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    Default Over the Rainbow, or over the top?

    Saw this custom uke on Reverb, with Wizard of Oz themed custom inlays. Not my style, but I bet there's someone, somewhere over the rainbow, who'd love to own it!

    https://reverb.com/item/37020023-wiz...ntent=37020023

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    I love it! The back illustration is amazing. And the back of the neck is perfect.
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    I love it too. A work of art.

    The back of the neck is the only thing I don't like. It just looks like it was scrawled over that beautiful flame with a marker.
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    I agree, it really is amazing inlay artistry!
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    Well I do agree with the artistry-inlay-craftsmanship. I do find it a bit gaudy, over the top. I wonder how is sounds and plays. Not really my thing but it will be for somebody. Collectors--art fans--OZ fans and others. I'll ask my buddy in SoCal. about Oak Creek Guitars. Price is wow, outta my range.....glad I'm not interested in it. Some collector will be happy.

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    Yes, very much a collectors item rather than a serious musical instrument. Hideous.
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    I've seen ads for Glowforge (a laser cutter) that this builder uses to cut his inlays. He is in one of the ads for the product that shows on Facebook. While the inlays look cool, I'm not a fan of the screwed on bridge with what appears to be a glob of glue showing on the bottom side of it. Definitely something for a Wizard of Oz fan rather than someone looking for a high end instrument.
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    what did they do in the front? I thought the back was "original" but then saw the front and ugh!

    and for that price, it better does some magic with your playing skills!

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    I think it's pretty well done. Mixed media. Inlays, paint, dye, ink, etc.

    The back of the neck it supposed to mimic the smoke sky-writing the witch does on her broom. The front is dyed emerald green. But does look like water. I like the ruby slipper red sparkling "Pufling?", "Binding?" on the back. Black & White (Sepia) for Kansas on the back. Color on the front for OZ. Excellent concept. Very good execution.

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    I'm not a fan of overly-decorated instruments, but the first thing that struck my eye was those two big, ugly Phillips screw heads holding down the bridge. With all the inlay and artwork that went into this, don't you think the builder could have at least covered them with a plug, or better yet, glue the bridge down like most other ukes?

    I think the previous commenters are correct; this is an instrument for a Wiz of Oz collector and not for a player.
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