I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Pau Ferro Tenor (#1981)

I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Pau Ferro Tenor (#1981)

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*** I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Pau Ferro 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 Pau Ferro also known as Bolivian Rosewood for the sides and back, and bloodwood binding framing it off. 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. This one sounds incredible! Kalei and Corey give it a sample.

Bearclaw is Sitka spruce but a little bit stiffer and, for this reason, it is one of the most desirable soundboard tonewoods. 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 a South American hardwood, Pau Ferro.This wood has similar properties to rosewood and adds to the richness of tone on this instrument.

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 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. I'iwi does this so well and this is certainly one of the best we've experienced. 

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.

Additional Information

* Bearclaw Sitka spruce top w Pau Ferro Back and sides
* Ebony fretboard and bridge
* Bloodwood binding 
* Abalone rosettes
* Abalone position diamonds
* Mahogany neck
* Gotoh UPT geared tuning keys
* Hand-rubbed gloss finish
* Hardshell custom case and Oasis humidifier


Every I'iwi comes with a deluxe wooden hardcase.

* Put a note in the Special Instructions if you would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything.

* Under the Accessories tab you can also customize this instrument by adding strap button(s) or your choice of pickup for plugging in. We recommend either the Mi-Si or the LR Baggs pickup for this ukulele.

* 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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