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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Big brother is born

This concert size (15" VSL) uke has the same design as the previous super soprano, but is longer and deeper (3"), with a thicker neck as well ( a body-builder's uke). So, naturally it has a deeper voice than the supersop.
For this one as for its brother, the bottom of the fretboard does not touch the soundboard. The neck is set at a slight angle, hence the higher saddle on the bridge.
The neck is made of mahogany (various colors for the layers ofthe heel and a bubinga tip); the headstock is laminated with cherry and padauk).
The sides are made of hard maple and the soundboard of western red cedar.
The photo doesn't do it justice, but the back is a magnificent piece of figured maple with horizontal waves and vertical lines. The fretboard and bridge are made of purpleheart, nut and saddle of ebony. Front and side markers: maple.
The first wave of tulips has come and gone, but a second wave has burst out.

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