Auction for Maui: Rebel Custom Tenor (The New Alchemist)

Auction for Maui: Rebel Custom Tenor (The New Alchemist)
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Auction for Maui: Rebel Custom Tenor (The New Alchemist)
$2,500.00 |or$227/month*

Mahalo to Rebel Ukulele for the amazing instrument and donation for Maui.

This is an auction with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the people of Maui. You will be invoiced and payment will be made directly to Craig and Sarah's non profit "Four Strings at a Time". 

Pictures AND video show the exact ukulele available here. 

This is an auction with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the people of Maui. You will be invoiced and payment will be made directly to Craig and Sarah's non profit "Four Strings at a Time" and all proceeds will go to Maui Food Bank.

The Alchemist from Rebel Ukulele first came out as a limited run in 2015. It was a big hit but it's been years since we've seen one. Well this is the newest generation with an upgraded look, sound, and feel. 

The top on this new custom has beautiful mango wood and spruce. The sides and back are padauk. It's a striking design with a gorgeous tone.

This ukulele is set up with a fluorocarbon low G but we can set it up high G for you if you prefer that.

This is a truly special ukulele designed by Rebel artist Yo and crafted by their head builder Chote. The design is both creative and practical and the construction is exquisite. Chote built custom furniture for many years before learning lutherie from Paul and Griz from KoAloha quite a few years back. This ukulele is unique and beautiful but what is most impressive is the tone. It has excellent projection and a big warm body of sound while still retaining clear focus and remarkable sustain. It's one of the best instruments to ever come through our store. 

We asked Rebel owner Peng to give us some thoughts on the creation of this unique masterpiece and why they decided to call it the "Alchemist".

" 'Hybrid' was the unofficial name of this model when we started working on this project. We wanted to find the tone that is unique by eliminating the limitation of each individual tone wood. Being creative and exploring alternatives were our top priority. We've studied how the woods and bracing patterns affect the tones and always looked for the so-called "ideal tone". The process of making this ukulele was to achieve the unseeable things - the Rebel tone. We made a hypothesis, tested it, and proved it. We did it by trial and error again and again! Just like a chef looked for a new taste in each dish he made, he tasted the dish when it was fully cooked." 

Peng continued, "This process reminded us of the fine line between a fairly tale and science - the dream and the reality. The thought that switches between these two domains was surprisingly intrigued. It was like a river flowing through. We wanted to be at the junction of the river that connects the old ages with the coming future. The picture of 'Alchemists' slowly appeared in our mind as they played a significant role in the development of early modern science - the dawn of the new era. While the rest of world were still in the dark, the alchemists slowly pushed the world forward. We honor them as they were the very first group of "rebels" the world has ever known. We stand on the shoulders of giants. We give credit to those who come before us. Those who had added to human knowledge, making it possible for us to make new discoveries. Hence, the official name of this model "Alchemists" is our hope to play a part of transition our generation to the future."

Our goal as a store is to carry the absolute best ukuleles in the world. We are proud to offer you this ukulele, not just because it's cool and different, but because of it's amazing resonance, effortless playability, and excellent value.

This includes the Rebel gig bag but we suggest the upgrade to an Oahu hard case for the best protection. The included Humistat humidifier can also be upgraded. Don't hesitate to add this amazing tenor to your collection. We guarantee you will love it!

Size: Tenor
Top: Mango wood | Spruce wood | Mango wood
Back and Sides: Padauk wood
Fretboard: 19-Fret
Neck: Mahogany with 3-stripe Maple
Nut & Saddle: TUSQ
Headplate: Ebony
Headstock Rebel Logo: Wood inlay
Internal Bracing: Varied
Fretboard & Bridge: Ebony
Fret Markers (Rebel Signature): Maple inlay
Fret Stripe: Ebony
Side Sound Ports
Beveled Armrest
Heel Cap: Maple
Tuners: Grover Geared Tuners
Finish: Gloss

Rebel Tenor
Total Scale Length: 17.25”/43.82cm
Body Length: 10.5”/26.67cm
Overall length: 25.5”/64.77cm
Nut Width: 1.5”/38 mm
Saddle Width: 2.04”/51.82mm
Lower Bout Width: 8.25”/20.96cm
Upper Bout Width: 6”/15.24cm
Lower Bout Depth: 2.75”/6.98cm
Upper Bout Depth: 2.50”/6.35cm

String Spacing
At Nut: G to C = 8.34mm G to A = 26.72mm
At 12th Fret: G to C = 11.22mm G to A = 34.40mm
At Saddle: G to C = 13.46mm G to A = 41.32mm 

Essential Accessories & Popular Customizations
One-Year Ukulele Site Membership
One-Year Ukulele Site Membership
Ko'olau Aho Fluorocarbon Strings (5 Options)
Ko'olau Aho Fluorocarbon Strings (5 Options)
As low as $8.00
Oahu Clip-On Tuner
Oahu Clip-On Tuner
Special Price $14.99 Regular Price $19.99
More Information

1. This auction will close on Sunday, November, 26 2023 at 3:00 pm Hawaii time.

2. This is an English format “open bid” auction. This means the bids are public and can be seen by others. The bidding starts at $2,500. Any price shown above this is the current prevailing bid. You must bid higher by at least $25.00.

3. You must log in to your TheUkuleleSite account to bid. If you don’t have an account, simply create one. From "My Account" and under the "My Auction" tab you need to set your auction name and choose when you would like to be emailed. You can also cancel bids from there. 

4. We’re including Going, Going, Gone to simulate a live auction. With this feature, any new highest bid received in the final one-hundred twenty [120] seconds will re-set a one-hundred twenty [120] second window for new bids to be received. If a higher bid comes in, the two minutes will re-set again. This cycle will continue until the prevailing bid survives without being overbid within the one-hundred twenty [120] second window.

5. When the auction ends, the highest bid received at or above the reserve price will be the winner. We must receive your bid for it to count.

6. The highest bid will be invoiced for the full value of the bid and have 72 hours from the invoice date to pay for their purchase in full. If the purchase price is not remitted by the deadline, Hawaii Music Supply may choose to offer the next highest bidder the opportunity to buy it at their final bid price.

7. Hawaii Music Supply reserves the right in its sole discretion to invalidate any bids that it determines have been made for the purpose of collusion or undermining the integrity of the auction. In such an event, Hawaii Music Supply may re-start or cancel the auction or choose to sell to any valid bidders. By entering this auction, all bidders agree that their bids are made with the intention to purchase the instrument featured in the auction at the price of their highest final bid. All bidders agree to avoid any coordination or collusion with other bidders.

Good luck and aloha!


When you buy this ukulele you get a Rebel gig bag. It will fit wonderfully in our Oahu hardshell case if you want hardshell protection.

Humidifier (Options at the "Humidifier Options" above)

Another option is to add a ukulele humidifier. This is required if you live in a low humidity area or if you use indoor heating/cooling, especially for areas with winter seasons or hot summers. If you are heating the air in your house, the air will become extremely dry.

Regardless of the outside humidity levels, the indoor humidity levels will drop dramatically once the air is heated. The same is true for air conditioning, usually not as drastic of a humidity drop as a heater, but it will remove a significant amount of moisture from the air as well. In either case, it is always a good idea to supplement with a humidifier that you store in the case with the instrument while not in use. This is usually a requirement by Ukulele manufacturers in order to keep the instrument covered under warranty.

In order to humidify the instrument, you will need a case for the humidifier to work properly and you will need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed.

Other Options (Many found in the essential accessories above)
Another option is to switch your string set or change from low G tuning to high G tuning or vice-versa. Just add the strings you want and choose the restring option at the string listing. 

After adding this instrument to your shopping cart, you can add extra accessories from the website or from this page. installation of strap button(s) if you like to use a strap.
Add a pickup installation so you can play through an amplifier.
Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your cart reaches $500 dollars or more, domestic US orders will receive free FedEx 2 day shipping. (2 business days is the time in transit once the instrument departs)

There is a special instructions box where you can add notes or preferences that our setup or shipping department needs to be aware of.

Before being shipped, your instrument will first go through our setup department. The processing time before shipment will depend on the setup option chosen. See additional tabs for more information on our setup process, turnaround time, and shipping. 

Brand Rebel

Shipping Information


For more even more details and FAQ visit our Shipping Page under the Company Info tab at the header menu.

FedEx is our primary shipping carrier, all orders that qualify for free domestic shipping will be sent using FedEx. UPS and DHL can also be chosen as alternative options upon checkout, USPS is only used for smaller accessory orders. 

As soon as the shipping label is created you will be automatically notified via email with tracking information. All packages will be shipped with a signature requirement by default. If you do not wish to have a signature requirement you will need to notify us, either by leaving a note in the “special instructions” when adding the item(s) to your shopping cart or by emailing our shipping department directly. Any shipping related requests (hold/delay/address change) should also be directed to our shipping department ( [email protected]). 

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: You may also be required to pay import duties/taxes, this will vary depending on your location and the value of the item(s). To estimate these taxes, you can contact your local customs office. Fedex also offers a helpful estimation tool:

UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE PERMIT: If your ukulele contains any amount of shell inlay (abalone or pearl) it will require a permit to be shipped internationally. The cost of this permit is $93.00 USD. We will handle the paperwork and file the permit for you, but the cost of all duties and fees are the responsibility of the customer.

SHIPPING COST will vary depending on the size dimensions and weight of the package as well as the destination. To get a quote, use the “Calculate Shipping Cost” link located next to the “Add to Cart button” on each listing.

This is made even easier when you are already logged in to your customer account. Follow this link to create an account if you don’t already have one go HERE.

FREE SHIPPING: All orders within the USA with a total over $500 will qualify for free FedEx 2-day air shipping.

SHIPMENT AND TRACKING NOTIFICATIONS are sent automatically via email as soon as the shipping label is created so please make sure your email address is accurate when placing the order. Outgoing shipments are picked up by our shipping carriers Monday through Friday. 

ACCESSORY AND CASE ORDERS: While non-instrument orders for cases and accessories do not require the same processing time needed for instruments, they do require time for processing and packing. The typical processing time for accessory/case orders is (1-4 business days) depending on current order volume. 


*If you would like to receive your instrument as soon as possible you can forego the full setup process by selecting the “Basic QC Only” option or by selecting the “Full Setup RUSH” option when adding instruments to your shopping cart. More details are available under the “Setup Options” tab.

Setup Options


Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time it takes before shipment-

Full Setup: 10-14 Business Days

Basic Quality Control: 2-3 Days

BASIC QUALITY CONTROL covers inspecting the instrument for any major defects that would have been missed by the factory and any faults in construction that could potentially damage or limit the functionality of the instrument over time. Any defective instruments are rejected and replaced.  We make sure that each Ukulele meets the basic standard for a brand new instrument and will be ready to play once you receive it. A final cleanup is also included after inspection before packing and shipment.

Full Setup - FREE for all Ukuleles $399 and over / $20.00 for Ukuleles from $300-399 / $30.00 for Ukuleles Under $300


-Overall QC evaluation: To find defects in construction as well as to get an overall view of the instrument and note the areas that need extra attention and adjustment during the setup.

-Saddle Adjustment: The height of the saddle is lowered to reduce the distance between the strings and the fretboard, making it easier to play than the factory setup, especially higher up the fretboard.

-Nut Slot Adjustment: The depth, width, and angle of the nut slots are adjusted to create a more comfortable playing experience especially on the lower frets.

-Fret Dressing: After adjusting the nut and saddle heights, high spots in the fretboard or uneven frets will potentially cause fret buzz, dead spots, or other unwanted problems. The frets are filed to create a more consistent level across the fretboard. We then crown the frets to return their rounded curvature back to the top of each fret creating a clear contact point for each string. We then smooth and polish the frets and condition the fingerboard to bring them back to new condition.

-Final Cleanup: We always do a final overall cleanup of the instrument to make sure it is in new condition and ready to play before it is prepared for shipment.

Rush Setup & Delivery - Additional $50.00
The RUSH SETUP AND DELIVERY service is for customers who would still like to receive everything included in the full setup but on a shorter time frame. One of our setup technicians will work overtime outside of normal business hours to complete the setup within 2-3 days of the order being placed and immediately hand it over to the shipping department for packing and shipment. The $50.00 rush charge is in addition to the cost of the full setup. 

Additional services (see individual product listings to add these services to your order)
Re-stringing: We will replace the factory installed stock string set with a new set of your choosing. Select the “replace stock strings” option when adding your desired string set to the shopping cart.

Strap Button Installation: 1-2 buttons are installed to allow the use of a strap. Color options available. 

Pickup installation: for players who would like the option to play or record with amplification.

Friction Tuner Upgrade (friction tuners only): We offer upgrade options for select instruments with friction tuners to be retrofitted with new geared tuners for better precision and comfort when tuning.

Left-handed Setup: Left-handed setups are also available upon request. Occasionally an additional charge may be added for compensated saddles on select models. 


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