(C. 2013) Mint. Beautiful Hive Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by luthier Jake Maclay of West Virginia. Hive ukuleles exhibit the philosophy of exquisite tone, superb playability, and artful beauty. A sound born of superior craftsmanship, shaping a deep resonance from flawless intonation.
After graduating from the Robert-Venn School of Luthiery, Jake moved to Santa Cruz, California to work for master luthier Rick Turner and his business partner Barry Pearlman. Immersed in the prolific environment that bore Compass Rose Ukuleles and Renaissance Guitars, Jake has honed the building principles that define his work today.
This beautiful Hive tenor ukulele is a ‘Hornet’ model by designation and was meticulously handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail and tone. The back and sides were handcrafted of Wenge wood – a dense, dark-colored African hardwood that is known for its excellent tonal properties and is often compared to Brazilian rosewood. The soundboard is a master grade set of Adirondack spruce, giving the player wonderful volume and clarity without distortion. Side sound port for a monitor-like experience. This Hive ukulele also boasts a gorgeous jet black Gabon ebony wood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock plate. Honduras mahogany neck. Wenge wood top and back binding with a matching Wenge and aluminum rosette inlay that has been meticulously done. Tube aluminum inlay position markers on the fingerboard and position markers on the side of the neck for a quick top down reference. Elegant top, back, and side purfling lines for aesthetic appeal. Professional Waverly tuners for precise and smooth tuning. 12 fret joint to the body. End pin for strap.
Wonderful sustain and playability with great clarity up and down the neck. Excellent projection, tone, and note separation. The instrument is well balanced. A premium example of a handcrafted ukulele that exhibits wonderful playability, tone, and craftsmanship.