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    Default LfdM super tenor build in progress

    I am fortunate enough to live 10 minutes down the road from Luis who builds LfdM ukuleles and guitars. Because of that I own a tenor with sitka spruce top and amazon rosewood back and sides. It is a cutaway with grand bouche sound hole (large oval) and arm rest. I also own a baritone 22-1/4" scale length with large body of bearclaw spruce and bocote back and side. Both are outstanding instruments.

    About one year ago Luis had finished 4 ukes and called me up to see them. One had a sinker cedar top, never heard of that before. One strum and I was floored, sounded so dynamic, sweet and alive. So we hatched a plan. We had talked about doing a 19" scale length super tenor and this was the sound board I wanted to use. We found a stunning piece of curly myrtle, it looks great and Luis liked tap tone, most important. It will be a non-cutaway with a round sound hole, Luis is making the body a bit deeper than normal to take advantage of the longer scale length

    Below are pictures of the sinker cedar tops he had available to pick from. Again I let his ear do the choosing. A picture of the raw myrtle oriented two different way. Then top and back glued up and sides bent with some naptha on it to show the color

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    Oh man, that is gonna be awesome!
    And you are going to love having a "baritone" at the correct scale length.
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    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
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    Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Oh man, that is gonna be awesome!
    And you are going to love having a "baritone" at the correct scale length.
    Thanks Jim. I have owned the baritone for over a year now and it sounds like a 4 string classical guitar. Bigger body and especially the longer scale length take the tone to a whole different level

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Oh man, that is gonna be awesome!
    And you are going to love having a "baritone" at the correct scale length.
    It has taken me a few minutes but now I understand your "baritone" reference. You like your baritones at 19" and this tenor will be 19" but will be tuned to C, I will experiment with B and Bb.
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    Yeah, just teasin. The biggun looks great too and I'm sure sounds great for G tuning.
    19" is my favorite scale, at least recently. You have a lot of options with tuning. Linear C or Bb should be awesome. Reentrant can take you lower if you want to go that route. I have my super tenor Bonanza in reentrant F (cFAD) currently.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Cordoba C1m 1/4, TI CF127, G
    Cordoba Mini M, SC F# EFS
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G

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    Wow Dave, another stunner!!! Sinker cedar- first I have heard of that. I think it's great you are trusting Luis's tap tone judgement. I can't wait to hear how this one sounds and compares to your other gems. Really like the myrtle you picked. I am so excited for you.

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    That's beautiful, and it's even better seeing it being completed.
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    Hey, DUD1, soon you’ll be able open a high end ukulele store. They’re all pretty nice. You’re a lucky uker.
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    Beautiful stuff. I especially like the 22 1/4" scale baritone, for me it's the perfect size for a bass uke. I recently looked at some myrtle panels, love that look. Maybe someday.


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    Looking good Dave! You are so lucky to live near Luis!
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