This tenor is brand new from northern California luthier Dave Sigman. Dave is one of the most talented luthiers making ukes and it's always a pleasure to showcase his creative and musical instruments.
This one features a Hawaiian koa body and inlay on the faceplate of the Hokule'a voyaging canoe. Crossing the ocean using the wind and stars is a heroic drama at the core of island culture and roots. Dave said, "I was inspired by the voyage of the Hokulea to do this inlay, with my special peg head. Its all Koa, and the water is Mango. Body is Koa with light gold curly Maui Koa for the binding & rosette. Finger board & bridge are Ifalele, from Samoa."
Dave pays tribute with this beautiful koa tenor that plays like a dream and sounds just as sweet. Little River ukes always sound great and this is one of his best! Corey gives us a raw sound sample.
Dave does all of his inlays by hand and is amazingly accurate as you can see. I had to ask him again after getting this one, "so no laser or CNC?.." His reply was, "All my inlays are hand cut, with jeweler's saw & needle files". Me, "You shoulda been a surgeon with hands like that".
Really amazing precision and one of a kind marquetry on this custom tenor. And in looking at the faceplate inlay, don't you notice something different, so nice and clean, no strings, no gear shafts! What is going on?!
The tuning gears are top mounting Gotoh Stealth tuners, but mounted on the back of the headstock using Dave's design. After the strings pass over the nut they run through carbon fiber tubing to the back of the headstock allowing the faceplate to be an uninterrupted canvas for inlay art. In order to keep the angle of the strings in line with the angle of the tuners, Dave has recessed the cavity for the tuners to be at the same angle. This is a concept that Dave came up with himself and is one of the smartest ideas we've seen. He calls it his "Sig-nature Peghead" (Dave Sigman...). It tunes smoothly, works perfectly and looks extra cool for the featured inlay.
The finish is a semi-gloss lacquer and feels wonderful, very smooth and professionally done. Strung with Fluorocarbon plain low G set. This ukulele has a fantastic sound and is a treat to play. Dave really made a special custom koa tenor with this one of a kind Hokule'a tenor.
"Every piece of wood for my ukuleles is carefully selected, and each instrument is constructed with an unwavering approach to the highest quality, and with a deep spirit of Aloha. I personally build each ukulele, one at a time, in my workshop located in Little River, on the beautiful Mendocino Coast of Northern California." -- Dave Sigman
Pictures and video show the exact instrument now available! Includes Oahu hardshell case and Oasis Humidifier.