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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-20-2012, 12:06 PM
I don't usually post my work here as I'm mostly a Luthier Lounge geek. But I am especially proud of these. I built them for our guild's show next month in Hilo.
Better shots can be found on my web site Gallery2. (The arm rest bevel is something I hope to never do again!)
Aloha & thanks for looking.

OldePhart
09-20-2012, 12:10 PM
Wow...simply stunning...and I really like that arm rest bevel...

garyg
09-20-2012, 12:33 PM
Great work Chuck!

PedalFreak
09-20-2012, 12:41 PM
Nice Chuck!

Did you insert a block of wood and then carve it, blend it into the binding? Or did you do it Laskin style and bend it? I'm going with Caved, that or the nicest bent arm rest I've ever seen :)

RichM
09-20-2012, 12:46 PM
Beautiful work, Chuck! I have a large-bodied guitar by Allan Beardsell with an armrest bevel. On a big guitar, it really makes it more comfortable to hold for a long period of time. I'm not sure I'd notice it as much on a uke, but it sure does look nice!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-20-2012, 12:51 PM
I think carving it out of a solid block of wood would be next to impossible to do cleanly. At least for me. No, the ebony was bent and fitted with a Spanish cedar bracing behind it. The ledges for the purfling are hand cut. Taylor Guitar charges $1400 for the arm rest bevels they have started doing on their guitars. And that's with all their fancy CNC machines and lasers. Know I know why it's so expensive!

AKuker
09-20-2012, 12:53 PM
Wow! You should be proud of those Chuck, they're beautiful. Wish I was going to be in Hilo for the show. I love the arm rest. Never saw that before.

PedalFreak
09-20-2012, 01:01 PM
I think carving it out of a solid block of wood would be next to impossible to do cleanly. At least for me. No, the ebony was bent and fitted with a Spanish cedar bracing behind it. The ledges for the purfling are hand cut. Taylor Guitar charges $1400 for the arm rest bevels they have started doing on their guitars. And that's with all their fancy CNC machines and lasers. Know I know why it's so expensive!

Yeah, Taylor's bevel is done by hand. The guitar is built, and the section where the arm rest is is open. They glue in a precut block, then a guy (not machine) carves it by hand until it blends into the binding. And they're now charging $1500 for it, Lots of work, but very very comfortable on a guitar.

Great job on yours! Look forward to seeing more :)

Bob Bledsoe
09-20-2012, 01:04 PM
Incredible work Chuck. Those are absolutely beautiful. Even if you don't do one again, you've got to be proud of how that arm rest bevel came out.

vanflynn
09-20-2012, 01:16 PM
Mahalo. Beautiful

hawaii 50
09-20-2012, 01:35 PM
very Nice Chuck..

does the arm rest bevel feel more comfortable? it looks real good in ebony..
wish i could get one Ha Ha..

take care

Kerry1976
09-20-2012, 01:54 PM
Absolutely Stunning

delray48209
09-20-2012, 01:57 PM
That is perhaps the most beautiful uke I have ever seen in my life. Awesome!

costaricadave
09-20-2012, 02:12 PM
WOW! Both beautiful!!!

NatalieS
09-20-2012, 02:37 PM
Your ukes have the power to induce a Pavlov-type response in me. Before I even had clicked on the thread, I was drooling. They are so beautiful!! I always love your inlay work, especially your interesting choices of materials for the designs. Ahhh.... so nice.

hmgberg
09-20-2012, 02:40 PM
Beautiful instruments! Very celebratory, festive inlay. Exquisite koa.

Canoe Lady
09-20-2012, 03:17 PM
Absolutely amazing!
Of course, I especially love the canoe inlay.
What will come of them after the show?

Newportlocal
09-20-2012, 03:24 PM
Stunning ukulele and glad you finally tried an arm rest bevel.

WOBster
09-20-2012, 05:01 PM
Spectacular!

Tigeralum2001
09-20-2012, 05:06 PM
Are they already spoken for or can I call "Dibs"? I'm serious! :)

Nickie
09-20-2012, 05:32 PM
Wow, Chuck, those are gorgeous! I wish I could afford an ukulele like those...

mm stan
09-20-2012, 05:33 PM
Aloha Chuckie,
whoa wow sorta what I have in mind of the design headstock...love the green in there...Absoulutely beautiful... sell me sell me:iwant::)

smellofstrings
09-20-2012, 06:27 PM
stunning art!!! :love::love::love:

AndrewKuker
09-20-2012, 07:08 PM
Chuck! you are so ridiculously awesome. just being able to see this kind of work compels a Thank You! For representing Hawaii and the ukulele with this level of proficiency. You're the man.

I don't think any collector would be complete without a Moore Bettah.

Dan Uke
09-20-2012, 07:28 PM
LFDM charges $400 for a guitar. I wonder if he does it for uke?

The Big Kahuna
09-20-2012, 07:39 PM
Wish I was going to be in Hilo for the show.

What's the exact address for the show, Chuck ? I've got to swing by and see those puppies in person. Also, I didn't ask before if the show is open every day between the 29th Sept and 3rd Oct. The day I visit Hilo will be dependant on the weather in other parts of the island.

PedalFreak
09-21-2012, 05:24 AM
I don't think any collector would be complete without a Moore Bettah.

Gotta agree. I'm not so much a collector these days. But of the few ukes that I would like to own a Moore Bettah is at the top.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-21-2012, 06:40 AM
What's the exact address for the show, Chuck ? I've got to swing by and see those puppies in person. Also, I didn't ask before if the show is open every day between the 29th Sept and 3rd Oct. The day I visit Hilo will be dependant on the weather in other parts of the island.

Beats me. I don't even know if there are any addresses in Hilo. Downtown is only three blocks long. It's the round building in the park, the Wailoa Center. Looks like you'll miss the show anyway as ir runs from Oct 5th to the 25th.
Regarding the weather, count on rain on the Hilo side and sun on the Kona side. In the middle it'll be somewhere in the middle.....

Tigeralum2001
09-21-2012, 11:59 AM
Both are stunning; I especially like the canoe uke. The rocks at the top are so life like and the details on the inlay on the fingerboard might be your finest work (which says A LOT). Chuck, I think you have set the bar even higher, which I honestly didn't think was possible. Keep up the great work!!!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-21-2012, 12:52 PM
Thanks everyone for the positive replies. I'm encouraged to do more work like this.