Preowned. 2020. Custom Barron River Longneck Concert Ukulele handcrafted by Allen McFarlen of Cairns, Australia. An incredible piece from one of Australia’s most foremost luthiers of custom ukuleles. This beautiful Custom Barron River Longneck Concert Ukulele boasts a body design that is slightly smaller than a typical body design for a concert ukulele yet possesses all the projection and sustain expected from a concert ukulele and more.
A truly wonderful and well thought out design, Allen McFarlen handcrafts only a limited number of instruments and these masterpieces are rather difficult to come by, even in Australia. The sound, however, is what makes this beauty even better than it looks! This Custom Barron River Longneck Concert Ukulele comes complete with a beautiful set of Tasmanian Blackwood on the back and sides with a Yellow Cedar wood soundboard. Tasmanian Blackwood, is a fast growing evergreen tree most frequently found in eastern Australia. It can age to 50 years and reach heights of 130 feet in the cooler rainforest climates of Tasmania. Known to have a woody, open tone, Tasmanian Blackwood is regarded as being similar to its cousin Hawaiian Koa – both being in the family of acacia woods.
This ukulele also boasts a gorgeous African Sapele wood neck, a musicians grade Ebony wood fretboard, bridge, and top and back headstock veneer. The fretboard has been radisued at a 12″-16″ compound radius for ease of play in higher positions up the neck and is a wonderful feature of this instrument. The top and back binding are also of Tasmanian Blackwood with a slightly different orientation in the wood grain from that of the body, giving it a subtle but elegant contrast to the back and sides. A matching Tasmanian Blackwood rosette was also inlaid in keeping with the theme of the instrument. Beautiful scrimshaw inlay of a white lily on the headstock adding to the elegant ambiance of the piece. Faux ivroy diamond style position markers inlaid on positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, and 17 with a 14 fret joint to the body and 20 overall frets to the sound hole. Professional Peghead tuners for smooth and precise tuning and shoulder strap buttons installed on the neck and butt of the instrument. Beautiful high gloss polyurethane finish.
Fantastic tonal qualities and a great balance. Tasmanian Blackwood, in the family of Acacia woods, is similar to the tone of Hawaiian Koa in its mid-range focus, clarity and warmth. The Yellow Cedar gives this instrument tremendous drive and is a wood known to be similar to Port Orford Cedar in tone and tinsel strength – giving the instrument great attack. Perfectly set intonation. A highly sought after custom ukulele that is very light in weight with a great sound and rarely found in the US. ID#210014