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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:50 am 
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Well, since you like the last one, here's another.

The client saw another instrument I did with the sister set of this wood and wanted something similar. I won't make an exact copy of a commissioned instrument and she was fine with that. Just told me to go where I felt the wood lead me. A dream client to be sure.

It's the first time I've used these strings as they've just been released as far as I'm aware. They are very high tension and produce a crystal clear harp like sound. I think that they would really suite a finger style player from a classical background.

Anyway, the details are as follows

Body - Blackheart Sassafras
Top - Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
Fret Board -Indian Rosewood 12" radius
Bridge - Indian Rosewood
Bindings Indian Rosewood
Headstock Overlay - Indian Rosewood
Neck - Mahogany with Carbon Fibre Truss Rod
Finish - Mirotone 3220 over West Systems
Tuners - Shurtlers
Strings - D'Addario Titanium's

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:53 am 
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That is sweet ! I love the detail in the heel and back . [:Y:] Extremely beautifull work !

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:34 am 
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Thanks for sharing that. It's beautiful.

My brother-in-law has been talking about wanting a tenor. I guess I better get on that.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:32 pm 
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SWEET!! Nice detail on the heel cap


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WOW That is beautiful.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:02 am 
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Cheers guys. Off to deliver it to the new owner in the morning.

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Hello Allen, That, my friend , is one outstanding looking uke. The workmanship looks really nice, at least from Reckveville :lol: . The headstock looks really nice and the treatment on the heal to body joint looks very cool. I'd love to see a close up of that. Thanks for posting that. It's good to see you back here. I think I might have a uke size set or two of bearclaw that will never use. Should I dig it up for you?
I'll say hi to the rellies for ya mate. :D

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Wow, your workmanship is very inspirational.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:53 am 
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The heel block while a bit more difficult to do than your standard one, is certainly not out of the realm of anyone capable of building an instrument. Although it's pretty much one reserved to a Spanish heel design.

Sorry Danny. The only shots I have of this instrument are ones that are posted here or the progress ones on my website. I dropped it off the the new owner yesterday. I don't often get to meet the people that commission instruments. It's all done by emails or phone conversations, so yesterday was quite a nice change of pace being able to see their reaction when they get to see their new instrument for the first time.

While I never say no to an addition to the wood stash, I'm fearful that the cost of postage from PR to Cairns might be a bit frightful.

Cheers everyone.

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