Live Performance with Paul Iinuma
Custom Seilen Tenor Replica Ukulele by Takahashi Shinji of Nagano, Japan. An incredible piece from one of Japan's most foremost luthiers for custom ukuleles. Takahashi Shinji has refined his craft and passion for building over the last 30 years and has won numerous awards in Japan and Hawaii for his stunning attention to detail and remarkable tones offered by his handcrafted ukuleles. Takahashi Shinji handcrafts only a limited number of instruments himself and these instruments are all represented under the label, 'Seilen' - not to be confused with those made by his employees, which are sold under the label of 'T's Ukuleles and T's Guitars. It is the Seilen label that is among the most coveted ukuleles in Japan and solely handcrafted by master luthier, Takahashi Shinji. The work, stunning in every way. Each ukulele is absolutely beautiful and stunning in construction with a high level of attention to detail in design, workmanship, and tone - yielding instruments pleasing to both the professional musician and the recreational ukulele enthusiast.
This Custom Seilen Tenor Ukulele comes complete with premium set of quarter-sawn Pacific Northwest Myrtle wood back and sides and a master grade Redwood soundboard. Myrtle, one of North America's most exotic woods, is widely known for possessing tonal qualities similar to Maple wood with a clear and bright tone and nice projection but slightly more round. The fingerboard and bridge was carved from a musician's grade set of brown-streaked Macassar Ebony wood. In addition, this beauty also boasts a curly Hawaiian Koa wood top and back binding with matching curly Hawaiian Koa wood bound fretboard. Off-centered position markers on positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, and 19 for a quick reference. Wheat-style marquetry on the soundboard for aesthetic appeal. A wonderful 'paua' abalone shell rosette and Seilen 'paua' abalone shell headstock inlay. Beautiful satin finish. Professional geared tuners for quick and precise tuning.
Handcrafted in Nagano, Japan by legendary luthier Takahashi Shinji, this Custom Seilen Tenor ukulele is the culmination of the finest materials and lutherie from Japan. Indeed, a classic and acute building style that only comes with experience but yet a contemporary flair in aesthetics and a sound that appeals to the most acute ears. Remarkable tonal qualities. Perfect intonation with nice crisp highs, great clarity, and a balanced midrange as well. Wonderful projection and sustain. An excellent recording level instruments ideal for the professional musician and weekend player as well - a highly sought after custom ukulele that is a rare find here in the US.