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09-26-2013, 10:32 AM
I just finished this tenor for a UU member. The owner, who is in Europe, liked the idea of using woods that are local to me. The body is myrtle and the neck is Port Orford cedar with a walnut stringer. The fretboard, which is English walnut with a particularly nice grain pattern, was soaked in penetrating epoxy after the fret slots were cut. The bridge is of the same piece of walnut. The nut and saddle are unbleached bone. The finish is Tru-Oil. The tuners are Gotoh UPT, which I'm growing very fond of. They are reasonably light, operate smoothly and have just the right ratio for a uke. Tuning is low G and it has a full and deep sound.

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09-26-2013, 10:34 AM
The cantilevered fretboard is reinforced with carbon fiber so it is quite stiff.

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09-26-2013, 11:28 AM
Guess I am going to have a NUD soon!!

Can't wait to hold this beauty in my hands.

Thank you David, you did a great job!

09-26-2013, 11:55 AM
Awesome build David!

09-26-2013, 12:31 PM
Good Lord, that is gorgeous and so sweet sounding. Your attention to detail is breathtaking.

09-26-2013, 01:49 PM
Beautiful! Someone is going to love this!

The Great Bedini
09-26-2013, 01:52 PM
Freaking gorgeous. Sounds as good as it looks. Kudos.

09-26-2013, 04:34 PM
Great looks and Great Sound. Not suprising:)

Jim Hanks
09-26-2013, 06:23 PM
Good call on the low G - deep from the big tenor body but bright from the myrtle all at the same time. Very nice.

Gary Gill
09-27-2013, 12:39 AM
Looks great.

09-27-2013, 01:05 AM
Another great sounding beauty!

My Ono school uke tenor has the deepest, loudest voice of any uke I have played.

09-27-2013, 01:40 AM
Ooo ... I like it. Great tone and quite the looker! Congrats!

mm stan
09-27-2013, 03:13 AM
Nice build David,
I love oregan myrtle myself and and washington spruce :)

09-28-2013, 04:48 AM
Thanks for the nice comments, folks!

It's doubled boxed and ready to go. On to the next project.

09-29-2013, 09:10 PM
I know I'm late, but I wanted to share a few pics of the build-in-progress :) David sent me:


Hippie Dribble
09-29-2013, 10:22 PM
Hubba Hubba! :drool:

09-30-2013, 01:02 PM
Hubba Hubba! :drool:

Hey, mate, you just gotta stop drooling! :D

10-09-2013, 10:58 AM
It just got here and it's stunning!

David you are a gifted luthier! It plays like butter and I love it.



10-09-2013, 11:22 AM
It just got here and it's stunning! David you are a gifted luthier! It plays like butter and I love it. Thank you!5966059660

Welcome to the club! My Ono baritone is the one I find myself reaching for the most often. Great instrument and a great experience working with David. Enjoy!

Hippie Dribble
10-09-2013, 11:36 AM
Yes brother, welcome to the club (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/group.php?groupid=251)! She's a real sweetheart, if it sounds even half as incredible as my long-scale concert then you are in for a treat.

CONGRATULATIONS! :smileybounce:

10-09-2013, 03:20 PM
It just got here and it's stunning! David you are a gifted luthier! It plays like butter and I love it. Thank you!5966059660

You're very welcome, Ric. Enjoy!

10-10-2013, 08:14 AM
You're very welcome, Ric. Enjoy!

I hate the fact that I had very little chance to play it, as it has been a very busy day... I just want to add that it has exceded my highest expectations. I just can't believe how good a uke I own!

I am so excited to finally join the club!

Thanks to everyone for your kind words.

10-10-2013, 10:07 AM
Lovely instrument! Congratulations to maker and the lucky owner.

10-17-2013, 01:43 PM
David, I have had a chance to play this wonderful uke a little longer and the more I try it the more I fall in love with it.

Yesterday morning when I woke up I found that the A string popped overnight, so I replaced the strings with some extra Worth brown strings I had at home. The thing is, I much prefered the ones you put on, could you please tell me what brand they were.??

10-17-2013, 05:14 PM
Hi, Ric! Glad it is working out. Sorry about that A string but they'll do that. They are Southcoast Mediums. I'm sure that Dirk can get a set or two to you pretty quickly.

Can you tell where the string broke? This is only the second report of premature string failure I've had from an owner, as far as I can recall, and it would be helpful to get a handle on what the issue might be.

10-18-2013, 04:33 AM
Can you tell where the string broke?

It's no big deal, Thanks for the info!

It broke at around 1 or maybe 2 cm from the nut.

10-18-2013, 07:06 AM
Sounds like maybe a sharp spot on the nut or to tight of a slot

10-18-2013, 08:31 AM
That certainly can happen but probably isn't the issue here, as I use appropriately sized abrasive cord as the final step in doing the nut slots to make sure of smoothness and fit. More likely is that the string got nicked and/or abraded while being moved around during the setup process. This does happen from time to time and, when I see it, I replace the string. Even slight damage to a string can cause it to break so it's entirely possible to miss it.

10-18-2013, 03:12 PM
I had a Southcoast string pop and they replaced it. Just something about the string and nothing to do with the uke.

10-18-2013, 08:28 PM
I had a Southcoast string pop and they replaced it. Just something about the string and nothing to do with the uke.

I had a string pop before too, I only asked because I didn't know what strings to buy :)

It never came to my mind that there could be a problem with the uke!