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Bumgardner
11-10-2013, 08:52 AM
Update pics added on page 3!

Back in September I contacted Kevin at Kinnard Ukes about building a custom tenor. My uke has been in progress for awhile now so I thought I would go ahead and post some of the pictures that Kevin has sent. It should be completed soon.

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Doc_J
11-10-2013, 09:09 AM
Thanks for sharing. That is some nice figure in that walnut!

CTurner
11-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Since I, ahem, already own a Kinnard all walnut, let me be one of the first to congratulate you! ;) Mine is not custom but couldn't resist it when it showed up on the Kinnard site.

As Hodge says, the figure on yours is really nice. You can bet that once John is done with the finish it will be beautiful. I look forward to watching your custom take shape.

dkcrown
11-10-2013, 12:13 PM
That is one great looking woodset. John really has some magnificent looking walnut. I just sent Kevin an email this morning complimenting he and John on the new walnut tenor with the three series binding in their Gallery.

Yours should be equally as nice!

mkatz
11-10-2013, 01:36 PM
Gorgeous walnut! I have a Kinnard all walnut concert and love it.

Mitch

GASguy
11-10-2013, 02:39 PM
Beautiful Walnut!!!

Walnut is one of my favorite tone woods for ukulele, and John Kinnard builds wonderful sounding ukuleles, yours is sure to look and sound fantastic, congratulations!

vanflynn
11-10-2013, 03:22 PM
Lovin' it. Thanks for the progress pics. Are you doing any binding!

janthony1
11-10-2013, 04:59 PM
Love that Walnut. Going to be gorgeous when it's done.

Bumgardner
11-11-2013, 05:38 PM
I am doing a simple ivoroid binding. It is going to be awesome.

Bumgardner
11-13-2013, 02:18 PM
A few more pictures. The binding is now on. Tomorrow the neck will be set.

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Bumgardner
12-10-2013, 03:54 PM
Last week I got the word from Kevin that my Uke was complete and he sent me his beauty shots of it. Needless to say it looked stunning. Here are his shots.

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Bumgardner
12-10-2013, 04:00 PM
Yesterday my Uke arrived. It was a long wait for it to warm up, but by 8:00pm it was ready to unpack.

This ukulele is simply stunning. John Kinnard did an amazing job with the details. The finish is perfect, the binding is perfect, the fretjob is amazing. The action and the intonation are spot on all the way up the neck.

The tone is what really gets me. It is awesome! This ukulele produces more overtones than any other ukulele I have played. It also has sustain for days.

It was really a pleasure to work with Kevin to create this ukulele. If I were to build another custom ukulele I would have John do it again with out a doubt.

I will get some of my own pictures of the ukulele soon and post them up. I will also get a sound sample up sometime after Christmas.

Doc_J
12-10-2013, 04:01 PM
That looks fabulous! The figure in the walnut is exceptional.
Congratulations!

dkcrown
12-10-2013, 04:32 PM
Congratulations. I saw that on John's site earlier tonight, along with another very special uke for another UU member. John's work is certainly top notch.

CTurner
12-10-2013, 04:42 PM
Absolutely wonderful. A superb Christmas present for you. The figuring is excellent. That walnut will open up for a while! Congratulations!

brUKEman
12-10-2013, 04:45 PM
Gorgeous looking uke. Is that 13 frets to the body? Mine is currently in the build stage and can't wait for completeion.
Happy Strummin......

Bumgardner
12-10-2013, 04:56 PM
Yep it is 13 frets to the body.

vanflynn
12-11-2013, 03:55 AM
Congrats. Really looks nice.

dtikim1
12-11-2013, 04:39 AM
Very nice...John as usual did an excellent job on your ukulele. Visited Kevin last weekend and I think that I got to see your ukulele there. Also got to see a 6 string tenor which impressed me very much. Its tonal qualities equaled if not surpassed my 6 string Kamaka.

dtikim1
12-11-2013, 04:41 AM
Gorgeous looking uke. Is that 13 frets to the body? Mine is currently in the build stage and can't wait for completeion.
Happy Strummin......

Is yours a 6 string? If so, I got to see it std his past Saturday. It sounded fantastic.

cigarfan
12-11-2013, 05:04 AM
Some really nice lookin' figure in that walnut. Wow! Congrats.

I can tell you from experience, your uke will get better and better. I couldn't believe the first couple weeks. The fun continues.

John builds an awesome ukulele!

Bumgardner
12-11-2013, 03:39 PM
So a little up date.

So far I have played the kinnard for a little over 6 hours. In that time I feel that it has opened up a pretty good bit. I'm in love with the tone and playability of this instrument.

I had a member send me a pm about the speed of the neck. The neck is awesome. To expound it is really comfortable. It has a slower neck than my 1950s Martin style 0, but the Kinnard is more comfortable. The fret job is one of the best I have seen, super smooth and no sharp edged. The neck has a great radius that makes bar chords easy.

byjimini
12-12-2013, 08:43 AM
Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come. :)

Bumgardner
01-22-2014, 03:16 PM
Awhile back I promised you guys some pics. Well here you go! Sorry about the delay.

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Bumgardner
01-22-2014, 03:16 PM
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Ukulele Eddie
01-22-2014, 03:59 PM
Gorgeous uke. We all know you'll really enjoy it!

Edgeguy
01-22-2014, 06:23 PM
Beautiful uke! Two questions. What is the finish on the uke, and do you feel the side sound hole makes a difference?

Bumgardner
01-23-2014, 02:56 AM
This is the satin finish. I think that the sound hole makes a huge difference. I actually feel it makes the overall volume louder.