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dkcrown
09-08-2012, 12:19 PM
Yesterday I took delivery of my second custom this year, a Boat Paddle ML style tenor. The L stands for large body.

I contacted Jerry Hoffman back in the beginning of June about building me a custom, so the turnaround time was a mere three months. I really enjoy the entire prcess of getting a custom. The choices, the communication, and the anticipation.

Here are the specs;

Narra back and sides
Western Red Cedar top
Maple bindings
bwbw pufling
side soundport
ebony headplate, bridge, and fingerboard
Waverly tuners with ebony buttons
Worth reentrant strings
MOP thumbnail postion markers
Custom shaped neck
Gloss lacquer finish
MiSi pickup

I had Jerry scale down the thickness of the neck somewhat, as the BP's that I had played before felt a little chunky. It is almost identical to my Moore Bettahs. Speaking of MB, I can't believe I am saying this, but the fit and finish are every bit the equal to my MBs. I have to tip my hat to Jerry, as Chuck is the gold standard against which all others are judged. I went over every cm of this uke and can't find a flaw. The only head scratcher is that Jerry installed a strap button on it even though I didn't request it. But given the shape of the ML style, it looks perfectly at home where it is.

Jerry tells me that he finds Western Cedar to open up faster than any other tonewood. We'll see, but it sounds fantastic now, even as the strings settle. I might put a Savarez Corum wound low G on it at some point, as I play more low G. The sound is clear and crisp, with excellent sustain and volume. The note separation is outstanding. The larger body feels very comfortable to me, and really projects. I know that some will ask, so I appologize in advance. I don't have any means for sound samples.

So enough small talk and on to what you really want to see, the pics.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/038.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/040.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/016-2.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/017-2.jpg

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 12:21 PM
More pics
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/035.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/039.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/024.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/028.jpg

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 12:22 PM
And a few more
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/043.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/044.jpg

Markr1
09-08-2012, 12:32 PM
Congratulations Dana!! That's a beauty for sure. Love the side sound port. I'm sure you'll make it sound great.

savagehenry
09-08-2012, 12:44 PM
Beautiful ukulele, congratulations. Love the gloss finish and the fret markers. Totally different from other ukes.and very classy.

luluwrites
09-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Oh my goodness. So lovely.

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 01:08 PM
Thanks Mark, Brian and lulu

Markr1
09-08-2012, 01:15 PM
I'm jealous I can't quit looking at it. Talking about some great eye candy.

AKuker
09-08-2012, 01:24 PM
Wow! Just beautiful. Jerry does a fantastic job. I have one of his kayaks out of Padauk with a spruce top and I love it. I know you will enjoy this custom! Thanks for sharing it with us.

kvehe
09-08-2012, 01:37 PM
Stunning! Beautiful! Congratulations!

Kathryn

NatalieS
09-08-2012, 01:39 PM
Wow, that's really pretty! I love the binding. Congratulations on your new uke. :D

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 02:24 PM
Wow! Just beautiful. Jerry does a fantastic job. I have one of his kayaks out of Padauk with a spruce top and I love it. I know you will enjoy this custom! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks AK. It was your thread about your Kayak the finally prompted me to call Jerry. BTW, I see that he still has the big brother to your uke still for sale.

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 02:25 PM
Thanks Kathryn and Natalie

v30
09-08-2012, 03:00 PM
Wow that looks sharp!

Ronnie Aloha
09-08-2012, 03:04 PM
That's a keeper!

csibona
09-08-2012, 03:08 PM
Stunning - it looks beautiful.

didgeridoo2
09-08-2012, 03:21 PM
Alright, Dana! I'd like to hear your impressions on it compared to your King Long scale.

Congrats!

mm stan
09-08-2012, 03:43 PM
Aloha Dana,
Speechless brother...totally awesome bruddah.. Congratulations..If you wanna unload a Moore Bettah, I do
pay in 100.00 bills Hee Hee let me know..LOL Happy Strummings, it is a stunner...

AKuker
09-08-2012, 04:04 PM
Great! I've been watching Jerry's site to see when he sells the tenor. I'm glad you called him. The neck on mine is chunkier than any of the others I have, but it is also the easiest player I have by far. I can do chords on it easily and consistently that I have real trouble with on ukes with thinner necks. It's more comfortable for me as well. So how much larger is the body on the ML version. You've got my uas stirred up again!

connor013
09-08-2012, 04:10 PM
Well done, she looks like a beauty.

What exactly is narra wood? Where does it live?

Congrats.

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 04:19 PM
That's a keeper!

You bet Ronnie

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 04:21 PM
Great! I've been watching Jerry's site to see when he sells the tenor. I'm glad you called him. The neck on mine is chunkier than any of the others I have, but it is also the easiest player I have by far. I can do chords on it easily and consistently that I have real trouble with on ukes with thinner necks. It's more comfortable for me as well. So how much larger is the body on the ML version. You've got my uas stirred up again!

I'm not sure how much larger the body is than the standard M style, but it is 10 1/8" wide at the lower bout. And the body is about 13 1/4" long

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 04:28 PM
Alright, Dana! I'd like to hear your impressions on it compared to your King Long scale.

Congrats!

Funny you ask Jeff. I have been playing them both side by side today because they both have larger bodies. I'll let you know after the strings settle and it opens up. The King has a spruce top and the BP a cedar. I will say that the BP is heavier than the King.

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 04:32 PM
Aloha Dana,
Speechless brother...totally awesome bruddah.. Congratulations..If you wanna unload a Moore Bettah, I do
pay in 100.00 bills Hee Hee let me know..LOL Happy Strummings, it is a stunner...

Aloha Bruddah. Thanks for the kind words. I'll keep you in mind for a MB if I ever have a moment of weekness. :)

dkcrown
09-08-2012, 04:36 PM
Well done, she looks like a beauty.

What exactly is narra wood? Where does it live?

Congrats.

Thanks connor013. Narra is an Asian hardwood. In some ways it looks a lot like Mahogany, but is not in the Mahogany family. However its tonal qualities are similar to mahogany.

Doc_J
09-08-2012, 05:15 PM
Congratulations Dana. I really like the design. Western cedar must really sound nice and warm on that BP.

I like the custom neck profile. I've got a concert 12-Fret, which is a great uke. If it had no thumb rest at the neck to backplate area, a smooth transition like yours it would be perfect.

didgeridoo2
09-08-2012, 05:50 PM
Funny you ask Jeff. I have been playing them both side by side today because they both have larger bodies. I'll let you know after the strings settle and it opens up. The King has a spruce top and the BP a cedar. I will say that the BP is heavier than the King.
Despite the differences in top wood and shape of the soundboard, I'd be curious to hear more when you've had time with it. The red cedar is really pretty.

Hippie Dribble
09-08-2012, 07:39 PM
Congrats Dana, looks amazing mate. Beautiful aesthetic design. Would love to hear you play it one day...

dkcrown
09-09-2012, 12:51 AM
Congratulations Dana. I really like the design. Western cedar must really sound nice and warm on that BP.

I like the custom neck profile. I've got a concert 12-Fret, which is a great uke. If it had no thumb rest at the neck to backplate area, a smooth transition like yours it would be perfect.

Thanks Doc. Having a couple of Boat Paddles before gave me a reference point on what I wanted in this one. The adjustments to the neck are slight, but make a big difference IMO. That's the nice thing about a custom.

dkcrown
09-09-2012, 12:52 AM
Congrats Dana, looks amazing mate. Beautiful aesthetic design. Would love to hear you play it one day...

Thanks for the kind words Jon. I do need to step up to the plate and get some recording equipment.

The Big Kahuna
09-09-2012, 01:28 AM
I absolutely love the s**t out of these things! Great looking Uke.

dkcrown
09-09-2012, 02:52 AM
I absolutely love the s**t out of these things! Great looking Uke.

Thanks a lot BK.

Lexxy
09-09-2012, 03:45 AM
Beautiful uke. If i may, how much did this beauty cost?

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-09-2012, 06:22 AM
Congratulations, DK! Very cool, non-traditional ukulele---welp, a little more traditional than the Treholipee.

Newportlocal
09-09-2012, 08:11 AM
It's on my short list to get one of those. Great looking uke. Bet it sounds amazing.

dkcrown
09-09-2012, 01:23 PM
Thanks Ralf and Newportlocal. Yup, she sounds sweet!