View Full Version : 5 String Concert Uke

04-25-2013, 10:44 PM
My mate Bosko requested a 5 string uke with a bit of a difference several months back. He wanted an octave pair on the 4th and 5th string, but have them spaced so that he was able to play them both in unison, but also to pick them out separately, and mute the other.

Definitely not for the beginner.

He also had a very specific set of criteria that he wanted in the instrument, but left the embellishment to me.

This is what I came up with.

Body - Sapele
Neck - Spanish Cedar with CF truss rod
Tuners - PegHeds
Strings Worth Browns
Bindings - Tortoise Shell with Maple purfling
Fret Board - Gidgee with 12" radius
Rosette - Spalted Mango in Art Deco Style
Bridge - Gidgee with Spalted Mango inlay
Peghead Overlays - Jarrah
Finsih - Satin Gloss lacquer over epoxy pore fill


04-25-2013, 10:48 PM
When I delivered the instrument to a him, I got a picture of both Bosko and Honey with their instruments. I really like the shot and want to share it with you.


And Bosko posted a bit of a sound clip / video today. He's only had the uke for 5 days, and still getting to grips with it. But as everyone seems to like sound samples, here's one for you.


04-26-2013, 02:10 AM
Wow! That looks sweet. I love my 5 string, a koa tenor built by Ceniza by T & K in Hawaii

04-26-2013, 03:07 AM
before I read the OP I was going to say that the octave strings are too far apart, But.. That is how he wanted it.
looks awesome. I love my 5-string.

04-26-2013, 05:47 AM
Beautifully done Allen, as always. Love the tone. Thanks for posting the clip.

I like the setup/spacing of the octave pair - having a high G and a low G uke in one. Cool.

04-26-2013, 07:52 AM
Gorgeous uke!! I love that bridge inlay

04-26-2013, 11:56 AM
Beautiful work! I was admiring that uke the other day as I subscribe to Bosko's YouTube feed.

05-29-2013, 08:21 AM
What a wonderful demo for a beautiful build.
Can I ask, did you alter the bracing much for the extra string ?

05-29-2013, 09:41 AM
Bosko wanted a really lightly built and responsive instrument, so I erred on the light side. It has 5 very small fan braces that I use to build the radius into the lower bout with, a small bridge patch on a thin top.

05-29-2013, 03:19 PM
Thanks Allen. Really kind of you.

05-30-2013, 05:15 AM
Thats a great shot of Bosco and Honey! Love it. And the uke too of course. ;)