View Full Version : New ukulele in cherry and spruce

05-23-2013, 08:26 PM
Here is our latest ukulele build, created without the use of any tropical or endagered woods or other materials. Hope you like it.

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Scale length: 400 mm
Top: German spruce, custom Ramirez style bracing pattern, 18 ft. radius,
Rosette: cherry - maple - walnut
Back and sides: Am. cherry, back with 18 ft. radius
Binding: German walnut
Peghead veneer: Am. cherry and German plum tree
Tuners: MGP open geared
Nut: pear tree
Fretboard: plum tree, 17 frets, 12 in. radius, nickel/steel side dots
Neck: alder, CF reinforcement rod, bolted mortice-tenon joint
Bridge: plum tree
Saddle: bone
Finish: shellac (French polished)

The 400 mm scale length puts it right in the middle between a concert and a tenor. We have it tuned to Bb (our preferred tenor uke tuning) because it adds some bottom end and the slightly reduced tension allows the voice to develop better. It also sounds fine in C, however, and there may well be strings that work better in C. We have it strung with our standard Martin M600s (fluorocarbon) with a Savarez D4 for the low fourth string.

Pete Howlett
05-23-2013, 11:17 PM
Try European cherry next time Eric. It is much prettier than American and is less porous so to speak. Nice job. I like alder for neck wood. Good job :)

Jim Hanks
05-24-2013, 02:59 AM
Looks good! How's it sound?

05-24-2013, 05:19 AM
Thanks Pete - glad you like it. We've used European cherry before and I do like it, but this American cherry has a nice color and some pretty chatoyance to it.

Jim, I guess I'd say it sounds like a concert uke on steroids :D - a big, full voice with lots of volume and sustain, but still sweet and "pretty" when you play lightly.

05-24-2013, 05:41 AM
... off to go look up the definition of chatoyance ...


05-24-2013, 05:43 AM
Ah. I see.

changeable: varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

05-24-2013, 08:42 AM
Very nice!!

05-24-2013, 08:48 AM
That is a classy looking Uke. I really like the choice of wood.