Hoffmann ML Style Custom Cedar/Ebony Concert (HMLC1038)

Hoffmann ML Style Custom Cedar/Ebony Concert (HMLC1038)

Regular Price: $3,200.00

Special Price: $2,600.00

Availability: Out of stock



If you aren't already familiar with Hoffmann ukuleles they are made in Missouri by Jerry Hoffmann. His M-style was first introduced in 2007 as a stylistic departure from traditionally shaped ukuleles. They featured a forward-shifted waist and cantilevered neck with a "reverse heel" neck block. Improvements have been made along the way that includes a lighter heel block, bolt-on neck, improved bracing and bridge design, and the introduction of the ML series with its larger body. The sound on this one is crisp and responsive with good projection and warm tone.

Hoffmann ML concert ukuleles feature a tenor size body combined with short-scale 15" concert scale length for near perfect string tension at standard tuning. It adds up to a big sound that rivals most standard tenor scale length instruments. It's extremely rare to find a ukulele with such varied use of rare ebony all in one instrument as this one. It features all brown, all black and uniquely figured ebony from the same source for the back, sides, fretboard, bridge, head plate, purfling, binding and rosette. The top is top instrument grade western red cedar. The finish is polished lacquer and inlay is mother of pearl.

Corey and Kalei give us a sound sample here with a low G and below with a high G.

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Jerry Hoffman is a master craftsman and artist. He obviously went way beyond the manual on how to build an ukulele. Each aspect of this build reflects an incredible amount of thought and development. The neck joint on this ukulele is extremely strong because of the "full heel block" that Hoffmann designed. He discusses this method at his article Ukulele Neck Joints. The result is a graceful neck unaffected by the body joint or any issues that can come up around the 'tongue" of the fingerboard where it comes onto the body. It's basically an electric neck and that has some advantages with playability all the way up it. This one has the ability to be unbolted and adjusted if that was ever needed. This ukulele is built to last many generations of joyful play.

Hoffmann ukuleles are made from materials hand processed from as close their source as possible. This gives full control over the process and insures the best sound, durability and style. The actual construction of the ukulele is done entirely by hand where attention is paid to how the materials are selected, and how they will interact together as a single unit. All Hoffmann ukuleles feature an exclusive pinned nut that allows string gauge changes without replacement or modification as required with traditional nuts.

Other noteworthy aspects include the bound side sound port, Gotoh UPT tuners, an extremely comfortable mid-sized neck, a beautiful gloss finish to protect it, and a perfect fitting custom made arched-top wooden case. This is a wonderful ukulele with an awesome sound, look, and feel. Congratulations in advance to whoever gets it!

Additional Information

Hoffmann Lutherie Tenor Custom- Spruce/ Ebony

  • Scale length: 15"
  • Back, sides, binding, fretboard, and bridge:Figured Ebony
  • Top:Cedar
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany
  • Bound Side Sound Port
  • Frets: 20, 15 to body
  • Gotoh UPT Tuners
  • Strings: Worth clears
  • Custom Fit Hardshell Case

Includes a custom made deluxe wooden hardcase.

Extra Options

* One of the options for this ukulele is to trade out the Herco included humidifier (HE-360) for the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18 or OH5+) at a discount. OH5+ is for extremely dry climates or an area with winter seasons if you heat the air in your house. For more info refer to the Ukulele Care link at the bottom of this page. If you think you need to humidify the instrument, then you also need a hard case for a humidifier to properly work (included in purchase), and you need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed. 

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* After adding this instrument to your cart, you can shop further to create your own package by adding a case or accessories from the website.

* Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your order reaches $400 dollars or more, orders to the US will receive free FedEx 2-day shipping. Two days is the time in transit. For international orders, we include USPS Express shipping if your cart is $800 or more (subject to approval). Before it is shipped, your instrument will go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below Helpful Links at the bottom of the page.


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