I purchased a ukulele online around 15 years ago for a mere $30. I got into it a little bit after watching "A concert for George", which was a concert performed by friends of George Harrison of the Beatles a year after his death. It was said that George used to bring 2 ukes with him no matter where he went, so this way you could play the uke with him. I found this to be a charming story and decided to buy one and try out the little stringed instrument. I got into for awhile, but would rarely play it. Several years later, and around 6 or 7 years in with building guitars, one of my supplier's StewMac had a special running on Ukulele Kits. I never built any instruments from a kit, but the price was enticing. The box cam in and was put on a shelf for a couple of years and one day StewMac posted a series of videos on how to build the uke from their kits and I bit. I was engrossed immediately! As I watched the videos, I kept on saying to myself that I could do "this" instead of what they supplied, first the fingerboard, then the neck, then the headstock shape then the bridge, then put in your own rosette, etc... I was already modifying the kit they sent me without even opening the box! I was bit immediately by the uke builder's bug during the building of this uke and even went as far as to put on a Frrench polish for the finish(3 weeks of labor, really intense and not sure if I'll do that one again!) by the end of this build, I was convinced I wanted to make another uke and maybe even an acoustic guitar down the road! Since this was my very first uke, I have decided to keep it, so it's not for sale.

Name: Hanau Mua (Hawaiian for "first born")
Type: Concert uke
Serial#: U-001
Nut: Black Tusq® Nut
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge saddle: Black Tusq®
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Sapele Mahogany laminate
Neck: Flamed Maple
Fretboard: Gabon Ebony w/ lizard inlay
Headstock: Stinger with Ebony laminate top and back
Finishing: French polish by Virgil
Extras: Ebony, greenlip abalone, green abalone and sterling silver rosette

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I LOVE this uke! Drop by the studio(appointment only) and give it a try - Virgil ;)