Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Uncle Bill Tapia's Custom Lymana Tenor

At the recent Aloha Yokohama Festival at Osanbashi in Yokohama, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Uncle Bill Tapia. Uncle Bill is 101 years young, and is still touring the world, sharing the joy of the ukulele with everyone he meets. He played at the opening of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel ( the pink one), and for the U.S.O. shows entertaining the troops back in WWI ! He currently is proud to play his custom red tenor Lymana ukulele. This ukulele is fully bound and inlaid with abalone. The headstock has a custom inlay for Uncle Bill, and the position markers are inlaid M.O.P. stars. The instrument has been fitted with a pickup and volume control knob. This Lymana also features a 0 fret, and a pinset bridge. I tried it out, and it plays like a dream. It was a pleasure to host Uncle Bill at the Puapua booth for his autograph and photo session. I look forward to seeing him again at the next event. Mahalo.

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