Rachel’s Black Limba Ukulele


This is the second of three custom ukulele’s built for my adult children. They selected the materials and headshape for their personal uke. It was a fun project to build a custom instrument for someone special.

This ukulele body is spalted black limba for back, sides, and top. Rachel selected ziracote binding, the abalone rosette, an ebony fretboard with an abalone inlay representing the Hawaiian Islands, and an ebony headplate and ebony bridge with bone inlay. The finish is Royal-Lac shellac based finish.


Bracing pattern is the same as the other ukes – traditional three fan braces. This one also uses a 0.8mm carbon fiber bridge plate. The monopole response is very similar to Tara’s uke @ 320 Hz.