Today I shipped the first of two Baritone ukuleles to a customer in Texas. She had wanted two Mango Baritone ukuleles with cut-a-ways and electronic pickup systems; one for her and one for her Pastor. The Pastor’s birthday is this month so I focused on getting his instrument ready before hers. She was a jewel to work with, like many of my customers who want something special, an instrument built specifically for them with their input.
The instrument has curly mango back and sides, a sinker redwood top, ebony fingerboard and head plate with an eagle cut from various shell pieces inlayed on the head. The rosette and purfling are paua abalone. The electronics are the new B-Band (1.3) systems for ukuleles that have build in tuners.
I have nine other instruments in various stages of instruction, two for customers and the others for the Reno Ukulele Festival in April. (http://playuke.net/)