I love these build in session shots! I love looking at how things are constructed. Beautiful uke, and like everyone I'm waiting to hear a sound sample. The builder has really interesting ideas. I agree that aesthetically a through tie bridge may look a little cleaner but I with Pop that they're a bit of a pain to deal with. Some people have probably figured out easier ways to tie themThis is so cool! You'll never guess what I saw during my KoAloha tour in December! Okay... maybe you can guess. Here's a peek behind the curtain of the mad genius workbench. They let me glue on the bridge! (Just kidding).
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This was my first time seeing a Juke-a-lele and I was geeeeeeking out!! I wish I got to run into Pops and chat about it, but he wasn't around when I visited. So bummed.
I did learn that the writing across the bottom is the Hawaii state motto! The words Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono which mean "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
After seeing this one, I also came across the one at Ukulele Puapua and got to give it a play. You're completely right... I've never played anything like it! I'm not an 8 string player, but it definitely has an amazing unique sound of its own.
Congrats and enjoy!!
So Chris (who took the pics at KoAloha) compared the abalone fret bars and sure enough this in my uke! Stay tuned, brief sound comparison on the way.Crazy you remembered that. The other was my Koa Pineapple Sunday, first one with Pops "newly designed for me" side sound port! That is just too weird!
This uke especially is a very detailed and time consuming build. I wouldn't be surprised if Pop's makes less "per hour" on the Juke than he does on his other models. Holding it in your hands is like holding a piece of fine furniture (that sounds great when you play it)!Great story behind the uke and your interaction.
The detail Pops put into this build is amazing. What a fun and unique instrument. Green with envy.