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Chap
11-04-2011, 03:13 AM
Yep, even though the market seems unwilling to clear out my closet of other ukes, a new Mya-Moe is in progress!

I doubt you're as excited as I am, but just in case, here's the tracker (no pics just yet):

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=541&submit=Track

Some of that nifty chocolate stripe myrtle in a longneck soprano, with a few extra custom bits.

I can't wait!

-Chap

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-04-2011, 03:19 AM
Checked out the specs---sounds like you'll be receiving a beautiful ukulele soon. And knowing Mya-Moe, it will sound beautiful as well. Congrats!

Trinimon
11-04-2011, 03:21 AM
That should get yer fire going! Congrats on the new uke!

mm stan
11-04-2011, 03:49 AM
Aloha Chap,
Congratulations on your Mya Moe build...just wondering why you chose myrtle???

coriandre
11-04-2011, 05:04 AM
Curious on the all myrtle myself.

Nice xmas present to yourself there. Congrats !

Chap
11-04-2011, 05:53 AM
Why myrtle? Well, it's in the middle of the warm-to-bright meter, it's native NW wood, and I am a NW boy stuck in Chicago, and last but not least, it's a beautiful piece of wood! :)
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byjimini
11-04-2011, 08:21 AM
Very cool. :)

Chap
11-04-2011, 08:29 AM
In addition to the listed specs, I am having them shorten the fretboard a bit. This is because I never play past the 14th, and I think it looks better.

YMMV.

mds725
11-04-2011, 09:50 AM
Congratulations! That's a beautiful set of myrtle. I like the chocolate grain along the lower bout. The specs for your uke suggest it will be a beauty. I'm curious about why you chose the high gloss finish.

Actually, I'm almost as excited as you are! Not to hijack your thread, but merely to explain why, I'm in the process of picking out a myrtle wood set for a Mya-Moe baritone classic, which is scheduled to start building in March. I've already picked out the wood set for my Mya-Moe myrtle tenor traditional, which is scheduled to be built starting in February.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29562&d=1320188132

I've gotten the same question about choosing myrtle. When I spoke with Char at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival, I explained that because I already had a Kamaka HF-3, I'd only want to spend the money for a custom ukulele if it had a different sound to it. She had a myrtle tenor there (the infamous #500 (http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/FiveHundredthInstrument.php)) and what I liked about it was that it had a noticeably brighter tone than my Kamaka tenor. I also like the fact that myrtle is a west coast wood (I'm in California), is sustainable (unlike koa, apparently), and that it's Gordon's favorite wood, and one of the reasons to buy a custom, in my view, is because you like the sound aesthetics of the builder(s).

marymac
11-04-2011, 06:29 PM
Hey Chap - looks like a beauty! Since this is turning into a MM love-thread here, here's the wood for MY myrtle concert that will start in March :D They're going to shave 1/4" off the middle of each side to clear the little dark knots leaving milk chocolate stripeys.

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didgeridoo2
11-04-2011, 07:05 PM
I'm really impressed with the tone of my MM myrtle. I had a KoAloha and while I was pleased with the beauty and mellow tone, I hear terrific balance and clarity in the myrtle. I have a koa and redwood tenor resonator in the works, #549, and I'm hoping the mellow nature of those two woods will mesh well with the forward sound of the resonator to gimme that woody reso tone I'm looking for.

Enjoy watching the build! It's so much fun following the progress.

marymac
11-04-2011, 07:19 PM
This is one of the other choices I have for my wood and the more I look at it the more I like this one... Is it always this hard to choose?

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ADD
11-04-2011, 09:00 PM
This is one of the other choices I have for my wood and the more I look at it the more I like this one... Is it always this hard to choose?

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Wow, Mary, that's going to be a hard choice. I love my MM myrtle super soprano tradition (#418) that I've had for over 6 months. The wood is lighter and much more subtle but has such depth to it. But I also absolutely love my chocolate heart mango tenor classic (#268) that I've had for 16 months now.

Anxious to hear which one you choose.

Hippie Dribble
11-04-2011, 10:30 PM
they build lovely instruments don't they. yours looks as though it will be pretty special Chap.

Chap
11-14-2011, 04:32 PM
Now I having second thoughts. I selected the gloss finish for the durability, since I'm fairly sure this uke is going to have me pounding on it constantly. :P

But now their comments on it affecting the tone is making me waffle. Convince me either way?

Hippie Dribble
11-14-2011, 04:57 PM
Now I having second thoughts. I selected the gloss finish for the durability, since I'm fairly sure this uke is going to have me pounding on it constantly. :P

But now their comments on it affecting the tone is making me waffle. Convince me either way?

na, don't worry about it mate. they don't like doing the gloss finishes because they are fiddly, time consuming and because of all the chemicals involved. Gordon did mention the gloss finish may be removed as an option next year.

There is also the maintenance of the equipment for them to consider...they don't do many gloss finishes and in Gordon's words, "the equipment likes to be used"

From my own experience, I have a MM with a gloss finish - number 455 - a sycamore concert scale uke. It sounds unbelievable. Gordon says it's the best sounding concert they've built thus far. I would order a gloss finish without hesitation based on this one.

That said, there are issues re the gloss finish...that the volume may be slightly muted, that the neck won't be as 'fast' to play... all things to weigh up in your final decision. For looks and durability, I think it is a good option but it's all personal preference in the end, eh?

Hippie Dribble
11-14-2011, 05:05 PM
just thinking...Chuck Moore does lots of gloss finishes on his uke masterpieces doesn't he???? haven't heard too many complain about the sound of his creations he he...

Chap
11-14-2011, 05:06 PM
Okay, okay. You convinced me not to change it out. :)

olgoat52
11-14-2011, 06:31 PM
So is this your second or your third? I remember the resonator from last year. Congrats.


Why myrtle? Well, it's in the middle of the warm-to-bright meter, it's native NW wood, and I am a NW boy stuck in Chicago, and last but not least, it's a beautiful piece of wood! :)
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guitharsis
11-14-2011, 11:40 PM
Beautiful Myrtle wood pics all! They must have quite a stash.

Chap
11-15-2011, 02:10 AM
Second one. The resonator is great, but I've been pining for a longneck soprano.

Chap
11-22-2011, 01:28 AM
Because I must...

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First view of the top, with neck attached! Wooooo!

mds725
11-22-2011, 08:52 AM
That's a really cool-looking wood set for the soundboard. Wait until it gets oiled!

ADD
11-22-2011, 05:22 PM
Because I must...

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First view of the top, with neck attached! Wooooo!

And glad you did!! It's gor...geous!!!

Chap
11-22-2011, 10:16 PM
Can you spot the extra-custom bit?

Chap
11-22-2011, 10:37 PM
Okay, so that is an extra-custom bit, but it isn't the one I was trying to point out. :P

Check the fretboard.

iDavid
11-22-2011, 11:28 PM
short fretboard, it will let the top vibrate more freely.

Chap
12-02-2011, 07:23 AM
All done!

Check it out!

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=541&submit=Track

byjimini
12-02-2011, 07:28 AM
Wow, that wood looks gorgeous.

Craig Chee
12-02-2011, 07:47 AM
holy wow... that is beautiful... congrats on the uke being built! as someone who has played MMs (hmm M&Ms as the new slang?) since their first generation, i highly recommend the non gloss hand oil finish. since i played with a gloss finish most of my life, i was a little skeptical at first... but feeling the difference in my hands the first time... changed everything.

not only does it look cleaner (less reflection too!), but it FEELS a lot cleaner and smoother. as with most things with M&Ms, it's the certain feel of certain things that i'm drawn to, and this is one of the main reasons i mainly play my myrtle instead of mango now. i can't wait to see the thing finished!!!

kamaka_4_life
12-02-2011, 07:51 AM
Dude, that is awesome. I love how they have the build schedule, which is a plus, congrats man :o

mds725
12-02-2011, 07:56 AM
Congratulations! That turned out to be beautiful! Quick question, as someone who's waiting for my own Mya-Moe (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?55733-Opinions-wanted-please-(wood-sets-for-a-Mya-Moe-baritone-ukulele))to be started. How did you decide which wood set to use on the front and which to use on the back?

Chap
12-02-2011, 09:38 AM
Well, I just let Char pick for me. I figure she's got a better eye for it than I do. :)

As for the finish, I went with the gloss because it seemed like it would be more resistant to my ham handedness. Oil for the next one. I

uker62
12-03-2011, 02:28 PM
Congratulations, as a fellow Mya Moe addict, I congratulate you. I too thought this would be my ultimate uke, and now I await #647, an all sycamore reso tenor. After I had the koa classic built (#524), I thought that the more sustainable sycamore was the way to go, but also the sound is great. Your just going to love that sucker, bet you can't stop checking the mail!!