This is a new custom tenor from talented east coast luthier, Jay Lichty. It has a 19″ scale, so 2″ longer than normal tenor. This slightly longer scale gives a more bell like response and sustain. This particular tenor has a beautiful sound and feel. It’s very unique and impressive. Take a listen to a “dry” sound sample from Corey Fujimoto and read more about it’s features below.
A very exquisitely designed and uniquely handmade tenor for the tone connoisseur, the lover of beautiful exotic woods, for those elevated by the most musical of instruments. Lichty is an east coast luthier making high end ukes that are among the finest you will find. This instrument is truly exceptional! The added scale length feels nice and easy to play and gives added clarity, almost a sparkle to the tone. It also achieves amazing intonation for a true sound in the higher register. The sound excels in large part because of the choice bear claw spruce top. The sides and back are an exotic tonewood you may not yet know of.
Chechen is often referred to as Caribbean rosewood. though not a rosewood, it has a very similar character. Tonally rich and visually beautiful. Other appointments include-
We are proud to show you an instrument of this caliber, built with artist pursuit and meticulous attention, this is one of the best to come through. Hopefully we can continue to show you Jay’s phenomenal ukes. Treat yourself if you can, this is well worth the price!
The Ukulele Site - Lichty Custom Long Neck Tenor – Chechen/Spruce
“This Baritone is the BEST! Really. It is.
This custom baritone has the most gorgeous tone. Really responsive, yet warm. It feels SO good to play all along the neck. Most notable is the sound, as great (Or better!) than any baritone I can ever remember. If you want the ultimate bari, this is rare and special….this is another level of amazing…tone connoisseurs will be in heaven.
Lichty is an east coast luthier making high end ukes that are among the finest you will find. This baritone has a tight waist for a focused tone. It really looks beautiful, Sinker Redwood and Cocobolo are very expensive woods and framed off with koa binding it is all you could ask for. But regardless, it’s the quality of sound that this gives. That’s what justifies this price tag.
The building of this special instrument was completely photo-documented, step by step, check it out here!
….slotted headstock, radius fretboard, side sound port, K&K pickup, and Ameritage case. The works! Treat yourself if you can, it is truly the best. I can’t recall ever loving a bari’s tone so much. .”
A very exquisitely designed and uniquely handmade tenor for the tone connoisseur, the lover of beautiful exotic woods, for those elevated by the most musical of instruments. Lichty is an east coast luthier making high end ukes that are among the finest you will find. This instrument is truly exceptional! How so..
First of all, the building of this special instrument was completely photo-documented, step by step, check it out here!
How often can you see your ukulele evolve from pieces of wood into a music making masterpiece. Plus, this has all the deluxe appointments!
First to catch the eye is the dark and exotic wood used for the sides and back. Granadillo is extremely RARE! It comes from South America, where it is highly regarded as the best tonewood choice for marimba and xylophone and is often referenced as “La Madera Que Canta” (“wood that sings”). Granadillo has been said to have a ringing, bright tap tone and is gaining popularity amongst American instrument makers.
We can attest to it’s tonal quality being well worth the upgrade. It shows a rich depth, like exotic rosewoods, but still has the clean attack of Maple or Macassar Ebony. Granadillo is a very different and wonderful tonewood! This dream uke also has an upgraded Red Cedar top. It puts out a range and response that competes with the best of them. And it’s got all the goodies…
….slotted headstock, radius fretboard, side sound port, K&K pickup, and Ameritage case. The works! We are proud to show you an instrument of this caliber, built with artist pursuit and meticulous attention, this is one of the best to come through. Hopefully we can continue to show you Jay’s phenomonal ukes. Treat yourself if you can, this is well worth the price!
This instrument made available through The Ukulele Site
She finally showed up today and sends her greetings to you —– but also wants you to know she loves it here in Hawaii. She sings beautifully and is very curvaceous and good-looking to boot!!! Everything about this ukulele is right and here are my initial thoughts about it. It really is one of the best tenors I’ve ever owned —– congratulations!!!!!
The cocobolo and redwood paired together turned out magnificently. I”ve always loved highly figured dark woods and the cocobolo really rocks!!!!! Gold was a great choice of color for the tuners and it, just like the neck, fit very well in the overall color scheme and presentation of the ukulele.
I LOVE the slotted headstock, especially as it plays into the entire color scheme of the ukulele. It’s a matter of letting some light in.
I really enjoy the widened fretboard and it has exactly the result I was hoping for. It adds positively to action and results in better sounding chords. The radius rocks!!!!
I love the shell treatment because ALL of it is stated very well and fits in nicely with the wood. Same goes with your logo. It’s wonderful!! The dots are very nice and PRACTICAL. The binding (is it koa?) is way cool —– and like everything else, fits in very nicely with the overall color scheme and presentation.
The sound —– it’s exquisite and one that I LOVE. I’m very excited about using this uke to play songs as I like to. The sound is not overbearing or strident and I do believe this sound is going to draw a ton of attention. There is a huge difference in a player just playing the stuff he/she likes as opposed to playing TO the instrument. I’m positive I’ve got this uke figured out soundwise and I know we’re going to produce some wonderful sounds. If ever I come to play a concert live for you (as I’d love to do) you’ll find I’m going to make the uke do all the work and “sing” to its own being —– and that is going to be infinitely better than me trying to force my way through the instrument.
I noticed the attention given to intonation with your bridge treatment. Thank you for that. Your efforts were worth it.
The sideport is really great. I don’t know what else to say about it except it works and works well.
The finish is beautiful. I know several very good luthiers who are guilty of having their instruments out-of-balance because the finish isn’t right and doesn’t fit the uke. Your finish is exquisite —– lots of kudos for that. What the outstanding finish does is to effectively highlight the beauty of the wood and the cocobolo is one of the most beautiful sides/back I’ve ever seen.
I really like the pickup because it reproduces a very honest sound —– which for me is as close to a purely acoustic sound as one can get.
The widened fretboard is a winner, so much so that I’m planning to go wider with our next project.
I am convinced of your quality and workmanship and don’t mind telling you you’re right up with the very best. Thanks so much for a wonderful instrument!
I recently interviewed Jay Licthy for Mel Bay’s ukesessions and shortly after Jay sent me a low g tenor uke to check out. Since I don’t do instrument reviews as part of the interviews I thought I would post it here. Jay seems like a really good guy and he certainly took a great deal of care building this uke.
Here’s my review:Review of T-24 UkuleleBuilt by Jay Lichty
http://lichtyguitars.com/I came across Jay Lichty’s website while looking for ukulele builder’s to interview for Mel Bay’s Ukesessions.com website. During the interview Jay mentioned that he was sending a just completed uke on a road trip and asked if I would be interested in having it for a couple of weeks. Not being one to turn down the chance to play a high end instrument, especially to get to really know it over an extended time, I immediately said I’d be happy to have it for a while.Jay is a pleasant guy that truly enjoys building musical instruments & he was quite willing to share information, building tips and answer any and all questions. I am confident that he treats everyone in the same way, especially if your are talking about instruments, his or others.The day the uke arrived was a very warm day for January, I didn’t have to wait to open the box. The first thing I noticed was how great the finish looked. Jay uses EM6000, from Target Coatings, a water-based lacquer. We had talked at length about this finish, and I was skeptical as I had had bad experiences with water-based lacquer in the past, and had sworn I would never try it again. The finish is hard and very glossy, with no blue tint often found with other water-based finishes. It looks and feels so good that I am going to give it a try very soon. I give Jay credit for doing a great job of using the finish to it’s best advantage.As I looked it over more, it was obvious that Jay does tremendous work. The joints were perfect, not a sign of slop or of covering anything up anywhere on the instrument. The binding and rosette are well executed, done as perfectly as you could ask. Jay’s fretwork is excellent, every fret is properly seated on the fretboard, the frets are leveled and crowned beautifully. The bone nut and saddle functioned perfectly and were well polished to give a very nice finishing touch. The Gotoh tuners operated smoothly and matched the look of the rest of the uke well. It has a string-through bridge, which is a very nice feature, and gives a much cleaner look than the various tie-on bridges and the “too big” look of using guitar bridge pins. This design also eliminates the chances of the bridged breaking where the strings are tied on, and reduces the chances of string torque pulling the bridge up.Looks are important, but the real test is how does it feel and sound. Since “the best” is subjective, I won’t make that claim for any instrument. This ukulele is Jay’s T-24, low “g” model. I hadn’t played a low g uke before, so I was quite interested to hear it. The sound is rich and full, the low g lent a bit more “guitar” quality to the sound than I was used to from a ukulele.It took a little playing time to get used to the sound of the low g, it is very different from a high g uke. The T-24 sounded very good, rich, warm and full, with an even and balanced volume and tone across all the strings. After getting used to the sound, I realized that the high and low g can’t really be compared, because they are very different. One is not “better”, they are just different. While not the best analogy, it’s somewhat like the difference between 6 and 12 string guitars. Is one better? No, just different. One, or the other, may work better in a particular setting, but both can be excellent instruments.This is how you explain the need for more than one instrument, and a good reason to get a matched set, one low g and one high g. The T-24 felt great to play, the action was nice and low with no buzzing. The neck was very comfortable in my hand, the 17″ tenor scale allowed plenty of room to maneuver for my large hands and fretting was quite easy. The string spacing allowed plenty of room for playing adjacent strings cleanly.Jay has done a great job on this uke, it is one that I would be very happy to own. Jay presented himself very professionally, I would have no hesitations placing an order with him.
Read the entire review at UkulelePlayerMagazine.com
“If you want a luthier-built instrument that is made to last, take a serious look at Jay Lichty’s ukuleles. This is a custom-made uke that you won’t have to treat with kid-gloves. This is a working musician’s ukulele. A Jay Lichty uke would be a great addition to anyone’s collection.” – Mickey Mcguire
Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Curly redwood top, ebony fretboard and bridge, koa binding, maple rosette
Is your Lichty being played professionally or is it for casual playing? I play the Lichty for my own enjoyment.
How would you describe the sound? It has the best sound of all my custom ukuleles, of which I have 3 others. The sound is very warm with good projection.
How would you describe action / playability? The action is perfect and is one of the easiest to play ukes I’ve ever had.
How would you describe the craftsmanship & finish? Craftsmanship is perfect. My instrument has no defects at all and the finish is gorgeous.
Any comments about reliability/durability? I haven’t tried to run over it with my car, so I can’t comment on the durability. I believe if I treat it nicely, that it will last longer than I will.
How would you describe/rate working with Jay in the build process? Working with Jay was the best experience that I’ve had so far with a luthier. I’ve had 3 other custom ukase built and Jay was always very quick to respond to my questions and he delivered my uke BEFORE schedule, which was a wonderful surprise.
Overall Rating: 10 out of 10
If you want a custom ukulele that will become your favorite after just one strum, get yourself a Lichty ukulele. Trust me. – Julie Strietelmeier
… Like many custom uke buyers, I wanted something different in my tenor uke. I sent Jay some sound clips of ukes I liked and I have to say he delivered. I enjoy picking/strumming, jazz and Hawaiian, and wanted an instrument that gave balance and clarity among all strings. This uke has it, big time. I was amazed at how clean the uke could sound; my wife instantly heard the difference, noting how distinctive it was compared to my other, Hawaiian built, ukes. This is also—without forcing—a full sound …
I’m thankful that this has been such a brilliant collaboration. Your willingness to work with me every step of the way on the design has resulted in a one-of-a kind slotted peghead tenor ukulele that has elegance, artistic beauty, incredible sustain and the pure voice of an Angel that, in my opinion, is second to none. Understanding that I play honky-tonk and country music with my band and that I wanted a super full sound with emphasis on the mids and with a great low register, you built the perfect ukulele. By choosing a set of Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides that is, in and of itself, a work of art and pairing that up with a beautiful Curly Redwood top you achieved just the look and tone I was after. Not only is she beautiful, but her tone, clarity, boldness of sound and absolute “purity” on every note and chord is perfect. I’m amazed by how big of a voice she has with no vibration or distortion. Jay whatever you did to build and to bring Angel to life, forget it all, as there can only be one! – Paul Ruben, renowned magician and ukulele lover and performer.
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