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Thread: NUD: David Hanson 5 string tenor: "Caramelele"

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    Cool NUD: David Hanson 5 string tenor: "Caramelele"

    A lot has already been written about this uke in the build thread:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...5-String-Tenor

    To summarize, the goal was a 5-string tenor with equal string spacing with tuning clearly "uke plus one" instead of "guitar minus one".

    David Hanson, aka Cripple Creek Mandolins was up for the challenge.

    Specs:
    17" tenor ukulele scale
    "Mandolele" body shape
    Overall length: 28"
    Width: 12"
    Depth: 3"
    Gotoh UPTL planetary geared tuners
    Radiused fingerboard, 12" radius
    8.5mm string spacing, 40mm (1-9/16") nut
    String through bridge
    Living Water fluorocarbon strings, dGCEA (0.70/0.91/0.74/0.66/0.57)

    Here is the final rundown on the ten (!) woods used:
    top - western red cedar
    back/sides - maple, lightly curled
    bindings/headplate - curly koa
    neck - Spanish cedar w/ walnut stringer
    rosette - cherry/maple
    fingerboard/bridge - rosewood
    braces - spruce
    glue linings - basswood
    back brace - mahogany

    With all the visible woods being (mostly light) brown tones, David dubbed it the "Caramelele". I'm not usually one to name my ukes, but I'm willing to make an exception for this one.

    Intonation is spot on. Setup is perfect. Very comfortable playing surface with the string spacing and radiused fretboard.

    I'd say the tone is just what you hope for from a cedar top - warm lows and "sparkly" but not harsh highs. Lots of sustain.

    Speaking of the top, I have to add that David expressed some disappointment with how the top turned out, showing more scratches and finish irregularities than he hoped for. He even offered to give a significant discount, but I declined. His price was already extremely reasonable for a one-of-a-kind build of this quality. Worth every penny and more - probably much more. Anybody that can't live with a few blemishes on a cedar top, shouldn't get a cedar top. (And they're not nearly as bad to my eye as they are to his.) I am not bothered in the slightest.

    I couldn't be happier with the process and the product. David was absolutely great to work with, and I have no hesitation recommending him.

    Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite. I'll have a "first look" video with sound sample in the next day or two - as soon as I can get it edited down.

    Album on imgur: https://imgur.com/a/cTR2Lba




    Last edited by Jim Hanks; 06-20-2019 at 01:10 PM.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    Congraulations Jim that turned out exceptionally well. All the colors tones and hues go well together and the whole package is very pleasing to the eye. If "Caramelele" sounds as tasty (see what I did there) as it looks you will be wanting second and third helpings.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Congratulations! Very nice. Can't wait to hear it!

    bratsche
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    Looks-wise, Caramelele is quite a beauty. With it's unique design she is sure to turn a lot of heads.

    Can't wait to hear how she sounds.

    Really enjoyed following her build and your decisions along the way. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    Congrats!
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    I can hardly wait to hear it!
    Kathryn

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    Congratulations Jim, that is an unusual looking uke!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    Congratulations! Very nice. Can't wait to hear it!

    bratsche
    I totally agree with everyone's comments about it's beauty and I am definitely looking forward to hearing/seeing it played. It is just so much WOW. :-)
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    Default Unboxing and First Look

    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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