after a few years of making Ukes, I haven't been satisfied with maintaining some kind of standard, although that’s what I’ve tried to achieve. the fact is that in the last few months I’ve had the chance to evaluate my work, re-evaluate it, and then look at it once again just to be sure.
I’m fortunate that I do not really have a day job, and my main focus has been on family and the kids this summer. but now as summer is winding down, the kids are heading back to school in a few weeks I need to start thinking about instruments, artistry, and my dedication to my craft.
A good friend has a family credo… “if you put your name on it, don’t make crap!” now I don’t think I make crap, but I can always find a place to improve and improve I will.
One of my favorite books is titled “Stradivari's Genius” he crafted 800 or so instruments in his lifetime, and a good number still survive today. Most all of his instruments were one of kind instruments. different body depths, variations on thickness, yadda yadda yadda… I could go on. all numbered yes, but named… probably named after the fact by the owner or for the owner.
My point is starting with my next instruments, I’m going to depart from my planned build and get into a more intuitive system of building. to this point, I can walk the line between exceptional tone and stability, but I want to craft a fantastic instrument… every time… in tone, style and playability.
So in keeping with my New Wave Feel, I’m going to name the first Uke of this next generation “Rosanna” I’m taking you back to the 80’s for one of the greatest bands, Toto, and one of the most skilled players of the guitar I’ve ever heard. Steve Lukather. Did ever mention that I had pizza with him back in the days when I worked for Valley Arts USA? Just sayin’.
Keep lookin’ for updates on Rosanna...