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Da Silva James Hill Signature Model Tenor Ukulele - World's Finest

£3,700.00 £3,083.33
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What an Incredible instrument from Mike Da Silva's workshop. Made of all solid woods, Spruce top, curly Koa back and sides, and featuring a bevelled cutaway favoured by James Hill to allow access to the top frets. As you would expect this is one of the world's finest Tenor instruments, which will only get better and better with age as it opens up.

It has the most astonishing big sound, with an impressive response all the way up the neck to the top frets. This is a hard trick to pull off - you find that only the very best fretted instruments can maintain the richness of tone, and the length of the sustain up at the dusty end.

This model has a few small marks under the finish which are fairly typical of luthier made instruments - you can literally see the hard work that has gone into it! Sadly these marks are too small to show up on photos, but as this is a high gloss finish instrument you can catch them in the light sometimes. We have checked it for blood, sweat and tears, all of which are not present in the finish but have surely gone into the instrument somewhere....

But what you are paying for here is the wonderful voicing of the instrument - Mike Da Silva knows exactly what to do to a ukulele to make it sing, and boy does it show. We had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with him at the NAMM show this year and his passion for building Ukuleles and his knowledge of high end tone-woods is infectious. The Koa on this wood is unlike anything we have seen before; including other James Hill models Mike has sent us. The photos can't do this instrument justice - the back and sides are a gorgeous light brown colour and look completely different as you peer at different angles. WOW..

Check out the great man himself playing his in our shop in 2011.


17" Tenor Scale length
Solid spruce top
Solid Curly Koa back and sides
High gloss finish
Abalone Rosette
PegHed internally geared 4:1 tuners
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Bone saddle and nut
37mm width at nut
47mm width at 12th fret
SUS Pod case included

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