C.2022. Preowned. Ukulele Guild of Hawaii (UGH) luthier, Jungtae Kim, established his business of handcrafted ukuleles under the tutelage of world renowned UGH ukulele and guitar luthier, Takahashi Shinji of Japan’s famed T’s Ukuleles and custom line, Seilen Ukulele. Jungtae, together with his wife, Seoyoon Na, who oversees the aesthetics in design behind each build and his younger brother, Hyuntae, who manages the ideation process – the team handcrafts both base model ukuleles with a custom flair and fully handcrafted custom ukuleles out of Korea under the provenance of ‘Oulcraft’.
This progressive custom Oulcraft tenor ukulele was meticulously handcrafted with remarkable attention to detail by luthier, Jungtae Kim. A gorgeous Maple wood was used on both the back and sides with a matching blue-stained Maple wood soundboard, giving the instrument a wonderful contrast between white and blue. It boasts a three-piece Mahogany wood neck with a center Maple wood stringer and accent lines, allowing the instrument more rigidity for increased structural integrity and transference of the vibrations back into the body of the instrument. A very thin black-white-black wood purfling has been added on the soundboard, back, and sides of the instrument give it a sophisticated appeal. Curly maple wood top binding and a blue-stained Maple wood back binding in keeping with the theme of the instrument. Mother-of-pearl rosette. Musician’s grade Ebony wood fingerboard and bridge with a lovely purfling inlaid in positions 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 for a quick reference when playing. Gabon ebony wood headstock veneer and bridge in keeping with the theme of the instrument with a gorgeous Oulcraft mother-0f-pearl shell inlay at the headstock and a high gloss nitrocellulose finish.
This instrument is light in weight and has a lovely projection, responsiveness, clarity. The workmanship is impeccable and the instrument is easy to cradle and hold when being played. The instrument employs a three-fan brace system on the underside of the soundboard with a small but refined bridge footprint, enabling for optimum ‘excitement’ of the soundboard as transference of energy from the strings to the bridge to the soundboard occurs when being played. This custom Oulcraft ukulele is wonderful for both fingerpicking and strumming and has excellent clarity, sustain, and projection while offering wonderful separation from one note to the next. A highly recommended custom ukulele from one of UGH’s newest members, Jungtae Kim. ID#:230107