*** I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Bubinga Tenor ***
This is the rare single hole I'iwi. It also has a side sound port so more like two hole. But it sounds and looks awesome! Mika gives us our first sound sample with this one.
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 Bubinga for the sides and back, and curly koa 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!
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 are an incredibly figured Bubinga. This has a tone similar to Indian rosewood, but a bit denser than rosewood, which may contribute to its great sustain and clarity. It provides sustain and note separation with warm even tones, bright midrange, and a sparkle across the entire spectrum. Along with the bearclaw spruce, this makes for a fantastic tonewood combo.
Abalone pearl inlays make the fret markers 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 hard case and Oasis humidifier.