A work of art! Beautiful custom tenor Kula ukulele handcrafted by master luthier Crist Pung of the Big Island, HI. Crist handcrafts very unique aesthetically pleasing ukuleles that also play wonderfully for both the professional musician and recreational player.
This wonderful custom tenor ukulele was handcrafted from a gorgeous Hawaiian Mango wood face, back, and sides from the Big Island of Hawaii. A beautiful Hawaiian hardwood, a medium to large Mango tree frequently grows to around 50-65 feet in height and 2-3 feet in diameter here in Hawaii. It is most noted for its chocolatey brown colors, but often with streaks of greens, yellows, and even orange. Mango is often spalted, frequently making a beautiful and exotic figure. Musicians grade Macassar Ebony wood fretboard, bridge, and top and back head-plate. Matching Macassar Ebony wood top and back binding, end graft, and side sound port. Stylish black-red-yellow royal Hawaiian themed purfling lines on top, back, sides, headstock, fingerboard, and more, complimenting the unique patters of this set of Hawaiian Mango. The neck was also carved from the same Hawaiian Mango tree with a center stringer of Purple Heart wood for added stability and a classy diamond volute in transition from the neck to the headstock for added appeal. 14 frets to the body and 19 overall frets to the soundhole. Vintage bone nut and saddle, tube style side position markers, and professional open-geared Waverly tuners with Koa wood knobs for precise tuning are a few more amenities to this beautiful instrument.
The inlay…absolutely meticulous! The headstock, fingerboard, and rosette theme of this ukulele is the Tasmanian Devil in all his wildness. Green abalone shell rosette with medallion ‘Taz’ inlay. Inlay constitutes also of reconstructed stone and mother-of-pearl and was done in complimentary fashion to that of the wild patters of the Hawaiian Mango wood – both representing their unwillingness to be tamed by humanity. A truly wonderful piece of art themed perfectly on a beautifully functioning and professional grade recording instrument.
Wonderful range of tones from this wood. Hawaiian Mango bears some resemblance to that of Hawaiian Koa with it’s warm sound with a nice bass, wide range, and drier rather than reverby. The wood has a good bright tone similar to Hawaiian koa as well, dry and crisp. The instrument is also very well center balanced which makes for a very comfortable instrument as you cradle it up against your body. A wonderful piece for professional musicians, weekend giggers, and the uke-lover at heart!