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03-20-2013, 10:46 AM
The Covered Bridge redwood / claro walnut concert #36!

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Two days ago I received my Covered Bridge concert, which I ordered the beginning of January. Perry & Terry did an awesome job building exacly the uke like I envisioned it. I based my wood selection on the aesthetics of earlier builds and their advise in regards to the different tone woods. I decided to settle for a redwood top, because of the unique looks and the warm sound. The choice for walnut was made, because it combines well with redwood. I asked for nicely coloured, but straight grained woods (especially walnut can be very wild). The binding is made from curly koa, in which it pays its respect to Hawaii as the other woods are all pacific east coast woods (expect the mahogany neck). The rosette is walnut burl. I'm not a fan of abalone bling and wanted this ukulele to have a real 'folk' look.

The build process was fun, as Perry & Terry post pictures on regular basis on their Facebook page (there are also better pictures of this ukulele on there).

Here are the specs of the ukulele:

Concert Size
Old stock, tight grain redwood top
Claro walnut back & sides
Ebony fingerboard and (through) bridge
Bone nut & saddle
BWB walnut burl rosette
BWB curly koa binding
Walnut fineer headstock
Peghed tuners
Mahogany neck
Matte oil finish

The uke sounds very warm & mellow. It's wonderful. The action is the lowest I've played yet (just a tad lower than my Ono). The neck feels nice & smooth, not too thick, not too thin. The uke is very nicely finished and the oil finish makes it looks really vintage, which was a surprise to me (a nice surprise!). My Ono in comparison has a very shiny oil finish (which fits that uke best).

As I already told I'm also the proud owner of a Ono spruce / maple concert ukulele, which sounds a lot brighter than this uke. I bought the Ono via the Marketplace just a week after I ordered the CB. Because I expected it to be different (in looks & sounds) they do complement each other nicely!

As I think there's quite some interest in a comparison between these two brands Oregon made ukuleles I'll post a comparison review with good quality sound samples of these 2 ukuleles soon. They're both pro instruments (I'm not, but I'm having lots of fun).

I would want to thank Perry & Terry of CB for building this ukulele for me. It's beyond my expectations!

03-20-2013, 10:51 AM
Lovely looking ukulele

03-20-2013, 10:52 AM
It's beautiful!!

03-20-2013, 10:54 AM
Congratulations on the beautiful custom! I really like that redwood/claro walnut combination, and the fact that you don't have abalone on it.

03-20-2013, 11:25 AM
That is one beautiful ukulele. Can't wait to get mine from them. =) I'm looking forward to the Ono baritone in my future as well.

03-20-2013, 11:29 AM
Congrats -- that's a beauty, for sure.

We have similar tastes; whenever I think about giving Terry and Perry a shout, that's the combination I envision.

we tigers
03-20-2013, 11:41 AM
Beautiful uke, Whepper! Absolutely lovely in every way. Congratulations!

Hippie Dribble
03-20-2013, 11:48 AM

03-20-2013, 12:30 PM
Exquisite ukulele!

03-20-2013, 12:40 PM
Beautiful uke, looking forward to sound clips for sure!

03-20-2013, 01:05 PM
Very handsome!

03-20-2013, 01:38 PM
That ukulele is awesome looking. I've now had some experience with walnut and I think it's a delightful tonewood, and I imagine it combines really nicely with redwood. Congratulations and happy strumming!

03-20-2013, 01:47 PM
Congrats Whepper!
That's a beautiful uke! Hope you enjoy your Covered Bridge as much as I enjoy mine.

Dan Uke
03-20-2013, 01:58 PM
Yeah, that's a lovely one!!

hawaii 50
03-20-2013, 02:06 PM
very nice! hope The Ukulele Site(aka HMS) gets their's soon..love to hear how they sound..

03-20-2013, 03:16 PM
Very, very pretty! Congratulations to you and to my neighbors up the road.

03-20-2013, 03:37 PM
That's awesome, Wheps.

I do wish the brothers Bridge would get a headstock logo, though.

Hippie Dribble
03-20-2013, 03:42 PM
I do wish the brothers Bridge would get a headstock logo, though.
ooooh, NOOOOOOO!!!! Plain and beautiful and elegant just the way it is. I can only think of two headstock logos/inlays I ever saw that I didn't mind: Black Bear and Kamaka, all the rest shouldn't have bothered. Some are just plain ugly and cheapen the look of the instrument in my view, especially that Wixom one... :stop:

we tigers
03-20-2013, 07:26 PM
The headstock IS the logo.
No need for an ugly inlay.

03-20-2013, 09:54 PM
Seriously want one of these. Great wood choice and a great build.

03-21-2013, 12:42 AM
The headstock....she is beautiful ...naked and unadorned..... to add a logo would cheapen her...distract from her fine lines .... like putting a tattoo that

says "leonardo" on the arm of the mona lisa. :-)


03-21-2013, 12:48 AM
......almost forgot... congrats on the new uke...shes a beut.

03-21-2013, 09:19 AM
Thanks everyone! :D

About walnut:
If you check the Mya Moe page about their wood selections it shows it should be comparable to myrtle and in between mango and cherry; everything is subjective to a certain height of course.

About logo's:
I also think most ukes are better off without a logo. The CB ukes have a headstock in the shape of a covered bridge, so it's one big logo already and the signature of their builds. I would also easily recognise builds by other luthiers on this forum that don't use logos.

@eugene ukulele: I agree that the Wixom logo is just plain ugly (it's a sticker).

03-21-2013, 09:25 AM
It's lovely! I bet it sounds even better than it looks.

04-06-2013, 01:06 PM
Can you do I sound comparison video of the Covered Bridge and Ono? I am looking to get one of each in the future and am trying to settle on the woods combos. Or you just send me both of your ukes and call it a day :)