This custom tenor is full in sound, scales and beautiful reclaimed wood from our friends at Ventana Surfboards & Supplies. This instrument was created to match the Ventana Surfperch Fish Taco 5’8” hollow wooden surfboard created by master artisan, Martijn Stiphout in Santa Cruz, California.
The beautiful tone woods include reclaimed redwood from a hot tub that’s used in the top, myrtle from Cowell Lime Works used in the back & sides, and bubinga in the fretboard & bridge.
The fish scale inlay includes walnut, Honduran mahogany, myrtle, maple and mother of pearl used in the headstock, pick guard and 12th fret marker, with a mahogany neck.
These upcycled materials make for a clear and warm tone. Light in weight and perfect for an ocean strum. This instrument includes a nice, crossrock fiberglass case.
Again, you can purchase this ukulele and the matching Ventana surfboard as a package with free US shipping for $1500 off. The discount only applies to purchasing when bought in this package.
Full description below for the history on the materials used from Ventana surfboards and the Santa Cruz area!
Scale length: 17” 3/16
Strings: Pepe Romero low G
Back and sides: Myrtle
Soundboard: Reclaimed hot tub redwood
Pick guard and headstock: Mosaic fish scale
Fretboard and bridge: bubinga
Side fret markers and inlay: mother of pearl
Frets: evo gold
Tuners: Gotoh upt
Case: Crossrock fiberglass tenor
Finish: hand rubbed Tru- oil
”Surfperch Fish Taco 5’ 8”
The bottom deck of this board is made of more than 1400, laser-cut "fish scales" created from spruce, Honduras mahogany, and flame maple offcuts from Santa Cruz Guitar Company, quilted maple from Meier Brothers Furniture, and bay laurel floorboards made in 1853 for the cooperage (where barrels were made) at the old Cowell Lime Works which is located on what is now the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Several of the fish scales shimmer with real silver leaf overlay.
The top deck includes redwood from John Steinbeck's first house in Pacific Grove, California, Doug fir and redwood from the original Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk along with spruce and Indian rosewood offcuts from Santa Cruz Guitar Company.
Both sides are pinstriped by hand with black and chrome paint.
The glassed-on twin fins are made fiddleback redwood salvaged from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The rails are made of cork which is sustainable, more resistant to dings, and easier to repair. There are two sheets of Aerialite 4-ounce fiberglass on top and one on bottom. The epoxy is Entropy Resins bio-resin which is up to 40% tree sap and is very strong and light.
As with all Ventana Surfboards, the interior is glassed and sealed, as well.
This board is hollow, lightweight and will ride as great as it looks. Given the uniqueness of each side, it's two art pieces in one and can be flipped to highlight either side.
Made in Santa Cruz, California by master artisan Martijn Stiphout.
Includes an aluminum, museum-quality 5"x7" display sign and a handmade bag by Sagebrush Board Bags created using coffee bean sacks and unique, remnant fabrics.
Dimensions: 5'8" x 21.5" x 2.5"
Approx. 12 pounds
If you are an absolute beginner looking for that perfect ukulele to learn on, a ukulele lover looking to add to your collection, or a professional that is looking for a tool to help improve your skills; The Learner Ukulele is the instrument for you. The Learner Ukulele is more than just an excellent visual tool; we believe the sound is just as important.
Handmade in Truckee, CA, these instruments are assembled in small quality controlled batches; built with the same attention to detail as our custom instruments. Us luthiers here at TYDE hand select each piece of wood, sculpt every neck, and tap tune every brace to make sure you and your ukulele both reach musical excellence.
Our Learner Uke is made with solid koa and cherry. One piece cherry neck and sides, this integration provides strength, volume, and tone.
This instrument features a laser engraved fretboard with all 7 natural notes, a full chord chart, and the ever-useful “Circle of Fifths” displayed around the sound hole. This gives our clients the opportunity and tools to grow their knowledge of music theory, such as learning the notes on the fretboard, scale patterns, chord structures, key signatures and more.
Scale: Tenor 17 3/32"($1500.00) Concert 15 7/32”($1,400).
Material: Solid cherry sides/neck, with koa top and back.
Inlay: Abalone side markers & three dot signature on headstock.
Strings: Pepe Romero
Note: If out of stock, please contact us to make your 50% deposit, this is to hold your position for the next small batch.
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"Ghost Face" Big Body Tenor Ukulele
TYDE strives by using the beauty nature has naturally created for the sound holes. Being self taught luthiers and non traditionalist has made us really stand out in the ukulele community. When we receive sets of wood like our ‘Ghost Face’ the shape and size is already drawn on showing us how the piece was thought to be used. With all clean wood, we decide to do the opposite of what is given to us by then flipping it around to see if we can make the soundboard work with its natural scars.
This tenor is light weight, has low action with the zero fret and is very comfortable to play with the soft bevel. It's a one of a kind tenor that sounds amazing, looks uniquely beautiful, feels great and is rich in history. Add this to your quiver and you will not be disappointed.
This tenor has abundantly warm tones with beautiful clarity and sustain. The top is Sitka spruce and the back and sides are an exotic Kekatong from Indonesia. This instrument also comes with a side sound port on the lower bout for nice projection to the players ear. It has rare ebony with light streaks in the faceplate and fretboard. For the inlay and fret markers we used fossilized walrus tusk that is over 10,000 years old.
The piece of Sitka spruce (used as our top) was reclaimed by Alaska Specialty Woods. https://alaskawoods.com
From Southern Alaska, this piece of wood in it's previous life was a float log that was used for a "Floating Home". The holes were made from a creature of the sea called a Teredo worm (which is actually a type of clam).
This instrument comes with a hard case.
Aloha ~ TYDE
Size ~ Big Body Tenor
Scale ~ 17 5/8 w/ zero fret
Wood ~ Kekatong (back and sides), Alaskan Sitka spruce (sound board), ebony (fretboard, bridge and head plate) and mahogany neck.
Inlay ~ Fossilized walrus tusk 3 dot and fret markers.
Soft 3/8 Bevel ~ Top & back
Side soundport ~ Yes
Strings ~ Romaro low G tenor
Tuner ~ Black Gotoh UPT
Case ~ Crossrock Hardshell Fiberglass
*Please inquire about add-ons for installation & price as soon as purchased*