This little concert uke was an inspiration after seeing a guitar that Ervin Somogyi built with decorative stripes running around the sides. I decided that I wanted to try it and here is the result. The instrument is made from Pau Ferro wood for the back and sides and Western Red Cedar for the top. The stripe and bindings are Curly Maple. The purflings are decorative wood strips. The rosette is the same strips surrounding mother-of-pearl. The fingerboard and bridge are East Indian Rosewood and the nut and saddle are black buffalo horn. The neck is Mahogany.
I started construction on this ukulele in August of last year. The instruments I build for me always seem to take back seat while I’m building others for customers. I currently have three instruments on my finish bench for customers and another 8 string tenor uke for me. Life it good! (Click on photos for a larger view)