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Doc_J
02-03-2014, 04:25 PM
We don't get a lot of non-USA related uke info on this site (By USA related ukes I mean either ukes built in the USA or sold by USA based companies).

Can anyone tell me about Scott Wise ukulele? I've read some really good bits about them from time to time, even seen a couple for sale. But haven't seen folks discuss Scott Wise ukuleles much. So, please say what you know about playing one. I'd like to find out more.

anthonyg
02-03-2014, 05:42 PM
I just took delivery of my special order Scott Wise Soloist Tenor after Christmas. Scott builds them for low G from the start and I had him set mine up to be tuned E, A, C#, F# although his standard tuning is GCEA.

Its a superb instrument. Warm, loud, lots of sustain and punch. The intonation on mine is just about perfect which is no mean feat since its detuned 3 semitones. Its a beautiful instrument too with figured Tasmanian Blackwood done simply and tastefully.

The soloist tenor is a superb instrument yet not your classical ukulele. Scott does make a classical, 12 fret to body tenor as well if that's your desire.

I'll do a YouTube review of mine sometime soon.

Anthony

Doc_J
02-03-2014, 06:16 PM
I just took delivery of my special order Scott Wise Soloist Tenor after Christmas. Scott builds them for low G from the start and I had him set mine up to be tuned E, A, C#, F# although his standard tuning is GCEA.

Its a superb instrument. Warm, loud, lots of sustain and punch. The intonation on mine is just about perfect which is no mean feat since its detuned 3 semitones. Its a beautiful instrument too with figured Tasmanian Blackwood done simply and tastefully.

The soloist tenor is a superb instrument yet not your classical ukulele. Scott does make a classical, 12 fret to body tenor as well if that's your desire.

I'll do a YouTube review of mine sometime soon.

Anthony

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to hearing your new Wise Soloist tenor.

hmgberg
02-03-2014, 09:46 PM
A few years ago, I posted about a trip I made to the Music Emporium. They had a lot of higher-end, production and custom ukuleles in stock at the time. The only ones I really liked were several Collings and a Scott Wise. I was very impressed.

A very nice Wise baritone just sold on Ebay.

anthonyg
02-03-2014, 10:23 PM
A just had a look on Ebay. A listing has just finished for a Wise tenor without a sale from a seller in Hawaii. Its a traditional tenor with 12 frets to body. The seller inaccurately lists it as being made from Curly Koa. Its made from Tasmanian Blackwood which is from the same family as Koa. Its not Koa.

The price isn't cheap. $1000 US. A new one would cost you $1400 AUS + shipping + waiting. And waiting.

Hard to say. When you play them the quality is obvious but I guess its a hard call without being able to play it and its not a well known brand.

Anthony

minke555
02-03-2014, 11:38 PM
I have a Wise Concert. It is gorgeous to look at, and the sound is beyond anything else I've heard.

I have many friends who were skeptical about ukuleles. Not since the Wise arrived 9 moths ago.

$1400 well spent. Happy to discuss via telephone if you wish. I cannot talk enough about them.

Here are pictures of my Ukulele. http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?1732-Ukulele-Porn-(post-your-uke-pics-here-)&p=1473223#post1473223

Cornfield
02-04-2014, 01:44 AM
Scott is located in Margaret River. This is a pretty isolated area of the Australian continent. It is very near the point where the Southern and Indian oceans meet.
While I was on a tour of OZ in November, I stopped in to talk with Scott and visit his shop. It is a one man shop so all work is done by Scott himself. His forte is bringing the sound out of wood, not bling.
I ordered a 12 fret traditional tenor and a baritone while I was there. When they arrive, I'll post photos etc.

Cornfield
02-04-2014, 02:15 AM
The shop is small but very well organized. The "Star" of the shop is the wood. There is plenty of wood and he has it sorted for his purposes. I don't know what the method is, but he does.

haole
02-04-2014, 06:18 AM
Scott Wise came out to NY for the uke fest a few years ago. He's a super nice guy and his instruments are very light and resonant. His baritone might be the best baritone I've ever played. It's hard to get your hands on one of his ukes in the US, but if you have the money and want something out of the ordinary it might be worth taking a chance on one.

pakhan
02-06-2014, 02:20 AM
I have to say Scott is a really really nice guy and he really gets that tonal immediacy and all his ukes sound "alive"

Cornfield
03-04-2014, 03:13 AM
I just found this article about Scott. The photos show him building a guitar but they give you a good idea what his building process is like. http://elementsmargaretriver.com.au/scott-wise/

Doc_J
03-04-2014, 03:00 PM
Thanks everyone. I picked up well-played Wise tenor. It is definitely one of the best ukes I have played. The tone, warmth, projection, resonance, balance, feel are outstanding. I guess part of its great sound is from all hours it was played.

Dan Uke
03-04-2014, 03:01 PM
Thanks everyone. I picked up well-played Wise tenor. It is definitely one of the best ukes I have played. The tone, warmth, projection, resonance, balance, feel are outstanding. I guess part of its great sound is from all hours it was played.

WHAT?? Are you saying that instruments open up?

anthonyg
03-04-2014, 10:02 PM
Its been a while :o but I have FINALLY uploaded a new video to YouTube. A quick review of my Scott Wise Tenor Solo and a discussion of the steps I have taken to record, edit and upload the video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epdIdP81y7c

Anthony

Cornfield
03-05-2014, 12:55 PM
Thanks for posting your video. I am looking forward to the two ukes I ordered from Scott

anthonyg
03-05-2014, 01:27 PM
Thanks for posting your video. I am looking forward to the two ukes I ordered from Scott

Thanks. Its a great ukulele. I'll be posting more video's using the Scott Wise and I'll use better microphones although the inbuilt microphones aren't that bad at all. There is some proximity effect going on and I'm sure they will sound better if I get closer.

Anthony

Doc_J
03-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Its been a while :o but I have FINALLY uploaded a new video to YouTube. A quick review of my Scott Wise Tenor Solo and a discussion of the steps I have taken to record, edit and upload the video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epdIdP81y7c

Anthony

Thank you Anthony. I enjoyed your playing and hearing your Wise Solo Tenor.

My Wise is a standard tenor with 12 frets to the body. I like it tuned down one or two steps.
https://soundcloud.com/doc-hj/b-flat-vs-b-tuning

Cornfield
03-06-2014, 02:03 AM
Thank you Anthony. I enjoyed your playing and hearing your Wise Solo Tenor.

My Wise is a standard tenor with 12 frets to the body. I like it tuned down one or two steps.
https://soundcloud.com/doc-hj/b-flat-vs-b-tuning

Thanks for posting this. One of the ukes I have on order is a standard 12 fret tenor. I've asked him to set it up for clear Worth GCEA strings.

troydarling
07-31-2016, 07:23 PM
I just purchased a Wise soprano ukulele. She weighs 11 oz. which is half the weight of my Cocobolo ukulele but the tone is richer and broader, despite it being still new. I can't wait to see how it develops. Photos don't capture the depth of the finish. It's close to tiger eye in color and shine. It's magnificent in construction. It took about four months to arrive in the States from Australia from the date of deposit.
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macfish
08-01-2016, 12:10 PM
Welcome to the Wise family! now it's time to experiment with strings

anthonyg
08-01-2016, 12:42 PM
I just purchased a Wise soprano ukulele. She weighs 11 oz. which is half the weight of my Cocobolo ukulele but the tone is richer and broader, despite it being still new. I can't wait to see how it develops. Photos don't capture the depth of the finish. It's close to tiger eye in color and shine. It's magnificent in construction. It took about four months to arrive in the States from Australia from the date of deposit.
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Congratulations on your purchase. Its a beauty.

Anthony

Strumdaddy
08-01-2016, 05:20 PM
I was in a music shop in Sydney - one of the few that carry a selection of half-way decent ukes (you brothers and sisters in the U.S.A. are so lucky - fancy uke shops on every corner, back alley deals on Moore Bettahs, Kamakas in your Cornflake boxes ...) I picked up a Scott Wise soprano, and couldn't put it down!!! I strolled around the store strumming and plucking for 40 minutes. The sound that came out of that little box!!
His daughter Lucy Wise is a great musician in her own right - been playing since she was a little tike in the family band. Please check out her music. And she plays a beautiful tenor uke, made by her Dad of course.
Start here:

https://youtu.be/aHBlA57Yrek?t=60