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Doc_J
06-06-2013, 08:32 AM
Hi Folks,

Here's the latest build update pics of my Gypsy Jazz tenor from Shelley Park of Moodyville Ukules.

Went with the English Walnut wood set and a spruce top. The body is together, and it's looking good.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54087&d=1370542761

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54088&d=1370542817

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54089&d=1370542877

dav_9
06-06-2013, 08:44 AM
Whoa. :drool:

Texangal
06-06-2013, 09:09 AM
This is stunning! :drool:

weerpool
06-06-2013, 09:22 AM
reminds me of a macaferri guitar?? (sorry if i didnt spell it correctly)

Doc_J
06-06-2013, 09:29 AM
reminds me of a macaferri guitar?? (sorry if i didnt spell it correctly)

You have a good eye. To quote the luthier, "Moodyville Ukuleles are a tasteful homage to the mid-century guitars of Mario Maccaferri."
Shelley D. Park is more renowned as a guitar builder. Her guitars are based on the original Selmer Maccafferri specifications.

Dan Uke
06-06-2013, 10:11 AM
I see you like the Maccafferri shape

PhilUSAFRet
06-06-2013, 12:14 PM
I could live with that uke! Frequently, and for hours on end. If it sounds as good as it looks.....................

WhenDogsSing
06-06-2013, 01:23 PM
Very nice Doc...!!!

mkatz
06-06-2013, 01:30 PM
Nice Doc! I guess walnut is the word.

mm stan
06-06-2013, 02:07 PM
Oh Boy Doc,, wow wow another beautiful uke ....holy moly.....it looks awesome.....thank you for sharing....Congrats man :)

saltytri
06-06-2013, 03:10 PM
Very nice wood! It'll be a beaut.

Doc_J
06-12-2013, 03:47 PM
New pics Moodyville Gypsy Jazz tenor under finish. The English walnut is looking even nicer!

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54456&d=1371087029
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54455&d=1371086972
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54454&d=1371086910

mkatz
06-12-2013, 03:51 PM
Great looking walnut Doc!

Doc_J
06-12-2013, 04:19 PM
Thanks Mitch. Looking forward to an update on your custom Kinnard walnut concert build.

mkatz
06-12-2013, 05:34 PM
Thanks Mitch. Looking forward to an update on your custom Kinnard walnut concert build.

Yes, I am too!

Doc_J
07-02-2013, 06:12 AM
My Moodyville Gypsy Jazz tenor of English walnut and sitka is completed !
Hopefully, it will make across the continent by early next week.


Here are a couple final pics.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55398&d=1372780689
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55401&d=1372780697
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55399&d=1372780692
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55400&d=1372780695

Doc_J
07-08-2013, 09:14 AM
My Moodyville Gypsy Jazz Tenor arrived this afternoon. This is the first uke that I have ever purchased (let alone ordered) where I have never heard sample from the builder. So, my first strum would be the first I have ever heard a Moodyville ukulele.

My first impression is that I love it. Very few ukes I have owned were as professionally made and great sounding as this one. It is a perfect as they come. The design is simple, clean, and well executed.

The tone, intonation, resonance and volume are truly outstanding. It is incredibly light, beautiful, and exceptionally well made. I swear it weighs about half of my LFdM. The ukulele also has a wonder feel. The neck thickness is perfect for me, not too thick, not too thin. The body is nearly as wide as a baritone. (It came in a customized baritone case).
It sounds fantastic now, yet I know the ukulele will sound even better as it opens up with playing time.

I did make a short sound sample of it today, on day 1. I'm not the best uke player, but I think it captures the beautiful sound of the instrument.
This uke is tuned down half a step and has Worth Brown strings.
Sound Sample: https://www.box.com/s/apey50rbo1dt73akhyih

**added 7-9-2013
A few folks have wondered how it sounds a half step higher at regular C tuning. So, I cranked it up and put this sample together.
(I think it sounds great in C, too. But, a little lower is a little warmer and richer sounding to me.)
Sound Sample: https://www.box.com/s/8wcsg58ha1iz013voixr
**

Here are a couple pictures of it with my LFdM for comparison. I think the bigger body of the Moodyville give it a rich, deep, very resonant sound, even when tuned re-entrant.

This was a great experience for me, and I would very much recommend Moodyville Ukuleles and the luthier Shelley D. Park.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55622&d=1373309283
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55623&d=1373309313
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55625&d=1373309367
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55624&d=1373309344

Raygf
07-08-2013, 09:25 AM
Wow, congratulations. Looks and sounds great!

Dan Uke
07-08-2013, 09:54 AM
I really like the sound Doc. I really like the shape of the body.

How come you tuned it down half a step?

kvehe
07-08-2013, 09:59 AM
Oh, my, that is beautiful!

Doc_J
07-08-2013, 10:29 AM
I really like the sound Doc. Seems like the tuners stick out a little too much due to such a thin head but it looks really nice. I really like the shape of the body.

How come you tuned it down half a step?

It came tuned down for shipping. While tuning it up I thought I'd stop at half step below C tuning, F#,B,D#,G# tuning for a while, as it might sound pretty good with the larger body.

CTurner
07-08-2013, 10:41 AM
As it happens, I just watched a documentary about Django Reinhardt and his gypsy stylings and guitar shape were in my mind when I saw this thread. : )

Doc, this is a beautiful Maccaferi-inspired uke. Love the walnut and the sound is really fine: I agree with step down tuning on many tenors, this one sounds great! I'm curious about the neck width at the nut and the neck depth, front to back?

Congratulations!

Doc_J
07-08-2013, 10:58 AM
Thanks Craig. The neck is the standard 1-3/8 inch at the nut, while the depth (fretboard + neck) is a shade over 5/8-inch.

dkcrown
07-08-2013, 12:19 PM
Congrats Doc! It looks and sounds great! That is one big ass body. Or does it just have a big ass? :) My ML style Boat Paddle also has a bigger body and I agree that it adds to the resonance and volume.

pcspud
07-08-2013, 12:43 PM
Congratulations!. Love the walnut you chose. I'm interested in how you think it compares to the "similar" bodied LFMD and Kepasa?

Doc_J
07-08-2013, 02:25 PM
Thanks Dana, you crack me up.
Yeah, the Moodyville tenor is 3/4-inch wider and taller than my LFdM, so I guess we can call it a B.A.T. :)


Thanks pcspud, the English walnut turned out well. I like how the grain on the back seems to flow with sides
Body lengths for the Kepasa, LFdM, and Moodyville are the 10-7/8, 11-1/2, 12-1/4-inches, respectively.
Lower bout widths are 9, 9-5/8, 10-3/8 inches, respectively. But they are all 2-3/4 thick.
Fret sizes vary too. Large frets for the LFdM, small frets for the Kepasa, and medium frets for the Moodyville.
All use a zero fret. The rosette and bridge on the Moodyville are very much in keeping with the Django style, a litttle more than the other two.

All three sound great. But the Moodyville is the lightest, loudest, and most resonant. The LFdM is the heaviest but still has great volume, resonance, and good bass. Some of that has to do with the wood types, necks, and headstock style. The LFdM has the most 'bling' while the Moodyville is simple and clean.

Sound is very subjective. To me the Moodyville is the warmest and broadest tone, the LFdM has most note clarity and bell tones, the Kepasa is in the middle.

The Three Amigos
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55677&d=1373421547

janthony1
07-08-2013, 02:51 PM
Beautiful. Love that spruce top and bridge shape as well as the walnut.

Nickie
07-08-2013, 03:01 PM
Nice! What is the purpose of that differently shaped sound hole? It reminds me of Django Reinhardts guitar...

Doc_J
07-08-2013, 03:25 PM
Nice! What is the purpose of that differently shaped sound hole? It reminds me of Django Reinhardts guitar...

Some Gyspy guitars/ukes have a small oval soundhole while others have the wide D-shaped soundhole like this one. Seems the D-shape gives more soundboard to vibrate below it, and maybe more volume (purely conjecture on my part). I have read that one style was for rhythm players and one was for lead. (not sure how true that is either)

guitharsis
07-09-2013, 12:51 AM
Beautiful uke, Doc. Love the wood combination. It looks and sounds great. Congrats!

Doc_J
07-09-2013, 04:26 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.

A few folks have wondered how the Moodyville sounds a half step higher at regular C tuning. So, I cranked up the tension to C tuning and put this sample together. It sounds great in C, too. But, a little lower is a little warmer and richer sounding to me.

Sound Sample: https://www.box.com/s/8wcsg58ha1iz013voixr


***Thought I would add the first sound sample here (since I like it better).
tuned down half a step and has Worth Brown strings.
Sound Sample: https://www.box.com/s/apey50rbo1dt73akhyih

Jim Hanks
07-09-2013, 05:37 PM
Sounds great. I like the lower tuning as well. Bet it sounds even better in Bb. :cool:

Doc_J
08-25-2013, 09:31 AM
I recently added a wound Aquila low G string to my Moodyville tenor with Worth Browns. I like it better in linear tuning.

Here's a sample: Moodyville tenor, Linear B tuning
https://app.box.com/s/4uz2howhrbc06mqgffsp