View Full Version : New Covered Bridge Ukulele is being built for me!

we tigers
11-06-2012, 04:32 AM
The lovely guys at Covered Bridge are working on a concert for me and I just can not keep it to myself; I have to share the pictures of their impressive work!
It'll take a while longer before it's finished so expect more photo's of this brilliant little uke coming to life!

Redwood top with myrtle rosette and myrtle back and sides




we tigers
11-06-2012, 04:33 AM

Blood wood binding went on and that's a lovely piece of rosewood that'll become the fretboard.

This is a labour of love.
I think it's so cool that Terry and Perry send pictures all these stages of the build!

11-06-2012, 04:34 AM
Sweet! Enjoy the process. I look forward to more pics.

11-06-2012, 04:48 AM
I really enjoy my Pineapple hog CB concert greatly, the one that you chimed in on the prior thread last week, tiger. It's sweet as all heck. The sound is really what I desire in a ukulele. It's feel is so good--the neck size and nut width. I know it's a very personal thing, this whole uulele thing, but someday I hope to get a CB tenor, too.

Do post photos and, of course, your opinion of it when yuo get t. Cheers!

we tigers
11-06-2012, 04:54 AM
Will do! Thanks!

11-06-2012, 05:07 AM
Congrats. Excellent choices. The redwood top and myrtle body is the way to go on CB. Very classy and great sounding from what I have seen and heard.

Thanks for the pics.

11-06-2012, 05:20 AM
oooh very pretty. What is the binding? It really fits in with the other wood colors

11-06-2012, 05:32 AM


I have a tenor redwood /myrtle CB uke.

I think you will be very pleased with your CB uke, .

I could be wrong but what looks like a bit of curl on the myrtle pics will be alot more prominent in person.it looks great

isnt the waiting a bugger :-)

here is a pic or three to make the waiting even harder... congrats



11-06-2012, 05:48 AM
You're going to love it, we tigers. Terry and Perry make wonderful sounding ukuleles. They are, also, some of the nicest folks ever and they really take pride in their work, so it comes with awesome mojo.

11-06-2012, 11:35 AM
Congratulations! It looks great!

we tigers
11-07-2012, 03:49 AM
Thanks guys!
Eors, those pictures are giving me lucid dreams...

11-07-2012, 05:46 AM
Michael, you will love that Covered Bridge uke made of mainland wood.

We recently got a CB all-myrtle concert and we love it. It's put together beautifully and it has a great sound. You can see it as a recent build on their FB page, and I use it in a Seasons entry (post 114 on the 38th Season).


we tigers
11-13-2012, 08:39 PM
Lovely CB uke, Ginny! Stunning instruments!

Just got some new photo's of the build:



First coat of pore filler:


mm stan
11-13-2012, 11:16 PM
Congrats it looks like a stunner....holy moly

11-14-2012, 03:28 AM

That sure is some crazy nice looking redwood.

we tigers
12-10-2012, 06:31 AM
Today Terry sent me some more pictures. It's getting near completion. I started drooling when I opened the email...
Can't wait for it to be sent over the pond.



12-10-2012, 06:38 AM
Looking good! Love the contrast between the dark binding and the light wood.

12-10-2012, 06:13 PM
Wow! That looks amazing. I've also got a Covered Bridge myrtle redwood concert. The thing is incredible. So light with a rich & full tone. Look forward to hearing your report once it arrives.

12-10-2012, 06:20 PM
that's pretty nice.

12-10-2012, 06:20 PM
Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorge ous!Gorgeous!GorgeousGorgeous!!

12-10-2012, 06:23 PM
Beautiful uke headed your way! I love that binding and grain pattern on the backside. Wow...

we tigers
12-19-2012, 03:38 AM
this next message is not suited for the faint hearted.... It is at same time something terrible and something positive.

the terrible:
Things went wrong. At the last hurdle.

As Perry was putting some strings on the ukulele slipt and fell on corner of the work bench. The top split and there's a hole the size of a thumb. After two months of building and anticipating this was a bit of a blow to both Perry and Terry and me. I was attending a solo piano concert by the great Chilly Gonzales (go and check it out!) when Perry's email came in on my iphone and it took me a few minutes to get my head around it and get my attention back to the concert.

Here's the positive bit:
Perry and Terry are really stand up guys who only want to deliver a quality instrument. Therefore they refuse to do any repairs to it and immediately started to build all over again. From scratch. Yes, it is going to take some more patience, but that ukulele is going to be perfect. I am sure of that. The guys at CB pulled an allnighter and allready have the sides bent, the top and back bookmatched and glued, so things are coming along quite well.

So all in all a bit of a bummer, but I'm sure it'll all turn out excellent.

12-19-2012, 03:55 AM
On no! This is very disappointing, but hooray for Perry and Terry and their good work. You will love the new one all the more!

12-19-2012, 07:04 AM
Michael, very sorry to hear of your CB uke accident. Tougher still as it was just about ready.
But, these things happen to everyone, now and then. Perry and Terry are good builders and taking the right approach.

Anticipation is part of the joy of a new uke. So, you'll have more anticipation and hopefully more joy. Keep us posted.

we tigers
01-08-2013, 11:58 AM
Time for a little update:
Terry and Perry immediately started on my new uke and really pushed it.
The photo's of the different stages came pouring in again with a few surprises here and there!

Some really nice pieces of redwood and myrtle

I got this picture within a couple of hours after the crash of the first uke. The guys pulled an allnighter.

Surprise number 1: a blood wood end graft. The first one didn't have that.

we tigers
01-08-2013, 11:58 AM
Binding on:

Surprise number 2: the heel cap on the first was in blood wood. This one is rosewood to match with the fretboard and the bridge.
Surprise number 3: the biggest surprise of them all: instead of the usual mahogany neck, the guys went for Spanish cedar. Stiff, stable and much lighter. Looking good!


At the moment were at the stage where the ukulele gets a coat of oil each day until there are close to fifteen coats on it. They expect to finish the instrument in two weeks time. Then the shipping will take some time and I hope it won't be hold up by Dutch customs for too long...

Can't wait!

01-08-2013, 12:15 PM
Shipping? Dutch customs? Michael, you need to come get it!

we tigers
01-08-2013, 12:17 PM
I wish I could Ginny!

It's been a long time Since I last visited the US. 2001, when my sister got married in Maine. We had a great trip!

Hippie Dribble
01-08-2013, 12:29 PM
wow, it's looking fantastic Michael :)

we tigers
01-17-2013, 09:04 PM




we tigers
01-17-2013, 09:05 PM


Almost ready to be shipped!

mm stan
01-17-2013, 10:24 PM
Wow congrats ...looks like a winner and stunner....thank you for the update...happy strummings...:)

01-18-2013, 01:23 AM
Congrats Michael. It looks fantastic!. I'm sure that it will sound great. Nice job Perry and Terry.

01-18-2013, 04:21 AM
That surely was worth the wait! Great uke. The headstocks of CB ukes are so unique. It's really the trademark of Terry & Perry's builds.

01-18-2013, 06:14 AM
Wow, that looks awesome! And worth the wait, I'm sure.

we tigers
01-29-2013, 10:24 AM
It has reached this side of the pond and apparently cleared customs. So it's somewhere between the airport and my house. I can't hold it any longer....aaargh! After all these months... I want to play that uke!

01-29-2013, 10:36 AM
Hope it arrives "home" safely. We want to hear it as soon as it's in your hands! What a difference it is going to be from the LWU ;)

01-29-2013, 01:16 PM
It has reached this side of the pond and apparently cleared customs. So it's somewhere between the airport and my house. I can't hold it any longer....aaargh! After all these months... I want to play that uke!


My fingers are crossed for you guys . The bullingers pack well so she should be fine . Good luck ,you must be cracking. :-)