View Full Version : My Iriguchi tenor is almost here!

Jim Hanks
03-20-2014, 05:33 PM


Hippie Dribble
03-20-2014, 05:36 PM
Nice one Jim! So pretty. Those contrasting woods look great and the tuners are very cool. :)

03-20-2014, 05:57 PM
pretty! very under-stated and unique.

Ukulele Eddie
03-20-2014, 05:59 PM
Very cool looking. Looks "sleek". Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

Jim Hanks
03-20-2014, 06:36 PM
the tuners are very cool. :)
Don't they look great! Picked those out myself - well, actually Dave suggested the black to go with the other details.

Very cool looking. Looks "sleek". Can't wait to hear your thoughts.
Me too! Still not sure when it's arriving. My first "custom" so really looking forward to it.

03-20-2014, 06:54 PM
Its simply beautiful and unique!

Five Ways
03-20-2014, 09:18 PM
Yes very nice Jim love those tuners, looking forward to sound sample.

03-21-2014, 12:39 AM
Jim, Jim, Jim, that ukulele is off the hook, man! Side sound port. Those Gotoh Planetaries are the sweetest I've ever seen. Amazing instrument. Looks super lightweight, to the eye.

Iriguchi...never heard of that luthier. Name sounds Polish.

03-21-2014, 12:45 AM
Veeeeery classy looking little sucker :drool:

Maiden Uke
03-21-2014, 04:23 AM
Very unique looking "pineapple" style with the side sound port....Great find! Looking forward to your feedback.

03-21-2014, 04:29 AM
Great looking ukulele. I bet it has a great full sound with that pineapple body

03-21-2014, 05:05 AM
Great looking uke, Jim. I'm sure it will sound great as well.

Glad to see that David is back to building again. Did I hear that he was having some health issues (carpal tunnel?)

03-21-2014, 05:18 AM
Sheesh Jim...that is a beaut!!

I highly recommend you pass it around the UU community (like the Kinnard Tenor)...I will be first in line!

03-21-2014, 02:37 PM
Congratulations! She's beautiful (: I can't wait for mine to be done!! My first custom, an Iriguchi. Mine is going to almost the same as yours but will have tamarind soundboard and be a five string with gold fret wire.

Jim Hanks
03-21-2014, 03:13 PM
@coolkayaker - Dave is a member here but doesn't post much. Pretty sure he is of Japanese heritage.

@osprey - yeah, I was aiming for fuller, mellower sound

@dkcrown - yes, Dave has carpal tunnel surgery late last year but I think is slowly getting back to full health.

@sonomajazz - yeah, dream on. :-)

@bonesigh - I'm sure the wait will be worth it

03-21-2014, 03:22 PM
Very purdy and I love the name, Weeble... The black details are very classy, like wearing a tux.

03-21-2014, 04:16 PM
I'd love to hear it. It's very unique looking and grows on me the more I look at it. What's the cost if you don't mind? (I have no idea if it's a fopaux to ask):rulez:

Jim Hanks
03-21-2014, 04:38 PM
@ukejenny - Dave calls his hole shape "wobbly" and Weeble is all I could think of to go with all the wobbly holes. :-) I'm not usually one to name instruments but Dave won't build one without a name. :-)

@icelander53 - I will definitely be putting up some vids and sound clips in a few weeks. I don't have the final price but somewhere around $950 or so once it is shipped. They start somewhat cheaper but the pickup and tuners were significant upgrades and I'm having him send a gig bag as well. Also this was ordered back in August so his prices may have risen a bit.

03-21-2014, 09:28 PM
I absolutely love the look and design of this uke! I am interested in how easy she plays. Look forward to you thoughts and videos.

03-21-2014, 10:18 PM
I love that body!

03-22-2014, 01:57 AM


Beautiful uke Jim. I've always admired Dave's work. I love the North American poplar and redwood. The neck looks very comfortable, wide and on the thinner side. Can't wait to hear you play it.

03-22-2014, 04:23 AM
You will love it. I have played them several times. Huge full sound on the tenor scale because of the modified pineapple shape he calls Keystone. Whenever you have a body like that, you get a great amount of surface area that vibrates in the top eliminating an upper bout essentially. That's why Ukes like the Favila tear drop sound amazing.

Dave builds a great instrument. Depending on the wood, you will vary your sound. I love the Kauri wood he used. His Ukes play very well and the shape is just like any other uke when you play it. It felt good, nothing awkward feeling wise against your forearm. I think he builds a very good instrument. Nice choice I. Wood and tuners on your.

You picked a good one.

03-22-2014, 04:43 AM
Congrats, David is one of the nicest guys around!

03-22-2014, 12:57 PM
Nice Uke Jim. I just recently found the site and have been emailing back and forth with Dave. There is one good sound sample on you tube but looking forward to your post once you get used to your new Uke. I would like to hear your comments on how you feel the tone, volume,fit &finsih! neck and tuners all came together. Would you change anything. I think David recommends cedar or red wood as a good combination with the poplar back and sides. I also like the Eco aspect of materials chosen. I love the poplar back and side. Nice Uke looking forward to your comments.