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I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Bubinga Tenor (#2032)

I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Bubinga Tenor (#2032)
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I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Bubinga Tenor (#2032)

 

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*** I'iwi Custom Bearclaw Spruce/ Bubinga Tenor ***

This is the rare single hole I'iwi. It also has a side sound port so more like two hole. But it sounds and looks awesome! Mika gives us our first sound sample with this one.

This is a gorgeous new custom from Charlie Fukuba with a different wood selection than we've ever had from him. It's a bearclaw spruce top and an exceptional set of Bubinga for the sides and back, and curly koa binding framing it off. Very nice on the eyes and these woods really give a perfect balance to the deep rich I'iwi tone.

Charlie Fukuba is a musician and he builds for tone. With I'iwi you get a warm, clear sound that plays true all the way up the neck. This one sounds incredible!

Bearclaw is Sitka spruce but a little bit stiffer and, for this reason, it is one of the most desirable soundboard tonewoods. It has a clear pickguard to protect the areas your hand will strum and rest. This allows you to play more freely without fear of damaging the top. As great as it looks, this is a players uke.

The sides and back are an incredibly figured Bubinga. This has a tone similar to Indian rosewood, but a bit denser than rosewood, which may contribute to its great sustain and clarity. It provides sustain and note separation with warm even tones, bright midrange, and a sparkle across the entire spectrum. Along with the bearclaw spruce, this makes for a fantastic tonewood combo.

Abalone pearl inlays make the fret markers and I'iwi bird at the headstock. This is a classy tenor equally beautiful in look and sound. The design with its three small sound holes lends itself to the rich guitar-like tones many of us love to hear. This is what Hawaii's top custom builders usually aim for: a big, warm, yet clear and projecting sound that sings. I'iwi does this so well and this is certainly one of the best we've experienced. 

Other things to note is comfortable feel and spot on neck angle and setup. Plus you get the long-term stability of a graphite rod in the neck and Charlie's new mortise and tenon bolt on joint. It also has a hand-rubbed gloss finish and Gotoh UPT tuners. 

Our package includes a deluxe wooden hard case and Oasis humidifier.

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Specs

* Bearclaw Sitka spruce top w Bubinga Back and sides
* Ebony fretboard and bridge
* Koa binding 
* Abalone rosettes
* Abalone position diamonds
* Mahogany neck
* Gotoh UPT geared tuning keys
* Hand-rubbed gloss finish
* Hardshell custom case and Oasis humidifier

Options

Every I'iwi comes with a deluxe wooden hardcase.

* Put a note in the Special Instructions if you would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything.

* Under the Accessories tab you can also customize this instrument by adding strap button(s) or your choice of pickup for plugging in. We recommend either the Mi-Si or the LR Baggs pickup for this ukulele.

* After adding this instrument to your cart, you can shop further to create your own package by adding a case or accessories from the website.

* Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your order reaches $400 dollars or more, orders to the US will receive free FedEx 2-day shipping. Two days is the time in transit. For international orders, we include USPS Express shipping if your cart is $800 or more (subject to approval). Before it is shipped, your instrument will go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below Helpful Links at the bottom of the page.

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Setup Options

 

Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time before shipping-
Full Setup: 3-6 Days
Full Setup RUSH: 2-4 days
Basic QC Only: 2-4 days

Basic Quality Control - $0.00 (Always Free)

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 - $40.00 for Ukuleles Under $399 / Free for Ukuleles $399+ 


Includes:


-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. 

 

 

Shipping Information

 

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

SHIPPING CARRIER OPTIONS:
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 ( veronica@theukulelesite.com). 

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: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/international.html

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. 

CURRENT SETUP PROCESSING TIMES AND DETAILS ARE LOCATED UNDER THE “SETUP OPTIONS” TAB.* 

*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.

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