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rem50
05-15-2013, 11:17 AM
Got and email from Jerry at Boat Paddle ukes saying my new build is DONE!!!! Said it will probably ship friday. I cannot wait! It only took him 3 weeks since I did not want any gloss finish! Will post a video when I get it but till then here are the pictures he sent.
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Uke Republic
05-15-2013, 11:35 AM
Thats a nice one Rem50.

iDavid
05-15-2013, 11:36 AM
I've been trying to decide on a Boat Paddle and am leaning towards a Kayak. Can't wait to hear and see your thoughts. It looks great! What woods did you pick?

Tootler
05-15-2013, 12:25 PM
Nice looking uke. Hope it sounds as good as it looks.

teruterubouzu
05-15-2013, 12:29 PM
Oh wow, that is purty!

rem50
05-15-2013, 01:34 PM
Mahogany back and sides with spruce top. I told Jerry what sound i wanted and this is what he recommended. I figure he knows a lot more about the resonance of wood than I do so I left the selection up to him.
I've been trying to decide on a Boat Paddle and am leaning towards a Kayak. Can't wait to hear and see your thoughts. It looks great! What woods did you pick?

iDavid
05-15-2013, 01:45 PM
What sound were you looking for?

Doc_J
05-15-2013, 02:47 PM
Beautiful uke. I've had a couple Boat Paddle and they are stellar sound quality.

I would love to hear a sound sample when you get it.

kvehe
05-15-2013, 02:49 PM
Neat uke! Congrats!

rem50
05-15-2013, 03:30 PM
I am looking for a "fuller" sound to do more lead picking. I looked at a bunch of custom builders but I really think Boat paddles are a bit innovative and will give me the sound I want with the larger body of the "kayak"
What sound were you looking for?

rem50
05-15-2013, 03:33 PM
Beautiful uke. I've had a couple Boat Paddle and they are stellar sound quality.

I would love to hear a sound sample when you get it.

okay, curiosity is peaked. Which ones did you have and why did you sell?

iDavid
05-15-2013, 04:24 PM
I think you made a really good choice. I have a list of BP's that I would like to get in the coming years. I plan to start with a kayak, but picking the woods is difficult. I should call Jerry. Does yours have an ebony face-plate? Was that extra?

glass
05-15-2013, 04:33 PM
That is nice, congrats!!

equina
05-15-2013, 04:41 PM
3 weeks is really fast! I had to wait 3 months for mine :)
Congrats! I'm sure your kayak is everything you dreamed of.

AKuker
05-15-2013, 04:54 PM
Really nice Rem50. Enjoy it!

uke552
05-15-2013, 04:55 PM
Very cool looking uke! Hope that she serves you well. Keep us updated please!

Doc_J
05-15-2013, 05:04 PM
okay, curiosity is peaked. Which ones did you have and why did you sell?

Early Kayak Tenor, all mahogany. thought the neck was a little thick for me. Should have kept this one.
Soprano M-style, Spruce and walnut. action was too low at the bottom of the fret board.
Concert 12-Fret, just right, and really light. Still have this one.

dkcrown
05-16-2013, 02:28 AM
Looks great Dean! I'm sure it will sound great as well. I played around with different strings on my custom ML til' I found the right ones to my ear. Tried Worth's, clear and brown re-entrant, and settled on Savarez Alliance with a low G wound Cantiga. Did you have Jerry scale down the profile of the neck?

mm stan
05-16-2013, 03:18 AM
Congrats Dean, it may have some volume and all... happy strummings...

rem50
05-16-2013, 12:08 PM
No, I did not ask him to scale down the profile. I have never seen/played one so I am not sure about the neck. We'll see. I do like worth clears, am eager to to hear them on this uke. Can't wait to get this. should be in the ups truck tomorrow headed this way!
Looks great Dean! I'm sure it will sound great as well. I played around with different strings on my custom ML til' I found the right ones to my ear. Tried Worth's, clear and brown re-entrant, and settled on Savarez Alliance with a low G wound Cantiga. Did you have Jerry scale down the profile of the neck?

rem50
05-16-2013, 12:09 PM
I bet that mahogany tenor sounded sweet. I think we all have an instrument that got away.
Early Kayak Tenor, all mahogany. thought the neck was a little thick for me. Should have kept this one.
Soprano M-style, Spruce and walnut. action was too low at the bottom of the fret board.
Concert 12-Fret, just right, and really light. Still have this one.

rem50
05-16-2013, 12:11 PM
Will keep you all posted and make a video when it gets here. Thanks for all the encouragement!

iDavid
05-16-2013, 12:59 PM
I think the thicker neck may be a really good thing. I had a CR for a while and liked the thicker neck.

rem50
05-20-2013, 01:38 PM
tracking says it should be here wednesday!!!! Did I mention I am a bit excited? Just a bit. :)

iDavid
05-20-2013, 03:02 PM
I'm excited for you!

rem50
05-21-2013, 09:49 AM
The wait is over! It came a day earlier than expected!!!!! All I can say is WOW! The action is perfect! ( I like low action), I wouldn't change the neck at all. It bars smoothly down the neck. Sound is nice and full. I have a Koaloha concert sceptre that is my reference. THe sceptre is brighter and more "in your face". Nothing wrong with that at all (great in a group when jammin). The kayak is smoother to me. I have never owned a decent tenor so this may be one sided. I am eager to learn its nuances in order to get the best out of it. I had a matte finish done because that's the way my mandolin was made 13 years ago and it just keeps getting better. I will post a sound sample tonight or tomorrow.

Barbablanca
05-21-2013, 09:56 AM
Funny you should get a boat paddle. Did you know your nick "Rem" is the Catalan for oar? ;)

iDavid
05-21-2013, 11:37 AM
Great news and can't wait for the sample. If you could put the KoAloha in the same sample as a reference that would be great. How is the sustain on the Kayak?

rem50
05-21-2013, 03:48 PM
I did not know that! Very fitting!
Funny you should get a boat paddle. Did you know your nick "Rem" is the Catalan for oar? ;)

rem50
05-21-2013, 03:55 PM
Let me say a couple things I forgot to mention. First off, I got this uke so I could learning how to pick lead breaks. I tried a little on this video. Second, the sustain is fantastic! I recorded this on a little "flip" video recorder so the sound quality does it absolutely no justice...lets just say the same for my singing! I would highly recommend a boat paddle uke. This is certainly going to stay a keeper. I love a natural finish on the wood and cannot wait to hear it open even more over time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r70mGhTJSB0

equina
05-21-2013, 05:11 PM
Congratulations on your new BP. Its tone is indeed lovely, with clear and full tones and great sustain. It makes me feel so happy listening to your song.

iDavid
05-22-2013, 01:05 AM
Very sweet indeed and the sustain is crazy good. I put the studio headphones in to check it out and I am so impressed. Jerry does a great job.

rem50
05-22-2013, 02:42 AM
thanks. The little recorder does absolutely no justice to the instrument. It is very nice. I am going to repost it under another title in case some are interested in seeing a BP. My post was very generic. thanks for the kudos

Barbablanca
05-22-2013, 07:37 AM
Sounds sweet Mr Oar ;)