View Full Version : Tiwi Vintage-Style Maple Soprano - New Uke Day!

Hippie Dribble
02-27-2013, 07:48 PM
hey gang

received this sweetie a couple of days back from John Cope who is an artist and uke builder from Reno.

this is his Kumalae style soprano design which he handbuilt for me out of maple. the top is fir, mahogany neck, koa headplate, walnut fretboard with diamond shaped maple inlays, maple fretboard binding and bridge, bone nut and saddle, friction tuners and shellac finish.

It's so lovely, especially beautiful to hold, curvy in all the right places and has a very bright and sweet tone. Just a joy to play, I'm gone on her.

Here are some pics:


YAY!!! :)

02-27-2013, 08:18 PM
Wow, Jon!!! That is one gorgeous uke!!! Are we going to get to hear her -- and you -- sing together soon? Can't wait!!! Congratulations on your new girl!!! :)

mm stan
02-28-2013, 06:32 AM
Aloha Bruddah Jon,
Oh boy that looks sweet....wow you never mentioned it to me....oh darn..love those figure 8 vintage ukes...you one lucky guy...Happy Strummings and thank you for sharing..
so happy for you man...will wait for the videos man

02-28-2013, 06:58 AM
What a lovely uke. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like!

02-28-2013, 07:00 AM
What a sweet little peanut! I can't wait to hear the music that comes out.

02-28-2013, 07:20 AM
Nice one Jon!!

Hippie Dribble
03-01-2013, 03:09 PM
thanks for taking a look and sharing the joy guys. :)

should have mentioned, here's a link to his build/blog page:

PS - ya should see Ken's cherry sop....oh my :shaka:

03-01-2013, 03:22 PM
Jon's a good cat. He showed me a build of his last year out of 'spare wood' that was AMAZINGLY light. Feather light.

Nice uke!

Hippie Dribble
03-01-2013, 05:35 PM
yeah Scott, lovely guy. This one is just as you describe as well. I also think he's really refining his finishing skills, this is very very clean and mirror-like. Also has a very slim neck profile, really nicely done all round.

I also forgot to mention the rosette: it's a combination of koa, walnut, sycamore, mango and bloodwood. It's getting a lot of playtime so far... :)

mm stan
03-01-2013, 05:44 PM
Okay stop teasing bruddah Jon....spill the beans...HOW MUCH? :)

Hippie Dribble
03-01-2013, 06:31 PM
:stop: aaah mate, cannot be disclosed except to say....more expensive than a Mahalo and cheaper than a Black Bear :)