Today I completed and shipped a rather unusual five string tenor ukulele. The back and side woods are Pheasant wood. I had never seen or worked with the wood before and it turned out very nice however, being a open grained wood with a higher than normal oil content, it was a bear to finish. I probably spent at least twice as much time on the finish process than I normally do.
The top wood was Bearclaw Sitka and the bindings curly Koa. The neck mahogany and the tuners are the Peghed brand planetary tuning machines. The pheasant inlay on the head plate was Paua abalone and the feather at the end of the body was gold Mother-of-pearl. The five string configuration is a high/low G strings with normal C,E,A tuning on the other three. The volume of this little tenor was impressive and the sound very full with the extra string.