African Blackwood Ukulele, U87
This ukulele project has been great in many ways! Working with African Blackwood offers up an opportunity for any luthier to see what they are made of and yet the wood is divine in all regards.
From LMI … “African Blackwood … Strikingly different from other rosewoods in that it is flat black in color, and among the densest woods found on the planet, it is also one of the most expensive. The trees grow in isolated areas of the West African deserts and the trunks of these trees are twisted and small, yielding little guitar-sized wood. For those daring luthiers who don’t mind dulling their chisels on this hardest of guitar woods, African blackwood can contribute to a rare and valuable guitar with outstanding volume and power, given that the top is voiced appropriately.”
Features: Long neck high G tenor ukulele, African blackwood back, sides and headplate, Curly Port Oxford cedar top, Honduran mahogany neck with graphite, Macassar ebony radiused fretboard with bloodwood binding, Macassar ebony bridge, bloodwood body binding, slotted headstock, side soundport, Gilbert tuners with ebony knobs and buttons, Paua Abalone rosette and purfling, camel bone bridge and saddle
African Blackwood with figured Port Oxford Cedar paired with a long neck design, Gilbert tuners … All the elements come together in an amazing voice, tone and resonance!
Audio Samples: African Blackwood Long Neck Tenor Ukulele
Out on the Kalahari (Jay Lichty)
Ain't Misbehavin (Fats Waller)
Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
See images of this African Blackwood Ukulele construction from the beginning …