Live Performance with Paul Iinuma
Highly respected by his peers in the guitar community and by musicians worldwide for his creativity in design and tone in harp guitars and ukuleles, this beautiful custom ukulele was handcrafted with the finest materials by luthier Duane Noble of DL Noble Guitars and Ukuleles of Richland, WA.
Handcrafted with the utmost care and attention to detail, this gorgeous custom Duane Noble tenor ukulele has a discrete presence all its own. It boasts a stunningly beautiful highly figured set of fiddle back curly Mahogany wood from the famous "the Tree" - a legendary tree discovered in 1965 in a ravine in the Chiquibul Jungle of what is now Belize - and has since yielded some of the most aesthetically pleasing guitars and ukuleles in the world. Beyond its highly unique physical characteristics, it is also widely known for it's remarkable tone and has been since coveted by some of the world's top guitar and ukuleles luthiers and musicians alike. In reference to this rare and coveted wood, many agree - "There is only one "the Tree"". Guitar sets with the most unique patterning have been known to sell for as much as $10,000.00 for the wood alone with the most desirable wood sets for ukulele selling for upwards of $4,000.00 - $5,000.00 for a tenor set. 5-piece Mahogany wood, Maple wood, and East-Indian Rosewood neck for added strength and increased sustain. The fingerboard, bridge, and top and back binding are all crafted from Duane's private stock of jet-black musician's grade Gaboon Ebony wood, adding to the aesthetic of a simple but elegant build with the quality of a studio recording instrument. Matching "the Tree" Mahogany wood headstock veneer in keeping with the theme of the instrument. Simple white-black-white accent lines on the soundboard emphasize the natural hues of the wood a beautifully hand-cut blue abalone shell and spalted wood rosette, curly Hawaiian Koa wood top and back binding, and top and back blue abalone shell purfling. Cutaway for easy reach in higher positions on the neck. Armrest bevel for added comfort when cradling the instrument.
The body style is uniquely designed to provide optimum tone to the player and the instrument has remarkable projection and clarity. Duane also slightly exaggerated the lower bout on this design, emulating the lower bout design of a slightly larger size tenor ukulele with a standard tenor scale and and shallow body design. This allows for a full and bolder tone quality. Easy reach high up on the neck with a 14th fret joint to the body and 20 overall frets to the sound hole. Matching blue abalone shell side fret dot markers for a top-down quick point of reference. Bone nut and saddle. Gorgeous high gloss lacquer finish and 4:1 ratio professional "Pegheds" geared tuning machines for smooth and precise tuning. The Pegheds also allow for considerable weight reduction a the headstock, which is in overall alignment with Duane's approach to his builds.
The instrument is very comfortable to hold and quite light in weight, likely adding to the wonderful projection and sustain offered by this ukulele. Aesthetically appealing, this instrument is a complete package of fine craftsmanship with excellent projection, sustain, and clarity and a full range of tones. There is a depth and richness to the instrument that is both beautiful and powerful when fingerpicking, in particular. Ideal for both solo playing or accompaniment with excellent projection and overall presence.