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saltytri
03-28-2014, 08:41 PM
This one is about to leave for its new home. The body is claro walnut with bloodwood bindings. The neck is Honduras mahogany. The cantilevered fret board and the bridge are Macassar ebony. A 16" scale gives a nice tone and bit more finger room than the standard concert scale. The portion of the fret board that overlaps the top is reinforced with carbon fiber to minimize flex. There is also carbon fiber in the neck. The owner chose Gotoh UPTL tuners, which I have come to like a great deal. It's strung with Southcoast Light Mediums, which have a nice sound with good note separation.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/13480413365_47fc6330d0_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mxdDf6)

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/13480770674_0fd778afdd_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mxftsA)

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dirtiestkidever
03-28-2014, 10:27 PM
Oh my! That is gorgeous. cantilevered fret board. Sound port. What more could you possibly add? I think Moore Bettah style inlays are the only thing left. Seriously this looks incredible. Best looking ukes around imho.

I am curious, do you ever do bound fretboards?

Edgeguy
03-28-2014, 10:42 PM
Beautiful uke. What is your reason for using a cantilevered fret board?

iDavid
03-29-2014, 12:47 AM
Great artist eye you have there. Beautiful uke!

Gary Gill
03-29-2014, 01:14 AM
That is lovely walnut. Nice work.

Raygf
03-29-2014, 01:19 AM
Gorgeous claro walnut and the bloodwood binding works so well with it. My, my, my . . .

wildfire070
03-29-2014, 03:01 AM
Wow that is gorgeous! Love the binding.

Doc_J
03-29-2014, 03:20 AM
Beautiful! That is some curly Claro. Congrats to its new owner.

aquadan
03-29-2014, 03:48 AM
That is gorgeous! I know macmuse is going to love it.

dkcrown
03-29-2014, 04:40 AM
Awesome walnut, David. Your ukes are stunning to look at, and I am sure they sound great as well. The bling is in the figure and the combination of the woods that you use. Just very classy looking. I like that.

Ukulele Eddie
03-29-2014, 04:48 AM
This is the first I've seen of your work (newbie here) and I'm really drooling. This has a modern yet timeless feel to it. I'll be sure to check out more...

lakesideglenn
03-29-2014, 04:52 AM
Absolutely beautiful! I'm a big fan of the 16 inch scale, I have a Newton with it.
Any chance of a sound sample before you send it off to its new owner?

Hammond
03-29-2014, 05:14 AM
Beautiful wood! Amazing work! Really want to hear how this one sounds.

Macmuse
03-29-2014, 06:50 AM
Gorgeous claro walnut and the bloodwood binding works so well with it. My, my, my . . .

I wasn't initially convinced about the bloodwood. I've seen so much that is bright lipstick red (not my taste). Once David showed me the combo he was suggesting I went with it. Absolutely love the rosette!

Macmuse
03-29-2014, 06:54 AM
Beautiful wood! Amazing work! Really want to hear how this one sounds.

I agree and so do I! I was quite happy David was game for doing the sound port. :)

CTurner
03-29-2014, 07:12 AM
I agree, that tone with the walnut works superrbly well together. I think the rosette is quite lovely. Beautiful work, thanks for showing this.


I wasn't initially convinced about the bloodwood. I've seen so much that is bright lipstick red (not my taste). Once David showed me the combo he was suggesting I went with it. Absolutely love the rosette!

Macmuse
03-29-2014, 07:20 AM
This is the first I've seen of your work (newbie here) and I'm really drooling. This has a modern yet timeless feel to it. I'll be sure to check out more...

This is the thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?77347-New-Ono-Concerts) that hooked me and a few others reeled me in to get an Ono.

There are some wonderful build threads posted by David:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?86421-New-Ono-Tenor&p=1393452#post1393452

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?89334-Ono-Baritone-Build-Thread

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?83433-Ono-Myrtle-Concert

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?75083-The-Cherry-Bari&highlight=Cherry+Bari

saltytri
03-29-2014, 07:42 AM
Beautiful uke. What is your reason for using a cantilevered fret board?

The theory is that, since there is so little real estate on a uke top, it might pay to allow more of it to vibrate. This controversial and, like so many things about instrument building, isn't going to be proven one way or the other because there are so many other variables that can't be controlled. We do know that improvements in tone come in very small increments when moving from a good instrument to a better instrument. There is respectable precedent for floating boards in both the guitar world and the uke world. For the latter, look at Rick Turner's Compass Rose designs.

saltytri
03-29-2014, 07:45 AM
I agree and so do I! I was quite happy David was game for doing the sound port. :)

I'm pleased with the sound port. The improvement of sound to the player is very noticeable when the port is covered with tape and then uncovered.

Hippie Dribble
03-29-2014, 06:32 PM
Stunning instrument David. Seriously. Congratulations macmuse. I have the sister to this one and I will never part with it.

For anyone interested there is a little group we formed awhile back in appreciation of David's work.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/group.php?groupid=251

justinlcecil
03-30-2014, 12:37 AM
I feel the same about mine Jon. Just joined the group as well.
Stunning instrument David. Seriously. Congratulations macmuse. I have the sister to this one and I will never part with it.

For anyone interested there is a little group we formed awhile back in appreciation of David's work.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/group.php?groupid=251

saltytri
03-30-2014, 10:32 AM
I am curious, do you ever do bound fretboards?

No, I haven't yet. IMHO, this is way more cosmetic than functional, although there may be instances when the fret ends protrude a bit on an unbound board due to severe humidity changes. This really shouldn't happen if the instrument is properly built and cared for.

I've concentrated on the elements that are most likely to promote good tone and playability. My hope is to produce good instruments at a reasonable price point and adding complex, cosmetic features works against this goal.

Of course, "Never say never." :)

Ukejenny
03-30-2014, 11:38 AM
Oh goodness, that is just stunning. Just beautiful. I love the blood wood binding and love the rosette. It looks perfect.

Hippie Dribble
03-30-2014, 11:46 AM
Of course, "Never say never." :)

yeah well...still waiting for that soprano model

just sayin like :p

iDavid
03-30-2014, 05:44 PM
The uke just looks fantastic.

Are you planning to do radfius fretboards?

Macmuse
04-01-2014, 02:10 AM
It's shipping today! I'm just a tad excited for the arrival of this one!!

:D

Macmuse
04-24-2014, 03:12 AM
Can't do better than David's photos so I'll just treat this as my belated NUD thread.

This uke is just amazingly wonderful to play. Absolutely LOVE the sound port. Wood is stunning, the binding perfect and really like the rosette, headstock and tailpiece tying it all together. I'm addicted. At least one uke of mine isn't going to be played much at all now and will likely hit the marketplace before long. :)