Almost a mandolin – just, only better
8 String Ukulele – The Eclipse
Figured Maple top and back, Black Walnut sides, Paudouk grafting. The back is lifted off the sides in several spots to allow for sound; there is also a small sound hole figured into the players side upper bout. The neck joint with the body is a cascading waterfall joint. It goes into the body on one side and then comes up and flows over the top on the other. It’s called the Eclipse because the fretwork dot inlay of Maple and Paudouk cross at the 12th fret, creating a sort of eclipsed moment. A low g and a high g set of Aquila supergut strings really give this instrument an amazing voice. It can be played with a pick and worked like a mandolin, only smoother and warmer, or it can be finger picked like the little ukulele cousins.
*Much of the backing and lead work on my last two albums were done with this instrument. It’s soft and glowie while adding support and then it comes out and shreds some potatoes.