Preowned. 2017. Custom I’iwi Ukulele. Phenomenal player uke! Custom ʻI’iwi Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by luthier Charlie Fukuba of Makakilo, Oahu. This special piece is the premier model offered by ʻI’iwi Ukuleles and is defined as, the Gold ‘Master’ Series. The ‘Master’ series is a testimony to the ʻI’iwi Ukulele commitment to the finest materials and craftsmanship in skilled luthiery by one of Hawaii’s foremost custom ukulele luthiers, Charlie Fukuba.
Gorgeous master grade 3-piece back of figured Honduran Mahogany wood and a master grade set of Torrefied Sitka Spruce soundboard, this full custom ‘Master’ ʻI’iwi ukulele also boasts instrument grade Gabon ebony fretboard, bridge, and headstock veneer. The ‘Torrefied’ process is a process by which the wood is heat-treated in an oxygen free kiln. This process reduces the moisture content within the wood, making it very stable all the while mimicking the aging process. The result, an instrument that sounds ‘aged’ or seasoned in tone. A Gabon ebony wood top and back wood binding has been employed in keeping with the theme of the instrument and an elegant top, back, and side profile purfling line has also been added for a beautiful aesthetic appeal. The fretboard has been radiused for ease of play and is an exclusive attribute of the ‘Master’ series. The radius on the fretboard provides added comfort on the wrist angle, especially at higher positions up on the neck. Radiused soundboard for increased resonance and projection. The neck itself has been carved from Honduran mahogany with a graphite composite rod insert for increased structural integrity and sustain. Diamond-shaped abalone shell markers on positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 add for a quick and accurate reference point to each chord. Gorgeous abalone shell rosettes and matching abalone shell top purfling on tone-tapped upper bout porting system and soundboard for elegant appeal. The porting system adds projection, sustain, and accented bass notes for the player and also encompasses a contemporary theme in to the instrument while capturing the true ‘Aloha Spirit’ by which this gorgeous instrument was handcrafted, connecting the people and character of Hawaii. The piece brings you back to a time of simplicity in ancient Hawaii. A time when the feathers of ʻI’iwi birds were gently plucked for the ʻahuʻula (feather cloaks) and mahiole (feathered helmets) of the Hawaiian monarchs or ali`i. Special inlay of the ‘I’iwi bird and the native Hawaiian ‘mamane’ flower.
Tonally, this piece is a true gem and a remarkable piece for recording musicians or weekend jam sessions. Full recording level instrument with voiced high tones, embellished mid-range notes and exceptional bass. The spruce top adds even more clarity to the piece. Excellent projection as well. This beauty has the sound of a seasoned instrument although it was only recently completed. Very well balanced structurally and tonally with refined notes all the way up the neck and spot on intonation. High recommended piece for the seasoned player or aspiring ukulele enthusiast. ID: #190022