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    Default NUD LfdM 19" super tenor

    I picked up my new LfdM 19" super tenor from Luis about one week ago and have been playing it every day since, below are the details

    *Tenor body increased depth to 3-1/4"
    *19 inch scale length, joins at 15th fret
    *non-cutaway, round sound hole
    *Side sound port
    *Arm rest
    *Radiused macassar ebony fretboard
    *Spanish cedar neck
    *Sinker cedar top
    *White/Red/Black purfing
    *Curly myrtle back and sides
    *Red maple bindings through out
    *Slothead with Gotoh stealth tuners
    *Custom shaped bridge (smiley)
    *Zero fret, bone nut and saddle
    *Water based lacquer finish

    *Brazilian rosewood used for arm rest, bridge, rosette and headstock overlay.

    Most of you followed my build in progress thread so know the details behind this but a quick recap. One year ago I played the first tenor Luis made with a sinker cedar top (first time I had heard of this wood) and was captivated. We had talked about doing a 19" tenor designed for B or Bb tuning and I loved the sound of that sinker cedar so a plan was hatched. Luis decided to increase body depth by 1/4" to take advantage of the longer scale length. We used my headstock shape, designed for my baritone and the stealth tuners allowing a thinner lighter headstock.

    I have always thought Luis's bridge design was too square looking, everything else has round flowing curves. We came up with a new bridge design, I call it smiley and I like it, makes me smile Because of the scale length the bridge had to be moved back 20mm and the bracing pattern/placement modified. Luis leaves no stone unturned, he wasn't about to just slap a long neck on a standard tenor.

    This instrument is light, well balanced and plays effortlessly. I don't really notice the extra length when playing. The sound has a great mix of warm resonance with crisp well defined trebles. It is loud, piles of volume but sounds great played softly. I had Luis install an LR Baggs 5.0 and it is one of the most natural sounding ukes amplified I own. I am already working up an open mic performance with it. I am thrilled with this instrument and it is different enough from my spruce rosewood macaferri style LfdM standard GCEA tenor to not be redundant.

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    Last edited by DownUpDave; 10-28-2018 at 01:58 AM.
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    That's beautiful from every angle! I like the way you protected the chair with that cloth in picture #3. : )
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That's beautiful from every angle! I like the way you protected the chair with that cloth in picture #3. : )
    Thanks Jerry. If I damage my wife's chair I am in big trouble
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    cedar/myrtle is a great combination. With that big body, you'd be forgiven for calling it a baritone (and I bet it would sound great in DBGE too), but with the planned higher tuning, super tenor is also accurate. Can't wait to hear it!
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    Congratulations, Dave! Luis and you made some great choices on woods and design. I bet it sounds wonderful! Did you have a case custom made to fit this special shape, or are you using a baritone case?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    cedar/myrtle is a great combination. With that big body, you'd be forgiven for calling it a baritone (and I bet it would sound great in DBGE too), but with the planned higher tuning, super tenor is also accurate. Can't wait to hear it!
    Hey Jim....I had it down to DGBE but the strings I have on it are for B tuning and a little too thin, will try it down the road.

    Regarding a sound sample, I want to do this right and my phone isn't cutting it, I tried. When Brenda can come over with her microphone we will do it. She is presently at home sick, she hasn't even played this yet so it might be a while
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 10-28-2018 at 03:13 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    Congratulations, Dave! Luis and you made some great choices on woods and design. I bet it sounds wonderful! Did you have a case custom made to fit this special shape, or are you using a baritone case?
    Thanks so much Rainer, it is even prettier in person. Luis actually had a new Guardian brand hardcase on hand that fit this perfectly, I got lucky.
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    Lovely instrument Dave. Congrats! I’ve found a super tenor is very versatile, play as a baritone or tenor....or somewhere in between. Enjoy.

    Now tell me what Luis is building next for you.
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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