Tenor with a 18.5"9(470mm) scale. The body is constructed of curly African Mahogany, bound
with rosewood, with a straight grained Honduran Mahogany neck. The neck is stained a rich
reddish brown, is reinforced with a carbon fiber rod and joins the body at the 14th fret.
The rosewood fingerboard is inlayed with abalone position markers, with side markers also provided.
The soundhole rosette and the "R", on the rosewood headstock, are also inlayed with abalone. The
nut and compensated saddle are fashioned from natural bone. The Aquila strings are threaded
through the rosewood bridge and secured under the soundboard. The tuners are geared Gotoh with
amber colored buttons.
This curly koa tenor has a 18.5 inch scale length with the neck
joining the body at the 14th fret. The front, back and sides are all
book matched, as is the headstock overlay. The fingerboard, bridge
and binding are rosewood and the sound hole is also bound with
rosewood. The fingerboard has been radiused for enhanced
playability, as well as aesthetics. The mahogany neck is reinforced
with a carbon fiber truss rod for added strength and I believe it
increases sustain as well. The nut and compensated saddle are
made of bone. It has geared, Gotoh tuners with amber buttons.
Rosewood and Engelmann Spruce Tenor
Red Spruce Tenor
This is an interesting instrument in that
the top is one piece of Adirondack
highly prized by guitar builders, but it is
unusual to find an ukulele built with it. I
think part of the reason for this is that it
is expensive and, of course, it's not a
native Hawaiian wood.
The back and sides are curly koa that
have a rich, dark color and nice grain
pattern. The neck is old Honduran
Mahogany that has been reinforced
with a carbon fiber truss rod and joined
to the body at the fourteenth fret.
There are 19 frets total.The "R" and
the fret markers, as well as the side
markers have all been in layed in
abalone. The bridge and fingerboard
are ebony. The front and back are
bound with ivoroid binding and white
and black purfling. The nut and
compensated saddle are bone. It has
geared Gotoh tuners.
Koa tenor with a one piece Honduran Mahogany neck. The
neck is reinforced with a carbon fiber rod and joins the body at
the 14th fret. There are 19 frets total. The scale length is 18.5
inches or 470 mm. The "R", fingerboard position markers, side
dots and rosette are all inlaid in abalone. The rosewood
fingerboard has been radiused to enhance playability and for
aesthetic reasons. The bone nut and compensated saddle
have been radiused to match the fingerboard. It has East
Indian Rosewood bindings. The gold Gotoh tuners have amber
The neck is carved from one piece of Honduran Mahogany and
is reinforced with a carbon fiber truss rod for strength and
stability. It is joined to the body at the 14th fret using a
traditional Spanish heel, as are all my instruments. I believe this
method of attachment increases the involvement of the neck in
the production of sound, and particularly sustain, of an
instrument. (Actually, the carbon fiber truss rod also contributes
to this effect.) The ebony fingerboard, which has Mother of
Pearl positioning dots, has been radiused to enhance playability
and for aesthetics. The ebony bridge, as well as the bone nut
and saddle, have been radiused to match the fingerboard. The
open backed tuners are made by Gotoh.