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acabooe
11-27-2008, 03:49 PM
Aloha Everyone,

I am very excited to say that I have my first Ukulele that is ready for sale.

The name of it is KT-RJBJR-0004 ( Kasha Tenor, made by me, # 4 ).
I call it the Koi tenor for short.

This Ukulele was finished today 11/27/08 after working on it for about 2 months.

Here is a little info about it.
Sound board, Back board, Sides, and Head cap = Koa
Neck= Sapele Mahogany
Braching system = Modified Kasha Schneider
14th fret neck/body connection, 18 frets total
17 3/32'' Scale ( Tenor )
Gotoh SGM Mini tuners Chrome with MoP buttons
Aquila ( High G all nylgut ) Strings.
Inlay material = Curly Maple, Rosewood, Koa, and Sand ( yes, I said sand ).
Here are some pictures, I hope you guys like them.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC00153.jpg
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC00158.jpg
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC00159.jpg
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC00162.jpg

I'll put up a sound sample soon.


The price is $800.00 plus $20 for shipping and handling.
Please Pm me if you have any questions.
Aloha
Bob

experimentjon
11-27-2008, 04:26 PM
Wow. That's awesome. I had been looking forward to the finished product. Any chance that we could get a close up of the inlay? I want to see the sand in use! :) And I take it that that is some 100% genuine hawaiian sand? Which beach? :)

ke leo
11-27-2008, 05:01 PM
Beautiful work!

menehunenyc
11-27-2008, 06:50 PM
That is one beautiful uke. I couldn't tell from the picture, but are parts of the fish sound holes? Is the light colored border the sand you mentioned? All in all a spectacular looking uke...I bet it sounds just as good. Too bad Im not in the market for a topnotch uke...Maybe Deach will buy it and then deach it away!!!:D

UkuLeLesReggAe
11-27-2008, 07:01 PM
aww it looks sooo good.... i have always liked the koi fish as the hole..

but i couldn't pull out $800 for a new uke right now :(

acabooe
11-27-2008, 10:19 PM
Experimentjon,
Here is a closer picture of the inlay. There is a channel around the Koi, and if you notice, it is filled with "Genuine Hawaiian Beach Sand" gotten from a beach in Nanakuli about 1/4 mile from where I live.
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC00156.jpg

Menehunenyc,
yes, that is the sand, there is also sand used as the fret board marker dots.
No, there is no other sound hole other than the one that is on the side. The fin that I think you are talking about is just a different material, so it looks different.


thanks to everyone that liked my work.
Here is the sound sample that I promised. Please excuse my playing, it has been a while since I practiced.
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/th_MOV09291.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/?action=view&current=MOV09291.flv)

Aloha
Bob

HumbleSounds
11-28-2008, 01:01 AM
Awesome Bob. Congrats on the finished products looks and sounds good. The use of sand was very creative, keep um coming.

Fred Miu
11-28-2008, 01:36 PM
brah your ukuleles are getting so good man! keep it up

russ_buss
11-28-2008, 02:15 PM
nice work bob! looks really nice.

Dino
11-29-2008, 12:06 AM
Great job Bob! Hey...that rhymes! I'm sure you will find a buyer for it!

benmealer
11-29-2008, 07:09 AM
beauitiful

nikolo727
11-29-2008, 09:16 AM
I would, if I had 800 bucks. Don't even think of lowering the price for that little number bob! it sounds gorgeous! The use of the sand blew me away. I have always been facinated by Koi fish and this is just awesome! I love the side sound hole too. The sound is nice and warm and mellow with a hint of brightness. I love it. Once I get a job, get some cash, I will be looking for you, to make me a custom brah! Your ukes just keep getting better and better!


regards,
an awestruck nikolo

tam
11-29-2008, 12:10 PM
interesting design. i like!

Kaneohe til the end
11-29-2008, 02:09 PM
wouldnt it be mean to have all the white pieces of the koi as a pearl inlay

ukelady
11-29-2008, 06:13 PM
Looks wonderful! Wish you were here so I could play it!
Noel

crys_monk
11-29-2008, 07:41 PM
This is an awesome uke is it still available...

acabooe
11-29-2008, 10:15 PM
yes it is still available

Bob

ShortCut
11-30-2008, 11:50 AM
Wow, looks amazing.. Too bad I dont 800$ ATM... Do you do custom orders? I would love for you to do a custom for me when I get a bit more money.

davoomac
11-30-2008, 05:35 PM
Wow that is a fantastic looking ukulele Bob! I hope you find a buyer for that beautiful instrument! Glad to see youve honed your ukulele building skills :D

sukie
12-01-2008, 12:29 PM
What a beautiful ukulele, Bob. You do really nice work. I hope it finds a good home.

acabooe
12-02-2008, 05:12 PM
Shortcut,
To answer your question, I'll say yes, I will do custom orders, that is orders that people design and ask me to do.

Since I am just starting out, I don't have a large back stock of materials like other builders, so how it would work is, if some one wanted me to build for them, we would talk about the design, and the materials, and I would calculate how much it would cost me to build it, and how much it would cost the customer once it was finished.
Then I would need the customer to pay for the material costs ( in which I would send them a cost list of materials ). Once I received the money, I would purchase the materials, and start to work.
I would of coarse give periodic updates of the progress, and then when the Uke was finished, the balance would then be due.
After the balance was paid, then the uke would be sent.

And then there would also be the other way, where I come up with a design, and when it is ready, it will be for sale ( like the Koi Uke ).
I am fine with either way.



Thanks to everyone that complimented my work. It really means alot to me.
Aloha
Bob

Kawika_san
12-02-2008, 08:58 PM
Bob-
Is the koi ukulele still available?
thanks..
Kawika

acabooe
12-11-2008, 01:40 PM
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I have been very busy.
N e wayz, the Ukulele did sell to a lady for $800, so it is no longer for sale.
Thanks to everyone for your interest, and kind words.
Aloha
Bob

Kanaka916
12-11-2008, 01:49 PM
Bob, since it's sold, locking dis buggah.