New. Beautiful Custom Cornerstone “The Tree” Tenor ukulele handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail by master luthier Peter Marreiros in Westminster, California. This gorgeous Custom Cornerstone Tenor Ukulele is truly a wonderful instrument and comes highly recommended in fit, finish, and tone. A career luthier famed for his extensive experience in guitar luthiery, Peter has taken his woodworking knowledge and passion for finely handcrafted instruments and applied this to beautifully crafted custom ukuleles for your enjoyment.
Peter Marreiros embarked on his lutherie journey in the late 90’s. In those beginning years he built a few electric guitars. In 2003 he was inspired to build an acoustic guitar. During this process he realized this was his true passion. The demands of building an acoustic guitar were far greater and spawned deeper levels of creativity and detailed workmanship. Little did Peter know that same year he would meet legendary luthier, Kevin Ryan where both sons were playing little league baseball together. Their friendship grew and Kevin’s meticulous mastery and artistry became a goal for Peter’s builds. Peter’s attention to detail pushed him to build high quality instruments that were aesthetically stunning, uniquely designed, and embodied a strong musically appealing tone.
Peter’s interest for ukuleles was sparked during a visit to one of his friends in the winter of 2018 and coincidentally a trip to Hawaii in February of 2019 further enhanced his interest for the small happy instrument. Pairing years of guitar building experience with his new found love is what drives this builder to push the boundaries of lutherie with a vision to build a ukulele like no other.
“It is with passion and love that a Cornerstone Ukulele is created. Each of my ukuleles is handcrafted and every instrument is a labor of love and dedication. My desire is for my passion to fuel yours…”
This gorgeous custom Cornerstone “The Tree” Tenor Ukulele was crafted from the finest materials. The body was handcrafted from a master grade set of Cocobolo wood back and sides with a sinker Redwood soundboard. Sinker redwood are redwood trees that were harvested and sent downriver to processing mills but sank at some point along the way. They are extremely difficult to recover and are often buried under silt that has accumulated over the years. Nonetheless, these logs are highly sought after by luthiers for their structural and tonal characteristics, having been subjected to low oxygen levels at extreme cold temperatures at the bottom of the river floor. Aesthetically, the darker colored streaking is characteristic of a sinker redwood. It is very stiff and lightweight, making it ideal for soundboards and uniquely distinct in its structural properties when compared to a typical redwood. The woods are from Peter’s reserve of premium wood sets for his finest builds. It boasts an elegant bound Gabon ebony wood fretboard and bridge and a solid one-piece wood-stained Mahogany neck for added stability and transference of the vibrations back into the sound box. Gorgeous paua abalone shell inlay on the soundboard, fingerboard, and headstock with a beautiful Celtic inspired rosette and accent inlay on the 12th fret of reconstituted stone – this uke is absolutely stunning! Wonderful half-headstock design done meticulously in Hawaiian Koa wood and Ebony with a “Tree of Life” inlay of resin and reconstituted stone that attest to the high skill level and attention to detail of this beautiful custom Cornerstone ukulele. In-house aged tinted bone nut and saddle in keeping with the elegant theme of old world art. Spot on intonation with a 14 fret joint to the body with 19 overall frets to the sound hole. The instrument also incorporates a uniquely designed hybrid Kasha bracing with hollowed out core and triple hole side sound port on the upper bout for a ‘monitor-like’ effect. Jet black Gabon ebony wood top and back binding with a top beveled arm rest for added comfort when cradling the instrument. Professional and custom made Gotoh open-geared machine tuners with black buttons for precise and smooth tuning. String through bridge design for a functional yet elegant feel. A high grade durable polyester finish on the body give it a mirror-like sheen that reveals the natural beauty of the wood while a satin style finish on the neck makes for a smooth and comfortable feel to the touch when playing.
This is a true masterpiece of functional art that is both appealing to even the most renowned professional ukulele musicians and the recreational player alike. Cocobolo, a dense, stiff, tropical hardwood is in the family of Rosewoods. Sonically, it is similar to Koa but resonates a little deeper than Koa but slightly less than Brazilian Rosewood. A highly articulate wood with lots of note distinction, paired with the sinker Redwood this ukulele has a beautiful balanced mellow tone with a nice low end and mid-range and excellent response, great clarity, and exceptional projection. A highly recommended ukulele for both the professional musician and the ukulele enthusiast at heart. ID#210008