*** I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Quilted Maple Tenor ***
This is a gorgeous new custom from Charlie Fukuba with a different wood selection than we've ever had from him. It's a bearclaw spruce top and an exceptional set of quilted maple for the sides and back with a strip of spalted alder in the center of the back. Very nice on the eyes and these woods really give a perfect balance to the deep rich I'iwi tone.
Charlie Fukuba is a musician and he builds for tone. With I'iwi you get a warm, clear sound that plays true all the way up the neck. Take a listen to a dry sound sample from Corey.
Bearclaw is sitka spruce but a little bit stiffer and for this reason it is one of the most desirable soundboard tonewoods. However, rarely does bearclaw look this amazing! It has a clear pickguard to protect the areas your hand will strum and rest. This allows you to play more freely without fear of damaging the top. As great as it looks, this is a players uke.
The sides and back feature the pacific northwestern quilted maple, slightly warmer in tone compared to the European maple, and very attractive with a dimensional curl. The waves of maple are separated on the back with a striking cut of spalted alder. Abalone pearl inlays make the fretmarkers and I'iwi bird at the headstock. This is a classy tenor equally beautiful in look and sound.
The design on this tenor with its three small sound holes lends itself to the rich guitar like tones many of us love to hear. This is what Hawaii's top custom builders usually aim for: a big, warm yet clear and projecting sound that sings. As each of us played this instrument we were all super impressed. It's such a treat in every way.
Other things to note is comfortable feel and spot on neck angle and setup. Plus you get the long-term stability of a graphite rod in the neck and Charlie's new mortise and tenon bolt on joint. It also has a hand rubbed gloss finish and Gotoh UPT tuners.
Our package includes a deluxe wooden hardcase and Oasis humidifier.