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.
Handcrafted of gorgeous master grade curly Hawaiian Koa wood face, back, and sides, this full custom ‘Master’ ʻI’iwi ukulele also boasts instrument grade Gabon ebony fretboard, bridge, and headstock veneer. Elegant and complimentary ebony wood top and back wood binding with an elegant top and side profile maple wood purfling for 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. The neck itself has been carved from Honduras mahogany 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. Three subtle abalone shell rosettes on tone-tapped upper bout porting system 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.
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. Excellent clarity and 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.