Over the Rainbow

This was built for my daughter Eleanor as a graduation present.  She has a wonderful stage singing voice and was Dorothy in the high school production of The Wizard of Oz.

  • Back and Sides:   East Indian rosewood
  • Top:   Sitka spruce, Kasha braced, with recon-stone inlay bluebirds
  • Neck: Pennsylvania walnut
  • Binding:  Curly maple
  • Fingerboard, bridge, headplate:  ebony
  • Nut & saddle:  Mammoth ivory
  • Black-White-Black purfling, Red abalone pearl, colored veneers in the rosette
  • Headstock inlay:  Red abalone pearl

The Kasha bracing is a very different type of bracing from the ‘fan’ bracing traditionally used on ukuleles.  It is off-center, allowing the base and treble side strings to interact differently with the rest of the instrument.  This form of bracing leads to the off-center sound hole and (in several people’s opinions) to a more “guitar like” sound.  Very resonate, with good base response and good volume.

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