Sunday, September 12, 2010

Koa Soprano for Jeff Menzies

Here is a Koa soprano uke I just finished for luthier/artist Jeff Menzies. He built me a tackhead banjo in trade! I really stressed about this one, it is hard to build for another luthier! Overall, this is one of the neatest and cleanest builds I have ever done and I think the photos look great. It is my normal Kumalae shape, but with a 14.2inch scale and a 13 fret body join.
-Koa top, back and sides
-Mahogany neck
-Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, headplate and bridge
-Bone nut and saddle, florocarbon strings and Peghed tuners

It has a nice tone and real sparkle. It isn't as loud as I would want, but is lovely none the less. Its twin brother will be available for sale at the Milwaukee Uke fest. It isn't as pretty but sounds louder.

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