Aloha Nui! Thanks so much for your business.
This is your private page where I will keep you up to date with the progress as I prepare and build your ukulele.
• 7/2/2019 Deposit received, $500. Thank you!
Details so far:
Koa soprano body
Shorea species neck
Long scale length- 16" long concert scale
Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge
bone nut and saddle
hand rubbed varnish finish
relief carved name on upper bout
gold/bronze tone fretwire
Colorful tuners (Perzel missed their chance!)
Fretboard inlay: Blossom, paw prints, star, leaves. Confirmed!
Upgraded hard case
Estimated finish date:
September 30, 2019 (Actual: October 19, 2019)
Mini update July 15, 2019
I just spoke with Sperzel and they are happy to make a custom set of miniature tuners with crazy colors. I expect another phone call from them tomorrow that will clarify the cost and turnaround time, but my expectation is that both variables will fit within the discussed cost and finish date.
The beautiful and fun fretboard inlays are going to cost a lot more than the amethyst option would. I am calculating the cost and I will update your proposal as soon as I have the details.
July 24th update; I have still not heard back from Sperzel, we will go with another option. They sure blew their chance to make a good impression on us, but I know that timely responsiveness is a common issue when dealing with small companies.
These fretboard inlay will incur an upgrade cost of $657.50 including materials and labor. As of October 2, 2019 we are working full time on finishing off your fretboard inlay. Blossom, paws, star, leaf. And I know you love purple.
August 22 2019:
This is your side being bent. I use a hair curling iron on small pieces like this. Haha!
Successfully bend and fit to the mold
August 23 2019:
Here is your top, roughly layed out and thicknessed:
Both sides have been bent and joined. The lower bout is being laminated.
October 4, 2019 - Here is a rendering as an example only. I am experimenting with some little changes to the fretboard inlay design to see if you like and approve of this look:
Remember that this is a sketchy photoshop rendering only as an example.
I look forward to hearing what you think.
October 5, 2019 - New details added; finish date extended to Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.
I will be adding several different small sizes of hibiscus blossoms inlayed into the body.
9/5/19 I "closed the box," completing the structural assembly of your instrument's body.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Your ukulele is finished and sounds amazing!
Nevertheless I will continue share the progress photos of the last couple weeks of your ukulele's refinement.