(Circa 2016). Beautiful Custom DaSilva ‘James Hill’ Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by Mike DaSilva of Berkley, California, USA. This beautiful tenor ukulele is designated the ‘James Hill’ model after famed ukulele player, James Hill of Canada . It is the result of collaboration between Mike and James to create an ukulele that has the reduced weight and increased resonance but a slightly deeper body than most. The result was this masterpiece!
This beautifully handcrafted custom DaSilva ‘James Hill’ Tenor Ukulele was handcrafted with the utmost in materials with comfort, tone, and playability in mind. Handcrafted of curly Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides and an Adirondack spruce soundboard, this wood combination is quite popular amongst musicians worldwide in both the ukulele and guitar communities for its tonal offerings. The instrument also boasts a faux tortoise shell top and back binding with matching rosette and beautiful accent purfling lines on the top and back of the instrument. An elegant beveled cutaway for ease reach in the higher registers and an aesthetic appeal all its own. Gaboon Ebony wood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock plate with ‘DaSilva’ theme inlay are a few more wonderful amenities to this recording level instrument. Professional Planetary geared tuners for quick and precise tuning.
The instrument has a nice attack with balanced lows and mid-range and crisp highs as well. Excellent projection, sustain, and clarity. I can see why this instrument is regarded as the ‘James Hill’ model. A wonderful playing and sounding instrument for both the recreational player or the seasoned musician.