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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:27 pm 
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This one is a real looker, even if I do say so myself.

Made from a orphan guitar back of Ambrosia Maple. The prettiest set I've ever seen. Paired up with an Ancient Spruce soundboard. Trim in ebony and Honduran Rosewood. Hipshot tuners and a K&K Aloha Twin installed. And yes, it's a lefty.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:44 pm 
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Another beauty Allen!

Maybe consider a pic for your use of this one and the TM uke in the other thread? I have a hinch that they would look very cool together.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:23 pm 
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Is that some of the 3000 year old spruce?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:30 pm 
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Man, you've just got it with these ukes: proportion, aesthetic, wood choice, everything.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:45 pm 
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Yes, this is some of the 3000 year old spruce. I've used it a fair bit now, and have just a few sets left.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:46 pm 
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That's a fantastic looking instrument.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:24 pm 
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Is that the natural color for the spruce? Dang! It almost looks like Wenge or something.

Your rosettes are just it! No question!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:46 pm 
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Allen, I think one of the sweetest touches is the heel cap, inlaid back along the back center seam. That is pure art. I must say I was rather surprised to see the Imperial tuner buttons on this instrument. They don't look out of proportion. Are they full size? Or do you have a source for smaller Imperial buttons? Very nice!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:55 am 
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That is the natural color of the Spruce. It was unearth a couple of years ago. Buried under a landslide and carbon dated to be 3000 years old. I have pieces that are either Blue / Black or Red / Black.

These are the only Imperial style tuners I've ever used. They are from Hipshot. Couldn't say if they are slightly smaller or not. They are only suitable on a tenor or larger size instrument though.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:46 am 
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What a lovely looking instrument. I have some ambrosia maple and this really encourages me to give it a try. What did you fill any worm holes with? Great work Allen!!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:48 pm 
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I saw similar spruce on a promo video for NAMM. It really seemed a pointless promo trick.

On your guitar it truly is beautiful. Kudos!


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