Custom Hive ‘The Tree’ Tenor Ukulele


Preowned. Beautiful Hive “The Tree” Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by luthier Jake Maclay of West Virginia. Hive ukuleles exhibit the philosophy of exquisite tone, superb playability, and artful beauty. A sound born of meticulous craftsmanship, shaping a deep resonance from flawless intonation. Currently, there is roughly a 2 year backlog on orders for a custom Hive ukulele.

After graduating from the Robert-Venn School of Luthiery, Jake moved to Santa Cruz, California to work for master luthier Rick Turner and his business partner Barry Pearlman. Immersed in the prolific environment that bore Compass Rose Ukuleles and Renaissance Guitars, Jake has honed the building principles that define his work today.

This beautiful Hive “The Tree” tenor ukulele is a ‘Hornet’ model by designation and was meticulously handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail and tone. A 12 fret joint to the body, the instrument was handcrafted of a gorgeous set of “The Tree” Mahogany back and sides and a master grade set of Adirondack spruce on the soundboard – giving the instrument a bold, clear, and sweet tone. The legendary quilted Mahogany wood known as “The Tree” – is a 500-year old tree that once towered 100 feet above the Chiquibul Jungle of what is now Belize. With a massive base of ten feet in diameter, this wood has been considered some of the most beautiful and sought-after wood by luthiers worldwide with instrument sets selling between $5,000 – $10,000 and limited numbers of sets available from this special tree each year. The Tree Quilted Mahogany has been defined as a “once in a lifetime wood”, possessing visual characteristics unparalleled in its beauty and tone and often being favorably compared to coveted woods such as Brazilian Rosewood.

This Hive ukulele also boasts a gorgeous jet-black Gabon ebony wood fingerboard, bridge, and headstock plate with a Honduras mahogany wood neck for added stability and transference of the vibrations back into the soundboard. The neck has been slightly tinted to match the rich darker colors of The Tree mahogany wood.  Rosewood top and back binding and matching “The Tree” quilted mahogany rosette inlay meticulously done. Tube aluminum inlay markers on fretboard and side of neck on 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 for quick reference. Side sound port for a monitor like effect by which the sound fires outward to the audience and upward towards the musician. Elegant top, back, and side purfling lines for aesthetic appeal. Professional Waverly tuners for precise and smooth tuning. Endpin for the strap.

Wonderful sustain and playability with great clarity up and down the neck. Excellent projection and note separation. A premium example of a handcrafted ukulele that exhibits wonderful playability, tone, and craftsmanship. #230125

Price: SOLD


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