Ken Franklin Custom Tenor (SF Acacia)


Ken Franklin Custom Tenor (SF Acacia)

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This beautiful instrument was built by Ken Franklin in Ukiah, California. Ken has been building guitars since 1973 casually and then professionally since 2003. His mom had an ukulele from the 1930's and when she passed away he decided to fix it up, and in 2012 decided to start building his own. This is great for the ukulele community because he makes excellent ukes!

This one was built with a resonant piece of Acacia that was taken from a fallen tree in the city of San Fransisco, of all places. It has both warmth, clarity, and projection. Take a listen as Mika and Corey sample it.

The design of this tenor is unique with a mini X brace. Ken says this has opened up the warmer tones on his ukes and you can hear that with this acacia tenor. It has a slight 20" radius to the fretboard for easy chording, a top arch with a 30' radius and the back with an 18' radius. This allows for structural stability with a light build. It's bound in ebony as well as an ebony fretboard that's adorned with inlays in gonçalo alves wood with aluminum. 

Other features include Gotoh tuners, side sound port, and comes equipped with strap buttons. This is a special instrument with a wonderful feel and tone and we think you will love it. Includes wooden hard case and Humistat humidifier, upgradable in the options on this page.

Additional Information
  • Body: Acacia
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Rosette: Ebony
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bridge & fretboard: Ebony
  • Nut & saddle: Bone
  • Tuners: Gotoh
  • Strings: Worth Broown w wound low G
  • Finish: Satin lacquer

This ukulele comes with a wooden hard case.

Setup Options

Most people shop with us because of the extensive quality control and final setup work we provide at no extra cost on all ukuleles we ship out. However this is time consuming work and creates a delay in shipping. We are now offering an "Expedited Setup" for those wanting to receive their instrument faster. See details on the Full Setup and Expedited Setup options along with current turnaround times for each at the link- HERE.

Extra Options

One of the options for this ukulele is to trade out the Humistat Model 1 included humidifier for the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18). This is suggested if you live in a low humidity area (parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc.) or also areas with winter seasons, especially if you heat the air most of the day and night. For more info see our Ukulele Care page

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