New 2020. Custom Ziegenspeck ‘Double Back’ Tenor Ukulele. A beautiful custom ukulele handcrafted by Tom Ziegenspeck of Rudolstadt, Germany. Tom studied at the famed luthier school, University of Applied Sciences for Building Stringed Instruments in Markneukirchen, Germany where his theoretical and practical expertise earned him the degree of “Zupfinstrumentenbaumeister” or “Master Luthier”. The little town of Markneukirchen is steeped in woodworking traditions and is the same small town where Christian Fredrick Martin Sr, or C.F. Martin I of the legendary C.F. Martin & Co, was born and where he would build his first professional grade instruments prior to moving to the US in 1833. This tradition of finely handcrafted instruments from this region continues to this day through the rich legacy of Ziegenspeck Ukuleles as demonstrated by Tom’s most recent prestigious award; the coveted, Berlin and East Germany Prestige Awards – Bespoke Instrument Maker of the Year.
With a focus on simple elegance and tone, Ziegenspeck ukuleles are handcrafted with the finest materials and approaches to luthiery with only a limited number of instruments available per year but some of the most sought after full custom ukuleles in Europe. The low number of instruments handcrafted per year is a testimony to the remarkably high level of quality and meticulous care he invests in to each piece, yielding both an aesthetically beautiful instrument with truly remarkable tones. Absolutely incredible in all aspects of construction and sound. This gorgeous Custom Ziegenspeck ‘Double Back’ Tenor Ukulele was handcrafted with two backs to allow minimum dampening of the inner back panel of the body as the player holds the ukulele with dual back chamber ports. European Cherry top, double back, and sides, making for a light but highly responsive body. Slightly modified 16.9 inch short-scale from nut to saddle. Beautiful leadwood fretboard and bridge with a 14 fret joint to the body. Elegant ‘accent line’ mother-of-pearl position markers inlaid on positions 5, 7, 10, and 12 with a double accent inlay on position 12 paying subtle tribute to the double back construction of this beautiful masterpiece. Matching European Cherry veneered headstock and European Cherry wood neck for reduced weight. Dyed wood marquetry rosette with matching red dyed inner sound hole rosette. Professional Der Jung – vintage style – geared tuners with 14:1 gear ratio for smooth and precise tuning. Ziegenspeck passive piezzo undersaddle pick up for quick plug and play. Gorgeous Satin finish for a smooth to the touch feel.
Tonally, European Cherry seems to fall somewhere between a maple and walnut but a bit more on the mellow side. It’s not as ‘transparent’ as Maple or as ‘dark’ as walnut but a bit more on the mellow side with wonderful clarity. A beautiful custom ukulele handcrafted by one of Europe’s finest ukulele luthiers, Tom Ziegenspeck. This wonderful ukulele has wonderful projection and sustain with the double back construction, and clarity with excellent balance. Highly recommended. ID#200048