A Super Concert for Joe

I just finished up a resonator with a Concert body and a Tenor neck for Joe in NM. Joe asked that the uke play more like a guitar while still sounding like a classic uke. We decided on this configuration.

SONY DSCThe smaller body of a concert-sized ukulele attached to a tenor-scale neck.

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It was important to Joe that we not use wood that was endangered or improperly imported. He also wanted something that was rugged for travel and able to survive the dry climate of NM. My first thought was “sycamore”. The back, sides, top and neck are made of sycamore. Gorgeous wood and extremely tough and stable.

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The resonator cover and headstock veneer is made from wood my friend Ed from Ohio gave me. Ed used to live in Greenville and moved back to Ohio to help out his folks. They heat with wood and he is always generous in bringing me some interesting samples. We think this highly figured wood is ash.

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The fretboard is spalted dogwood. VERY tough wood but not something you can buy in the store. I found this beautiful batch waiting on a neighbor’s curb on trash day.

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I love the look of sycamore! Joe decided to upgrade to Peghed tuners. These are made in Columbia, SC and are quite ingenious. They are precise, helically-geared tuners made to look like traditional friction tuners. Very lightweight and accurate.

peghed tuner drawing

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One its way to The ABQ!

Here is a sound sample and slide show:

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Published in: on May 26, 2013 at 12:57 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Enjoyed that snazzy little tune

    Sent from my iPhone


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