Gallery of Available Instruments

Here's a listing of instruments available for adoption.

 

Super-Tenor Cutaway Ukulele #40  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Port Orford Cedar#40
  • Back and sides - Pale Moon Ebony
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side, ported
  • Neck - Port Orford Cedar, with rosewood lamination
  • Body length - 12"
  • Overall length - 28"
  • Fingerboard - Macassar Ebony, 9.5" radius
  • Fingerboard binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Scale length - 18 7/8"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - yes (slightly larger than the other frets)
  • Fret Material - EVO Gold
  • Nut width - 1 1/2"
  • Fingerboard width at the 12th fret - 1 3/4"
  • Fret Markers -  Gold mother of pearl at 3-5-7-9-12-15-17
  • Side dots - Gold mother of pearl
  • Bridge - Macassar Ebony, angled saddle slot for Low-G tuniing
  • Binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Armrest bevel - Macassar Ebony
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Segmented Pale Moon Ebony
  • Headstock veneer - front Pale Moon Ebony, back Pale Moon Ebony
  • Head binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Heel Cap - Macassar Ebony
  • End wedge - Macassar Ebony
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 5 fans plus tone bars - spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Mortice and tenon bolt-on
  • Tuners - Grover (slotted peghead)
  • Pickup - K&K (passive)
  • Strings - D'Adario Nylon Low-G
  • Tuning - G-c-e-a
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Responsive and powerful
  • Weight - 1 lb. 15 oz.
  • Completed - November, 2019
  • Price* - $4600
    Blue Crossrock fiberglass case included
    Shipping extra

This Super-tenor has a cutaway tenor sized body but a near baritone-length neck.  The body bracing has been augmented to handle the necessary string tension, and the saddle slot angled to better intonate a low-G tuning.  The resulting instrument has the tonal characteristics of a tenor ukulele, a fingering reach more like a baritone ukulele, and the projection and power of a tenor guitar.  It's a satisfying combination for a low-G tenor picker who wants to be heard.  Beautiful tone and accurate pitch in an instrument guarenteed to turn heads.

 

 

Super-Tenor Cutaway Ukulele #39  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Sinker Redwood#39
  • Back and sides - Bocote
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side, ported
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, with bubinga lamination
  • Body length - 12"
  • Overall length - 28"
  • Fingerboard - Macassar Ebony, 9.5" radius
  • Fingerboard and peghead binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Scale length - 18 7/8"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - yes (oversized)
  • Fret Material - EVO Gold
  • Nut width - 1 1/2"
  • Fingerboard width at the 12th fret - 1 3/4"
  • Fret Markers -  Reconstituted gold colored stone at 3-5-7-9-12-15-17
  • Side dots - Gold mother of pearl
  • Bridge - Macassar Ebony
  • Binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Armrest bevel - Macassar Ebony
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Segmented Bocote
  • Headstock veneer - front Bocote, back Bocote
  • Head binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Heel Cap - Macassar Ebony
  • End wedge - Macassar Ebony
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 5 fans plus tone bars - spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Mortice and tenon bolt-on
  • Tuners - Waverly
  • Pickup - no
  • Strings - D'Adario Nylon Low-G
  • Tuning - G-c-e-a
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Responsive and powerful
  • Weight - 1 lb. 15 oz.
  • Completed - November, 2019
  • Price* - $4400
    Crossrock fiberglass case included
    Shipping extra

This Super-tenor has a cutaway tenor sized body but a near baritone-length neck.  The body bracing has been augmented to handle the necessary string tension, and the saddle slot angled to better intonate a low-G tuning.  The resulting instrument has the tonal characteristics of a tenor ukulele, a fingering reach more like a baritone ukulele, and the projection and power of a tenor guitar.  It's a satisfying combination for a low-G tenor picker who wants to be heard.  Beautiful tone and accurate pitch in an instrument that's stunning to see.

 

 

Super-Tenor Cutaway Ukulele #38  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Engelmann Spruce
  • Back and sides - Koa38 arm bevel
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side, ported
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, with rosewood lamination
  • Body length - 11 3/4"
  • Overall length - 29"
  • Fingerboard - Macassar Ebony, 9.5" radius
  • Fingerboard binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Scale length - 18 7/8"
  • Frets to body - 15
  • Zero Fret - yes (same size as the rest)
  • Fret Material - EVO Gold
  • Nut width - 1 1/2"
  • Fingerboard width at the 12th fret - 1 3/4"
  • Fret Markers -  Reconstituted turquoise at 3-5-7-9-12-15-17
  • Side dots - Pearloid (fake pearl)
  • Bridge - Macassar Ebony
  • Binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Armrest bevel - Macassar Ebony
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Koa
  • Headstock veneer - front Koa, back Koa
  • Head binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Heel Cap - Koa
  • End wedge - Macassar Ebony
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 5 fans plus tone bars - spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Mortice and tenon bolt-on
  • Tuners - Grover
  • Pickup - K&K
  • Strings - D'Adario Nylon Low-G
  • Tuning - G-c-e-a
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Responsive
  • Weight - 1 lb. 15 oz.
  • Price* - $4200
    Baritone case included
    Shipping extra

Completed July, 2019 - This was my project uke for an advanced ukulele building class I took from luthiers Jay Lichty and Robbie O'Brien.  The class included several "firsts" for me and I learned a lot, but I also did a lot of things my way.  The project yielded (in my opiniion) my best sounding (and longest scale) tenor yet.

 

 

Baritone Ukulele #37  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Port Orford Cedar37
  • Back and sides - Pale Moon Ebony (aka Black & White Ebony)
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, with Wenge lamination
  • Fingerboard - Macassar Ebony, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 20"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Material - EVO Gold
  • Nut width - 1 1/2"
  • Fret Markers - Bone on edge 3-5-7-9-12-15-17-19
  • Bridge - Macassar Ebony
  • Binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Segmented Pale Moon Ebony and Macassar Ebony
  • Headstock veneer - front Pale Moon Ebony, back Leopard Wood
  • Heel Cap - Pale Moon Ebony
  • End wedge - Macassar Ebony
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 5 fans spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Grover
  • Pickup - K&K 3 spot (guitar pickup)
  • Strings - Fluorocarbon
  • Tuning - D-G-B-E
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Rich and full (listen to sound check)
  • Weight - Just under two pounds
  • Price* - SOLD December 2020

Completed April, 2019


 

Baritone Ukulele #36  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Redwood36
  • Back and sides - Ziricote
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, Bubinga lamination
  • Fingerboard - Macassar Ebony, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 20"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Material - EVO Gold
  • Nut width - 1 1/2"
  • Fret Markers - Bone on edge 3-5-7-9-12-15-17-19
  • Bridge - Macassar Ebony
  • Binding - Macassar Ebony
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Segmented Pale Moon Ebony and Macassar Ebony
  • Headstock veneer - front Ziricote, back Ziricote
  • Heel Cap - Ziricote
  • End wedge - Macassar Ebony
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 5 fans spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Slot Head
  • Pickup - K&K 3 spot (guitar pickup)
  • Strings - Fluorocarbon
  • Tuning - D-G-B-E
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Sweet (see sound check below)
  • Weight - Two pounds
  • Price* - $2900
    Tweed case included
    Shipping extra

Completed April, 2019



 

Tenor Ukulele #34 with Beveled Cutaway (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Genuine MahoganyTenor #34
  • Back and sides - Genuine Mahogany
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, Honduran Rosewood lamination
  • Fingerboard - Black & White Ebony, 12"-16" compound radius
  • Scale length - 17"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Nut width - 1 3/8"+ (1 13/32")
  • Fret Markers - Bone on edge 3-5-7-9-12-15-17-19
  • Bridge - Honduran Rosewood
  • Binding - Jatoba and Maple
  • Nut and saddle - polished bone
  • Rosette - Spalted Maple
  • Headstock veneer - front Black & White Ebony, back Honduran Rosewood
  • Heel Cap - Genuine Mahogany
  • End wedge - Jatoba and Maple
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 3 fans spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Peghed
  • Pickup - No
  • Strings - Fluorocarbon
  • Tuning - G-C-E-A
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Responsive and loud.  Another Mahogany cannon.
  • Weight - 20.5 oz.
  • Price* - $2400
    Crossrock case included
    Shipping extra

Completed December 2018



 

Concert Pineapple Ukulele #33 (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Alaskan Yellow CedarConcert Pineapple Ukulele #33, super old growth
  • Back and sides - Mexican Bocote
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar with E.I. Rosewood lamination
  • Fingerboard - E.I. Rosewood
  • Scale length - 14.7"
  • Frets to body - 13
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - Reconstituted turquoise at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15
  • Bridge - E.I. Rosewood
  • Binding - Brazilian Rosewood
  • Nut and saddle - polished Water Buffalo bone
  • Rosette - Camphor Burl
  • Headstock veneer (front and back) - Mexican Bocote
  • Heel Cap - Mexican Bocote
  • End wedge - Brazilian Rosewood
  • Purfling - Maple
  • Bracing - Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Spruce (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - PegHed
  • Finish - Hand rubbed Osmo PolyX
  • Tone - Exceptionally Mellow
  • Weight - 18.7 oz.
  • Strings - Fluorocarbon
  • Intonation - low G
  • Price* - $2200
    case included
    shipping extra

Completed - December, 2017



 

Pineapple Concert Ukulele #29 (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Pineapple Concert #29Macassar Ebony
  • Back and sides - Macassar Ebony
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar with E.I. Rosewood lamination
  • Fingerboard - Ebony
  • Scale length - 14.7"
  • Frets to body - 12
  • Zero Fret - Yes
  • Fret Markers - Reconstituted turquoise at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Binding - Maple
  • Nut and saddle - bone
  • Rosette - burl
  • Headstock veneer - Macassar Ebony
  • Heel Cap - Macassar Ebony
  • End wedge - Maple
  • Purfling - Maple
  • Bracing - Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Peghed®
  • Finish - Oil
  • Tone - Bright and responsive
  • Weight - 20.6 oz.
  • Strings - Fluorocarbon
  • Intonation - high G
  • $2200
    case included
    shipping extra

Completed - May 2017



 

Soprano Ukulele #26  -  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - MyrtleSoprano #26
  • Back and sides - Shedua (Ovangkol)
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar with E.I. Rosewood lamination
  • Fingerboard - Jatoba, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 13.5"
  • Frets to body - 12
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - 3, 5, 7, 10, 12
  • Bridge - Jatoba
  • Binding - Jatoba and Maple
  • Nut and saddle - Water Buffalo bone
  • Rosette - bwb purfling
  • Headstock veneer - Myrtle
  • Heel Cap - Shedua (Ovangkol)
  • End wedge - Jatoba and Maple
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Grover, 1:1
  • Finish - Oil
  • Tone - Bright
  • Weight - 14.9 oz.
  • Price* - $800
    case included
    Shipping extra

Completed in May, 2016


 

Soprano Ukulele #25  -  (click on picture for more photos)

Soprano #25
  • Top - Port Orford Cedar
  • Back and sides - Shedua (Ovangkol)
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar with E.I. Rosewood lamination
  • Fingerboard - Honduran Rosewood, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 13.5"
  • Frets to body - 12
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - 3, 5, 7, 10, 12
  • Bridge - Honduran Rosewood
  • Binding - Honduran Rosewood
  • Nut and saddle - Water Buffalo bone
  • Rosette - bwb purfling
  • Headstock veneer - Shedua (Ovangkol)
  • Heel Cap - Shedua (Ovangkol)
  • End wedge - Honduran Rosewood
  • Purfling - maple, sides only
  • Bracing - Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Grover, 1:1
  • Finish - Oil
  • Tone - Brightish
  • Weight - 15.2 oz.
  • Price* - $950
    Case included
    Shipping extra

Completed in May, 2016



 

Tenor Ukulele #23  -  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - Genuine MahoganyTenor Ukulele #23 - top
  • Back and sides - Genuine Mahogany
  • Sound Port - Upper bout, bass side
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, Bubinga lamination
  • Fingerboard - Honduran Rosewood, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 17"
  • Frets to body - 13
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - Pearloid dots 3-5-7-9-12-15-17
  • Bridge - Honduran Rosewood
  • Binding - Honduran Rosewood
  • Nut and saddle - cow bone
  • Rosette - Spalted Maple
  • Headstock veneer - Bloodwood
  • Heel Cap - Genuine Mahogany
  • End wedge - Honduran Rosewood
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - 3 fans spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Grover
  • Pickup - No
  • Strings - Flourocarbon
  • Finish - Satin Oil
  • Tone - Responsive and loud.  A cannon.
  • Price* - $1900
    Crossrock case included
    Shipping extra

Sound Sample:

 

Bass Ukulele #19 -  (click on picture for more photos)

  • Top - MapleBass Ukulele #19
  • Back and sides - Maple
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar, Bubinga lamination
  • Fingerboard - Wenge, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 20"
  • Frets to body - 14
  • Zero Fret - no
  • Fret Markers - Pearloid dots 3-5-7-9-12
  • Bridge - Leopard wood
  • Binding - Rope, maple and walnut
  • Nut and saddle - Ebony
  • Rosette - Spalted Maple
  • Headstock veneer - Spalted Maple
  • Heel Cap - Wenge
  • End wedge - Spalted Maple
  • Purfling - black and white
  • Bracing - X Braced Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Gotoh
  • Pickup - K&K Pure Bass
  • Strings - Aquila Thundergut
  • Finish - French Polish
  • Tone - Like an upright
  • Price* - $1600
    Shipping extra
    Custom Ameritage case +$300

Bass Sound check to come.  Maybe.

 

Soprano #17 and Super-Soprano #18 Ukuleles

  • Top - Curly Maple Sopranos 16 & 17
  • Back and sides - Curly Maple
  • Neck - Spanish Cedar with Bubinga lamination
  • Fingerboard - Cocobolo, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 13.5" and 14.7"
  • Frets to body - 12 and 13
  • Zero Fret - no
  • Fret Markers - small dots, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12
  • Bridge - Cocobolo
  • Binding - Rope (walnut and maple)
  • Nut and saddle - Polished bone
  • Rosette - Bloodwood
  • Headstock veneer - Curly Maple
  • Headstock Shrimp Inlay - Paduk
  • Heel Cap - Cocobolo
  • End wedge - Ebony (17) and Bocote (18)
  • Purfling - Black, White, Bloodwood
  • Bracing - Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Peghed® - 4:1 ratio
  • Finish - Oil
  • Tone - Bright
  • Weight - 13.4 oz. and 14.4 oz.
  • Price* - $1200 (soprano available)
    Case included
    Shipping extra

click on picture for more photos

#17 is available.

#18 sold in October, 2015.  From the new owner, "Love the ease in playing your uke! The intonation all the way up the neck is awesome! The quality of the instrument amazing and the beauty is striking. Loving my custom built super soprano #18!!!" ~Arlene R.

 

Tenor Ukulele #8

Tenor Ukulele No. 8
  • Top - Sitka Spruce
  • Back and sides - Mexican Bocote
  • Neck - Laminated Mahogany, Ash, Bloodwood purfling
  • Fingerboard - Ebony, 12" radius
  • Scale length - 17"
  • Frets to body - 13
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - 1/16" dots front only
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Binding - Brazilian Rosewood
  • Nut and saddle - Bone
  • Rosette - Purfling - black/red/green/white/green/red/black
  • Headstock veneer - Bloodwood
  • Heel Cap - Bloodwood
  • End wedge - Blood wood
  • Purfling accents - Maple and Bloodwood
  • Bracing - Sitka Spruce
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Tuners - Grover
  • Strings - Worth, brown - Low G
  • Finish - Hand rubbed oil - satin
  • Tone - like angels singing
  • Weight - 1 lb. 8.4 oz.
  • Completed - Fall, 2013
  • Price* - $1,200 - available
    Crossrock case included
    Shipping extra
  • Video demonstration of this instrument.

 

Cavaquinho #6

Cavaquinho #6

Cavaquinhos are Brazilian instruments that are historically related to ukuleles.  They have steel strings, are tuned differently than ukuleles, and typically have oversized headstocks, oversized rosettes, and a thicker, more guitar shaped body.  Since they have higher tension steel strings they are internally more similar to steel stringed guitars though externally look more like classical guitars.  The fraternal twin of this instrument (#5) was a commission.

  • Top - Engleman Spruce
  • Back and sides - Zebrawood
  • Neck - Mahogany and Rosewood laminate
  • Fingerboard - Ebony, 16" radius
  • Scale length - 14.7"
  • Frets to body - 12
  • Zero Fret - yes
  • Fret Markers - Pearloid 3-5-7-10-12
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Binding - Brazilian Rosewood
  • Nut and saddle - cow bone
  • Rosette - Camphor burl, purfling
  • Headstock veneer - Zebrawood
  • Headstock Decoration - "ebi" inlaid Pink Ivory (wood)
  • Heel Cap - Ebony
  • End wedge - Camphor burl
  • Purfling - Maple
  • Bracing - Sitka Spruce, X braced
  • Linings - laminated Poplar (no kerfs)
  • Neck Joint - Dovetail
  • Strings - steel
  • Tuners - Brazilian import
  • Finish -  30 micro-thin coats of oil finish, glossy body, satin neck
  • Tone - Rings like a bell
  • Weight - 1 lb. 9.5 oz.
  • Completed mid 2013
  • Price* - $1300 - available

 

* Pricing - I occasionally change these prices, both up and down.