed a little causing it to sound a little sitar-like. I switched out the non-wound C with a wound C (.017 gauge) and it fixed the issue. The nut has a very, very, very thin hairline crack in it. I'm hoping it won't be an issue...if it is I'll have my luthier carve a new nut for me.

It sounds fantastic and plays really, really nicely. The fretboard is not bound but the fret ends were dressed wonderfully. I pulled out my guitar effect pedals and my electric amp (haven't gotten a lot of use over the past 2 years) and played for a few hours yesterday. I highly recommend Monkey Wrench is anyone is thinking of getting a nice sold body steel string. I'll try and do a video sometime in the next few days.

Now I just need to find a case that will fit it...the gig bag it came with is not worthy.

Mandarb
03-25-2011, 03:17 AM
Glad you like it. Sorry to hear about the minor issues. Look foward to a video. Enjoy.

sam13
02-06-2015, 07:42 AM
Hodge mentioned the Monkey Wrench Uke in another post and I have been reviewing their site. 16" radius neck too! LOL.

I quite like these ... could be interested in a Long Neck Tenor ...

coolkayaker1
02-06-2015, 07:47 AM
http://youtu.be/4BvlB_LrfkI