View Full Version : New Uke Day!

Craig Chee
03-30-2013, 08:29 AM

Joining my Mya-Moe Myrtle is a CC-Tenor by Michael DaSilva [spelled correctly this time]!

The scratch plate is removable (and used for my golpe not for protection). I had a blast collaborating Mike as he was determined to build something that he thought really reflected my style of playing. Fretboard colors do reflect my Oregon Ducks as I feel that I've grown as a musician here in Oregon just as much as I had growing up in Hawai'i. More details will be available from Mike himself at Ukemaker.com or check out his FB at https://www.facebook.com/DaSilvaUkuleleCo?fref=ts

Sarah Maisel was here visiting to do some promo work for some events we are doing together later in the year... we took a little break and this is what it looks like having 2 uke players with very little sleep at 7 in the morning trying to play... she pulls it off way more than I do! I'll have some videos really showcasing it soon (I already had to send it back after all the promotional material was done to get the fishman pickup I usually installed, but will have it back soon!).

Don't forget to switch to 720p for best audio and video quality!


03-30-2013, 08:41 AM
Very nice.

Again. I feel very honored to have been witness to the peer pressure, uke bullying, and manic laughter that lead to the birth of your new DaSilva. It looks and sounds great!!

hawaii 50
03-30-2013, 08:42 AM
Wow that is a beautiful Ukulele..congrats!
how do you like the sound/tone? the build quality looks super nice!

03-30-2013, 08:49 AM
Wow, two very beautiful Ukes together. They sound lovely! Thanks for sharing.

03-30-2013, 08:50 AM
Congrats! Glad to see it arrived safely. Enjoy!

03-30-2013, 08:55 AM
Beautiful new uke! Congratulations Craig!

Dan Uke
03-30-2013, 09:06 AM
Lovely!! I was hoping Oregon won yesterday

03-30-2013, 09:11 AM
Craig, congrats on the DaSilva. It's beautiful and sounds lovely.

03-30-2013, 09:11 AM
Wow that's nice! It looks like James hills Gstring+da silva with the pick guard and cutaway like that is the wood koa/spruce?

Craig Chee
03-30-2013, 09:17 AM
Thank you all for your comments!

The body is based on Mike's James Hill model and is indeed spruce / koa (couldn't beat that winning combination).
The sustain and dynamic range is fantastic... I'll be sure to do some sample videos once I get it back in my hands :)

And yes... I was hoping the ducks won yesterday too :(

03-30-2013, 09:21 AM
Aloha Bruddah,
Congrats on your beautiful uke and great playing to both of you...................

Hippie Dribble
03-30-2013, 09:31 AM
congratulations Craig, what a stunning instrument and a simply beautiful and high class performance from you guys.

03-30-2013, 09:36 AM
Sweet! Love that scratch plate. Gorgeous sound and look. Can't wait t hear more of it.

03-30-2013, 09:59 AM
That's gorgeous!

03-30-2013, 09:59 AM
That was so thoroughly enjoyable!!

03-30-2013, 10:07 AM
Really enjoyed the video. Great playing and smiling faces. That's what it's all about!!

Beautiful uke from DaSilva - congrats and enjoy!


Dan Uke
03-30-2013, 10:39 AM
Which pickup do you use Craig?

03-30-2013, 10:56 AM
A true one-of-a-kind custom work of art. Congrats.

The girl. Oh, and your ukulele is nice too.

Sarah Maisel
03-30-2013, 12:04 PM
What fun! Thanks for posting Craig! :D

03-30-2013, 12:38 PM
Beautiful uke.

03-30-2013, 12:56 PM
That ukulele is a stunner! I live in the Bay Area and have been fortunate enough to meet Mike and to see many of his ukuleles. Congratulations on an instrument that's also a work of art!

03-30-2013, 01:26 PM
What an instrument, I also love the Freudian slip of " Da Saliva" in the post..

Craig Chee
03-30-2013, 02:01 PM
Thanks'all (I'm now talking like Sarah...) so much for the wonderful comments... I can't wait to play more on it!

Thank you Chrimess for pointing out my huge mistake.. fixed :)

As far as pick ups, I am getting another Fishman ProBlend to make sure all the little golpe things I do in my strumming pick up and I am able to mix the blend so that I still get the nice clean signal from the under saddle pick up. It's really an amazing little guy! I've had it on my Mya-Moe now for almost 8 months or so and it's truly let me experiment a whole lot more with my sound. The only reason why it wasn't installed before I first received it, was that I needed to make sure I had it for a video shoot I'm did and some other press stuff. Will be back soon enough and will be making a lot more music with it! :)

rubber necker
03-30-2013, 03:33 PM
Beautiful Ukulele it suits you and Sarah perfectly how did you go without a DaSilva for so long is this your first one? do you have any idea what his waiting list is like?
Thank You for your help

03-30-2013, 04:14 PM
Wow Craig, that is a very elegant looking uke...I've never seen one quite like it...this DaSilva cat must be pretty good....congratulations!

03-30-2013, 05:30 PM
What fun! Thanks for posting Craig! :D

Welcome to UU!

Lots of great people here.

If you become a VIP you have access to all the lessons:biglaugh:

. . . but seriously, great to see you here!

Sarah Maisel
03-30-2013, 07:28 PM
Welcome to UU!

Lots of great people here.

If you become a VIP you have access to all the lessons:biglaugh:

. . . but seriously, great to see you here!

Thanks!!! I'm excited to (FINALLY) be here! :) You know- one thing that amazes me about music (and ukulele) is there is ALWAYS something to learn, no matter how good you are.... :)

mm stan
03-30-2013, 07:56 PM
Aloha Craig,
Congrats on your new ukulele...it sounds great and you got to play with sarah...wow so cool man the video is amazing....