A “Magical Ukulele” is Underway
We believe there really is something magical about the combination of Brazilian rosewood and redwood for a ukulele and our customers agree. Jay is currently working on the first of two separate custom tenor ukulele orders that marry these two amazing woods for a professional magician so we think it’s the perfect fit! While each features a unique set of design elements (inlay, tuners, binding, etc) to fit its owner, the foundation of two stellar woods is a sure winner.
We’ll be posting the progress of the following tenor ukulele construction in the days and weeks to come. Watch magic unfold …
From Paul Newman Ruben:
Jay, if I’m a magician you are an absolute wizard. After weeks of checking into every well-known and highly respected luthiers throughout the U.S.A. I found you. Initially I had concerns about entrusting the construction of my ‘Dream Tenor Ukulele to a luthier without 10 or 20 years experience. Boy, did I make the right choice. Please know that I currently own and perform with custom tenor ukuleles from John Mayes, infamous Saul Koll (arch top), and Ko’olau solid body. All wonderful instruments, but they are not my perfect nor dream ukulele because they were not custom designed and built for me.
I found your website, www.lichtyguitars.com, by searching the web and then did my due diligence. I was surprised and pleased to read about your history, training and to learn about your thought process, which told me we would work well together. When I saw the famous guitarists and musicians from the who’s who in the world of music that have gone Lichty, that also sold me.
As a very high-profile professional magician (featured on ABC’s 20-20, VH1 Video, performing as a headliner of the NICKLEODEON NATIONAL TOUR – Universal Studios Hollywood, to name a few) you accepted a difficult client with very high standards.
To anyone considering a Lichty Ukulele, here is what I’d like to share:
I called Jay about one month ago and asked him to build a custom, one of a kind tenor ukulele, unlike any other ever made. I have to admit that I think he was crazy to accept me as a client, especially after hearing my needs and demands. This is my Dream Ukulele – “ANGEL”. I saw her in a dream in all her glory. She had to be Brazilian Rosewood with exquisite detail, have a slotted peghead with custom inlay, feature custom pearl inlay purfling and rosette, a customized, radiused fretboard with inlay of my name and, of course, have an upper bout sound hole.
Not only did Jay accept my dream ukulele, but he has met or surpassed all my expectations.
By the way, I absolutely adore Corrie, Jay’s wife and business partner. This fabulous lady is responsible for their magnificent website and for providing a steady stream of pictures of our custom instruments as they are being built. Trust me, you will love this special gift from these fabulous and kind people.
As a thank you to the Lichtys and with a desire to help their lovely community of Tryon, N. C. Denise and I donated a large magic collection (59 books of magic, 100 videos and 90 brand new magic tricks) to be donated to the library and local schools. If this small gift brings another form of the arts to them and touches even one child we feel blessed.
Magically yours, Paul Newman Ruben