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Dan Uke
08-20-2013, 08:56 PM
I received my LFDM yesterday and the uke is gorgeous and the sound is what I imagined it to be. After getting a spec uke from Luis, I wanted to get a custom uke from him.

The woods are Adi Spruce Top, Macassar Ebony B&S, with Quilted Bubinga Rosette and Bindings. LR Baggs 5.0 Pickup and Gotoh Stealth Tuners

There is a Cross that represents my faith and a Philippines Sun and Korean Ying Yang from the flags and will always remind me of my family. This is a uke I want to pass to my kids!

It currently has a buzz so I need to send it back for Luis to fix but it's sounds beautiful!! I can't wait to get it back so I can realize its full potential!!



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Dan Uke
08-20-2013, 08:58 PM
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Here is a video of this beauty!!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3TmCISSNzs&feature=youtu.be

hawaii 50
08-20-2013, 09:23 PM
Nice Daniel...

I hope you get it back fast....

it should be even better....
congrats....

mm stan
08-20-2013, 10:54 PM
Congrats Daniel....Nice job....hope you get it fixed very quickly....it looks real nice...

coolcow
08-21-2013, 12:09 AM
It sounds and looks beautiful.....congrats Daniel!!!

do you piano too??

PhilUSAFRet
08-21-2013, 12:47 AM
Congrats, a real stunner. Quite a "family heirloom."

dkcrown
08-21-2013, 01:00 AM
Congratulations Daniel. That stinks about having to send it back, but I'm sure that Luis will take care of the problem. I had the same buzzing issue with the my custom Boat Paddle after receiving it. I sent it back to Jerry Hoffman and he took care of the problem. It sounds wonderful now and is one of my favorites.

Doc_J
08-21-2013, 01:11 AM
Wow! Your new LFdM sounds and looks so amazing. That is exceptional clarity and depth! Congratulations!
(Great video too!)
Luis really set a new bar with your new Placido. What strings do have on it, SC?

Hopefully you will have it back soon.

armchair_spaceman
08-21-2013, 02:31 AM
Thank you for sharing that, your new Uke is stunning.

CTurner
08-21-2013, 04:01 AM
Nongdam, the quilted bubinga is especially wonderful in contrast and texture on the soundhole. Sounds quite excellent, and I didn't notice the buzz in your playing. :) Get it back quick and enjoy.

wickedwahine11
08-21-2013, 04:15 AM
Congratulations, it looks and sounds terrific.

Mandarb
08-21-2013, 04:30 AM
Congrats on the new uke.

kvehe
08-21-2013, 04:32 AM
Congratulations, amazing!

Steedy
08-21-2013, 04:49 AM
Wow, beautiful! :shaka:

coolkayaker1
08-21-2013, 06:22 AM
Lovely uke, but I see what you mean about the buzz. Your video was almost painful to hear because of it. :rolleyes:

Dan Uke
08-21-2013, 06:53 AM
Thank you everyone and I'm 100% confident that Luis will take care of it. He is very sincere and for me, the journey with a luthier is very important as well as the final product.

Gotta give props to Andrew at Hawaii Music Supply to examine 4 of the "Magnificent 7" and letting us know of little things that we wouldn't be aware of. Luis has learned from Andrew's comments and they will be even better next time! It's awesome that HMS is taking in custom orders from the likes of Ko'olau, Pepe Romer, LFDM, Kerry Char, Compass Rose, etc. but you get the expertise of HMS to examine it and give their expert setup. You have peace of mind going thru Andrew and I heard that he's ordering 4 more next year!! I don't know if they are all presold before he get's them but you are in good hands with Andrew. He reviewed 3 of the ukes http://www.ukulelesupply.com/lfdm/

If you want 100% custom, then you should order directly with Luis.

@Dana: I used my Zoom H2N recorder so much better sound than my camera.

@Coolcow: Just like most Asian kids, I've learned piano but don't remember much now. My parents just bought a piano for my kids. I thought I would never own an instrument more expensive than my MBU! LOL

@Doc_J: SC Round Wound Low G...I sent these strings to Luis...I don't mind the squeek so prefer these over the smooth wound

Newportlocal
08-21-2013, 08:18 AM
Wow Daniel. Spruce and Macassar are great wood choices. Like the cross on the headstock. Your playing in the video sounds good as always. Congratulations on a stunning uke!

Dan Uke
08-21-2013, 10:56 AM
Wow Daniel. Spruce and Macassar are great wood choices. Like the cross on the headstock. Your playing in the video sounds good as always. Congratulations on a stunning uke!

Thanks Richard. I'm so glad that you can see the cross clearly in the video. We gotta jam soon!!

NewKid
08-21-2013, 10:57 AM
Very beautiful Daniel! Your playing keeps getting better and better.

Dan Uke
08-21-2013, 11:33 AM
Very beautiful Daniel! Your playing keeps getting better and better.

Thanks Don...I would play better if I took lessons from Sarah Maisel too!!

When are you going to share your uke? I'm most curious in yours as it has quilted maple B&S, which isn't a wood he used in the past.

Dan Uke
08-21-2013, 11:34 AM
Lovely uke, but I see what you mean about the buzz. Your video was almost painful to hear because of it. :rolleyes:

I'm glad you agreed for a change!! HAHAHA

coolkayaker1
08-21-2013, 11:38 AM
I'm glad you agreed for a change!! HAHAHA

Honestly, it's an awesome uke. Now you have, what two Mosquitoes? Or did you sell the other, D?

Dan Uke
08-21-2013, 11:52 AM
Yeah, I owned a Flea before and I wish I bought one of those Aphids!

Sold it to someone, who decided to buy another one too. I wonder if that person will sell it.

I guess it starts with a spec uke and then moves on to the custom designs. I think Coolcow really upped the ante with her wood choice.

Maybe there's more ways to build a uke besides fan bracing and using koa. hahaha

Anyways, he's from Toronto so not trying to make Hawaiian sounding ukuleles. Actually, it's great that the Hawaiian builders are using other woods besides koa.

Newportlocal
08-21-2013, 11:59 AM
Thanks Richard. I'm so glad that you can see the cross clearly in the video. We gotta jam soon!!

Definitely!:D

Ukejenny
08-21-2013, 01:07 PM
Beautiful in looks and sound. Love all the personal touches.

experimentjon
08-21-2013, 07:51 PM
Love those bindings, and very cool custom touches. Hope it gets back from the shop quickly!

Dan Uke
08-22-2013, 03:47 AM
Thank you guys

Couple things I really want for all my ukes are:

1) Bound fretboard
2) Mitred purflings

Very minor things but it shows that the luthier put that extra effort.

teruterubouzu
08-25-2013, 01:38 PM
Congratulations on your beautiful new uke. I love the cross inlay and that beautiful sound hole. Absolutely gorgeous!

chrimess
08-25-2013, 02:03 PM
Extraordinary uke and great playing, Dan!

Dan Uke
08-26-2013, 06:12 AM
Congratulations on your beautiful new uke. I love the cross inlay and that beautiful sound hole. Absolutely gorgeous!


Extraordinary uke and great playing, Dan!

Thanks guys. I'm a big fan of spruce.

stevepetergal
08-26-2013, 03:22 PM
Congratulations, Daniel!! You have a dream ukulele. It's beautiful and you make such lovely music with it. Placido Domingo is a favorite of mine, too. Your Nessun Dorma is as beautiful as his. Now, how about Granada!

blue_knight_usa
08-26-2013, 04:22 PM
Stunning uke!

Dan Uke
08-26-2013, 07:04 PM
Now, how about Granada!

That's a great choice...I really want to do the catchy fast part but don't think I can play it...Do you know where I can get the tabs for the ukulele? hehe

Dan Uke
10-03-2013, 08:01 AM
I have finally received the uke back and there is no more buzz!!

Newportlocal
10-03-2013, 08:14 AM
I have finally received the uke back and there is no more buzz!!

I know that feeling. Happy for you Daniel.:D

Doc_J
10-03-2013, 08:24 AM
I have finally received the uke back and there is no more buzz!!

Excellent !

Glad you got it back fairly soon. It's like new uke day all over again.

It does take a while to repair + transporting back and forth across the continent.

NewKid
10-03-2013, 09:23 AM
Congrats Daniel!

Next up for both of us: Pohaku tenor

Stevelele
10-03-2013, 11:19 AM
Dr. LFDM and Dr. Devine cured me of my UAS, although I have a few more coming in.... would you believe me if I told you my buying days are over? I wouldn't.

Dan Uke
10-03-2013, 11:28 AM
Thanks guys...it took longer than expected but worth it.

Sorry Don but I have more customs in the works and one of them is another LFDM!!

Steve, Dr. LFDM and Dr. Devine recommends buying another from them!! HAHAHA

NewKid
10-03-2013, 11:39 AM
Wow, you guys are unbelievable and I know you both have Moore Bettah's as well.

God bless you!

pcspud
10-03-2013, 12:36 PM
Gees I'm envious of you guys - a LFMD, a Devine, A Moore Bettah and still more to come!

ssy
10-22-2013, 06:44 AM
한국분이세요? ㅎㅎ

Dan Uke
10-22-2013, 07:48 AM
한국분이세요? ㅎㅎ

yup, even though I can't read well.

Radio Flyer
10-22-2013, 07:59 AM
한국분이세요? ㅎㅎ

i second that ( i think)

Skinny Money McGee
10-22-2013, 08:16 AM
i second that ( i think)


Your a Korea Man too? Lol