Serial Number: 0212 – Sold.
Serial Number: 0213 – Sold.
These ukuleles were inspired by a vintage 1920s Royal Hawaiian soprano ukulele that I had on loan.
As on the original the neck and body are joined together as the instrument is being built, with the body sides slotted into the heel of the neck and the back fitted last, covering the heel joint. The more usual production method and the way I normally make ukuleles is to make a separate neck and body and then join them together. The uke body has solid linings instead of the more usual kerfed lining strips.
I have made some, dare I say, “improvements” on the original to make to the intonation and playability better. The fretted area of the neck lies on the same plane as the sound board so the original uke had a very high action. I made the single piece bridge/saddle lower in height to achieve a more playable action. Also by moving the bridge farther back from the sound hole I was able to improve the intonation.
These have traditional wooden tuning pegs. This makes the them very light in weight, approx 260 grams.
To give the uke a more vintage look and feel I have used a hand rubbed finish.
Body: Makore with Cherry, Maple and Walnut rope sound hole rings.
Bridge: Granadillo. Overall string spacing 43mm.
Neck: American Cherry, with rope inlay to the peg head facing. Granadillo nut with a width of 37mm and an overall string spacing of 30mm.
Tuners: Wooden friction pegs.