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Doc_J
12-13-2012, 07:30 AM
For anyone who might be interested, I recently decided it was time to get a Covered Bridge Ukulele. (I've been wanting one for quite a while.) After discussing my sound preferences and wood options with Perry, I went with a Myrtle and Cedar Tenor. Perry and Terry have just started building it and are posting pictures of its progress on FaceBook.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Covered-Bridge-Ukuleles/194736710602006

Here's the first pics, from the Covered Bridge Ukuleles FB page. Beautiful wood selection and some nice tight grained cedar! It looks wonderful! With the cedar top it should be great warm sounding uke.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46291&d=1355422723
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46292&d=1355422725
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46293&d=1355422725

Ethan
12-13-2012, 09:44 AM
That is very beautiful wood. I am also hoping to work with Terry and Perry to create a uke for me in the future, when the funds allow it. As someone who is still quite new to the world of uke, I am wondering if you could provide any insight into your decision making on wood selection. What sound qualities are you hoping to achieve with these two woods? Did you consider other woods? Thanks.

we tigers
12-13-2012, 09:45 AM
I saw and liked the pics on Facebook. That is going to be one pretty ukulele!
My Covered Bridge redwood and myrtle concert is near completion (you can see that on Facebook as well. My name's Michael) and I'm so looking forward to it. Terry and Perry build beautiful instruments. Once the oil hits that myrtle and cedar, the grain is going to pop like crazy. I'm going to follow this build!

Doc_J
12-13-2012, 11:03 AM
I saw and liked the pics on Facebook. That is going to be one pretty ukulele!
My Covered Bridge redwood and myrtle concert is near completion (you can see that on Facebook as well. My name's Michael) and I'm so looking forward to it. Terry and Perry build beautiful instruments. Once the oil hits that myrtle and cedar, the grain is going to pop like crazy. I'm going to follow this build!

Hi Michael,
I agree that curly myrtle will look fantastic.
Your CB is absolutely gorgeous. The redwood top and bloodwood binding look great together.



That is very beautiful wood. I am also hoping to work with Terry and Perry to create a uke for me in the future, when the funds allow it. As someone who is still quite new to the world of uke, I am wondering if you could provide any insight into your decision making on wood selection. What sound qualities are you hoping to achieve with these two woods? Did you consider other woods? Thanks.

Hi Ethan,

Those Covered Bridge ukes are all so good looking, it makes the choices of wood more difficult.

I tend to prefer warmer tones, more bass and midrange tones with clear note separation on the highs. Softwood tops tend to do that more, IMHO. Spruce can sound sparklely/brighter than cedar but was considered. I thought about redwood,too. That sure is pretty stuff.

I looked at Claro walnut and Myrtle for the back and sides. I wanted a US mainland wood that looked great and help get me the sound I want. Myrtle can be warmer. Finally, I discussed this Perry and Terry, to see what they would recommend in their designs for my objectives. Myrtle and cedar were the best combo for me. I also decided to go with koa binding and some bling with an abalone rosette.

Sure is fun watching your uke get built.

Doc_J
12-15-2012, 02:04 PM
One new photo today: the fretboard.

This is beautiful ebony (Macassar?) with some great striping. I really like this striping in an ebony fretboard.
Abalone fret markers are in place too.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46359&d=1355619051

Dan Uke
12-15-2012, 02:52 PM
very nice doc! They have a strong following

OldePhart
12-15-2012, 04:11 PM
Sweet! Fun to watch your uke come to life, huh! I may have to order a custom build some day just for the pictures.

Doc_J
12-16-2012, 01:13 PM
Another new photo from Covered Bridge Ukuleles : Sides are formed, neck and tail blocks attached, kerfing on the top, and soundboard in place.

Wow! My uke is coming together quite nicely, and more rapidly than I imagined. :)

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46387&d=1355702704

Doc_J
12-18-2012, 02:21 PM
More pics. It's taking shape and looking great. I can hardly wait to hear it. (Need another post as the pic limit is 4 and there is a 5th.)


http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46452&d=1355879290
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46451&d=1355879288
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46450&d=1355879284
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46449&d=1355879281

Doc_J
12-18-2012, 02:24 PM
Notice the arch in the back in this final picture of today. The arch improves the sound quality and projection, IMHO.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46455&d=1355880551

Ready to have binding (with two siblings)
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46577&d=1356114010

Doc_J
12-23-2012, 10:28 AM
Koa Binding with BWB purfling looks great.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46666&d=1356297968

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46665&d=1356297965

we tigers
12-23-2012, 11:58 AM
Stunning uke, Hodge!

hawaii 50
12-23-2012, 01:23 PM
Wow..looks nice..
keep the pictures of the build coming..

Doc_J
12-24-2012, 11:30 AM
Neck is carved and the fretboard is attached. Woohoo. It's looking good.
Don't the abalone fret markers look great.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46700&d=1356388075
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46699&d=1356388070

Doc_J
12-29-2012, 02:52 PM
New pics. Look at this wood and workmanship! Wow!

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46832&d=1356832044
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46831&d=1356832042
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46833&d=1356832305
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46830&d=1356832039

Hippie Dribble
12-29-2012, 03:00 PM
WOOOOOWWWW!!! oooohhhhhh!

jwieties
12-29-2012, 03:12 PM
Man oh man that is nice. Love all the blue in the abalone rosette... really pops off the chocolate browns in the cedar, myrtle and koa.

D18picker
12-29-2012, 05:48 PM
What a beautiful imminent instrument.

guitharsis
01-01-2013, 01:38 AM
Absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking!

xerhino
01-01-2013, 06:30 AM
Beautiful uke. I got a chance to play some covered bridge ukuleles recently and, wow, they sound great. Belated congratulations on that uke.

-- Roy/xerhino

Doc_J
01-28-2013, 04:02 PM
Just had a note from Perry the uke is finished. Here are the latest photos.
Isn't is incredible. And it sounds as good as it looks.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48199&d=1359427609
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48197&d=1359427600
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48196&d=1359427598
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48198&d=1359427604

Dan Uke
01-28-2013, 04:29 PM
Does he use mandolin frets or someting larger?

Doc_J
01-28-2013, 05:06 PM
Does he use mandolin frets or someting larger?

Those are typical tenor-size frets.
Some builders use smaller frets on tenors like those found on concerts or sopranos.
I've got tenors with varying sizes of frets. I don't really notice a difference when I play.
I suppose larger frets are easier to fret than smaller ones.

Hippie Dribble
01-28-2013, 06:12 PM
Doc, it's REALLY beautiful mate, congratulations. And sounds as sweet... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgCZyfYQY0c&feature=em-uploademail)

guitharsis
01-29-2013, 01:41 AM
Stunning! Congrats, Doc!

we tigers
01-29-2013, 01:58 AM
Gorgeous! Congrats Doc!

dkcrown
01-29-2013, 02:11 AM
Looks great Doc! Nice job Terry and Perry.

uke552
01-29-2013, 02:17 AM
Congrats! Very beautiful (and sounding) uke and I hope she serves you well!

Dan Uke
02-01-2013, 08:07 AM
I saw the video and it sounds good! I want to hear your sound sample as you have better recording equipment!! LOL

tattwo
02-01-2013, 08:11 AM
I saw the video and it sounds good! I want to hear your sound sample as you have better recording equipment!! LOL

We Agree :)

bluesuke
02-01-2013, 09:10 AM
And I'm sure he can play better then me :)

OldePhart
02-01-2013, 11:11 AM
Very nice! I really need to stop looking at all these custom uke threads...

Doc_J
02-09-2013, 08:39 AM
My Covered Bridge curly myrtle tenor arrived today. Wow! Even better than I imagined.

The quality, craftsmanship, fit and finish are wonderful. This beautiful instrument is first rate in build quality as one might expect from a top tier professional ukulele builder.

I love the sound of the uke right out of the box. I'm going to let the strings settle and the uke open up a bit before I make a sound sample.

The uke has a great feel to it too. The finish is incredibly smooth. I have never seen an oil finish this nice, really!

The neck is designed perfectly for how I usually hold the uke, with my left thumb behind the nut. The neck and fret ends are so smooth. That and the finish make the neck very fast. Here's a few more pictures in natural light.

Perry and Terry thank you very much!

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48646&d=1360436921
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48647&d=1360436965
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48643&d=1360436830

eor
02-09-2013, 09:59 AM
hey

congrats on the new C.B.

we tigers
02-09-2013, 10:23 AM
What a beauty! Congrats!

ChaosToo
02-09-2013, 10:48 AM
Gorgeous! Time to buy a lottery ticket so I can afford a custom uke ...........

Doc_J
02-09-2013, 11:23 AM
Gorgeous! Time to buy a lottery ticket so I can afford a custom uke ...........

You won't need to hit the lottery, just save your lunch money.
Perry and Terry make custom great ukes and currently sell them at very affordable prices. Covered Bridge Ukes are an exceptional value.

tattoobabaloo
02-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Gorgeous! Time to buy a lottery ticket so I can afford a custom uke ...........

I recently messaged them about a custom build. I was really surprised at the estimated price for what I wanted.
You won't need a lotto win to get a CB...

OldePhart
02-09-2013, 12:34 PM
Very nice looking uke. I love the binding!

teruterubouzu
02-09-2013, 02:51 PM
What a fantastic looking uke. Looking forward to hearing it Now off to like their FB page...

Kamanaaloha
02-09-2013, 06:20 PM
Handsome ukulele...enjoy it!

Doc_J
02-10-2013, 05:33 AM
Thanks for the nice comments. This uke sounds great, too.

Thanks again Perry and Terry. I really enjoy this uke. A treat for my ears and eyes.

Here is a sound sample recorded this morning with a TASCAM DR-07. The uke has opened up a bit, and will continue to do so. Strings are pretty settled.

Covered Bridge Tenor of Myrtle and Western Red Cedar : Sound Sample, day 2

https://www.box.com/s/olpdzuhbticpizye54ue

tattwo
02-10-2013, 05:45 AM
Nicely done Doc!...It was pleasure building it for you. The strings are Worth clears.

Doc_J
04-17-2014, 05:24 PM
Update: I've had my Curly Myrtle and WR Cedar Covered Bridge tenor for over a year now. It has only gotten better with play.

Finally, I put a low g string on it and lowered the tuning to B. Wow! I've played a fair number of ukes and this Covered Bridge tenor has a sound up with the best I've played. I asked Perry and Terry to make it warm, loud, with clear note across the range and with great intonation. This is it.
Have a listen to a recent sound sample:
https://app.box.com/s/j0mjck20tz2rwjs80gzm

Belruel
04-17-2014, 06:00 PM
It's beautiful! You are a very lucky guy.

Camsuke
04-17-2014, 06:14 PM
Wow, sounding great Doc! I'm a big fan of WRC tops, really lovely tone, sustain & projection. The lower tuning also works a treat!

justinlcecil
04-17-2014, 06:53 PM
The myrtle in this looks frighteningly familiar haha. =) I am also the proud owner of a Covered Bridge Myrtle/Western Red Cedar Tenor.

DownUpDave
04-17-2014, 11:50 PM
That really is a fantastic looking and sounding uke. The low G and B tuning really give it a great balanced warmer sound. I don't image you want me to buy THAT ukulele from you just yet. LOL

Doc_J
04-18-2014, 06:21 AM
That really is a fantastic looking and sounding uke. The low G and B tuning really give it a great balanced warmer sound. I don't image you want me to buy THAT ukulele from you just yet. LOL

Thanks Dave, I'm not ready to part with my Covered Bridge, but Perry and Terry can make you a wonderful custom tenor. :)

THAT other tenor is still on its way to you via the postal service. It arrived in Miami yesterday, with the next stop being Canada. Never really understood why the USPS has packages to Canada routed via Miami. But that is the normal route from Atlanta.

DownUpDave
04-18-2014, 09:48 AM
Thanks Dave, I'm not ready to part with my Covered Bridge, but Perry and Terry can make you a wonderful custom tenor. :)

THAT other tenor is still on its way to you via the postal service. It arrived in Miami yesterday, with the next stop being Canada. Never really understood why the USPS has packages to Canada routed via Miami. But that is the normal route from Atlanta.

I had checked on line this morning and saw that it was in Miami as well, thanks for following up like that. I don't understand why the postal service does things the way they do either, I would not question them about it though.............they might go postal on you :mad:

Apologies to any postal workers, that was just a little joke. One of my best friends is a postie and I know you don't have it easy.