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Stevelele
04-19-2013, 03:48 AM
Someone on ebay is selling a compass rose with a mahogany neck that was supposedly made from salvaged parts of Bob Hope's pool bar. The ad says that only three will be made.

It's kind of cool to have a story attached to your uke, but just wondering what people think of this. Cool? Irrelevant? Don't know who Bob Hope is? ;)

I guess I think it's kind of cool, but it wouldn't be enough to make me want to buy it. I'd be much more inclined to buy it if I knew Rick had built the whole thing himself! I know he has great luthiers, but he's still the man

ukeeku
04-19-2013, 03:52 AM
Ricks main personal uke has a Bob Hope Bar Neck. Played it at NAMM.
I think it is just fun to say, just like one of my ukes has wood that is over 100 years old and reclaimed from a factory that made cast iron parts. (It was the big stamp that made the mold in the sand)

remy26
04-19-2013, 04:49 AM
I think it's cool. For me, having a story and knowledge about the uke beyond just what I get from picking it up in the store "connects" me with it a little more than the latter. Besides, I think its fun to tell others an interesting tidbit about my instrument when they ask or comment about it. I was fortunate enough to pick up a CR from Gryphon that has a top made from a Giant Sequoia that fell on the UC Berkeley campus here in the Bay area and I really enjoy the fact that as long as I have it, I'll get to carry a "piece" of the Bay Area wherever I go. Finally, I can be really fickle and indecisive with my instruments, so having a back story helps to give me more of a reason to stave off my "the grass is always greener" mentality. :D

Dan Uke
04-19-2013, 05:54 AM
Story is cool if the price is right...I wouldn't pay an extra bill or two for a story just like I wouldn't pay more if Jake signs a uke. Now if it was Jake's or Bob's personal custom uke, then I would pay a premium.

Lori
04-19-2013, 06:22 AM
I think the Bob Hope connection is interesting, but I wouldn't pay more for it. Now, if golf clubs had been made from some of that wood, then you might have more of a collector's interest since his humor often included that subject. I don't associate Bob Hope with ukes much, but maybe he played one in one of those movies with Bing Crosby.

–Lori

Stevelele
04-19-2013, 06:29 AM
I would pay more if it were made out of Abe Lincoln's log cabin


Story is cool if the price is right...I wouldn't pay an extra bill or two for a story just like I wouldn't pay more if Jake signs a uke. Now if it was Jake's or Bob's personal custom uke, then I would pay a premium.

Sporin
04-19-2013, 06:56 AM
I think it's cool and adds a fun element to the uke.

I thought I read about someone making ukes with a no-longer-available-wood (Redwood maybe?) that had been part of an out of the way fence at Stanford for many decades, literally seasoned in the california sun for decades. :)

bborzell
04-19-2013, 07:13 AM
Wood is wood. Whether a uke neck came from a run of the mill tree or was part of demolition of the rails from the gunfight at the OK corral doesn't make any difference in the real world.

Reminds me of the value attribited to collectibles that become collectable simply because somebody decided they should be collectable; typically the person making that decision is the one destined to profit from the designation.

Quite frankly, I'd rather have Bob Hope's bar intact. Now that would be a collectible with a story behind it. Now that I think about it, having the OK corral surrounding my front yard would be pretty cool.

Paul December
04-19-2013, 08:29 AM
I would pay more if it were made out of Abe Lincoln's log cabin

I'd pay more if it were made out of Abe Lincoln.

52049

mds725
04-19-2013, 09:46 AM
I kind of agree that the Bob Hope angle is cool but probably not worth the extra hundreds of dollars the seller seems to want for it. While the neck is obviously an important part of an ukulele, I'd be more interested in there being a story behind the soundboard. That being said, I kinda want a sprucetop/rosewood Compass Rose, as it seems to be Rick's favorite tonewood combination.

Dan Uke
04-19-2013, 09:54 AM
I kind of agree that the Bob Hope angle is cool but probably not worth the extra hundreds of dollars the seller seems to want for it. While the neck is obviously an important part of an ukulele, I'd be more interested in there being a story behind the soundboard. That being said, I kinda want a sprucetop/rosewood Compass Rose, as it seems to be Rick's favorite tonewood combination.

As long as it's a spec uke...It seems like it takes forever for the custom ones!

Doc_J
04-19-2013, 09:55 AM
Did you see the 3000 year old spruce top on a uke from Barron River Ukuleles?
http://www.brguitars.com/

Now that is what I want. Very cool.

http://www.brguitars.com/ukuleles/ancient_spruce_baritone1/files/collage_lb_image_page34_4_1.png

Stevelele
04-19-2013, 10:08 AM
You know it's funny--I actually found that very wood he's using from a guy in Alaska and know the whole story behind it. I was going to buy a set for myself to use on a custom, but I figured that the color would kind of be hard to match. Maybe it would look cool with African Blackwood or Macassar Ebony, but I don't think it looks right with anything else. I have heard some sound samples--can't really tell from them whether they stand out or not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9aprSehGuY


Did you see the 3000 year old spruce top on a uke from Barron River Ukuleles?
http://www.brguitars.com/

Now that is what I want. Very cool.

http://www.brguitars.com/ukuleles/ancient_spruce_baritone1/files/collage_lb_image_page34_4_1.png

Doc_J
04-19-2013, 10:53 AM
You know it's funny--I actually found that very wood he's using from a guy in Alaska and know the whole story behind it. I was going to buy a set for myself to use on a custom, but I figured that the color would kind of be hard to match. Maybe it would look cool with African Blackwood or Macassar Ebony, but I don't think it looks right with anything else. I have heard some sound samples--can't really tell from them whether they stand out or not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9aprSehGuY

I asked Allen about the sound of the ancient spruce. He indicated that it sounds like spruce, with a lot depending on the bracing and strings.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?79753-Babinga-and-Ancient-Spruce-Tenor

Gillian
04-19-2013, 01:14 PM
I think it's cool. For me, having a story and knowledge about the uke beyond just what I get from picking it up in the store "connects" me with it a little more than the latter. Besides, I think its fun to tell others an interesting tidbit about my instrument when they ask or comment about it. I was fortunate enough to pick up a CR from Gryphon that has a top made from a Giant Sequoia that fell on the UC Berkeley campus here in the Bay area and I really enjoy the fact that as long as I have it, I'll get to carry a "piece" of the Bay Area wherever I go. Finally, I can be really fickle and indecisive with my instruments, so having a back story helps to give me more of a reason to stave off my "the grass is always greener" mentality. :D

I would like a clarification. When Rick was telling me about this sequoia, I thought it was from land owned by UC-Berkeley in the Sierras, not from the Berkeley campus. The University owns land in the Sierras for environmental research.

If the wood DID come from a tree on the Berkeley campus, then my Compass Rose, like Remy's, will be even more special to me. My daughter is a Cal grad and my husband and I are big Cal supporters...GO BEARS!

toomauch
04-19-2013, 01:50 PM
My wife bought me a Compass Rose from MGM in 2007 (I think) for my birthday. It has the Hope-neck. It is the twin to Rick's Hope-neck koa that was seen with him previously in some years' NAMM footage. It is a fantastic uke. And it is nice to have a little story. It isn't something I have tell everyone, but having the story of the neck, and the beauty in the wood, makes a nice package with the extraordinary build quality and sound.
I know it wasn't a custom made uke for ME, per se, but I also get a kick out of having one that is the twin to Rick's.
It makes me less than 6-degrees from Rick Turner. :D

Pondoro
04-19-2013, 02:58 PM
I made the neck of a uke from piece of walnut that my dad harvested. I found it in his wood shop after he died. So that is worth a lot to me. But Bob Hope's bar? means little to me.

My wife had knee replacement surgery and I offered to make a saddle out of her "discarded" knee bone, but she was not interested.

mm stan
04-19-2013, 03:53 PM
I've Gotta say Rick makes nice ukes and has great marketing skills....:)

lakesideglenn
04-19-2013, 04:21 PM
Rumour has it that Bing Crosby peed on the mahogany tree that my Compass Rose was made from while he was filming one of those "Road" movies with Bob Hope. When it's very humid here in New Jersey, you can still kinda smell a funky odor if you stick your nose in the soundhole.

The story? Pure BS.

The uke? Priceless!

Cheers!

remy26
04-19-2013, 04:52 PM
I would like a clarification. When Rick was telling me about this sequoia, I thought it was from land owned by UC-Berkeley in the Sierras, not from the Berkeley campus. The University owns land in the Sierras for environmental research.

If the wood DID come from a tree on the Berkeley campus, then my Compass Rose, like Remy's, will be even more special to me. My daughter is a Cal grad and my husband and I are big Cal supporters...GO BEARS!

Ahhh, maybe I'm mistaken! Here's the story from the Gryphon website:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/40703/index.php?z=y

Guess I'll just be taking a piece of California with me when I leave. That's OK too, I still have a story! :o

That's what I get for assuming...truthfully, I didn't even know they owned land in the Sierras! Thanks for the additional information Gillian!

Rick Turner
04-19-2013, 06:41 PM
There is understandable confusion here. I've built ukes both with Stanford redwood fence top wood and also a very few are under construction with Giant Sequoia tops from a tree that fell on UC owned property up in the Sierras. And, yes, I got three necks out of mahogany salvaged from Bob Hope's pool-side bar. I kept one for myself. I may have a fourth in the back room...

I like wood with a story when it comes around. It's just fun. Some folks are happy to pay for the story...I am! And sourcing some of this stuff is incredibly time consuming. It's not the wood itself that is costly, it's the running of a business, taking the time to find the wood or just hang out with the incredible characters who find it and bring it to me. Sure, I could build with all "normal" wood, but that would just be...normal.

A lot of interesting wood has "found" me because I have a really good wood sawing facilities with a 20 hp Baker "resaw" that cuts extremely accurately and loses very little wood to sawdust. It's been a major asset to my business and has helped me get a lot of unusual wood that would not have otherwise found its way into instruments.

Gillian
04-19-2013, 08:34 PM
... I've built ukes both with Stanford redwood fence top wood and also a very few are under construction with Giant Sequoia tops from a tree that fell on UC owned property up in the Sierras. ..

I will enjoy telling people about the sequoia/walnut woods in my Compass Rose. Maybe I'll call it..Oski :) (Oski is UC-Berkeley's mascot)

hawaii 50
04-19-2013, 09:18 PM
I will enjoy telling people about the sequoia/walnut woods in my Compass Rose. Maybe I'll call it..Oski :) (Oski is UC-Berkeley's mascot)

That's a good one Gillian..I am still confused how you pulled off being a Cal fan while working at Stanford...haha

Go Sharks and Warriors!

Mxyzptik
04-20-2013, 04:45 AM
I personally love the story. While not at the top of my list of favourites Bob Hope comes from a fantastic era of entertainers. Talented people who sang, danced and acted most often doing live one take performances.

I love the feel of fine things made out of wood. I cherish my instruments, my cedar canoe, the stock on my great grandfathers Colt Glide Lightning 22 and the display stand for my Ukulele that I made out of a Moose antler and Mahogany from the door jams of the home I was raised in.

Knowing the origin of the wood only adds to the story and isn't that what making music all about, telling the story ?

Luke El U
04-20-2013, 10:25 PM
Bling, made from Splinters of the Cross, on a uke made out of planks from the Spruce Goose. Now, that would be a story to tell!