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fumanshu
03-24-2012, 12:55 PM
Hi guys! I just want to drop by to have a few ideas from members here.

After playing with mostly with tenors for a while, I might want to go back and play with a concert.

I've owned so many custom tenors that now, I'm looking for ideas for a new concert custom.

So, maybe if you have any ideas to give, I'm all open to hear them!

I might be the look of the headstock, wood combos, scale lenght, depth of the body, etc....

thanks

uke4life
03-24-2012, 01:02 PM
An offset soundhole koa concert Moore Bettah, a koa concert Kasha by Eric DeVine, a myrtle by Mya Moe and a mahogany Compass Rose by Rick Tuner...

That would be my dream line-up of concerts...

fumanshu
03-24-2012, 01:08 PM
Interesting, I never own anything done by Eric Devine...anyone has experience with his ukes?

pwcgecko
03-24-2012, 01:12 PM
I second the Moore Beetah.

Hippie Dribble
03-24-2012, 01:14 PM
this one:
http://www.themusicemporium.com/product-detail/product/moore-bettah-concert-mango.html

or this one:
http://artisanguitars.com/collings-ukulele-uc2-custom-western-shaded-top-and-rope-purfling/

fumanshu
03-24-2012, 01:23 PM
this one:
http://www.themusicemporium.com/product-detail/product/moore-bettah-concert-mango.html

or this one:
http://artisanguitars.com/collings-ukulele-uc2-custom-western-shaded-top-and-rope-purfling/

The MB is very nice as well as the Collings is quite nice but I don't like much that kind of look for tuners on the Collings.

uke4life
03-24-2012, 01:30 PM
Interesting, I never own anything done by Eric Devine...anyone has experience with his ukes?

Here is his website...I've been eyeing his ukuleles for quite some time now...First, will be my MB, then I'll figure out what I can afford next...LOL

http://www.devineguitars.com/custom-ukuleles-from-luthier-eric-devine.html

KimosTherapy
03-24-2012, 01:33 PM
An Eric DeVine Concert with Kasha Style bracing!!!

35460

35461

uke4life
03-24-2012, 01:37 PM
I knew you'd pop in Kimo...Thanks for the co-sign... :iwant:

P.S. did you walk out with the Koa Pepe?? :cool:

haole
03-24-2012, 02:11 PM
I've always been intrigued by ukes made out of non-traditional woods, especially from Hawai'i. As much as I love koa, I'd go for something a little more out of the ordinary if I was ordering a Moore Bettah or DeVine and money was no object.

Also a huge fan of Mya-Moe, especially their mango and myrtle ukes.

I saw a custom KoAloha Pineapple Sunday with a concert neck instead of a tenor neck a while back, and I'd be all over that if I had the cash too. I love the Pineapple Sunday but the longer neck throws off the balance a little.

Jon Moody
03-24-2012, 02:19 PM
I love my Boat Paddle M-Style 5 string. I was attracted to the look of it initially, and Jerry was very easy to deal with, taking my thoughts and ideas into consideration and putting his expertise in play to help me make a good decision. I just changed the strings on it (I've been playing it A LOT) and put on some Kala Reds, and I think that's the winner with this ukes wood combination.

mm stan
03-24-2012, 02:35 PM
peter lieberman, koa works, lymana, moore bettah of course, vento, devine, ...fo now

allanr
03-24-2012, 02:39 PM
My dream concert(s) would be a National Resophonic and a Koaloha.

...as you can see from my signature, I am a happy guy!

fumanshu
03-24-2012, 02:50 PM
I've always been intrigued by ukes made out of non-traditional woods, especially from Hawai'i. As much as I love koa, I'd go for something a little more out of the ordinary if I was ordering a Moore Bettah or DeVine and money was no object.

Also a huge fan of Mya-Moe, especially their mango and myrtle ukes.

I saw a custom KoAloha Pineapple Sunday with a concert neck instead of a tenor neck a while back, and I'd be all over that if I had the cash too. I love the Pineapple Sunday but the longer neck throws off the balance a little.

I like PS too even if I don't own one...but I have a sceptre concert that I like a lot but I would like a concert with a fuller sound...something that can come close to a tenor but in concert size.....

I know that concert size will never sound like a tenor because of its size...

dnewton2
03-24-2012, 02:57 PM
I love my Moore Bettah concert. It is his nsb model with ebony as the secondary wood (fretboard, binding, bridge, head plate). None of his amazing inlay, a little basic stuff, and it sounds amazing. When I ordered it I pretty much just told him I wanted a great sounding uke and he delivered. He did ask a few questions about looks (secondary wood and koa color) but besides that I let the man do what he does.

uke4life
03-24-2012, 03:15 PM
I love my Moore Bettah concert. It is his nsb model with ebony as the secondary wood (fretboard, binding, bridge, head plate). None of his amazing inlay, a little basic stuff, and it sounds amazing. When I ordered it I pretty much just told him I wanted a great sounding uke and he delivered. He did ask a few questions about looks (secondary wood and koa color) but besides that I let the man do what he does.

dnewton2...Can we see pics please?

stevepetergal
03-24-2012, 03:39 PM
Might be a Devine. I wonder how they sound without Kimo Hussey. I listen and realize how great a player Uncle Kimo is. He could probably make a Koaloha sound like an orchestra.
I'm planning a new uke that I hope will be my ultimate "me" instrument. Right now I'm thinking it will be a concert, but whatever size I decide on, it will be a Mya-Moe.

dnewton2
03-24-2012, 03:52 PM
dnewton2...Can we see pics please?

Since you asked.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5107&d=1237941493

There are a few more in my profile here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=235). Dont want to detract from OP thread. But this is my concert of choice.

uke4life
03-24-2012, 04:02 PM
Since you asked.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5107&d=1237941493

There are a few more in my profile here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=235). Dont want to detract from OP thread. But this is my concert of choice.

Thank you...Phenomenal as all of Chuck's ukuleles... :drool:

KimosTherapy
03-24-2012, 04:05 PM
I knew you'd pop in Kimo...Thanks for the co-sign... :iwant:

P.S. did you walk out with the Koa Pepe??


Aloha Bruddah Phil!

You know me so well! :biglaugh: My dream uke would definitely be a DeVine - would prefer a Muse Tenor :drool: ... but I'd take a DeVine Concert in a heartbeat!!!

No ... haven't pulled the trigger on the Pepe Romero Jr Koa Tenor. It's waiting for you to snatch it up!!! :rofl: Nice uke for sure!


Malama Pono,

Kimo

uke4life
03-24-2012, 04:11 PM
No ... haven't pulled the trigger on the Pepe Romero Jr Koa Tenor. It's waiting for you to snatch it up!!! :rofl: Nice uke for sure!


LOL... Touche!!! But my MB Concert is the next baby coming home... However, a Pepe Romero Jr. ukulele would be a true joy also...

nix
03-24-2012, 04:21 PM
We're talking dreams so I don't have to be realistic do I? My dream concert ukulele would be a concert size Flea with either maple or myrtle back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, small abalone leaves as fret markers and a matching rosette. I wonder if I could ask a luthier to make an all wood Flea or if the shape is copyrighted. As soon as I get rich I'll look into.

Dreaming...

Nix

Nickie
03-24-2012, 04:25 PM
Well, my dream ukulele is going to be built soon. It's a koa wood by Willie Wixom. It will have a slotted headstock and probably cedar neck for lightness, Grover tuners, and ebony fingerboard with some bling for the soundhole and some pretty binding, not exactly sure yet.
My other dream uke is a spruce or cedar top with a cherry wood body... the sound is phenomenal. Maybe by LoPrinzi...

fumanshu
03-24-2012, 04:44 PM
Since you asked.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5107&d=1237941493

There are a few more in my profile here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=235). Dont want to detract from OP thread. But this is my concert of choice.

Woahh, it's a very nice uke....classical MB look uke!

Patrick Madsen
03-24-2012, 07:40 PM
A Erick Devine tenor with old growth Koa with redwood top, Brian Griffin Tenor with his extremely old koa and old growth cedar or redwood top. Radiused fretboards on both

bazmaz
03-24-2012, 09:59 PM
Think I'd keep it simple. Probably a koaloha but a custom. No real extra bling, but maybe darker fretboard and some inlays

foxfair
03-24-2012, 10:24 PM
stick on concert? ok, how about Kamaka ohta-san model / concert deluxe bell-shape... hardly found any sound in youtube, wanna listen a sample too.

Gwynedd
03-24-2012, 10:49 PM
There are a few more in my profile here. Dont want to detract from OP thread. But this is my concert of choice.

That's the one I'd go for myself. I like everything about it.

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 01:51 AM
Think I'd keep it simple. Probably a koaloha but a custom. No real extra bling, but maybe darker fretboard and some inlays

I've owned in the past a standard concert Koaloha uke and I think it was the best concert size uke that I've played. The sound was very full and deep for a concert uke but I sold it because I've got a friend that need a uke and really like it....

But I'm wondering how a custom Koaloha is realy different in term of sound compare to their standard line.

If anyone of you have experience with standard Koaloha vs custom Koaloha, it would be great to hear you.

thanks

Doc_J
03-25-2012, 02:45 AM
Mike DaSilva and Kevin Crossett both make some pretty fantastic sounding ukes too. Also consider an Earnest Instruments uke. Although, if you have the $, a DeVine uke would be great. Since Chuck isn't taking new orders right now, it might be a while before you could get a custom MB uke, but they are wonderful.

OldePhart
03-25-2012, 08:07 AM
I already have my dream concert - a KoAloha longneck soprano... LOL

John

AKuker
03-25-2012, 09:10 AM
Jerry Hoffman at Boat Paddle Ukuleles is about to put the finish on my dream concert uke. See update thread for pictures. Jerry has been fantastic to work with. I wanted to keep his contemporary style clean and simple looking.

dnewton2
03-25-2012, 09:27 AM
Another thought that just came to me is an arch top. Bradford makes a concert. I considered one recently but have yet to pull the trigger. If you play a jazz style or even more finger picking style it is something to consider.

Dan Uke
03-25-2012, 10:03 AM
Does LFDM make a concert uke? If you are so happy w/ a tenor from him, why don't you ask him to make a concert?

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 10:29 AM
Does LFDM make a concert uke? If you are so happy w/ a tenor from him, why don't you ask him to make a concert?

Actually, I think Luis (LFMD) will be the person that I will work with for my concert. He's not building any concert but he's 100% down with the project from our last talk.

One thing he assured me is that he will be able to make a slotted headstock on the concert that won't unbalance the uke which is one of the problem with slotted headstock on concert most of the time.

I'm surprised that no one did mention William King!!! I think he's one of the top in the industry in my own book....

GX9901
03-25-2012, 10:39 AM
I enjoy trying out different woods as much as the next guy, but for an ultimate custom concert, I would have to go with an all koa uke. I just find that the sound of an all koa uke is the most essential for me.

A dream concert uke for me would have:
-Slotted headstock w/Gilbert tuners. (I think it's a myth that slotted headstocks unbalance a concert or smaller uke. I've got no such issues with a mezzo-soprano and concert with slot heads)
-All koa body.
-Abalone rosette & purfling.
-Ebony head plate, fretboard, and body bindings.
-Bound headstock. (wish I thought of this on one of my customs)
-Bound and radiused fretboard.
-Fretboard inlay.
-Neck joined at 14th fret, long scale (16").
-Some more inlays at headstock and tail-graft.

Basically, it would be like my Glyph mezzo-soprano with a little more trimming. I did wonder if I should have ordered the Glyph as a concert, but the one I ended up with is basically a regular concert (~14.75" scale), and I have been extremely happy with it.

Now go order the uke I've detailed above and post some pictures when it's done so I can drool uncontrollably. LOL!

BTW, I'm not sure why William King wasn't mentioned throughout this thread, but maybe because he's not really building much these days. I guess the uke I detailed above probably wouldn't be built by him because I don't think intricate inlays is his forte.

uke4life
03-25-2012, 10:46 AM
Basically, it would be like my Glyph mezzo-soprano with a little more trimming. I did wonder if I should have ordered the Glyph as a concert, but the one I ended up with is basically a regular concert (~14.75" scale), and I have been extremely happy with it.


Are you the lucky owner of the Glyph Mezzo-Soprano?? I love that ukulele and fully agree about the Gilbert tuners. My next custom order will have them on it. But not all builders will put them on. Do you have pics of the Glyph?

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 10:48 AM
I enjoy trying out different woods as much as the next guy, but for an ultimate custom concert, I would have to go with an all koa uke. I just find that the sound of an all koa uke is the most essential for me.

A dream concert uke for me would have:
-Slotted headstock w/Gilbert tuners. (I think it's a myth that slotted headstocks unbalance a concert or smaller uke. I've got no such issues with a mezzo-soprano and concert with slot heads)
-All koa body.
-Abalone rosette & purfling.
-Ebony head plate, fretboard, and body bindings.
-Bound headstock. (wish I thought of this on one of my customs)
-Bound and radiused fretboard.
-Fretboard inlay.
-Neck joined at 14th fret, long scale (16").
-Some more inlays at headstock and tail-graft.

Basically, it would be like my Glyph mezzo-soprano with a little more trimming. I did wonder if I should have ordered the Glyph as a concert, but the one I ended up with is basically a regular concert (~14.75" scale), and I have been extremely happy with it.

Now go order the uke I've detailed above and post some pictures when it's done so I can drool uncontrollably. LOL!

BTW, I'm not sure why William King wasn't mentioned throughout this thread, but maybe because he's not really building much these days. I guess the uke I detailed above probably wouldn't be built by him because I don't think intricate inlays is his forte.

Hey George!!! What's up man!! It's nice to see on this thread since I know you're one of those guys that just collect as many customs as I do.....I mean more than I do!!!! hahahah!!!

I saw you coming with your dream and I knew that it will be something like your mezzo sop from Glyph which I consider to be such a nice uke....but seriuosly, I don't thinkk I'll be able to wait for 3 years like you!!!! I just don't have that patience!!!! But man, sure it will be a nice concert with the same specs as you mentioned!!!

As for William King, yeah I know he's not building as much, but he's still updating his website with his new works so I guess, he's still active....maybe I should contact him before he retire for good and I won't own any King uke in my collection!!!!

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 10:50 AM
Are you the lucky owner of the Glyph Mezzo-Soprano?? I love that ukulele and fully agree about the Gilbert tuners. My next custom order will have them on it. But not all builders will put them on. Do you have pics of the Glyph?


It's on his blog....and believe me, it's one of the most gorgous uke ever built in my own book....everything is amazing....and that slotted headstock is sooooo sexy on such a small uke....it's truly a masterpiece and sooo collectible because you won't see anything like this soon!

GX9901
03-25-2012, 11:03 AM
Are you the lucky owner of the Glyph Mezzo-Soprano?? I love that ukulele and fully agree about the Gilbert tuners. My next custom order will have them on it. But not all builders will put them on. Do you have pics of the Glyph?

Here it is (I think I've posted this uke on UU quite a few times now, so apologies to those who have already seen too many pics of it :p):
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-E1pinwKlL9A/TJGwfM07DmI/AAAAAAAABOw/6XKyawBBxUU/s720/DSC_2891.JPG

I guess here's a new one, I just took it on vacation to Hawaii last week:
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy29/gx9901doublex/273_0035.jpg

uke4life
03-25-2012, 11:04 AM
It's on his blog....and believe me, it's one of the most gorgous uke ever built in my own book....everything is amazing....and that slotted headstock is sooooo sexy on such a small uke....it's truly a masterpiece and sooo collectible because you won't see anything like this soon!

Dean outdid himself with that ukulele for sure!!!

uke4life
03-25-2012, 11:06 AM
Here it is (I think I've posted this uke on UU quite a few times now, so apologies to those who have already seen too many pics of it :p):
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-E1pinwKlL9A/TJGwfM07DmI/AAAAAAAABOw/6XKyawBBxUU/s720/DSC_2891.JPG

I guess here's a new one, I just took it on vacation to Hawaii last week:
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy29/gx9901doublex/273_0035.jpg

Thank you...You can never get enough uke-porn :o Simply beautiful!!!

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 11:13 AM
I guess here's a new one, I just took it on vacation to Hawaii last week:

Man you dare to bring this beauty on vacation with you....I would be so affraid that something happen to it!!!

smellofstrings
03-25-2012, 12:22 PM
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37803/37803.php?z=y

Collings UC-2 Concert Spalted Pecan

Hippie Dribble
03-25-2012, 12:51 PM
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37803/37803.php?z=y

Collings UC-2 Concert Spalted Pecan
yeah, isn't it lovely William. Got a great sound...someone is very happy no doubt!

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 01:22 PM
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37803/37803.php?z=y

Collings UC-2 Concert Spalted Pecan

It's a very nice uke but for whatever reason, I always found Collings uke to be quite pricey. They do nice guitars but I still have doubt about how great their ukes are.

Hippie Dribble
03-25-2012, 01:23 PM
It's a very nice uke but for whatever reason, I always found Collings uke to be quite pricey. They do nice guitars but I still have doubt about how great their ukes are.

he he...easy way to fix that fumanshu...BUY ONE!!!!! :drool:

TheCraftedCow
03-25-2012, 01:25 PM
I have a very lovely quilted maple concert top bottom and sides. The fretboard is ebony with abalone dots top and side. It was given a dark walnut stain so the grain differences are very pronounced. It has a simple white binding top and bottom. When I asked Jake to embellish the plain headstock, he put a simple J over an S right down between the tuners. I am installing 743AF PEGHEDS on it.

uke4life
03-25-2012, 01:46 PM
It's a very nice uke but for whatever reason, I always found Collings uke to be quite pricey. They do nice guitars but I still have doubt about how great their ukes are.

Their guitars are phenomenal and worth the $2k - $3k price range. Their mandolins are even better and very much worth their price tags too, especially considering a Dudenbostel or Gilchrist would run 2x's their price at least. However, I'm still not sure about their ukes, I'd invest the $$ in some of the previously named builders.

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 02:05 PM
Their guitars are phenomenal and worth the $2k - $3k price range. Their mandolins are even better and very much worth their price tags too, especially considering a Dudenbostel or Gilchrist would run 2x's their price at least. However, I'm still not sure about their ukes, I'd invest the $$ in some of the previously named builders.

I have that feeling too. I think it's quite the same for Santa Cruz. They do very good guitars and they totally worth the price they are asking but again I have some doubt about their ukes....

Guitar builders that I know that really know how to build ukes are William King and Luis Feu de Mesquita....

uke4life
03-25-2012, 02:26 PM
Guitar builders that I know that really know how to build ukes are William King and Luis Feu de Mesquita....

I would also add Pepe Romero Jr. to that list of excellent guitar and ukulele buiders...

fumanshu
03-25-2012, 03:12 PM
I would also add Pepe Romero Jr. to that list of excellent guitar and ukulele buiders...

Oh yeah, I forgot him...I heard he's building some very good sounding ukes...but he's building only tenors.....and I already have a Luis Feu de Mesquitta tenor that is sublime and is not ready to change for a new one any soon except if there's something that really blows it away easily which I doubt.

If only Pepe is building some concert...

Plainsong
03-26-2012, 03:36 AM
My dream concert uke would be a lighter shaded wood, like a really blond myrtle or some such, with a cutaway and a maple fretboard and a Fender-ish headstock. And it should sound as great as it looks. :)

fumanshu
03-26-2012, 05:16 AM
My dream concert uke would be a lighter shaded wood, like a really blond myrtle or some such, with a cutaway and a maple fretboard and a Fender-ish headstock. And it should sound as great as it looks. :)


And who would be your builder?

coolkayaker1
04-08-2012, 11:05 AM
GXX9901, I think I recognize that lagoon. None other than one of the three lagoons at Ko Olina on Oahu, no? I;ve stayed at the Ihilani, and another time at the Ko Olina condo time shares both right there in the past. (okay, now you can tell me that I'm way off...lol)

Okay, and that's a super sweet soprano, too. There, had to be said.

mandrew
04-08-2012, 01:52 PM
My dream concert uke would be a solid mahogany made by Kanile'a. Yes, they will build in mahogany if you inquire!

Plainsong
04-08-2012, 02:07 PM
And who would be your builder?

I have a short list of a few. ;)

uke552
04-08-2012, 06:59 PM
I would take a well-loved / played vintage Martin.

SCDavidKim
04-09-2012, 02:14 AM
hmm custom built

Curly Redwood top with Cuban Mahogany back and sides. Ebony or Koa Binding. Slotted headstock. Abalone rosette, purfling. Ebony headstock. Aquila STrings

Lalz
04-09-2012, 03:27 AM
I already have my dream concert and I'm very satisfied with it, so no need for another one. But I wouldn't say no to a custom-made Mya-Moe or Moore Bettah in some exotic dark tonewood if someone really insisted on giving it to me as a present hehe.

barefootgypsy
04-09-2012, 05:13 AM
this one:
http://www.themusicemporium.com/product-detail/product/moore-bettah-concert-mango.html

or this one:
http://artisanguitars.com/collings-ukulele-uc2-custom-western-shaded-top-and-rope-purfling/Why do I torture myself looking at these - what beautiful ukuleles!

uke4life
04-09-2012, 08:59 AM
Damn that 'tangerine sunburst' is beautiful!!

longboardsurfing
04-12-2012, 01:30 PM
Luckily, I already have mine. My late 1920's Martin mahogany concert with violin peg tuners and my low-G Kamaka Ohta-San concert deluxe bell-shape, couldn't be happier.

ukecantdothat
04-13-2012, 01:45 PM
A double-necked Moore Bettah. One neck reentrant, one low G.

Dan Uke
04-13-2012, 02:21 PM
A double-necked Moore Bettah. One neck reentrant, one low G.

Can you post a pic!!!!

dnewton2
04-13-2012, 02:25 PM
Can you post a pic!!!!

He did make a double neck at least once, I think it was a tenor though. Not sure where a pic is but there is one around.

There are pics in his gallery. http://www.moorebettahukes.com/GALLERY.html

soupking
04-14-2012, 06:49 AM
Not sure if this is cheating since this Maui Music is a superconcert, but it sure does sound unreal. Granted, it's safe to say MGM's playing has a lot to do with that. Haha. Probably one of my favorite MGM sound samples...


http://youtu.be/y1kUuVnoneU

strumsilly
04-14-2012, 06:58 AM
I have a Kiwaya KTC-1, and the KTC-2 would be dreamier.

ukecantdothat
04-14-2012, 11:12 AM
Can you post a pic!!!!

You said "dream" and that's been a dream uke for a looooooong time for me! Scroll down this page for the dbl tenor 8/4 string...

http://www.moorebettahukes.com/GALLERY.html