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Beautiful custom Josh Rieck tenor ukulele handcrafted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with the utmost attention to detail and a focus on tone.
J. Rieck Biography
Seeing luthierie as a beautiful crossroad of music and visual art, Josh Rieck began studying the craft in 2002 at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Red Wing, MN. After graduating with honors from the Guitar Repair and Construction course he moved back to his hometown, Aberdeen, SD and started String Theory Musical Instrument Repair and Custom Construction, performing guitar repair for local music shops while also beginning to build various acoustic and electric instruments.
Because of the local demand, Josh also began to work with violin family instruments while studying double bass performance degree at Northern State University. Double bass studies continued in 2007 at the University of South Dakota under Dr. Rick Rognstad, at which point the business also moved to Sioux Falls.
After completing his masters in 2009, Josh went full time in a newly expanded location in Sioux Falls. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Josh studied the history of musical instruments at the National Music Museum.
As of 2016 the name of the business has changed to J. Rieck Lutherie - this reflects the shift in focus to primarily new instrument construction.
This beautiful custom Josh Rieck tenor ukulele was handcrafted of torrefied spruce top with a gorgeous set of flamed myrtle wood back and sides. The 'torrefied' process is a process in which the wood is thermo-treated over an extended period in an oxygen-free kiln. This process extracts the natural oils and resins of the wood, rapidly advancing the structural composition of the soundboard and giving it an 'aged' sound. This J. Rieck tenor ukulele also boasts a rich dark Gabon Ebony wood fingerboard and bridge with a matching ebony wood bound fingerboard, top and back binding, back headstock plate, back center seem line, and matching end graph with accent mother-of-pearl inlay. Elegant ebony wood, turquoise reconstructed stone, and mother-of-pearl rosette with matching accent inlay on the back of the instrument and on position marker 12 for quick reference. A Myrtle and Ebony wood headstock veneer with mother-of-pearl headstock inlay for a subtle but elegant touch. Headstock back plate of Ebony wood. Honduras mahogany wood neck. Side sound port for monitor-like experience. Radiused fretboard. Professional Grover tuners for smooth and precise tuning.
A beautifully handcrafted custom ukulele with great ease of play, comfort, and tone. Excellent projecting, sustain, and clarity. A wonderful instrument handcrafted by a skilled luthier who finds excellent balance between aesthetics, function, and tone.