Twin brothers, Terry and Perry Bullinger are fresh uke builders from Oregon. They handmake ukes part time known as Covered Bridge. Terry sent this tenor over last week and we’ll give it a quick review and sound sample. See what you think.
This is a tenor size ukulele with a Cedar top and curly Myrtle sides and back. The Ko’olau website says this about Myrtle wood:
Myrtle has been used by well known guitar makers for many years. Also known as Oregon Myrtle, Laurel and Bay Laurel, this wood almost reminds us of a rare Koa wood known as “white Koa” with similar grain patterns and blond to light brown colors. Also, as with Koa, each piece is unique, with different colors and grain patterns. Exceptional bass, treble, and projection, Myrtle combines qualities of Rosewood, Mahogany, and Maple. In other words, it’s considered by some to be one of the best tone woods for stringed instruments.
This ukulele features the highest grade Myrtle wood. Sumptuous greens and dark greys, curling in radiant symmetry. Along with that, it’s rich brown cedar top and koa wood accents are complimented with an oil varnish finish for a natural woodsy vibe that I love. Light and balanced in weight, like many prefer, and with a feel right out of the box that would serve any level player.
The tone on this uke is sharp without being strident. It really has a nice ring, great for jangly strumming or articulated fingerpicking. I would say it’s in the realm of a DaSilva type sound.
Meticulous attention to detail is not quite at a high end custom level, but this is half the price (or less) than the equivalent models from the more established custom builders and still very nice. So in all regards I would rate this Covered Bridge tenor as a great value. They are fairly new and I’m interested to see more from Terry and Perry, twin uke makers. Covered Bridge Ukulele, check it out.