"All found items except the $10 Ping tuners and the Aquila strings. The neck is beech, lacquered black, with an acacia fret board. The profile of the neck duplicates a favorite fancy early Kaholas & Co. koa uke.
The bar frets I made from a strip of white brass found in the street.
The bottom (now top) is very fine-grained Sp. cedar. It was re-thicknessed to just over 1/16" and braced.
The rest of the box was left as-is with the brands and hardware in place - just sealed. The fancy Jose Escalante label shows through the sound hole.
And it plays and sounds super!"