Live Performance with Paul Iinuma
Circa 2017. Mint. Custom Moore Bettah Tenor Ukulele - 'Mermaid'. A work of art! Absolutely beautiful custom Moore Bettah 'Mermaid' Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by master luthier Chuck Moore of the Big Island, HI. Chuck handcrafts some of the most desirable ukuleles in the world, many of which have intricate inlay themes that are remarkable in detail and with a tone that would make even the most seasoned professional musician smile. Moore Bettah ukuleles are highly sought after by both professional musicians as well as the recreational player worldwide who are looking for that extra special ukulele .
This wonderful and extremely rare Moore Bettah 'Mermaid' tenor ukulele was handcrafted from the finest materials and is certainly one of the more intricate inlay designs that he has completed to date. Gorgeous master grade premium Hawaiian curly Koa wood top, back, and sides, Ebony wood fretboard, bridge, and matching Ebony wood top and back binding with a gorgeous side arm bevel for added comfort when playing. Sikta spruce 3-fan top bracing on the underside of the soundboard and a Honduran mahogany wood bracing on the back of the ukulele. Side sound port for a monitor like experience, allowing the player to embrace the sweet sound of each note with wonderful clarity. Solid carbon fiber reinforced Spanish cedar wood neck for a light weight feel and a slightly brighter sound. Gorgeous abalone shell soundboard inlay with matching abalone rosette inlay, abalone fingerboard inlay, and abalone headstock purfling inlay with a stunningly beautiful 'Mermaid' themed inlay on the headstock. In keeping with the theme a few lotus lilies and flowers were also meticulously inlaid in to the fingerboard with a matching flower and lily at the soundhole. The inlay is comprised of dyed woods, acrylics, reconstructed stone, pink mussel shell and scrimshawed "eco-ivory". Tusq was used for the nut and saddle and the instrument was set up with Peghed geared tuners for quick and precise tuning. Glossy Nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
This instrument is an absolute treasure. Rich and wonderful tones with excellent sustain, clarity, and projection. The instrument is very well balanced tonally all the way up the neck and spot on intonation as well. Highly recommended player piece but also a remarkable piece of functional art. This is as good as it gets for recording artists, weekend giggers, and the uke-lover at heart!