Custom Ukulele for Ukulele Legend Kimo Hussey
Kimo Hussey is known throughout the world for his captivating ukulele playing, both as a performer and as an instructor. He is also an advocate for the therapeutic benefits of music and plays a large role in the operations and community outreach programs of The Pacific Music Foundation.
We are proud and excited to share that we are collaborating with Kimo in an ongoing basis to design the ultimate ukulele. Jay and Kimo struck up a dialogue and a friendship after Kimo meet a couple of Lichty ukulele owners and played their instruments. He was super impressed with Jay’s work and the rest (as they say) is history. This ukulele represents the first project we worked on together.
Features: tenor body style, highly figured cocobolo back and sides, Sinker redwood soundboard, paua abalone rosette, mahogany neck, bone nut and saddle, side soundport
Click on the image to follow the building of Kimo Hussey’s custom ukulele:
Aug 2012 Update:
Here is what Kimo had to say about his first Lichty ukulele encounter:
“I just had an opportunity to play a Lichty ukulele in concert during my recent trip to British Columbia, Canada. I absolutely love this baritone ukulele! The tone is well-defined, it blends well with a very mellow sound. The intonation is very good. The touch on the uke feels right with a combination of the fretboard proportions and dimensions of the neck. I also like the feel of the body. The style of this uke Is very aesthetically pleasing with a classic, comfortable look to it. I am also partial to the design feature for this particular uke of threading the strings through the bridge rather than wrapping, or pinning them. Finally, the finish on this uke is very meticulous. Overall, from sound, to playability, to appearance, I give high marks for this instrument crafted by Jay Lichty!” – Kimo Hussey, Hawaiian master ukulele player and instructor.
Kimo Hussey, Executive Director of the Pacific Music Foundation, has 30 + years experience in training as well as facilitating workshops in various disciplines. He is degreed in music (choral conducting), published, recorded and quite experienced in vocal and instrumental performance worldwide. His knowledge and experience with the ukulele spans 50 years and has resulted in consistent and numerous invitations from friends, referrals, promoters and festival planners to share his music through concerts and workshops.
Links to learn more about Ukulele Legend Kimo Hussey
Facebook: Kimo’s page