Neighborwood

I have included local Ukiah woods in some of my ukuleles before. This one has wood from two very local trees. My neighbor had decided several years ago that a sycamore tree was blocking his view and creating more fall work for him than he wanted. I told Rand that if he ever cut the sycamore down I'd be more than happy to take 36 inches of the trunk off his hands. The next day I found a large section of that trunk that he had rolled down into my yard. I quartered it and resawed some into ukulele sets. It has a striking ray fleck figure when quartersawn and is excellent as a tonewood. This Neighborwood tenor has sycamore back and sides but I probably could have used it for the top too.

In addition, this build also features wood from our own property. We have a large eucalyptus tree very close to the house which sometimes needs some safety pruning. A few years ago a large limb had to be removed. The wood of this tree, which I believe to be a forest red gum, has a color that compliments the sycamore well. It's warm and almost leathery. I've used it for the fingerboard, bridge, headplate, rosette and bindings.

The resonant Englemann top even comes from a local wood supplier though it's not from a local tree. Along with the sycamore it produces a warm sound with plenty of sustain. Though I usually only use bridge pins for my guitars, I decided to use them here for ease of string changes. These are Worth BT browns with a wound .030 GHS Winter Silver low G. The side grained wood rosette is red gum and sycamore with birch and black veneer strips. 

The neck is hard maple with a few random birdseyes. It's attached with my two bolt system that incorporates a strap button. The 20" radiused red gum fingerboard has rosette tile position markers. Look for this unique tenor soon ukulele at The Ukulele Site. $2900 Sold 

Sorry, that went fast. I have more sycamore though if you're interested in a custom build.