I recently sold my Taylor 410CE guitar. I loved it and it sounded amazing, but it had been neglected for years. I thought that value would be better stored in a ukulele, since that’s what I’m playing daily now. A nice man in New Hampshire is now the proud owner and keeper of that instrument. I bought it back in 2001 and was proud to sell it in 2014 in nearly perfect condition – and not for lack of use. Taylors have gone up substantially in price over the years, and I was able to sell it for only a couple hundred dollars less than I bought it for new almost 14 years ago.
Today I put down the $300 to reserve a build date for a Mya-Moe ukulele. They’re running a painful 1 year backlog, but everything I’ve read assures me its well worth the wait.
I had planned to buy a Martin T2K with the money after playing one in a local shop and loving it. But researching some of the corners Martin cuts on these quite expensive instruments (they can’t spring for a bone nut?), I searched for other options.
I was surprised to find that for the same cost of a lower-end US factory made Martin, I could commission a custom hand-made and hand-voiced ukulele from one of the best known luthiers in the ukulele space, Mya-Moe.
The real cost, of course, is the year wait! It’s going to be a very long year. I’ve got a timer up in the sidebar of this site to help me get through it. In the meantime, I need to make a lot of important decisions, like what kind of wood to use. I’m really struggling with that one. I suppose the silver lining of the long wait is that I have plenty of time to think about it.