(C. 2015) 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 African Ebony wood – a dense, dark-colored hardwood found in Africa that is frequently used on fingerboards of premium guitars and ukuleles for its quick response and attack. It has found new interest in luthiery communities as a point of discussion when used as the back and sides of an instrument and is known for its strong bass and lower mids, clear highs, and a midrange like rosewood. The soundboard is a master grade set of Carpathian spruce, giving the player a brighter, glassier tone. It is often compared to Adirondack spruce with regards to its tonal qualities. This Hive ukulele also boasts a gorgeous jet black Gabon ebony wood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock plate. Gorgeous curly Maple wood neck. Ebony wood top and back binding with a matching Ebony wood rosette inlay that has been meticulously done. Side sound port for monitor like effect. Tube aluminum inlay 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.