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    Default Blond Uke Build Starts today

    Received these photos from Allen McFarlan (Barron River) today (my Birthday).

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    Last edited by hollisdwyer; 08-28-2018 at 07:53 AM.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    G'day Hollis,


    CONGRATS on your B.U.B. Day & YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!

    This is TERRIFIC news and I'm so happy to hear that you decided to commission a custom uke built for you by none other than, Allen, your local Australian luthier extraordinaire and fellow UU member!!! Great choice!!! And what a wonderful birthday present at that!!!

    I've been admiring his ukes for quite sometime now and will probably acquire one a little down the road after I make my move back to the mainland from Hawaii in the next few months. Would you be kind enough to elaborate on the specs or the particulars of your B.U.B.?

    Please keep posting the progress pics on your B.U.B. so that all of us here on the UU can check in on your uke during the build process!!! Take care my friend, best wishes, and continued good health!!!


    Aloha,

    Kimo
    Last edited by slackkey007; 08-26-2018 at 08:26 PM.

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    Happy birthday, Hollis! Keep us posted on your build!
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    Happy birthday, Hollis! Keep us posted on your build!
    Thanks Eddie!

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    G'day Hollis,


    CONGRATS on your B.U.B. Day & YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!

    This is TERRIFIC news and I'm so happy to hear that you decided to commission a custom uke built for you by none other than, Allen, your local Australian luthier extraordinaire and fellow UU member!!! Great choice!!! And what a wonderful birthday present at that!!!

    I've been admiring his ukes for quite sometime now and will probably acquire one a little down the road after I make my move back to the mainland from Hawaii in the next few months. Would you be kind enough to elaborate on the specs or the particulars of your B.U.B.?

    Please keep posting the progress pics on your B.U.B. so that all of us here on the UU can check in on your uke during the build process!!! Take care my friend, best wishes, and continued good health!!!


    Aloha,

    Kimo
    Thanks Kimo! The specs are:
    Body & Sides: Sugar Box Maple
    Top: Yellow Cedar
    Blackwood bindings
    Side sound port
    MiSi pickup
    Rubner tuners
    Rosette: wood, MOP and reconstituted stone
    Fretboard marker: none
    Side markers: as larger as possible
    Luthiers choice for other bits

    This was my first Barron River Uke:

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    You can’t go wrong with a Barron River!
    Last edited by hollisdwyer; 08-27-2018 at 12:13 AM.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Happy Birthday and congratulations on an excellent choice. Nothing more exciting then following the process of your ukulele being built. Are you going with a round sound hole or the oval Allen seems to be doing a lot of lately. Slothead???? Tenor????
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Congratulations to your birthday and your decision! I saw the pictures on Barron River's Instagram feed and wondered if it might be yours. My wife has a blonde tenor ukulele (Maple/Spruce) made by Beau Hannam and it's probably our favorite both for looks and sound. As with Beau's, I think the light color will match Allen's design perfectly.
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Happy Birthday and congratulations on an excellent choice. Nothing more exciting then following the process of your ukulele being built. Are you going with a round sound hole or the oval Allen seems to be doing a lot of lately. Slothead???? Tenor????
    Thanks Dave, it’s going to be a tenor with the elliptical sound hole and his new very Art Deco headstock.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Cutting out the back today.

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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Yellow Cedar soundboard with elliptical rosette detail ( Australian Blackwood, MOP and reconstituted stone)

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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Happy Birthday, I hope you let us see it when it's all done, polished and strung up!
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