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Fisherman
02-20-2013, 09:05 PM
My new MP uke!! Aint she sweet? Happiness :)
Redwood/Walnut...
As for the all important sound... she's wonderful... clear, bright, and it has a singing quality. Great dynamic range, responds to vibrato - everything I love in a uke.
And to top it off, Mike is a great guy to deal with. If you're looking to commission a uke, I'd suggest you talk to Mike!

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mds725
02-20-2013, 09:06 PM
Congratulations! It's a stunner! Happy strumming!

NewKid
02-20-2013, 11:11 PM
Wow, what a beautifully understated and classy looking uke! Congratulations. How long did you have to wait for it?

mm stan
02-20-2013, 11:20 PM
Aloha Lawai'a,
Congrtulations on your new MP it sure looks sweet....happy strummings...

Uncle Leroy
02-20-2013, 11:36 PM
Nice looking uke. What was the turn around time from order to completion?

wayfarer75
02-20-2013, 11:49 PM
I love the look! The walnut is gorgeous.

vanflynn
02-21-2013, 04:49 AM
Congrats, Mike did a great job on that one. What size is it?

coolkayaker1
02-21-2013, 04:58 AM
Wow, that's a stunner! I, too, am wondering what size yours is.

I have two Mike Pereira ukuleles--a soprano and a concert--and I agree, they are out of this world for looks and tone. Mine have the same headstock as yours, fisherman. Thanks for sharing photos.

edit: I agree wholeheartedly, Mike is an absolutely up and up guy...easy to speak with and fast email replies. If one wants a custom, he's the guy.

kvehe
02-21-2013, 05:07 AM
Beautiful!

byjimini
02-21-2013, 06:44 AM
That's really cool, love the walnut! The cool edging on the fretboard looks sweet too.

connor013
02-21-2013, 07:10 AM
Congrats!

Mike's ukes have been on my list for a while now; they sound awesome and just look classy. Well done.

pulelehua
02-21-2013, 08:38 AM
It's been too long since someone flashed a new MP around here! Mine is great. The finish is flawless, and it plays so well. Mike is such a top guy.

Congratulations. Now awaiting videos.............................. :rolleyes:

Fisherman
02-21-2013, 09:16 AM
Hi - to those who asked - it took about 2 and a half months all up...
Mike keeps you in the loop with regular photos and options along the way, choosing from sets of wood, updates on the build etc. Difficult waiting those final 2 weeks while it was in the post! But she finally did arrive and travelled safely :)

Fisherman
02-21-2013, 09:19 AM
Hi Vanflynn - it's tenor sized



Congrats, Mike did a great job on that one. What size is it?

Fisherman
02-21-2013, 09:21 AM
Hi CK1 - I'm not surprised you sprung for a second one.... tempting! The headstock was a tough choice. I like the slotted look, but in the end am glad I went with the traditional bell shape

Forgot to mention Mike threw in a free upgrade to his UV gloss finish, which was very kind




Wow, that's a stunner! I, too, am wondering what size yours is.

I have two Mike Pereira ukuleles--a soprano and a concert--and I agree, they are out of this world for looks and tone. Mine have the same headstock as yours, fisherman. Thanks for sharing photos.

edit: I agree wholeheartedly, Mike is an absolutely up and up guy...easy to speak with and fast email replies. If one wants a custom, he's the guy.

Fisherman
02-21-2013, 09:26 AM
Thanks - the bindings are maple and are really nicely done. Not sure if I captured it in the photos, but it's kinda stripey or wavey or more likely...flamed :)
There's a thick 'skunk stripe' in maple along the back of the neck and heel too


That's really cool, love the walnut! The cool edging on the fretboard looks sweet too.

coolkayaker1
02-21-2013, 09:26 AM
That is nice...I think the UV Gloss upgrade is no longer an upgrade, but standard, is that right, f?

http://mpukuleles.com/Models___Pricing.html

caukulele
02-21-2013, 09:33 AM
What a lovely uke!!!! Would love to hear a sound sample.....

Fisherman
02-21-2013, 09:33 AM
Interesting - checking his website just now it looks like that's Mike's standard option now. Prices have gone up since I ordered too - I paid $850 for my 'style 4' tenor +$70 shipping. Even at the new price $1050 it's still a great deal.

wayfarer75
02-21-2013, 02:57 PM
That is indeed a great deal!

Nickie
02-21-2013, 03:38 PM
Wow, congratulations! That is one stunningly beautiful uke! The flames are really eye catching. I've never seen walnut look that good, but now I'm really intersted in one. Sounds like a really great price too...can you give us a review, please???

coolkayaker1
02-21-2013, 04:24 PM
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Narra back & sides. Monterey Cypress top. Rosewood fingerboard with Maple/Rosewood herringbone. Rosewood body & fingerboard bindings. Rosewood rosette, tail graft and back stringer. 3 piece Mahogany/Maple neck. Narra/Rosewood overlay. Bone nut & saddle. Schaller friction tuners. Oil varnish. Strung with Worth clears.

#143 Style 4 Soprano..

Honduran Rosewood back & sides (w/ sapwood skunk stripe). Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top. Rosewood rosette. Maple binding w/ Ebony purfling on the top. Maple bound Ebony fingerboard & Ebony bridge. Hon. Rosewood/maple/Ebony headstock overlay. Bone nut & saddle. Gotoh deluxe style friction tuners. Oil varnish. Strung with Worth Clears.

coolkayaker1
02-21-2013, 04:51 PM
These are great ukuleles, for sure. I really appreciate this thread because I think they don't get nearly the "press" that they should. Mike is a fun but quiet guy, not into heavy duty websites and marketing. He used to work at National Guitars, and knows his chops.

I love these two ukes... if anyone is interested in a trade or buy, let me know for either one. Why? I have two. lol I only need one. But, I;d take either one because they are both so ideal. Fisherman knows.

I had a MP tenor with walnut and sinker redwood top in the past, so I can imagine how superb yours sounds, Fish. Ours look similar...MP Ukes has a certainly signature style, for certain. Like tiny guitars, but play like ukes.

coolkayaker1
02-22-2013, 07:13 PM
I just put my favorite strings, esp for sopranos, on my MP soprano: Fremont Blackline Hards. It's giving me a ---- on! It's that good!!

(---- = rock)

Fisherman
02-22-2013, 11:34 PM
Nice pair of ukes you have there Coolkayaker!


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#147 Style 4 Concert..

Narra back & sides. Monterey Cypress top. Rosewood fingerboard with Maple/Rosewood herringbone. Rosewood body & fingerboard bindings. Rosewood rosette, tail graft and back stringer. 3 piece Mahogany/Maple neck. Narra/Rosewood overlay. Bone nut & saddle. Schaller friction tuners. Oil varnish. Strung with Worth clears.

#143 Style 4 Soprano..

Honduran Rosewood back & sides (w/ sapwood skunk stripe). Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top. Rosewood rosette. Maple binding w/ Ebony purfling on the top. Maple bound Ebony fingerboard & Ebony bridge. Hon. Rosewood/maple/Ebony headstock overlay. Bone nut & saddle. Gotoh deluxe style friction tuners. Oil varnish. Strung with Worth Clears.

Fisherman
02-22-2013, 11:36 PM
I pulled out the recorder this evening so you can hear how she sounds :)


http://youtu.be/UGRyvujs-0k



Wow, congratulations! That is one stunningly beautiful uke! The flames are really eye catching. I've never seen walnut look that good, but now I'm really intersted in one. Sounds like a really great price too...can you give us a review, please???

NewKid
02-22-2013, 11:51 PM
Hi - to those who asked - it took about 2 and a half months all up...
Mike keeps you in the loop with regular photos and options along the way, choosing from sets of wood, updates on the build etc. Difficult waiting those final 2 weeks while it was in the post! But she finally did arrive and travelled safely :)

That's an amazing turn-around time for a custom these days! Especially from a quality builder.

dkcrown
02-23-2013, 02:12 AM
Congrats Fisherman. Nice playing and a beautiful uke. Your's ain't to shabby either Steve!

Doc_J
02-23-2013, 02:54 AM
Great wood combination (redwood, walnut, with a little maple )

Beautiful uke.

coolkayaker1
02-23-2013, 03:12 AM
Interesting, fisherman. Enjoyed your sound sample.

Both of mine came with same bridge as yours, yet the strings were knotted and hidden under the bridge. When I was changing the strings last night, I had to stop myself, as my tendency would be for a tie style bridge. Yours re in a tie style. But, I went with what they had...knotted.

Now I see your video, and yours are tied tie style. On tha same bridge. Perhaps this bridge could be used either way?

Interesting. Very.

NewKid
02-25-2013, 01:12 AM
My new MP uke!! Aint she sweet? Happiness :)
Redwood/Walnut...
As for the all important sound... she's wonderful... clear, bright, and it has a singing quality. Great dynamic range, responds to vibrato - everything I love in a uke.
And to top it off, Mike is a great guy to deal with. If you're looking to commission a uke, I'd suggest you talk to Mike!

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Okay, your short paragraph and five pictures just convinced me to order one with the slot-head from Mike. Thanks! What case are you using for your MP?

Don

Fisherman
02-25-2013, 11:44 PM
Glad to hear it, Don :) I'm sure you'll love it. Ken Middleton's excellent review, as well as positive reviews from other happy owners on this forum sold it for me...

I bought a cheap MBT hard-case - it does the job, but I'm sure there are much better cases out there. In hindsight I probably should have gone with an Oscar Schmidt hard-case (I have one for a soprano uke, and it is an excellent case), or something similar.

NewKid
02-26-2013, 01:34 AM
Glad to hear it, Don :) I'm sure you'll love it. Ken Middleton's excellent review, as well as positive reviews from other happy owners on this forum sold it for me...

I bought a cheap MBT hard-case - it does the job, but I'm sure there are much better cases out there. In hindsight I probably should have gone with an Oscar Schmidt hard-case (I have one for a soprano uke, and it is an excellent case), or something similar.

Thanks Fisherman! Actually, it was this whole thread that inspired me so thanks again for sharing your joy.

coolkayaker1
02-26-2013, 02:21 AM
I've owned, in the past, an MP Slot head tenor. I'd still have it but I seldom play tenors now. Mike makes a wicked clean slotted head.

NewKid
02-26-2013, 04:53 AM
I've owned, in the past, an MP Slot head tenor. I'd still have it but I seldom play tenors now. Mike makes a wicked clean slotted head.

Coolkayaker1, I saw your YouTube video with the MP Walnut/Redwood Ken Middleton demoed last fall. I ordered a similar one from Mike last week. I'm looking at cases for it now. What do you recommend for an MP Slothead Tenor? Thanks, Don

Craig
02-28-2013, 11:41 AM
Very pretty wood!

coolkayaker1
03-30-2013, 05:18 AM
These ukuleles are amazing.

Nickie
03-30-2013, 04:36 PM
Wow, it's very nice! Congratulations! Walnut is becoming very popular...it's really pretty...

Hochapeafarm
03-30-2013, 07:38 PM
Hi, Fisherman~ What a BEAUTIFUL uke! Congrats!!!! I absolutely love walnut -- just picked up an all-walnut special model Bruko soprano from Eugene Ukulele a couple of weeks ago here on UU that I'm totally crazy about! I'd love to hear your MP -- do you have any sound samples/videos of you playing her?

experimentjon
03-30-2013, 07:45 PM
Love the fretboard binding! That is a fantastic touch.

PoshUkes
04-04-2013, 10:24 AM
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my favourite tenor, easily