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NatalieS
08-16-2012, 03:06 PM
I thought it might be appropriate for my 1000th post to announce that I have a custom uke on the way!

I've been playing out and about more often, and I'm sadly realizing that my soprano can't keep up with the volume and projection of other instruments in a band or jam session. After a particularly frustrating performance where everyone told me they couldn't hear my uke (despite having a microphone right in front of it and me playing way harder than I wanted to), I decided to look for a second uke that will be more appropriate for what I need.

I searched luthiers and builders for a couple of months. Eventually, I settled on Ana'ole Ukulele. I've emailed back and forth with Gareth Yahiku, who will design and build my new baby. We've come up with a custom design exactly to my specifications.

This is the first time I've placed a custom order, and I have a very particular idea of what I want. I'm getting a concert with koa back and sides, spruce top, black binding, a "triple" abalone rosette, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a Fishman pickup. Best of all, there will be a koi inlayed onto the ebony headstock, in white MOP and Puau abalone.

Gareth sent pictures of koa possibilities, and I really loved this combination so I chose this one.
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/koa.jpg

Now all I have to do is wait and look forward to it! I now know how you guys feel when you have something like this to look forward to. I've been playing uke for about 4 years now I guess, and this is sort of the culmination of what I've been looking for for a long time. I will post as more pictures and info come along.

haole
08-16-2012, 03:14 PM
Congrats on 1000 posts, AND your awesome custom uke! Please keep us posted throughout the whole process! I've heard only good things about Gareth, and he builds some beautiful stuff.

Loz
08-16-2012, 03:18 PM
Congratulations - that wood will translate into a beautiful uke

dkcrown
08-16-2012, 03:19 PM
Congrats on your upcoming custom Natalie and ooooooooh, nice choice on the wood set.

Dan Uke
08-16-2012, 03:29 PM
I think Spruce Top and Koa S&B is my favorite combo!! Great choice of woods. Keep us posted

wickedwahine11
08-16-2012, 03:39 PM
Congratulations, it looks like it will be lovely.

gyosh
08-16-2012, 03:42 PM
Looks awesome. Will any of the sapwood make it into the body?

Newportlocal
08-16-2012, 03:44 PM
Hmmm Can't wait to see the Koi.

rem50
08-16-2012, 03:47 PM
What a treat! Congratulations! Can't wait for a sound bite!

NatalieS
08-16-2012, 03:53 PM
Congrats on 1000 posts, AND your awesome custom uke! Please keep us posted throughout the whole process! I've heard only good things about Gareth, and he builds some beautiful stuff.

I promise to keep you all updated. And I agree about Gareth, I've heard nothing but positive reviews of Ana'ole ukes so far.


Congratulations - that wood will translate into a beautiful uke

I think so too. Thanks!


Congrats on your upcoming custom Natalie and ooooooooh, nice choice on the wood set.

Thanks! :)


I think Spruce Top and Koa S&B is my favorite combo!! Great choice of woods. Keep us posted

I agree, I think the two wood choices really complement each other tonally.


Congratulations, it looks like it will be lovely.

Thanks, wickedwahine11!


Looks awesome. Will any of the sapwood make it into the body?

Ohhh I sure hope so! If so it will *just* make it onto the upper and lower bout edges. I suppose that's part of the surprise: seeing how it ends up.


Hmmm Can't wait to see the Koi.

I did a Google search for koi inlay and really loved this design, created by an artist named Bill Nichols. I sent the picture to Gareth as a starting point for the headstock inlay. He'll be adding just one larger koi, but you get the idea.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/koi.gif

NatalieS
08-16-2012, 03:55 PM
For anyone who hasn't heard an Ana'ole uke before, this is a koa/spruce tenor.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLP8RqcvZMo

mm stan
08-16-2012, 04:13 PM
Aloha Nat,
Congrats on your 1000th post...woo hoo girl.....Hey you been hiding out girl...tee hee hee love the Koi, I want a uke too with 3 Koi swimming up the fretboard...symbol for good luck....
Congrats on the new custom coming your way...keep us informed....wish that video played him strumming too...picking not always tell the voice of the uke and the string to string note comparison... shoots.. Not shua I want a Pakalolo(stupid plant) soundhole...ha ha

Doc_J
08-16-2012, 04:18 PM
I thought it might be appropriate for my 1000th post to announce that I have a custom uke on the way!

I've been playing out and about more often, and I'm sadly realizing that my soprano can't keep up with the volume and projection of other instruments in a band or jam session. After a particularly frustrating performance where everyone told me they couldn't hear my uke (despite having a microphone right in front of it and me playing way harder than I wanted to), I decided to look for a second uke that will be more appropriate for what I need.

I searched luthiers and builders for a couple of months. Eventually, I settled on Ana'ole Ukulele. I've emailed back and forth with Gareth Yahiku, who will design and build my new baby. We've come up with a custom design exactly to my specifications.

This is the first time I've placed a custom order, and I have a very particular idea of what I want. I'm getting a concert with koa back and sides, spruce top, black binding, a "triple" abalone rosette, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a Fishman pickup. Best of all, there will be a koi inlayed onto the ebony headstock, in white MOP and Puau abalone.

Gareth sent pictures of koa possibilities, and I really loved this combination so I chose this one.
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/koa.jpg

Now all I have to do is wait and look forward to it! I now know how you guys feel when you have something like this to look forward to. I've been playing uke for about 4 years now I guess, and this is sort of the culmination of what I've been looking for for a long time. I will post as more pictures and info come along.

Congratulations Natlie!
That's a beautiful wood set.
I've never played an Ana'ole, but they look and sound great.

sukie
08-16-2012, 04:25 PM
Very nice. It'll be fun to read the updates. I used to get updates when my custom was built. It's been almost 2 years since I got it and I still miss update Fridays. This will help. You'll love the updates. A lot.

Hippie Dribble
08-16-2012, 04:36 PM
so pleased for you Nat. You've obviously given it a lot of thought. I think your choices on all aspects sound wonderful. Really looking forward to sharing in the excitement as the progress takes place. Blessings mate. :)

Lexxy
08-16-2012, 04:47 PM
Already know its gonna be an absolutely beautiful!

Nickie
08-16-2012, 05:03 PM
Congrats Natalie! I love the wood, I think I like it better than the wood in my WW concert. I cant wait to see pix of the finished product, wow that's gonna be real ukulele porn!
1000 posts, that's a heck of a lot!

mds725
08-16-2012, 08:00 PM
Congratulations Natalie! That wood set is wonderful (I'm partial to grainy wood anyway) and the Ukulele Site's spruce/koa tenor sounded really great. I hope Gareth sends you lots of build update photos and you pass them along to us!

NatalieS
08-17-2012, 02:39 AM
What a treat! Congratulations! Can't wait for a sound bite!

I put up a video of a tenor koa/spruce so people can get an idea of how they sound. Here's another video, of a longneck concert mango/spruce:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVtZuUowKtM


Aloha Nat,
Congrats on your 1000th post...woo hoo girl.....Hey you been hiding out girl...tee hee hee love the Koi, I want a uke too with 3 Koi swimming up the fretboard...symbol for good luck....
Congrats on the new custom coming your way...keep us informed....wish that video played him strumming too...picking not always tell the voice of the uke and the string to string note comparison... shoots.. Not shua I want a Pakalolo(stupid plant) soundhole...ha ha

Hi Stan! Yeah I'm not on the forums much but thought this would be worth posting. :) The video above has a little bit of strumming towards the end.


Congratulations Natlie!
That's a beautiful wood set.
I've never played an Ana'ole, but they look and sound great.

I've never played one either, but I'm very happy with my choice. :)


Very nice. It'll be fun to read the updates. I used to get updates when my custom was built. It's been almost 2 years since I got it and I still miss update Fridays. This will help. You'll love the updates. A lot.

Are you talking about your beautiful MB flamingo? I love your uke! I'm definitely looking forward to updates.


so pleased for you Nat. You've obviously given it a lot of thought. I think your choices on all aspects sound wonderful. Really looking forward to sharing in the excitement as the progress takes place. Blessings mate. :)

Thanks eugeneukulele! Good to see you. :)


Already know its gonna be an absolutely beautiful!

Thanks, ahh I can't wait!


Congrats Natalie! I love the wood, I think I like it better than the wood in my WW concert. I cant wait to see pix of the finished product, wow that's gonna be real ukulele porn!
1000 posts, that's a heck of a lot!

I know, 1000 posts is daunting to me. But I guess if they were spread out over 4 years that's not too crazy, is it?


Congratulations Natalie! That wood set is wonderful (I'm partial to grainy wood anyway) and the Ukulele Site's spruce/koa tenor sounded really great. I hope Gareth sends you lots of build update photos and you pass them along to us!

I will definitely share any updates he sends along. That's a promise!

Mandarb
08-17-2012, 03:53 AM
Congrats! Sounds like it will be awesome. Enjoy the process.

xjumper
08-17-2012, 05:03 AM
Congratulations Natalie! I can say I remember you way back when....

NatalieS
08-18-2012, 03:37 AM
Congrats! Sounds like it will be awesome. Enjoy the process.

I'm enjoying it immensely, thanks. I haven't gotten any updates since posting this thread, but Gareth said it would take about a month for the uke to come to fruition so I'm sure he has other things he's working on first.


Congratulations Natalie! I can say I remember you way back when....

Oh yes, we knew each other back in the day! :D How is the mango Pono holding up?

seeso
08-18-2012, 03:46 AM
Right on, Natalie! Congratulations, and keep us updated.

xjumper
08-18-2012, 04:15 AM
Still have the mango Pono and it is still one of the nicest sounding ukes I have. I wish I could shrink it down to tenor size, though!

NatalieS
08-18-2012, 12:34 PM
Right on, Natalie! Congratulations, and keep us updated.

Thanks, seeso! I hope everything's going well with you. I've always loved watching your videos. :)


Still have the mango Pono and it is still one of the nicest sounding ukes I have. I wish I could shrink it down to tenor size, though!

I'm glad you still love it! I didn't like parting with it but I agree, baritone is just a little too big.

NatalieS
08-31-2012, 04:33 PM
Gareth sent an email today that he's started the uke! I was expecting much more of a wait, so this first picture has me buzzing. Woohoo I'm so excited!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/uke_sides.jpg

Newportlocal
08-31-2012, 05:10 PM
That is very exciting! Can't wait for more updates!

janeray1940
08-31-2012, 06:14 PM
Wow Natalie - congratulations! Not sure how I managed to miss this when you first posted it. You must be so excited!

roxhum
08-31-2012, 06:49 PM
Hi Natalie, I have missed you on uu. How are the corgi's? My morgan is 15 and showing her age lately.
Congratulations on a fabulous new uke. I am sure you are going to love it.

kvehe
08-31-2012, 10:16 PM
Wow, it will be beautiful! Congratulations - can't wait to see the finished product!

Kathryn

dkcrown
09-01-2012, 03:20 AM
Very exciting Natalie!

ukegirl
09-01-2012, 05:02 AM
That is some really nice looking wood!!

sukie
09-01-2012, 06:32 AM
Gareth sent an email today that he's started the uke! I was expecting much more of a wait, so this first picture has me buzzing. Woohoo I'm so excited!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/uke_sides.jpg
Oooooooh! Very nice. What kind of finish you you getting?

NatalieS
09-01-2012, 12:32 PM
That is very exciting! Can't wait for more updates!

Me neither, thanks!


Wow Natalie - congratulations! Not sure how I managed to miss this when you first posted it. You must be so excited!

Thanks, I am SO excited about this. Speaking of new ukes, how do you like your DaSilva?


Hi Natalie, I have missed you on uu. How are the corgi's? My morgan is 15 and showing her age lately.
Congratulations on a fabulous new uke. I am sure you are going to love it.

My corgis are doing well, thanks, but both have had spinal issues (IVDD) in the past four months. They are both 7. Fifteen years is impressive! Do you have a recent picture of Morgan? My parents' cardigan is 10 and he's almost turned all gray.


Wow, it will be beautiful! Congratulations - can't wait to see the finished product!

Kathryn


Very exciting Natalie!


That is some really nice looking wood!!

Thanks, guys!


Oooooooh! Very nice. What kind of finish you you getting?

It will be a gloss finish. :)

janeray1940
09-01-2012, 02:55 PM
Speaking of new ukes, how do you like your DaSilva?


The DaSilva is amazing, as expected. Possibly more than I expected! Definitely the right choice for the uke I wanted, and if I ever needed another uke I'd order from Mike in a heartbeat. There are a few recent sound samples on my YouTube page (link below) if you're curious.

sukie
09-01-2012, 04:00 PM
Gloss finish?

I'm drooling. I am a total sucker for gloss.

mds725
09-02-2012, 12:17 AM
Wow! Those side pieces look gorgeous. You're going to need a gloss finish because everyone is going to be drooling over that uke.

NatalieS
09-02-2012, 03:13 AM
Wow! Those side pieces look gorgeous. You're going to need a gloss finish because everyone is going to be drooling over that uke.

LOL! That made me laugh. Yeah, for me gloss is the only way to go. Satin finishes are waaaaay too muted for me, and I think gloss really brings out every shimmery detail in the wood.

I really can't wait for this uke. I finally told my family I had a custom on the way. I wanted to keep it a secret and surprise them with a picture when it arrived, but then I got the first update from Gareth, and I couldn't keep it a secret anymore. I know it means a lot to my mom for me to get something so personal. Over 20 years ago, my dad got her a Larrivee guitar with a horse inlayed on the headstock (we're a horsey family). Well anyway, she and that guitar are attached at the hip, and I associate some of my favorite musical memories with her singing and playing that guitar. I hope this uke will be the same way for me, because everything about it is so *me*.

mm stan
09-02-2012, 03:41 AM
Aloha Nat,
Hard to tell when you are on girl since you are in private mode status, Hope all is well...tee hee hee Girl I like your thinking and maybe every 1000th post I should have the same excuse
to get a custom....Wow 7 Chuckies and 7 Steve Van Pelts....Happy Strummings... Your uke sides are awesome....I think Keonepax bought one a couple years ago and I thought it was really nice..
Keep us informed on the updates and status of your build....woooo hoooo

NatalieS
09-06-2012, 01:10 PM
I got a real treat today. More updates, including a first look at the rosettes! I just love the contrast in the stark creamy color of the sprucetop vs. the blue and black of the rosettes. Ahhhh I love it!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/front_back.png

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/rosette.png

NatalieS
09-06-2012, 01:21 PM
I also have to say... Gareth has been beyond patient with me. I keep coming up with new ideas, and "Ooh can we add in this?" and making sure that every detail is the way I'm picturing it in my head. He's been great!

fitncrafty
09-06-2012, 01:22 PM
Congrats on your busy1000 post and you new ukulele on the way..you posting any videos lately.

janeray1940
09-06-2012, 01:25 PM
you posting any videos lately.

Oh yeah, we miss the videos! Ukes and fishies! :)

NatalieS
09-06-2012, 02:10 PM
No videos, I don't even have a YouTube account at the moment. I hope to get back into it, but I need to get through these last few months of my school program and writing this annoying thesis before I get to "have fun" again. :D This uke is my graduation gift to myself. It's partly why I bought your set of uke books, too, janeray1940. I've been in a ukulele playing rut lately and haven't tried any new songs or techniques. I really want to get better and play a lot more often than I'm able to recently. I can't wait for the next couple months to be over! Graduation and getting this uke will likely occur right at the same time! So I have a lot to look forward to. :)

janeray1940
09-06-2012, 02:14 PM
No videos, I don't even have a YouTube account at the moment. I hope to get back into it, but I need to get through these last few months of my school program and writing this annoying thesis before I get to "have fun" again. :D This uke is my graduation gift to myself. It's partly why I bought your set of uke books, too, janeray1940. I've been in a ukulele playing rut lately and haven't tried any new songs or techniques. I really want to get better and play a lot more often than I'm able to recently. I can't wait for the next couple months to be over! Graduation and getting this uke will likely occur right at the same time! So I have a lot to look forward to. :)

Well congratulations on being almost-done with school! Honestly I'm not sure I could have made it through grad school if I had played uke at the time - I would have been way, way too distracted by it. I hope the books give you some uke inspiration :)

NatalieS
09-06-2012, 02:52 PM
Mahalo, janeray! I am ready to be DONE DONE DONE with college once and for all. It's funny you mentioned how uke would have been a distraction during school. I felt that uke was one of the only things that got me through school! I started playing right when I started vet school in 2006. I felt it was one of the only things that got me through without going totally crazy. Towards the end of that program I found out that one of the faculty members at school also played uke, and he had started when HE was in vet school. He said, "You know, this thing is just about the only reason I got through", and I agreed with him that it was the same way for me. I'm a firm believer in keeping your favorite hobbies during any busy or stressful time. Some days it may be a distraction, but most days it's a lifesaver. :) Whenever anyone I know enters a tough school program, I tell them that no matter how busy they get they *have* to hang on to their favorite hobby. If they lose that, then they'll lose balance in life.

janeray1940
09-06-2012, 03:06 PM
Mahalo, janeray! I am ready to be DONE DONE DONE with college once and for all. It's funny you mentioned how uke would have been a distraction during school. I felt that uke was one of the only things that got me through school! I started playing right when I started vet school in 2006. I felt it was one of the only things that got me through without going totally crazy. Towards the end of that program I found out that one of the faculty members at school also played uke, and he had started when HE was in vet school. He said, "You know, this thing is just about the only reason I got through", and I agreed with him that it was the same way for me. I'm a firm believer in keeping your favorite hobbies during any busy or stressful time. Some days it may be a distraction, but most days it's a lifesaver. :) Whenever anyone I know enters a tough school program, I tell them that no matter how busy they get they *have* to hang on to their favorite hobby. If they lose that, then they'll lose balance in life.

Totally true, that last bit. I remember actually scheduling time for "fun" things - hiking, photography, and yoga were what I did pre-uke (I still do those, PLUS uke) - when I was in school, because I knew that if I didn't fit those things in, I'd get totally resentful (I really didn't enjoy my graduate program, it was a "hoop" I needed to jump through and I knew it).

Really cool that there was a fellow uke player on your faculty :)

luluwrites
09-06-2012, 04:11 PM
I learned to knit while working on my (ill-fated) PhD. I can no longer explain Derrida to you (if I ever could) but I can purl like nobody's business!
In truth, that hobby kept me grounded and made me feel connected to my mother and grandmother who were 3,000 miles away. I agree: Uke On! (and congrats on being so close to finishing your thesis!)

NatalieS
09-17-2012, 04:16 PM
I got another update from Gareth tonight! The uke is really coming together. Next up is binding-- and he suggested some sort of purfling on the top, which I totally agree with. We made a switch here and there. Gareth is a joy to work with.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/sides.png

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/front.png

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/back.png

Looks like that sapwood just made it into the back!!!

Doc_J
09-17-2012, 04:26 PM
Wow, that super curly koa back looks like a flowing liquid. That is one gorgeous uke.

Thanks for the new pics.

NatalieS
09-17-2012, 04:33 PM
I learned to knit while working on my (ill-fated) PhD. I can no longer explain Derrida to you (if I ever could) but I can purl like nobody's business!
In truth, that hobby kept me grounded and made me feel connected to my mother and grandmother who were 3,000 miles away. I agree: Uke On! (and congrats on being so close to finishing your thesis!)

So sorry, lulu, I just realized I never responded to your post. I think that's so special to share a hobby like knitting with your mom and grandma. It is tough being away from family, but I agree, hobbies are special and we should always hold on to them. :)


Wow, that super curly koa back looks like a flowing liquid. That is one gorgeous uke.

Thanks for the new pics.

Ooh, flowing liquid. Yeah it kinda does! Thanks Doc_J. :)

mm stan
09-17-2012, 05:03 PM
Aloha Nat,
woo hoo thank you for the update....wow we love dat back...looks like me hair... I am so happy for you and you are doing well in Vet school....woo hoo Happy Strummings...

Newportlocal
09-17-2012, 05:08 PM
Looks good. Love these updates!

fitncrafty
09-17-2012, 05:13 PM
Mahalo, janeray! I am ready to be DONE DONE DONE with college once and for all. It's funny you mentioned how uke would have been a distraction during school. I felt that uke was one of the only things that got me through school! I started playing right when I started vet school in 2006. I felt it was one of the only things that got me through without going totally crazy. Towards the end of that program I found out that one of the faculty members at school also played uke, and he had started when HE was in vet school. He said, "You know, this thing is just about the only reason I got through", and I agreed with him that it was the same way for me. I'm a firm believer in keeping your favorite hobbies during any busy or stressful time. Some days it may be a distraction, but most days it's a lifesaver. :) Whenever anyone I know enters a tough school program, I tell them that no matter how busy they get they *have* to hang on to their favorite hobby. If they lose that, then they'll lose balance in life.

Natalie.. almost there cheering you on.. My vet is one of the most important people around me besides my family.. Vet school is tough and I am happy you are almost there at the end.. congrats on almost finishing school and I am sure that you can wait for that new uke to come.. I look forward to seeing it and to hearing videos from you. I think you took your videos down shortly after I joined uu so I am not sure I ever saw any... maybe I did in the very beginning and don't remember... take care and best of luck.

NatalieS
09-17-2012, 05:15 PM
Aw thanks guys. :) I've actually been a vet for 3 years, this is my Masters I'm doing right now. Might be staying on for a PhD after a conversation I had tonight with a prof. Woooo I've been in college forever... sigh.

casedood
09-17-2012, 05:16 PM
Can't wait to see the finished product! Love the squiggled design on the back, looks fantastic! I bet it will sound just as good as it plays.

mm stan
09-17-2012, 06:41 PM
Aw thanks guys. :) I've actually been a vet for 3 years, this is my Masters I'm doing right now. Might be staying on for a PhD after a conversation I had tonight with a prof. Woooo I've been in college forever... sigh.

Ah You got a mentor professor....great to hear .....yes teaching sounds like a great idea...woo hoo girl

mds725
09-17-2012, 07:30 PM
That wood in the back is amazing! It almost looks like the back of your ukulele needs to be ironed.

When I was studying for the California bar exam ages ago, I was meticulous about making time for myself. I didn't play the ukulele back then, but I made time every day to go for a run, to read, to eat, and to do other recreational things like going to movies. I think it's what kept me from flaming out before the exam. Good luck with the last few months of your Masters program! Is having a Masters or a PhD. an advantage if you want to be a practicing vet, or are you thinking about teaching?

NatalieS
09-18-2012, 02:09 AM
Thanka for the comments, everybody! I can't belive my uke is really coming together. :) so excited!


Is having a Masters or a PhD. an advantage if you want to be a practicing vet, or are you thinking about teaching?
It can help both ways. If you want to specialize, which I do, then it helps to have additional training after vet school. I've always wanted to be a fish vet :-). It's what my Masters training is in and hopefully what I'll spend the rest of my life doing. Positions are hard to find, so every bit of extra training helps. I do want to teach a little if I can, and a PhD would help train for that too.

vanflynn
09-18-2012, 03:14 AM
Wow, that's going to be stunning. Thanks for the pics.

seeso
09-18-2012, 10:41 AM
Ooh, pretty! :love:

NatalieS
09-18-2012, 02:11 PM
Wow, that's going to be stunning. Thanks for the pics.

Thank you! And it's Gareth we should thank for these pics. He's been so nice to send me all these updates. :)


Ooh, pretty! :love:

It's seeso!!! Thanks man :)

NatalieS
10-13-2012, 01:40 AM
I about fainted when I saw this picture update. This is only part of the uke, but it's so me. I tend to like bling, and this is the perfect amount to suit my taste!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa270/nksteckler/Instruments/finishedbody_zps2982beda.jpg

Now I can't wait to see what he comes p with for the koi on the headstock!

coolkayaker1
10-13-2012, 01:46 AM
That's a pretty instrument. It's coming together well.

Gareth might want to vacuum and shampoo his living room carpet sometime.

Please keep posting photographs, eternal student Natalie.

NatalieS
10-14-2012, 02:34 AM
Haha! Okay okay I cropped the photo because I was starting to notice it too. That better? ;)

coolkayaker1
10-14-2012, 05:07 AM
Haha! Okay okay I cropped the photo because I was starting to notice it too. That better? ;)

Too late. It's already etched in my mind.

lol

sukie
10-14-2012, 05:32 AM
It's really looking nice.

Any scheduled finish date yet?

Newportlocal
10-14-2012, 06:13 AM
Love the abalone. Your updates are fun.

NatalieS
10-14-2012, 10:11 AM
Too late. It's already etched in my mind.

lol

Hahaha! So sorry to have ruined that for ya... ;-)


It's really looking nice.

Any scheduled finish date yet?

Thanks sukie! No date but I prefer it that way. Gareth had to wait for the abalone to arrive for the purfling so he got delayed, but I don't mind. I'm pretty busy right now and I want to savor this. Plus the wait is always fun, sort of like Christmas.


Love the abalone. Your updates are fun. Thanks Newportlocal! I am glad he added in the abalone. I figure I'd better go all in for this uke, and get exactly what I want this time around. :-)

NatalieS
11-02-2012, 07:27 AM
No uke updates yet; however, I emailed Gareth and decided to nix the pickup on the uke. I've been thinking a lot about it lately. I'll be playing acoustic at home 98% of the time, and I'm afraid to put a pickup on such a lightweight instrument because I don't want it to potentially deaden the sound and add weight to the uke. I'm also a bit of a purist when it comes to instruments. If I want it to be a lifelong/heirloom instrument, I'm hesitant to add electronics which will undoubtedly age and need replacement with time.

Luckily he hadn't installed the pickup yet, so he agreed to leave it off. Yay!

hmgberg
11-02-2012, 07:56 AM
FWIW, I'm with you on this decision, for exactly the reasons you cited.


No uke updates yet; however, I emailed Gareth and decided to nix the pickup on the uke. I've been thinking a lot about it lately. I'll be playing acoustic at home 98% of the time, and I'm afraid to put a pickup on such a lightweight instrument because I don't want it to potentially deaden the sound and add weight to the uke. I'm also a bit of a purist when it comes to instruments. If I want it to be a lifelong/heirloom instrument, I'm hesitant to add electronics which will undoubtedly age and need replacement with time.

Luckily he hadn't installed the pickup yet, so he agreed to leave it off. Yay!

sukie
11-02-2012, 09:26 AM
No uke updates yet; however, I emailed Gareth and decided to nix the pickup on the uke. I've been thinking a lot about it lately. I'll be playing acoustic at home 98% of the time, and I'm afraid to put a pickup on such a lightweight instrument because I don't want it to potentially deaden the sound and add weight to the uke. I'm also a bit of a purist when it comes to instruments. If I want it to be a lifelong/heirloom instrument, I'm hesitant to add electronics which will undoubtedly age and need replacement with time.

Luckily he hadn't installed the pickup yet, so he agreed to leave it off. Yay!
Personally, I'd get the pick up put in now. That way you'll have it. I have one in my Moore Bettaha. That ukulele is not heavy. Just sayin.....

NatalieS
11-02-2012, 09:58 AM
Sukie and hmgberg, I appreciate your thoughts about the topic. Sukie, the primary reason I decided against the pickup is because I just don't think I'll use it. The weight issue is secondary, but still a factor. I don't even have an amp or plan on getting one. The pickup was for those rare occasions when I sing in public, and I think with all of my options laid out on a table, I'll just go with a mike.

mds725
11-02-2012, 08:23 PM
For what it's worth, Sam Bonnano (Kamoa Ukuleles) told me, back when he was selling Kamakas, KoAlohas and Kanile'as at his Kapa'a store and I bought my first Kamaka from him (with no pickup), that he much preferred microphones to pickups for amplification because - I think I'm remembering this correctly - he thought that a microphone picked up the natural sound of the ukulele (including the sounds of fingers on the strings) while pickups provided more of a digital representation of the sound the strings made. I don't know much about how pickups work, and I understand the value of pickups, especially for people who perform a lot and don't want to be anchored to a microphone or worry about wind noises during outdoor performances. But I completely understand the decision not to get one, especially if you don't plan to perform much.

Mandarb
11-05-2012, 10:58 PM
Glad to hear things are progressing nicely. I look forward to more pics.

Nickie
11-06-2012, 05:22 PM
Wow Natalie, I'm very impressed. I think you have impeccable taste! I have two ukes with pickups in them, and if I get another someday, I want one without, too!