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Garry Petrisic
09-15-2013, 02:56 PM
Built an all koa tenor with LR baggs FiveO pick up. Also a nice Koa with mango back for a friend of mine in a uke club. Decent ukes are hard to sell for a price to club types over here as most of them are retired. they all want to play 50 dollar ukes just for fun. I suppose that is what it is all about. 5876958768587705877158772

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
09-15-2013, 05:43 PM
looks good mate!
Reminds me of Mark Roberts ukes

Garry Petrisic
09-15-2013, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the compliment. Coming from such a skilled builder makes it worth the effort. It is a hobby for me which I am trying to turn into a vocation now that I am retired. I have also built a number of guitars. My work is not considered to be mainsteam as I enjoy making one off designs using little used bracing methods. I like all raised fingerboards and make on piece necks. I use different timbers for backs and sides on occasion and am against holes in the middle of instruments where they need the most strength. Worked so far.

Stuntman
09-15-2013, 08:45 PM
Hi Garry - in the same token, sourcing ukes better than the $50 version locally is not all that easy either. (well there are a very few exceptions). I am interested (not retired and am loving my uke journey) - love the look of your tenor. Will send a PM

Shawn

ksquine
09-16-2013, 07:33 AM
Very pretty ukes!

David Newton
09-16-2013, 09:07 AM
Great looking instrument, is the top an induced arch? Love the sound hole(s) treatment. In fact I love everything about it.

gerardg
09-16-2013, 09:35 AM
+1
And "Cross strings" type bridge look so cool.

Great looking instrument, is the top an induced arch? Love the sound hole(s) treatment. In fact I love everything about it.

Garry Petrisic
09-16-2013, 10:55 PM
Yes , top is an induced arch. Internal bracing is A frame which I use on my guitars as well. Looked at a lot of ukes all over before deciding on the leaf shape sound holes. on on top and one in the lower bout. Koa is beautiful. If you would like some more pics let me know.

Garry Petrisic
09-16-2013, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the compliment.
Garry

Garry Petrisic
09-16-2013, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the response.
The tenor is for sale. The concert was made for a good friend at cost. He has shown it off all over at uke festivals and had a little interest. Main thing was the cost for the average player who just has fun. Seroius musos might look at them but there are so many really great makers out there with good names that someone like myself has no chance unless you can meet the player face to face and they fall in love with the instrument.

Garry Petrisic
09-16-2013, 11:07 PM
Thanks for the compliment. As a hobby builder I always try to make them pretty but playable for the serious muso.
Just in a steep learning curve to make them super responsive. The little archtop uke I made as my first one is a hit everywhere it is shown and played. I may make another soon.

Hammond
09-16-2013, 11:25 PM
They are beautiful ukuleles. I like the sound holes design. Envy :)

gerardg
09-17-2013, 06:51 AM
Look at theim again.
They are realy nice, sweet shapes,
and well done.
Chapeau bas!
From France.

Garry Petrisic
09-17-2013, 12:28 PM
Would be pleased to meet you. I am in Carey Bay near toronto. You are welcome to see what I do. Home email is gjpetrisic@bigpond.com

Steveperrywriter
09-17-2013, 12:32 PM
More pictures would be welcome. What are you asking for the tenor?

Steve

Garry Petrisic
09-17-2013, 12:34 PM
Thanks Hammond. The design is drawn freehand. I apply a backing of lighter wood such as spruce and then drill out and file the shapes until I am happy with the proportions. This design was influenced by one of my mentors, the great Bob Benedetto. He uses leaf style patterns in some of his archtop work.
Regards Garry.

Garry Petrisic
09-17-2013, 12:43 PM
Probably around 650 dollars. The pick up was 160 by itself. I think this is an extremely cheap price for the effort. Like anything the player would need to try it out. I do not know anyone who would buy a uke from an unknown maker sight unseen and not tried out to thier satisfaction.5882658827=CONFIG]58825[/ATTACH]

Garry Petrisic
09-17-2013, 12:50 PM
I thank you again for the wonderful compliment.
Nice female shapes are always pretty. Nice and warm to hold and a sweet mellow sound. Not loud but a nice voice.
Regards Garry.

Hammond
09-17-2013, 03:34 PM
Garry,
Thank you for explaining the leaf design. They have the natural spirit from the look, especially the leaf, and the so natural wood finish. I bet you put very much effort on them. Congratulations! They are beautiful :)
Hammond

Garry Petrisic
09-17-2013, 06:56 PM
Thankyou again Hammond. I keep the wood natural and apply only Tung oil or white shellac. I like all the shiny ukes out there as well that people go to so much trouble with to put lots of added bling. I try to keep mine absolutely natural.
Regards Garry.

Steveperrywriter
09-18-2013, 11:24 AM
Pm sent ...

Garry Petrisic
09-18-2013, 05:28 PM
Do not know if you got my reply. Couple of guys keen on it over here. Shipping to US is around 150/200 dollars for this sort of thing. I will check on this with the postal service.
Mahalo.
Garry.

Garry Petrisic
09-19-2013, 12:26 AM
Tenor has been adopted by Uke player looking for something unique. He is a happy camper and is looking forward to showing it off around the traps. He wants an archtop baritone as well. I don't think I will have time to build him one this year. Started on a Selmer style uke sized between a concert and soprano. Experimental to say the least. Mango back, koa sides, cedar top. floating bridge and a tailpiece. Should be a screamer.
Mahalo.
Garry.

Stuntman
09-21-2013, 12:40 AM
Well I am the pround new owner of Garrys beautiful tenor ukulele. As Garry is local to me it was a real privalage and a pleasure to be able to meet with Garry and talk through the process of building this uke (and the many other ukes and guitars he has built as well). Talking with Garry I was really able to appreciate his organic but well thought out approach to his builds and finishes, and he certainly provided me with plenty of inspiration to have a go at building as well (surprisingly I have most of the common tools).

So thanks Garry, I know it was like giving away a child, but it will be well looked after and played with every day.

Shawn