To relax from his day gig as a master guitar builder, Kim Breedloveused to escape home and burn the midnight oil while dreaming of Hawaiiand creating high-end ukuleles from native, bright, yet deep-soundingOregon myrtlewood, which offers an even richer sound than traditionalkoa or mahogany. Those groundbreaking designs, developed in his garageworkshop and boasting essential sonic improvements alongside remarkablyfluid playability, serve as the basis for a new acoustic andacoustic/electric line of classy, powerful—and colorful—Breedlove Lu’auUkuleles.
Solid Wood Tops
Along with its body shape, a ukulele’s top is the defining element ofits sound, driving, through its vibration, the key aspects of volume,tone, sustain and projection. Spruce will, due in part to its famousstiffness-to-weight ratio, ring loud and clear. A solid wood toptranslates those vibrations with more immediacy and purity of tone, andreacts more directly with the intent of a player. If you are at anintermediate level or above, you will appreciate the instantlyrecognizable benefits of a solid wood top.
Popularized by Breedlove, myrtlewood, from the windblown Oregoncoast, combines the best elements of rosewood, mahogany and maple—richbass, warm midrange and clear, bright trebles—for truly versatileguitars. Each sonically distinct instrument is individualized by thegnarled, wildly varied, but always arresting grain patterns.
Slightly larger than the original diminutive Hawaiian soprano, theConcert size is considered by many to be the perfect ukulele. It retainsthe delightful pingy sound of its smaller cousin, but its longer 15”scale allows for easier fretting, while its marginally wider bodyprovides more tone and volume while still tucking comfortably beneath astrummer’s elbow.Breedlove Lu'au Series Concert Ukulele Ovangkol/Myrtlewood - LUCU01MYMY Features:
- Body Type:Concert Ukulele
- Neck Wood:Mahogany (Nato)
- Solid Wood Top:Solid Myrtlewood
- Back and Sides:Myrtlewood
- Top Finish:Natural Shadow Gloss
- Back & Side Finish:Aged Toner Gloss
- # Frets:17
- Nut Width:1.42"
- Tuners Hardware:Gold Open Gear
- Lower Bout Width:8"
- Waist Width:4.7"
- Upper Bout Width:5.75"
- Body Length:11.2"
- Body Depth: 2.24" (neck), 2.68" (tail)
- Pickup: UK-T1
- String Gauge:Aquila Super Nylgut
- Inlay:Centered dots
- Scale Length:15"
- Sound Hole:2.185"