Tara's Ukulele


This is one of three custom ukulele’s built for my grown children. Tara selected the materials and headshape of her personal uke. It was a fun project to build a custom instrument for someone special.

This ukulele body is curly koa for back, sides, and top. Tara selected curly maple binding, an abalone rosette, an ebony fretboard with small dots, and an ebony bridge with bone inlay. The headplate is a matching piece of koa from my first ukulele. The Waverly tuners have koa knobs. The finish is Royal-Lac shellac based finish.

Voicing and Construction

Bracing pattern is the traditional three fan braces. Bridge plate is 0.8mm carbon fiber. Top thickness is 1.6 mm, back thickness is 2.1 mm tapering to 1.9 mm perimeter.


Top 318 Hz

Back 456 Hz

Air 194 Hz