New. A work of art! Custom Steve Grimes ‘Long Scale’ Tenor Ukulele built on the island of Maui, HI. If you were looking for the best of the best in high-end ukes, look no further! The time invested on each piece is a testimony to over 45 years of guitar and ukulele luthiery and can be seen in the quality of instruments he handcrafts and the world-class tones they produce. Absolutely incredible in all aspects of construction and sound.
Steve is at the forefront of discussion in terms of contemporary luthiery theory and technique while remaining firmly rooted in his understanding of classical construction. The application of these two knowledge bases equates to an instrument with both sound structural integrity and exceptionally refined tonal qualities. His wealth of knowledge in working with various tone woods and materials coupled with his understanding of finish work has led to an extensive contribution to the guitar and ukulele communities on the local, national, and global platforms.
The Focus of Steve Grimes’ instruments building career has been the arch top guitar for over thirty five years. He produces six arch top models, two double-soundhole flat top guitars (steel string and nylon string), two singles soundhole model flat tops, two models of arch top mandolins, and several sizes and styles of ukuleles. Grimes began building instruments in Seattle in 1972, and moved the business to Hawaii in 1982. He met Keola Beamer, a master “slack key” guitarist, and collaborated with him on the double hole flat top guitar design. The result was the creation of the “Beamer” and “Hapa” model guitars.
The hallmark of Grimes guitars is the close attention to detail, and the careful voicing of the soundboard, from arch tops to ukuleles, before the back plate is glued on. Grimes customizes each instrument to fit specific requests from the player, including tone, dimensions, aesthetics (woods, inlay, finish color, embellishments, etc). In addition to ukuleles finely handcrafted for world-class musicians such as Jake Shimabukuro, Keola Beamer, and Barry Flanagan, Steve has also made over 330 arch top guitars and 250 flat tops for such artists as George Benson (4 guitars), Larry Coryell (3 guitars), Leo Kottke, Earl Klugh, Keola Beamer (4), Walter Becker (8), Steve Miller (8), Pat Simmons, Willie Nelson and others.
This beautiful Custom Grimes long scale tenor ukulele is handcrafted from master grade Brazilian Kingwood back and sides with a tight grained Redwood top. Brazilian Kingwood, also being in the family of Dalbergia species, is extremely rare and is harvested from the same forests as Brazilian Rosewood. It is almost never found in wide or long material, let alone pieces large enough sizes for instruments. This extremely rare wood has been in Steve’s personal wood collection since 1987 and is only one of three remaining sets. Hawaiian curly Koa wood rosette sandwiched between two shell rosettes, matching Hawaiian curly Koa wood bound headstock, top and back binding, and matching end graft. Side sound port for monitor-like effect. A multi-ply wood black-white-black-white -black purfling for aesthetic appeal and a musicians grade Gabon ebony wood fingerboard and bridge with a Hawaiian Koa wood tie-block accent are a few attributes that display a subtle elegance offered by this beautiful ukulele as it keeps with the earthy theme of the instrument. Meticulously inlaid mother-of-pearl side position markers on 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 for quick top-down reference and a Honduras mahogany neck for added stability. Open-geared Gotoh UK-700 machine tuners for precise tuning with little weight added to the headstock. High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish for mirror-like finish.
Brazilian Kingwood is a true rosewood and has a strong sharp tone similar to Brazilian Rosewood. Powerful low-end with perfect intonation, remarkable sustain, and great clarity on each note. The Redwood adds a wonderful warmth to the sound as well. A great pairing of woods and a remarkable sound. The longer scale can be tuned to standard gCEA tuning but this uke sounds very sweet tuned down one step to F,Bb,D,G. The instrument is also very comfortable to cradle and is well center-balanced. This beautiful uke plays absolutely wonderfully and offers great depth and range all the way up the neck. A recording level instrument from one of Hawaii’s most highly regarded luthiers, Steve Grimes. ID#200099