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hammer40
09-26-2012, 09:05 AM
My new Compass Rose arrived yesterday from Gryphon, It's a style B tenor in all Claro Walnut with a gloss finish. Apparently,Rick dropped it off on a Friday, they posted the pictures on Monday and when I saw it on Tuesday, I snatched it up. I've been keeping on eye out at Gryphon while I saved a few pennies to order one, then I saw this one with the gorgeous Walnut pop up, I just couldn't resist.

It came strung low g, a first for me, and it sounds amazing. A warm but clear and articulate voice, I guess if I had to choose one word to describe this uke, it would be "sultry". I also love the shape of the neck, not sure what he does differently, but it feels fantastic. Just seems to fit in my hand perfectly, and I can move up and down the neck effortlessly.

Here are a few quick pictures, the lighter ones didn't seem to capture the darker chocolate color of the walnut, so I tried again.

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A link to Gryphon pictures, much better than mine.

http://gryphonstrings.com/instpix/39573/39573.php?z=w

Gmoney
09-26-2012, 09:14 AM
Dang, that is beautiful! Sultry indeed....

:iwant:

vanflynn
09-26-2012, 09:17 AM
Wow. Congrats on a beautiful new addition

tattwo
09-26-2012, 09:17 AM
Beautiful uke! Love Claro Walnut

mds725
09-26-2012, 09:48 AM
Congratulations on the beautiful new ukulele! I took Rick's build-your-own-ukulele class and not only does he make great ukuleles, he's a really nice guy. I hope to buy one of his ukuleles someday.

Newportlocal
09-26-2012, 09:49 AM
Congratulations! Very very nice. I heard one in walnut;it sounded great. Just starting my Compass Rose custom build.

kvehe
09-26-2012, 09:57 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! I'm probably the only person in existence who hasn't been a big Compass Rose fan, but this one might change my mind. :-)

Hippie Dribble
09-26-2012, 10:09 AM
gee that's a stunner!

caukulele
09-26-2012, 10:52 AM
I saw that on their web site and wondered who would be the lucky one. You got a real beauty!!!! Congratulations.

RyanMFT
09-26-2012, 12:54 PM
Beautiful ukulele from a stellar builder! I am lucky to have met Rick a few times and not only is he a great builder, but a really quality guy. Enjoy that beautiful ukulele!

Uncle Leroy
09-26-2012, 01:04 PM
Nice one bruddah. Enjoy.

Wongo
09-26-2012, 01:07 PM
My what a stunning ukulele. Looking forward to hearing it.

mm stan
09-26-2012, 01:23 PM
Aloha Hamma 40,
Congrats on your new Compass Rose..Rick makes some really nice sounding uke.....can you take a peekcha of the side angle of your neck at the first fret..I wanna see how thick it is..
thank you if you can...mahalo......MM Happy Strummings..

OldePhart
09-26-2012, 01:49 PM
Yeah...now that's my kinda Compass Rose! Very nice looking ukulele and I bet it sounds sweet, too! No sunglasses needed! :)

hammer40
09-26-2012, 08:33 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! I'm probably the only person in existence who hasn't been a big Compass Rose fan, but this one might change my mind. :-)


Kathryn, I'd say go for it. You can always sell it if doesn't please you, but I know that won't be the case once you play one. There is one for sale right now in the market place, great price as well.


Aloha Hamma 40,
Congrats on your new Compass Rose..Rick makes some really nice sounding uke.....can you take a peekcha of the side angle of your neck at the first fret..I wanna see how thick it is..
thank you if you can...mahalo......MM Happy Strummings..

I will post a picture tomorrow for you. I will see if I can get a good view of it for you. I put the link from gryphon in my first post, maybe that will help you out, they have much better pix than I do.

I did compare it to my other 2 ukes and it is indeed thicker, or a deeper "C" shape, if you will. I hear others mention thinner necks and thought I would prefer that as well and did, but now having this one, I much prefer it a bit thicker and shaped this way. I'm still a newb, so I don't know how to explain it other than it just fits and feels perfect in my hand, follows the contour I guess you could say.