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coriandre
10-01-2011, 07:36 PM
Hello,

Mike Pereira of MP ukuleles will start the build of my new tenor ukulele this week. I will post the progress on this post as I receive it.
I personnaly enjoy it very much when other people post these logs and I hope you do as well. Just wanting to share the "birth" on my new ukulele. It is a style 4 tenor Redwood-Madagascar rosewood. Here is the picture of the woods that will be used.28549

mds725
10-01-2011, 08:06 PM
That's really nice looking wood. I'm going to enjoy watching it become an ukulele.

pcspud
10-01-2011, 09:50 PM
Mike's great to work with and regularly updates you with pictures of the build . Enjoy!!! Looking forward to watching your posts as well

moe
10-02-2011, 05:29 AM
The wood has a lot of character. I look forward to seeing your uke being created. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, have you received the MP you won on ebay? It would be great to see some pics and hear a sound sample.

coriandre
10-02-2011, 04:07 PM
The MP I won on ebay was sent directly to Mike for a lefty setup. The seller was in California so, it was best to send it straight to the builder for this. I will post when I do receive it.....cant wait !

coriandre
10-03-2011, 05:21 PM
Mike actually started on my uke yesterday and sent me pics today.......he works fast !28584285852858628587

coriandre
10-03-2011, 05:23 PM
More pics !

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Ronnie Aloha
10-03-2011, 06:03 PM
I'm loving this thread.

foxfair
10-03-2011, 06:05 PM
+1 on above. And .... I can't wait to see the finish part on the back, will definitely need more pic for that work.

coriandre
10-04-2011, 06:25 PM
Mike is continuing his good work ! Top and back bracing, rosette and headstock inlay. I'm loving this rosette, very classy in my opinion
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Ronnie Aloha
10-04-2011, 06:38 PM
Dang, he'll be shipping it to you tomorrow at this rate!

coriandre
10-06-2011, 06:10 PM
More pictures. The bindings are curly maple. I'm really loving that rosette.
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Uke Republic
10-06-2011, 06:14 PM
Lovely stuff! Beautiful woods

Canoe Lady
10-06-2011, 07:00 PM
That is looking great. I love the rosette too....simple yet not.
I too love these custom build threads. Hoping to start one of my own some day.

fumanshu
10-07-2011, 01:55 AM
Hi Coriandre!!! Nice to see that you're going to be a MP player!!!! Ok, I see that you're coming at hte same place as me, so it would be greatt if I can meet you one day and play some uke with you so I can try your MP ukes!!!!

As you probably know, I own at least 5 MPs in my collection!!!! hahahah!!!

It would be a pleasure for me to meet you since there are not a big uke community here as you probably know.

Congrats for your new uke!

coriandre
10-07-2011, 02:41 AM
Hello Fumanshu,

I will actually have 2 MP ukuleles. Here is the other one
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/190578875327?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
This means that there will be 7 MP ukuleles in Laval. According to Mike, Laval is second to Ashland Oregan who has 8.....I think you need to buy one more to balance things :p
It would be great to meet and play one day ! You'll need to learn to play upside down if you want to try my ukes though since I am a lefty.... I am used to doing this in this right handed world and would love to try your squareneck lap tenor !

coriandre
10-07-2011, 06:48 PM
More pictures....it is advancing nicely :)
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coriandre
10-07-2011, 06:50 PM
The fretboard markers are made of curly maple.
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dkcrown
10-08-2011, 01:54 AM
I have to say that I love the looks of Mike's ukuleles. The wood rosettes, head stocks, end grafs, bindings, fretboards, everything. They are always gorgeous. And this one is right up there at the top, along with Nuprin's. You are very lucky coriandre.

I can't believe that I haven't ordered one for myself yet. But I must be patient as I am on another wait list for a custom.

Ronnie Aloha
10-08-2011, 02:29 AM
I have to say that I love the looks of Mike's ukuleles. The wood rosettes, head stocks, end grafs, bindings, fretboards, everything. They are always gorgeous. And this one is right up there at the top, along with Nuprin's. You are very lucky coriandre.

I can't believe that I haven't ordered one for myself yet. But I must be patient as I am on another wait list for a custom.
Don't be a wimp Dana. Pull that trigger! :D

v30
10-08-2011, 02:34 AM
Wow, that is going to be a fine looking uke!

dkcrown
10-08-2011, 04:35 AM
Don't be a wimp Dana. Pull that trigger! :D

You first Ronnie!

Ronnie Aloha
10-08-2011, 06:55 AM
You first Ronnie!

LOL! Be careful what you wish for!

coriandre
10-10-2011, 05:05 PM
Mike has been working on the neck and headstock. Here are some pictures
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Mike is a true artist and I'm so glad of the choices I made from his suggestions.

pulelehua
10-10-2011, 07:36 PM
That seems to be becoming Mike's signature fretboard! You will LOVE the neck. Mike does amazing necks.

coriandre
10-12-2011, 05:27 PM
Mike put it together. When I saw the pictures, I was stunned........as my jaw feel to the floor. Cant beleive how beautiful this ukulele is :drool:
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Nuprin
10-12-2011, 06:59 PM
So pretty...

mm stan
10-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Wow ..awesome uke build...yes I'm another satisfied MP owner.. Mike is a great guy who puts out some awesome ukes and a pleasure to do business with...
thanks for sharing your build with us...

Hippie Dribble
10-12-2011, 07:56 PM
Wow, that's one of the nicest looking ukes I've seen. Congratulations! It's just beautiful!!! Totally blown away.

coriandre
10-15-2011, 06:16 PM
Here it is with bridge installed and a first coat of finish.
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dkcrown
10-16-2011, 05:37 AM
It won't be long now. Must be hard to contain your excitement!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-16-2011, 06:37 AM
So close! Don't think you can get away with not posting a sound sample of your gorgeous ukulele. We'll need to hear this beauty.

Dan Uke
10-16-2011, 08:00 PM
What type of sound are you expecting? Is it going to be bright? I would you these woods if I had a guitar made so really curious on the sound. Let us know when it's built!!

coriandre
10-17-2011, 08:38 AM
Hello nongdam,

I dont expect the sound to be bright. The top is redwood and it is known for a warm sound and, combined with the Madagascar rosewood that has complex overtones, it should be a good mix. The setup will be low G to further emphasize a warm tone. I will post a sound clip when it finally arrives.

freackykit
10-18-2011, 02:25 AM
Just got to say, what a jaw-droppingly gorgeous uke this is turning out to be, you must be overjoyed!

Like the others here, thank you for this thread, and really enjoying the process! I really hope you do a 'show and tell vid' upon arrival, along with more beautiful pictures of course!

Chris

coriandre
10-25-2011, 05:07 PM
The strings are on it and it's ready to be shipped ! Woohoo !
Set up for a lefty with low G configuration.
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coriandre
10-25-2011, 05:11 PM
Am I pleased with the result.........I am amazed by the result !
More pics.
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Trinimon
10-25-2011, 06:17 PM
Damn! That's one sweet look'n uke! Congrats!

v30
10-26-2011, 12:26 AM
Yeah that is reeeeeealy nice. I like the contrast with the light binding. Post some more pics and a sound sample when you get it. Congrats!

coriandre
10-26-2011, 04:17 AM
Yeah that is reeeeeealy nice. I like the contrast with the light binding. Post some more pics and a sound sample when you get it. Congrats!

Yes, I chose the light bindings to create a contrast. The same idea for the wood fret markers. Really love how it looks.

coriandre
11-03-2011, 07:03 PM
New uke day ! It is here, I just received it today :o

I am truly amazed by it. The workmanship and attention to detail is just flawless. It has a beautiful dark, rich and smooth sound with tons of sustain and overtones. The strings are streching, I'll post pics and a soundclip soon !

Nuprin
11-04-2011, 03:04 AM
New uke day ! It is here, I just received it today :o

I am truly amazed by it. The workmanship and attention to detail is just flawless. It has a beautiful dark, rich and smooth sound with tons of sustain and overtones. The strings are streching, I'll post pics and a soundclip soon !

Glad you like it! Mike does great work!

freackykit
11-04-2011, 03:06 AM
Gratz on your new arrival...Cannot wait to hear samples,

Chris

vanflynn
11-04-2011, 03:25 AM
Super. Looking forward to pictures

Dan Uke
11-06-2011, 05:08 AM
Any soundclip yet??