Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bruce Shimabukuro's Takamine Custom Tenor Prototype

One of the artists associated with Ukulele Puapua is Bruce Shimabukuro. Bruce has played a variety of ukuleles over the years, and currently he is using a prototype tenor from Takamine Guitars in Japan. This instrument is very rare, and sounds and plays great! Bruce was kind enough to allow me to shoot his Kiso Ukulele, and so now I can share it with all of you.
This ukulele is made of curly Hawaiian koa. The neck is mahogany, and the bridge and fingerboard are ebony. Curly maple binding all around the top and back, as well as around the fingerboard and headstock! Abalone purfling around the soundboard, rosette, fingerboard, and headstock! Maple BS initial inlay at the base of the fingerboard. Active pickup with 9V power supply. Nitro gloss finish.
I had never tried a Takamine ukulele before. It is well made with good tone and playability. Thanks to Bruce Shimabukuro. Please contact Ukulele Puapua for lesson schedule.

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