Friday, December 14, 2007

Black Bear Christmas Bell Ukulele

Currently for sale on the FleamarketMusic marketplace (a good and reputable place to buy and sell ukes). This beauty was built by Duane Heilman:
"Here is a new soprano size ukulele, the 5th uke in a series I call the 'Christmas Bell'. This uke is fashioned after the older Lyon & Healy bell ukes. The uke features some elaborate pine needle inlays of green abalone shell on the top. The red berries are vintage red pearl celluloid pick material. There are also holly leaves and berry inlays on each corner. The top wood is finely grained European spruce. The sides, back, headplate and neck are made of some highly figured Eastern Maple. The fretboard is ebony inlaid with MOP snow flake designs. There are white side dots at the 5th, 7th, 10th,and 12th frets. The bridge is a hardwood called Redheart. The binding is white vinyl. The top and headplate purfling is a combination of red and white wood strips with green abalone shell inlays. The Black Bear logo in abalone shell with a Maple and Redheart rings. Standard size frets are used, 14 to the body, 16 total. The compensated bridge saddle is bone. The nut and neck heel cap are old ivory. The tuners are gold-plated Grover friction type with hand-made green and red clear plastic knobs."


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